Archive for March, 2010

Ferry Building Farmers Market: Summer in a Jar

March 30, 2010

The ferry building farmers market in San Francisco is one of my favorite places to be on a sunny Saturday morning.  I love walking through a colorful sea of art as I make my way past the vendors that set up colorful stalls across the street from the ferry building.  I like imagining what I would buy as a beautiful reminder of this wonderful city if I were a tourist.

Usually I find myself being evil and resenting the tourists in this city, but at the farmers market I am happy to float along with the crowd. Although I always tell myself I will stick to the mission plan and only stop at the specific vendors to only buy what is on my list, I always find myself succumbing to the lure of trying something new.  That’s the fun of the farmers market – and also the reason my husband does not allow me to go there alone.

My most recent farmers market find is absolutely one of the tastiest food products I have ever eaten – an organic peach conserve (notice it’s not called “peach preserves”) from Frog Hollow Farm.   Eating it is like taking the ripest summer peach and spreading it all over your bread or cracker or tortilla; I could just eat it with a spoon.

A sad number of food products in this country are tasty but consist of scary ingredients.  It is always with a bit of trepidation that I peak at the ingredients of a newly-discovered-by-me unbelievably tasty food.  I was thrilled to find that all of the ingredients on the label – organic peaches, organic sugar, ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), citric acid – were all things I recognized and would knowingly put in my body.

If you don’t live in San Francisco, don’t fret; you can buy some of this bottled sunshine online.  Gosh I love the internet!   The URL is below.

http://www.froghollow.com/store/from-our-kitchen/5/spreadable-fruits/13/conserves/26

Bay Area Mija: An Introduction

March 23, 2010

Welcome to the blog Bay Area Mija.  Mija is a Spanish contraction for mi hija, which means “my daughter.”   It is used as a term of endearment.  The first few years of my life, I thought it was my name.

That’s the “mija” part.  But why Bay Area?   Well, the area in which you live can have such a profound effect on you – your lifestyle, personality, values and life views.  One example that comes immediately to mind is a New Yorker.   It’s a bit of a chicken-and-egg thing, trying to figure out if certain areas and cities attract and retain certain kinds of people or if certain places transform their residents.  Regardless of the causality, residents of a certain region behave and think in certain specific ways.

I grew up in Monterey County, just south of the Bay Area and after 5 years back East moved back to California – specifically to San Francisco, where I have been living the last few years.  The culture here is part of the fabric of my being, so in writing about my views and experiences, I will be writing largely about the Bay Area.

How is my life typical of a Bay Area resident?  I am multi-lingual, will have children whose grandparents on both sides were not born in the US, have a strong affinity for entrepreneurship, value the beauty of nature and want to act in an ecologically and socially responsible manner.  My general life view is one of tolerance and aversion to war.  The origin of the ingredients in my food – fresh, organic, local – is very important to me.

Hello world!

March 21, 2010

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