Merry Christmas, Jam Lovers!

2013 Holidays

Love and gratitude goes out to all of you jam lovers! The real gift for me is thinking of all the small-batch, low-sugar specialty jams being opened at this time of year. Thank you!

We had a fun day on the westside of Santa Cruz for the LAST MINUTE Holiday Boutique Sale, Saturday December 21 from 11am-4pm. There were a variety of local artists, crafters, and of course jam. New flavors included Dark of the Night Fig JamFlowered Quince Jelly and Sugar Plum Fairy Jam!!

 

Anna jam sale 12-1-12Front Street Kitchen had a beautiful Food Faire & Holiday Gift Sale Sunday, December 15 in downtown Santa Cruz. There were great food artisans, cookies for sale by the ROP Culinary students and free gift wrapping! Also info about Jam-making Classes, a raffle to win an Artisan Basket, and wonderful live music. Check back for info on Art & Valentines for First Friday in February 2014!! 

 

Hidden Villa ranch

A Day at the Farm at Hidden Villa! Thanks goes out to those who joined us for the Holiday Preserves Workshop at Hidden Villa on Sunday, December 8th, 2013 in Los Altos Hills. It was a sunny but chilly afternoon of canning Kiwi-Lime Marmalade and a savory Red Onion Relish. Students went home with special gifts for the holidays, made by hand in the country kitchen of the Duveneck House. We highlighted adaptations of favorite recipes using low or no sugar!  Visit www.hiddenvilla.org for more information and future classes.

Other News

We enjoyed two pickling workshops on Lacto-Fermented Veggies at Hidden Villa in September and October. Check out latest articles in the Mt. View Voice and Palo Alto Weekly:

http://www.mv-voice.com/news/2013/09/12/a-passion-for-pickling

http://www.paloaltoonline.com/news/show_story.php?id=30925

First Fridays last summer at the new 7 Squid Row in downtown Santa Cruz were happening. This new theatrical marketplace setting combines food and music events with educational opportunities, all tucked into a fantastical little alley of artists. Refreshments, Music by the Samurai Gypsies and finger foods featured Ladysmith Jam’s Plum Fig Chutney. Dazzling!

See more at:   www.7squidrow.com and www.artdujour.org

Thanks to all who attended the First Fridays in February and March at Art du Jour on Cedar Street in downtown Santa Cruz where Ladysmith Jams teamed up with Michelle Betaudier Confections and Patricia Indries Beekeeping to share foodworks as Edible Art. Tastings and educational components featured the new California Homemade Food Act, AB 1616.

Anna Cameron and her jams and fruit.

2012 RECAP

Thank you to all those who attended the Lacto-Fermented Garden Vegetables workshop at Hidden Villa on October 20th, 2012. Our group had a great time walking through the beautiful amaranth and abundant tomatoes in the Educational Gardens at the ranch.  We pickled nasturtium seed pods in with the farmer’s market variety of vegetables- some even ventured to add amaranth stalks- to make Home-brined Pickled Veggies. We decided on two types of sauerkraut: a pink Apple-Fennel Sauerkraut with green and red cabbage, and a spicy Garlic-Daikon Kimchi-Kraut, both full of beneficial microorganisms using only filtered water and sea salt.

Hidden Villa is a beautiful ranch of organic teaching gardens, farm animals, a blacksmith shop and lots more. Located off Highway 280 in the Los Altos Hills, this gorgeous spot hosts many interesting classes and was recently highlighted in Sunset magazine. Visit http://www.hiddenvilla.org/calendar to find out more.

 

 

Thank you for supporting local food endeavors! ~Anna Cameron

Anna Cameron forages for elderberries