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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

‘North Bay Farmers Markets Cookbook’ Giveaway!

This giveaway is now closed. But you should keep reading because it’s a great book…and the pictures are pretty. πŸ™‚

I took a stroll through the Menlo Park Farmers Market on Sunday morning. I haven’t been to a farmers market in quite a while. And I have to tell you, I’ve been missing out. I can’t believe what a great mood that visit put me in. I can’t explain it. I felt inspired and happy all day.

Our friend Brian from San Diego emailed me one day and said I needed to connect with his friend Amelia, who was from the Bay Area and supposedly had a great cookbook. Well, I got in touch with Amelia and Brian was right…her cookbook is great, and it’s all about wonderful farmers markets! Once Amelia and I connected, she and Brigitte (her co-author) immediately sent me a lovingly signed copy of North Bay Farmers Markets Cookbook. And then…it sat on my shelf for months – it’s been such a crazy year!Β But I finally pulled it out this week and it’s wonderful. Lots of inspiring information about farmers markets and oodles of great recipes, peppered with stories of individual farmers from the North Bay. It’s a lovely read. And the book inspired my acorn squash yesterday. Which ended up being delicioso!

The book also inspired my little visit to my own farmers market this past weekend. Farmers markets are always invigorating for me. I love interacting with the farmers themselves, knowing that the food is local and oftentimes organic. And, more than anything else, FRESH. Nothing beats fresh, in-season food. Nothing.

Brigitte and Amelia want to share their book with you, so they are giving away FOUR copies of the book! If you’d like to enter for your chance to win North Bay Farmers Markets Cookbook, please add a comment to this post by Midnight PT on Sunday, 10/24. Four winners will be randomly-selected and announced on Monday, 10/25. And it doesn’t matter if you live in the North Bay or not…I don’t, and the book is still applicable to my life, as it will be to yours!

As you know, I’ve thought a lot this year about how the way we eat affects the environment. I love seeing the growth of farmers markets across the country and an increased interest around eating locally and seasonally. It gives me great hope!


  1. 1

    I feel the same way about farmers markets. There’s such an energizing atmosphere there.

  2. 2

    I love the farmers market, every Sunday I go to pick up fresh veggies and fruits for the week. Anything you make always tastes better when its fresh off the vine!

  3. 3

    I can’t believe how many farmer’s markets have sprung up out of nowhere in my area. The best part is that they are at different times and on different days. Lots of choices and opportunities now. I love it!

  4. 4

    i heart farmer’s markets!
    working as a regional marketing director for a sustainable foodservice company ( i have been pushing eat local challenges – and challenged thousands to participate in a low carbon diet. if you are interested – we have come up with a ‘low carbon calculator’ – it is very interesting to learn about how the food system relates to the environment – and that over 1/3 of all greenhouse gas emissions comes from our food system!
    great giveaway – love your blog!

  5. 5

    I love a good farmer’s market. Hopefully next year we’ll find a good one around here!

  6. 6

    What a wonderful giveaway – this looks like a lovely cookbook. It is so very important to support local farmers.

  7. This would be a nice addition to my cook book collection!

  8. 8

    I’ve never seen a purple bell pepper before! I love the greater variety in farmer’s markets.

  9. 9

    Farmer’s Markets are my absolute favorite. Nothing beats getting fresh produce. We don’t have too many in Delaware.

  10. 10

    I love cookbooks AND farmers markets! I hope I win this one πŸ™‚

  11. 11

    Maybe me this time! Love farmer’s market here in the Garden State too!!!

  12. 12

    I HOPE I get one! πŸ™‚

  13. I’m originally from the Bay Area, so maybe that will give me good luck!

  14. Farmers markets are the absolute best! I’m from the Bay Area as well, but now I live in DC, and I miss the California markets. There is nothing like them! I also love that they are like a step back in time! What a wonderful idea for a cook book!

  15. 15

    I can’t believe the Farmer’s Market season is almost through! This book should get me through to next year. πŸ™‚

  16. 16
    Robin R

    beautiful pictures

  17. 17

    Maybe just maybe I”ll win this time.

  18. Looks like a fabulous book! I live in the Bay Area and I love our farmer’s markets. This would be a fabulous addition to my bookshelf AND my kitchen!

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    Sarah L

    I always love great ideas straight from the farm!

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    Auntie Barb


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    Allison Rufleth

    We just moved to Ruston, LA and there’s a farmer’s market every Saturday throughout the year-except for Dec. and Jan. We were so excited to learn this about our new hometown! This would be a fantastic book to have!

  22. New Orleans has definitely had a resurgence of Farmer’s Markets in the last few years. There is the Crescent City Farmer’s market three times a week which offers great produce and as well as stories.One booth offers dark German bread made by an old German sailor who never left the New Orleans port. Also, Mr. Okra buys produce there and drives around neighborhoods with a speakerphone saying “I’ve got oranges and bananas….” Our farmer’s markets are more then just fresh food, they are the heart and soul of our city.

    P.s. I love cookbooks!

  23. 23

    I really like those purple peppers. I have never seen them before.

