Early last summer, I took a day trip to SF to visit the Saturday farmers market at the Ferry Building. I was enamored by display after display of gorgeous stone fruit; then, I noticed the boxes, which identified where it was grown. Reedley, Dinuba. Kingsburg.
This was our fruit!
I remember one of the farms, because I snapped a quick photo at their booth:
I saw a stack of similar boxes a few weeks back, when visiting the home of Amber Balakian, a 26 year old boomerang. Amber's story gives life to many of the themes now circulating throughout the local food movement, including a focus on "value added" production. What excites me most, though, is that she's cooking with her grandmother, and adapting her recipes.
See for yourself:
Read more about Amber's sauces, find recipes, and learn where to buy BalakianFarms.com!
Video credit: Meza Films