Monday, March 16, 2009

The Grove and the Farmers Market

The grove is an outdoor shopping area,
home of a handful of better shops.

L'occitane, Lalique, Apple store,
Kiehl's, Coach, Nike, Barnes and Noble,
the Farm of Beverly Hills, and more

...and a very spacious
and well maintained Pacific theater.

A great place for tantric shopping...
look, but don't buy

The Original Farmers Market at 3rd & Fairfax

In the Summer of 1934, during the Great Depression,
the first farmers market was born at 3rd and Fairfax
in Los Angeles.
The brainchild of Roger Dahlhjelm and Fred Beck, a planned
village of artists, craftsman and farmers, the Farmers Market has
exceeded the original vision.

Home of Huntington Meats and Sausage, and Marconda Meats,
both exceptional independent butchers

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at the Farmers Market!
The Grocers of Farmers Market are teaming up to create weekly Spring Market Meals featuring the freshest ingredients of the season at special prices. Each week we'll showcase a new meal from a different grocer along with a recipe created by JoAnn Cianciulli, author of L.A.'s Original Farmers Market Cookbook

Obama and Food Safety Overhaul

Obama Names New FDA Chief
Calling the U.S. food safety system a "hazard to public health," President Barack Obama on Saturday named a new head of the Food and Drug Administration to start overhauling it.
Obama, in his weekly radio address, nominated former New York City Health Commissioner Margaret Hamburg as FDA commissioner and Baltimore Health Commissioner Joshua Sharfstein as her deputy, the Associated Press reported.
The president said he would also create a Food Safety Working Group to coordinate food safety laws throughout government and advise him on how to update them. Many of these laws have been untouched since President Theodore Roosevelt's era, he added.
Obama called the current food safety system too spread out, and noted that recent underfunding and understaffing has left the FDA unable to inspect more than a fraction of the 150,000 food processing plants and warehouses in the country.
"That is a hazard to public health. It is unacceptable. And it will change under the leadership of Dr. Margaret Hamburg," Obama said, according to AP.

Santa Barbara Farmers Market, March 2009

Pics are from a recent holiday in Santa Barbara.
Two days of sea air, scenic beauty, great conversation, and fabulous doesn't get much better. And thinking I should move back....

Fairview Gardens, Founded in 1895, Fairview Gardens is considered by some to be the oldest organic farms in southern California,

Fusano Olives

Santa Barbara's farmers have two markets each week, Tuesdays on Old Town State Street, Saturdays at Cota and Santa Barbara, and one in Montecito on Friday on Coast Village Road

Luc, a charming, Miniature Schnauzer, came with the the guest room...

please note the spectacular view of the channel Islands