  24. 24

    I am a farmers market junkie! I love them and will drive 20 minutes to get to my favorite Cabrillo College market every saturday!

  25. love the farmers market! miss it so much in the winter here.

  26. 26

    I am not allowed to buy cookbooks anymore.. but the rules didn’t extend to winning them. Looks like a great book.

  27. Can I use it even if I’m nowhere near the North Bay?

  28. 28

    A cookbook based on the farmers market! Delightful!

  29. 29
    Nicole Beckstrand

    I don’t live in the North Bay but I think I would still like to have this cookbook;-)

  30. This would be an awesome cook book to have! Hope I win πŸ™‚

  31. I love cooking with fresh seasonal food! We love our farmers market and our local farm CSA program too.

  32. 32

    no better place to get super sweet fruit. i’m a cookbook addict!

  33. 33

    I’m keepin’ my fingers crossed, that cookbook looks fantastic!

  34. 34

    I’ve never been to a real farmer’s market. It looks soooo good.

  35. 35

    I love our local farmer’s market!

  36. 36
    shanna boatler

    the farmer’s market in santa monica was fantastic! the best blueberries EVER!! then i went to the one in santa fe, it was great! just recently i was in aspen, CO during their market day…also fantastic!!
    this book looks great!

  37. 37

    farmer’s markets are my favorite part of fall!

  38. 38

    I love farmers’ markets and I love cookbooks. What a fabulous combination!!

  39. 39

    I love our farmer’s market, it makes me happy every time we’re there. I’m in love with squashed blossoms right now. Sooo good! And fresh!

  40. 40

    LOVE farmer’s markets! We go all the time in Philly! πŸ™‚

  41. Your photos are beautiful! I love my local famer’s market, I wish it was bigger!

  42. 42

    That cookbook sounds fabulous. Hope I win!

  43. 43

    This makes me want to go to our Farmers Market. Thanks for the inspiration!

  44. 44

    Oooo! Lovely photographs! Sadly, our Farmer’s Market is over for the season (it’s already pretty chilly up here in Montana), but this book would be a nice treat to hold me over until next year. Fingers crossed!

  45. 45
    Jenny Worthington

    I love the farmer’s market! YUM!

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  47. 47
    Kim H

    When we are traveling I always look for farmers markets in other cities to try out. It is amazing how different produce can be in other regions of the US.

  48. 48
    Nikki CB

    Yay farmers markets!

  49. 49

    I’ve worked and volunteered at two farmers’ markets, and they’re always a treat in my week! But I have a pressing question: Are those purple peppers in the first photo?

  50. 50

    There is nothing better than a farmers’ market! That cookbook looks fantastic!

  51. 51

    I love farmer’s markets! We only have one more week of ours in Colorado. Getting chilly at night with warm days. I love finding new Farmer’s markets while on vacation. Love finding local honey. πŸ™‚ That cookbook looks gorgeous!

  52. 52

    yum! πŸ™‚

  53. 53
    Nora B

    The cookbook looks fantastic!

  54. 54

    Love farmers markets! Love the colors, the freshness, the farmers! Great looking cookbook, hope to win one. Thanks!

  55. 55

    I would love this! Thanks for a great giveaway!

  56. 56

    Oh I would love a copy of this book… farmer’s markets rock. There is nothing better than eating local & fresh!

  57. 58

    Farmer’s market’s are great. Wish we could have them year round here!

  58. 59

    Love my CSA. I have been creating my own market cookbook on my blog. Each week I post recipes I made using my CSA delivery.

  59. 60

    Sounds delicious, I love farmer’s markets!!

  60. 61

    I love Farmer’s Markets, and would love the cookbook as well.

  61. 62
    Sherri W

    I love the Farmer’s Market… and I’d love a copy of that cookbook!!! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the opportunity to get one!

  62. 63

    I love Farmer’s Markets! This book looks amazing! I’d love a copy…

  63. 64
    Jen Ketcher

    Would love to win a new cookbook!

  64. 65

    I am always looking for ways to use fresh, in season, local produce. (And how to grow it better, but that’s another story…:)

  65. 66
    Auntie Deb

    I love cookbooks!

  66. 67

    What a delicious giveaway! I love our local market and I am always looking for creative ways to use the harvest we find. My fave produce to look at the last time I was there was the mushroom guy – they almost looked too beautiful to eat! But, alas, no!

  67. 68

    My favorite part of living in CA is the awesome farm fresh produce! I love it!

  68. 69

    Mmmm I am so sad that our farmers market weekends ended about a month ago! This has been the most beautiful October in the midwest. The colors in your photos are so enticing πŸ™‚

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  70. 71

    Fingers crossed. We drag our kids to the farmers’ market regularly…..

  71. 72

    would love another cookbook to add to the collection! <3

  72. 73
    Teresa R

    I can always use a good cook book.

  73. 74
    Rachel Ream

    In a month or so our 3 persimmon trees will have enough ripe fruit to supply a month of farmer’s markets. I hope this cookbook has recipes that use persimmons. I’ve run out of ideas.

  74. 75

    I love farmer’s markets! And I love cookbooks! We’ve been eating mostly vegetarian for environmental reasons as well. Would love to have this cookbook on the journey!

