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January Local Food News

Thanks to all the incredible volunteers who, once again, made our annual Community Holiday Dinner such a success. We couldn't do it without you!

AV Foodshed Group continues to present the Boonville Winter Market through the end of April. This is our third year in front of Boonville General Store on Saturdays, 11am-1pm, rain or shine. This market is for community members to sell their homegrown and handmade products. All are welcome and you do not need to register. Just show up when you can with your own table. Questions? Cindy: 895-2949.


The Anderson Valley Solar Grange is having its second Sunday local Organic Pancake Breakfast January 12th from 8:30-11am at the Grange at 9800 Hwy 128. Remember it is a open mic for performers who can play for a breakfast. Breakfast ranges from $6-10 for kid, Mom and hungry folks sizes with local Ukiah grown Mendocino Grain Project wheat, organic buttermilk, and local bacon and eggs. An alternative gluten free pancake is offered and we are working on a Sourdough milk free version as well!

The AV Bee Club is formulating plans for January. If you are not already on the Bee List and would like to bee, please respond to this email.

On Sunday January 19, the AV Foodshed Group and the AV Grange are hosting a showing, at the Philo Grange, of the new movie American Meat. The showing will be preceded by a local food potluck at 5:30. Please BYO (bring your own place setting.) The movie will begin at 6:30 and will be followed by a discussion with some of our local meat growers. To find out more about the movie, please go to

During the Crab, Wine & Beer Fest, Handley Cellars will be offering delicious food & wine pairings featuring locally harvested crab. The pairings will be offered during both weekends, Friday through Sunday January 17th to the 19th, and January 24th to the 26th.

On January 23rd, Handley Cellars and Aquarelle Cafe & Wine Bar are partnering up for a Crab, Wine & Beer Fest winemaker dinner! Show-casing the talents of local Chef Christina Jones and winemakers Milla Handley and Randy Schock. Choose from a menu that features Handley wines, selected to complement the night’s fare of succulent crab dishes. $125/person. For reservations call 707-895-2767.

Every other week in the AVA there is a farm, restaurant, grocery store, farm stand, caterer, farmers' market, ranch, or home gardening profiles/interview. These serve to demonstrate the value of local food not only for your personal health, but for the local economy, community health, and to reduce our use of fossil fuel resources. These “Connecting With Local Food” articles are archived at on the home page. If there are any that you have missed you can go there to read them. Here is the listing of archived articles: (The most recent, which have not been sent out by email, are AV School Gardens & Boonville Hotel.) AV School Gardens Boonville Hotel and Table 128; Gowan's Oak Tree; Chestnut Ridge Ranch; Goodness Grows Nursery; Zeni Ranch; Diaspora Seeds; Lauren's; Brock Farms; Lemons' Market; Blue Meadow Farm; Boonville General Store; Boonville Farmers' Market; Petit Teton; AV Community Farm.

The AV Foodshed Apple Press is still available at AV Community Farm in Boonville. If you would like to use it there or borrow it, you can arrange to do so by calling Cindy at 895-2949.

The Anderson Valley Food Bank distributes on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. We distribute at the Boonville Methodist Church. We are now buying and giving out fresh produce from Burt at BBF and are seeking further improvements of a local nature! Denisse Mattei is the Food Bank director. You can reach her at 895-3763.

The Northern California Farm Guild Network now has four guilds. The Mendocino Farm Guild meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6pm at the Little Lake Grange Hall, 291 School Street, Willits. For more information on what the Farm Guild is all about, go to

The 31st Annual Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop & Seed and Scion Exchange will be on Saturday, February 1st at the Fairgrounds in Boonville from 9-4. Fruit tree grafting workshops, rootstock sales, hands-on grafting clinics, scion exchange, seed saving workshop, seed exchange, plant sharing, food, and much more. Goodness Grows Nursery will be placing a bulk onion start order shortly after New Years. You may order by bundles of approximately 60 at a discount or reserve varieties in multiples of 10. Varieties likely to be ordered include: Walla Walla, Red Candy Apple, Copra, Candy, Red Torpedo, Cippolini, Lancelot Leeks, Red Creole etc. Please call (895-3125) or email Sarah ( at the nursery for more information or to place an order.

The AV Senior/Community Center has an expanding vegetable garden that is providing some of the produce for the meals there. All community members are encouraged to take advantage of this local food opportunity. For meal schedule and more information go to or call Gina at 895-3609.

Restaurants in Anderson Valley that support our farmers by using locally grown produce are Aquarelle Cafe, Boont Berry Farm, Boonville General Store, Boonville Hotel, Coq au Vin, Floodgate Cafe, Lauren’s Café, Paysanne and Mosswood Market.


January Local Food Calendar

Sat Jan 11, Boonville Winter Market, Boonville General Store, 11 am-1 pm

Sun Jan 12, AV Grange Pancake Breakfast, Philo Grange, 8:30-11:00

Mon Jan 13, Mendocino County Fair Board Meeting, FG Conference Room, 7 pm

Fri Jan 17, AV Bee Club

Sat Jan 18, Boonville Winter Market, Boonville General Store, 11 am-1 pm

Sun Jan 19, Dinner and a Movie, AV Grange, 5:30 dinner, 6:30 movie

Tue Jan 21, AV Food Bank, Boonville Methodist Church

Tue Jan 21, Holistic Health Perspectives, KZYX 90.7 FM, 1-2 pm

Tue Jan 21, AV Solar Grange #669 Meeting, Philo Grange, 7 pm potluck

Tue Jan 21, Mendocino Farmers Guild, Willits

Thu Jan 23, Local Crab, Wine and Beer, Aquarelle

Sat Jan 25, Boonville Winter Market, Boonville General Store, 11 am -1 pm

Sat Jan 25, Transition Ukiah Valley lunch

Sat Feb 1, Grafting/Seed & Scion Exchange, Boonville Fairgrounds

— Cindy Wilder, AV Foodshed Group

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