Friday, April 01, 2005


West Los Angeles Farmers Market

Sunday, Sunday, SUNDAY! Yes, I know, this is a shameless plug…but since I am sincerely excited about my Cooking Demonstration at the West Los Angeles Farmers Market, THIS SUNDAY at 11:00 am, I feel like shouting it from the rooftops. It is going to be great fun, an extraordinarily gorgeous day, and I will be making a few recipes using local, organically farmed ingredients. Plus, if you have never taken one of my classes, it will be a great peek into my silliness/utter passion for all things culinary. I really do hope (if you live in the area) you will come down, ask questions, watch the demo, hear some great live music, buy some of the amazing produce that is the bounty of SoCal, and have a sensational day. I look forward to seeing you!

Here is some interesting information I took from the University of California Agriculture and Natural ResourcesNews and Information Outreach Website on healthy eating and its impact on California's economy. (Which, btw, is the 5th largest economy in the WORLD.)

If Californians were to follow long-established recommendations to eat more fruits and vegetables, it would benefit more than their health. The increased produce consumption would also provide a healthy boost to farmers’ bottom line.

Depending on the dietary scenario, the estimated annual net nationwide benefits for fruit and vegetable farmers range from $460 million to $1.44 billion, according to a report published by the University of California Agricultural Issues Center (AIC).

Despite the known health benefits, many people do not eat these recommended levels of fruits and vegetables. In some cases, the difference between actual and recommended consumption is quite large.

National surveys indicate that currently adults consume about 3.9 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, excluding potatoes consumed as french fries or chips. Fruit consumption between low- and high-income consumers is similar, but high-income households eat 17 percent more vegetable servings a day than low-income households.

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