Friday, October 17

World Food Day Festivities in the #RGV!


World Food day was yesterday! I sooo miss the Pharrmers Market! Doesn't open up till November. It would have been awesome to support the Pharrmers market on World Food Day. Instead I just had farm fresh meals (actually all week). We visited the Harlingen Farmers Market last Saturday, which was actually the first day of the season and we got RAINED on!! But I hear almost everything sold out within 20 minutes! We went in and out fast. I didn't post my
menu plan this week, so here it is.... farm inspired! At the market I bought some radishes, kale, okra, family of plantains and salad mix!

Sunday: Made some Chocolate Cherry Banana Muffins (ohhh so good)
Monday: Fresh salad with radishes and Mushroom Kale Stir-Fry!
Tuesday: Tandori Bacon/Muhroom topped with radishes and kale chips
Wednesday: One Pot Meal (Zucchini n Mushroom pasta), again, with Fresh salad with radishes
Thursday: Sausage and Shrimp Gumbo (made with okra)
Friday: Leftover night :)

So back to WFD. This years theme was Family Farming! Something that I have wanted to jump into for years. We've been working on our compost and weeds in our back yard. Just can't you have a backyard garden full of food doesn't mean you can't still have farm fresh foods!

Farmers markets!! Where ever you are in the valley you can find a market near you. (Weslaco & Pharr is yet to start their season). So please, save and share this photo with family and friends. You can go over to my GMO-Free RGV page to like and share :)
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Last year for World Food Day we participated in March Against Monanto in McAllen, Texas. But this year was just too busy for this mom of three and there was no help for me. I feel so bad for not hosting this year but so much awareness has been made and we can't quit now. It's great to see and hear about people choosing local, organic produce and local grocery stores now carrying more GMO-Free options. If you have no idea what the heck I'm talking about pleaes google "GMO's" or check out facebook pages like Moms Across America or March Against Monsanto and if you are local, GMO-Free RGV!
http://www.worldfooddayusa.org/So since there is no official event for World Food Day, i'm asking everyone to consider attending and supporting the events below:

H.O.P.E. for Small Farm Sustainability
Join Friends of the Farm on Nov. 13, Thurs. 6-8:30 for our first annual Sip n Savor! This event supports HOPE for Small Farming Sustainability. If you have loved the HOPE Harvest Dinners this is for you! Appetizers prepared by Chef Larry Delgado of House Wine and SALT - New American Table, Stefania Trimboli-Wright of Rio Grande Grill, Brent Shriver from Austin, Dustin Stair, Joel Brotzman-Gonzales and other Valley chefs along with Texas beer and wine will delight you. Join us at The HOPE farm,19833 Morris Rd., Harlingen for an evening of great food fun and community. Tickets are limited. $50 a person. Contact Kate McSwain at 956-9708344 for reservations or questions.

Harlingen Farmers Market

Grow'n Growers, year round market, from 9:30-12:30,  Sponsored by the Texas A&M Agrilife Extention Service, not GMO-Free or all Organic, but grown locally and without harmful chemical.

Fall Garden Festival and Free Gardening Workshops
The Hidalgo County Master Gardeners will hold their Fall Garden Festival with gardening workshops at their Educational Garden located in North San Juan Park on Saturday, October 18, 2014. This event will begin at 10:30 a.m. and run until 1:30 p.m. and will feature free workshops for families. They will also have a plant sale during this event. Topics to be covered in the workshops include a hands-on presentation on “Plant Propagation;” a program focusing on “How to Make a Square Foot Garden;” “Composting,” “Preventing Citrus Greening Disease;” a Demonstration on “Rainwater Harvesting” and a presentation on “Fall Vegetable Gardening.” Call (956) 383-1026 for more information.


The Market at McAllen, Open year round from 10am-1pm. Only market that I know of that accepts EBT as payment


Brownsville Farmers Market, Every Saturday (not sure if it's year round) from 9am-Noon.
There is also the Brownsville Wellness Coalition which is doing an awesome job raising awareness and starting community gardens, classes and other events! If you are in the lower valley I would def go check it out!

Open Farm Day, hosted by Yahweh's All Natural Farm & Garden, Saturday, Oct 25th at 10am!

Farm Tour at Terra Preta Family Farm, Saturday, Oct 18th at 9am!

Tenaza Organics, They have their CSA to get ready for. Speaking of CSA's check out the list below:


CSA's in the RGV:

What is a CSA? Community Supported Agriculture. That means that you, as a community are helping the farm stay alive and in return you get to eat from they bounty!

Tenaza Organics, Yahweh's All Natural Farm and Terra Preta Family Farms all have a CSA available and are all starting to plant for the new season, meaning you still have time to sign up. Visit each page, links above for more information, but the average is about $25/week. 

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If you have any event to share, please contact me on my facebook page. So I can share it ASAP! I hope ya'll have a great weekend and see you supporting and thanking your local farmers!

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