Friday, May 14, 2010

Strawberry Time

This weekend there is a Strawberry Festival in Oxnard where all things strawberry will be celebrated and served from strawberry funnel cakes to strawberry wine, and for the adventurous there will be unusual combinations like strawberry pizza and nachos. There will be live entertainment, contests, and a build your own shortcake tent. Entries cost between $12-5 depending on your age and you can buy your tickets online or at the event when you arrive for the same price. An added bonus is that 100 percent of proceeds from non-profit food and concession booths benefit close to 20 charitable groups throughout the Southland. Since the Festival began in 1984, they have raised over $3 million for donations.

Farmer's Choice just opened yesterday next to Trader Joe's on Pico Blvd in Santa Monica and this store will be good competition for fresh produce at the well known chain. I recently bought some organic lemons for $2.99 at Trader Joe's which all started to rot where the organic stickers were placed; for exactly the same price I got twice as many lemons at Farmer's choice and they have no stickers (the bag is marked organic). Everything in the store had comparable or lower prices from the organic fruit to the conventionally grown greens. They even have a few prepared foods in containers like vegan soups and desserts, so you could make a meal from ingredients you find in the store. Right now they have a great sale on organic strawberries, one pound is only $1.49 and they are as delicious as they look, so have your own strawberry festival before, during or after your week-end jaunt to Oxnard.

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