Our Guide to Plastic-Free Produce Storage – on the Huffington Post!

Our Guide to Plastic-Free Produce Storage - on the Huffington Post!

When the Ecology Center’s Farmers’ Markets became Zero Waste a couple years ago, they developed this guide to help customers adapt to shopping without disposable plastic bags. Then Beth Terry, our local crusader for plastic-free living, picked the guide up and put it on her blog and later in her book, Plastic-Free: How I Kicked … Read more »

Fruit and Veggie Prescriptions Give Low-Income Families a Leg Up to Tackle Obesity

Fruit and Veggie Prescriptions Give Low-Income Families a Leg Up to Tackle Obesity

Grist recently featured the fruit and veggie prescription program, Fruit and Veggie Rx. The program works with health clinics to give vouchers to low-income and obese families that are redeemable at local farmers’ markets. This simple, family-based approach ensures that healthy eating habits are supported by access to the freshest, most nutritious food available and… Read more »

Free Holiday Light Upgrades at this Saturday’s Crafts Fair

Free Holiday Light Upgrades at this Saturday's Crafts Fair

The Berkeley Farmers’ Market 20th Annual Holiday Crafts Fair (An Ecology Center Benefit) will be joined on Dec. 3 by California Youth Energy Services (CYES) of the Rising Sun Energy Center. They’ll be running a booth where you can swap your old halogen floor lamp for a new fluorescent one, swap your old incandescent holiday… Read more »

Farmers’ Market Highlights: Tara Firma and La Tercera Farms

Farmers' Market Highlights: Tara Firma and La Tercera Farms

The most recent Census of Agriculture, conducted by the USDA in 2007 and released in 2009, revealed many trends that are encouraging for sustainable agriculture advocates. The data shows that the amount of acreage under organic production continues to grow, and that the number of small farms in the United States is rising. Strikingly, in… Read more »

Berkeleyside Profiles Longtime Blue Heron Staffer Aaron Betesh

Berkeleyside Profiles Longtime Blue Heron Staffer Aaron Betesh

If you shop at the Berkeley Farmers’ Markets, you might have been tantalized by Blue Heron Farms’ beautiful produce: thick orange carrots, juicy baby bok choy, luscious curly kale, tender lettuce, and gorgeous flower bouquets are some of them.
Berkeley Bites interviewed Aaron Betesh, an East Bay resident who has been selling Blue Heron’s produce… Read more »