Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Fashionista Farmer: Santa Fe Print Edition, Part 2

If you saw my post from the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market featuring prints charming, then you must be chomping at the bit to meet the Royals. What constitutes fashionista-farmer royalty? Is it organic, fair-trade, non-GMO, gluten-free, cruelty-free, rainforest alliance certifications? Nice try, but no. The farmers must simply display their wares with artistic flair, a sense of style and be farmstand eye candy. And for bonus points, their clothing must be color-coordinated with their products. Yep, I make the rules around here, and that’s what constitutes fashionista-farmer royalty. If you beg to differ, please take it up with the authorities by filing a formal complaint at the Bureau of Fashionista Farmers. In the meantime, eye some candy.

Mixed Greens and 50 Shades of Gray
Both provocative and high in folate, the man in gray and his matching ensemble was Prints Charming-certified.

Salve-y Lady 
This herbal salve seller rubbed me the right way with her originality.

Chimayo Red-hot Couture 
His clothing may have been half-baked, but his shades, hat and tablecloth provided the sizzle—along with the chile, natch.

Multi-hued Hot Couture Ensemble
Between her chile print apron and his hot, red shirt, they proved to be worthy chile-istas.

Earth Mother Ensemble
Her sage wisdom shone through with a retro, herbal-forward sensibility.

Karl Lavender Field
His many products went on like lavender fields forever. He even grew his own shirt. 

Aqua and Taupe Scone Ensemble, Sans Gluten
In addition to baking gluten-free, she gets bonus points for her fully baked color vision.

Beet Scone Ensemble, Sans Gluten
She also gets bonus points for matching. I hope the scones taste as good as the ensemble looks.

Hemp-glassed Baker, Sans Hemp
I didn't see hemp listed as an ingredient, but he still gets points for his whacky vision.

Batik Chic Baker 
What a pleasing pastry presentation, down to his coordinated shirt. Kudos, baker dude!

Cafe Accompaniment in Pink
He even matched the bacon, but regrettably, not the breakfast burrito. 

Which is your favorite fashionista farmer?

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Fashionista Farmer: Santa Fe Print Edition

You think I care that New Mexican farmers think I'm a stalker? That's the price you pay for being a Santa Fe Farmers' Market "enthusiast." It’s been three years since I was there last, and the thrill never gets old. Is it because these homegrown purists practice organic, sustainable agriculture the way their foremothers did? Check. And because everything is hyper-local and unique to the area? Yup. And that they spit in the face of Monsanto and Big Chemical? Yessiree. But New Mexican farmers also have an eye for color and composition that puts other markets to shame. So I’m showcasing some of the print backdrops upon which they so artfully display their wares. And the designers, I mean farmers, are pretty colorful too. But you'll discover that in Part 2. In the meantime, meet prints charming.

Hot couture (chile powders) and dried jujubes (bottom)
Flower power (chévre with edible flowers)
Lavender fields forever
Chocolate, red chile, toffee bacon donuts

Gluten-free beet and apple scones; GF blue corn, green chile and chévre scones

Goat milk soaps; sage and wormword sticks

If you liked meeting the prints, just wait till you meet some of the farmers in Part 2.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Ode To Maters

Today I am an heirloom
My skin so cragged and crinkled
The one who stole my cherry?
Now even he is wrinkled

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

6 Smart Food Trends to Watch in 2015

Labels that tell you whether the water's been fracked? No, not really, but I have some real predictions for six food trends to watch in 2015.

To find out what they are, just hop on over and read my piece at Zester Daily. And while you're at it, have a Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Happy Farm-to-table Holidays!

Have a latke-licious Chanukah, and don't skimp on the onions! 

May the season bring warmth to all your chilly days.

Here's wishing you a bounty of beautiful farm-fresh food. 

With gratitude to farmers and farmworkers everywhere, happy holidays from the bottom of my farmers' market bag.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

10 Farm-to-table Centerpieces

You can tell a lot about a person from their table's centerpiece. Mine says I have an eco-chic sensibility. Think hippie chick with a fine art degree and a razor. I did say chic. To me, a bunch of fresh veggies is every bit as sexy as a bouquet of flowers. They might not look all dolled up sitting in a produce bag, but with a little bit of fluffing, you'll have some oooh-baby, come-hither carrots.

It's superficial to look at produce from strictly a nutritional aspect. What's on the outside counts, too. Inspired by the juicy couture of fashionista farmers, I created these farm-to-table centerpieces that you can throw together for any occasion and eat the next day. You can't put yesterday's tulips between your two lips. But you can chow down on these beauties while leaving a light carbon footprint. But make sure to eat your handiwork. Wasting food is neither eco or chic.  

Now presenting my sustainable, eco-chic, farm-to-table centerpieces. Nutritionally filling. Creatively fulfilling. No landfilling.

1. Come-hither Carrot Medley

2. Radiant Radishes

3. Posh Squash and Herbs

4. Glass of Chard

5. Moroccan Herbal Tea Glasses

6. Ravishing Radish Greens

7. Green and Pearl Onion Ensemble

8. Pot de Carrot 

9. Colander Couture

10. Radish-ista Fashionista

Want 10 tips for creating your own centerpiece? Then read my piece, Farm-to-Table Centerpieces for Eco-Chic Entertaining at Zester Daily. 

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Ode to a Radish