CUESA

CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating a sustainable food system through the operation of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and its educational programs. Learn more at cuesa.org.

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A Dry Year for Honey

A Dry Year for Honey

| April 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

When you think about the necessity of water in agriculture, fruit trees, row crops, and cattle probably come to mind, but you might not think about bees. As if honeybees and beekeepers didn’t have it hard enough these days, they face another challenge: drought.

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Devil’s Gulch Ranch Brings Locally-Raised Meats Including Rabbit to the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

Devil’s Gulch Ranch Brings Locally-Raised Meats Including Rabbit to the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

| March 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Mark Pasternak and his wife, Myriam Kaplan-Pasternak, farm 115 acres in Nicasio, Novato, and Petaluma, raising pigs, sheep, and rabbits, as well as wine grapes and asparagus.

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CUESA’s Guide to Spring Greens

CUESA’s Guide to Spring Greens

| March 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Spring is here, which means an explosion of all things green at the market. Although many greens can be found throughout the year, they are most abundant, lush, and tender in the spring, with over 40 types available, from spinach, arugula, and kale to nettles, cress, and pea shoots.

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The True Cost of Asparagus

The True Cost of Asparagus

| March 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Local California asparagus farmers are concerned about competition from Mexican markets which can supply the vegetable year round and sell it at cheaper costs. Roscoe Zuckerman of Zuckerman Farms and Thaddeus Barsotti of Capay Organic discuss the situation.

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Saving the Local Slaughterhouse

Saving the Local Slaughterhouse

| March 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

The closure of the Rancho Feed Co. slaughterhouse has left a gaping hole in the Northern California food system. But, Marin Sun Farms’ David Evans has purchased the facility and hopes to step up for local ranchers.

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Swanton Berry Farm: Bringing Justice to the Table

Swanton Berry Farm: Bringing Justice to the Table

| March 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Earlier this month, Swanton Berry Farm became one of four farms in the country to receive the Food Justice Certification label. Learn more about what that certification means and why it’s been years in the works.

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Drought Forces Tough Decisions

Drought Forces Tough Decisions

| February 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

With the lack of water across California, farmers are having to sell off cows and balance competing needs.

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What Does “Artisanal” Mean, Anyway?

What Does “Artisanal” Mean, Anyway?

| January 29, 2014 | 2 Comments

On January 20, CUESA, Kitchen Table Talks, and the Good Food Awards co-hosted a panel discussion with three successful artisan business owners, posing the tough question, “How big is too big in artisanal food?” Read the main principles discussed and listen to the talk.

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Big Chill for California Citrus Growers

Big Chill for California Citrus Growers

| January 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Though seemingly mild compared to the sub-zero temperatures experienced in other parts of the country, a recent hard freeze has taken its toll on the California citrus industry, which supplies 85% of the country’s fresh citrus.

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Cheese Pioneers: An Interview with Cowgirl Creamery about their First Book “Cowgirl Creamery Cooks”

Cheese Pioneers: An Interview with Cowgirl Creamery about their First Book “Cowgirl Creamery Cooks”

| November 3, 2013 | 0 Comments

In their new book, Cowgirl Creamery Cooks, the two cowgirls share their story, their knowledge of cheese, and some of their favorite recipes. CUESA talked with Sue Conley about the book and how an old barn in Point Reyes helped spur a burgeoning artisan cheese movement. Get the recipe for Winter Salad Greens with Persimmon Vinaigrette and Mt Tam.

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New California Law Breaks Ground for Urban Agriculture

New California Law Breaks Ground for Urban Agriculture

| October 8, 2013 | 2 Comments

A new California law just signed by Governor Jerry Brown might take some of the risk out of the equation for urban farmers by making longer-term leases an appealing proposition for landowners.

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From Sweet to Heat: A Guide to Picking Peppers at the Farmers’ Market

From Sweet to Heat: A Guide to Picking Peppers at the Farmers’ Market

| October 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Summer may be coming to an end, but pepper season is heating up. Native to the Americas, the fruits of Capsicum annuum are in full force at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market from summer into early fall, where you can find more than 40 varieties in just about every color of the rainbow.

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Explore the World of Heirlooms at the Third Annual National Heirloom Exposition

Explore the World of Heirlooms at the Third Annual National Heirloom Exposition

| September 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

September 10 through 12, you can explore the wide world of heirlooms at the Third Annual National Heirloom Exposition at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. With a full line up of workshops, cooking demonstrations, exhibits, and educational speakers, the three-day expo is a kind of Disneyland for home gardeners, organic farmers, food activists, and eaters of all stripes and ages.

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Namu: Growing the Menu

Namu: Growing the Menu

| September 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

Namu is the only restaurant at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market that operates its own farm, which yields ingredients for the farmers market menu as well as for its Mission-based restaurant, Namu Gaji.

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