  75. 76

    I loved your pictures! How can you not want to eat an eggplant when it looks as pretty as it did in that photo!

  76. 77

    i would love this. we tried our hand at a garden this summer and got a fair amount of tomatoes AND way too many sunflowers. there’s always next year though.

  77. 78

    I love love love farmer’s markets! The cookbook looks great and I would love to win one so I can try out the recipes!

  78. 79

    I live in a small college town in Indiana….but our farmer’s market is amazing! I always come home with way more than I intended to buy. This book would be awesome…thank you!

  79. 80

    There are lots of little roadside stands in our area but not like the giant farmer’s markets out in Cali. We have (well, had. It’s too cold now) a little garden that was wonderful! It was amazing to walk into our backyard and pick veggies for dinner!

  80. 81

    The pictures are so inspiring! I think I’ll check out my local farmers market this weekend!

  81. 82

    oh man do I want to get to the farmer’s market now!

  82. 83

    I love farmers markets. In my area they do not last very long. We have a short growing season here so we only get 3 or 4 months. Would love the cookbook.

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    Michelle Machado

    Your pictures of the Farmer’s Market are just beautiful. I can’t wait until it stops raining here so I can get back to one.

  84. 85

    Looks like a beautiful cook book and I agree, how can going to the farmer’s market not put you in the best mood!? We’re luck to not only have Pike Place market here in Seattle, but also a small market in practically every surrounding town! My best recent find was homemade gnocchi, but I love the seasonal veggies too! Thanks for doing such a great giveaway!

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    Amber L

    Ok, I am definitely inspired to go check out our local farmer’s market. Thanks!!

  86. 87

    I love cookbooks!

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    Staci M

    I love our Michigan farmers’ markets! We visit several in our area frequently throughout the summer. My toddler loves it too.

  88. 89

    There’s a farmer’s market in Logan, Utah on Saturdays. It is about 2 blocks from our house. I take my baby girl and we look at crafts and listen to the music. Some sellers give samples of their produce. It’s a great place to spend a Saturday.

  89. Very cool. I LOVE our local Farmer’s Markets and this would be a great addition to my cookbook shelf πŸ™‚

  90. 91

    I am from SF and miss the Ferry Building farmers market so. It was a weekend ritual for my husband and I. The bridge on the cover just floods me with memories.

  91. 92

    I love farmers’ markets! Fresh produce is the best!!

  92. 93

    I would love to own a cookbook authored by people that I know. How exciting that you’re published! Keep up the good work!

  93. 94

    I miss Menlo Park! I live in San Diego now and the farmer’s markets are pretty good, but nothing compares to the Bay Area!

  94. 95

    I love Farmer’s Markets! I am helping to get one started at my university this fall :]

  95. 96

    I love Farmer’s Markets, and especially love taking my boys (2 and 4). We always leave with much more than we planned to buy, and the book would come in handy for that!

  96. 97

    Ohhh! Would love to get my hands on this cookbook.

    I love the farmer’s market near us, Campbell, however it is always jam packed.

  97. 98

    I would love a copy of that beautiful looking coobook. Thanks!

  98. 99

    I buy whatever I can from our local markets, always good, always fresh, always affordable. I’d love to see what I could make with our local produce and this cookbook! btw, I love the eggplant photo in this post!

  99. 100

    Love, love, love a farmer’s market! Love, love, love new cookbooks.

  100. 101

    Farmer’s markets are inspiring! They make us want to eat better. I’m always looking for a good cookbook that can help me find new ways to use my veggies…thanks!

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    Cherie L

    I love the garden state… most people don’t get it. I go to my local farmers market as often as I can, but not nearly often enough. Thank goodness we have a Co-op that does it for us!

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    Stacey Thomas

    Woo whoo! Pick me, pick me!!! :o) Thanks for this opportunity!

  103. 104

    I love farmers markets, one of the better things in life!

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    Molly Cartwright

    Looks like a great book!

  105. 106

    I love shopping at the farmer’s markets! It’s so much fun and educational for my 2 little ones as well! πŸ™‚

  106. 107

    I love the farmers market in the city I live in. But soon I may be moving to the bay area and I would love to see what their farmers markets are like!

  107. 108

    I would loooove to have this book!

  108. 109

    I love markets- they’re so inspiring!

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    Julia Axtell

    whenever i go to a farmers market i spend way too much money! everything is so good…

  110. 111

    I like plums.

  111. 112

    i recently did a blog post about farmer’s markets! i love them, they are like home.

  112. 113

    i love good farmer’s market almost as much as i love a good cookbook! πŸ™‚

  113. 114

    We have the most amazing little farmers market in Traverse City (MI) full of apples and CHERRIES and right now, lots of pumpkins, squash, etc. I don’t know how I lived without a farmers market (before moving here!)

  114. 115

    Love the photos, Jane. That looks like one fabulous farmer’s market!

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    Barbara Ann Baker

    What a lovely book, Jane. Thank you for encouraging us all to eat healthfully, while supporting our local farmers at the markets. Hope you are well,


  116. 117

    This cookbook looks as gorgeous as the food you find at a good farmer’s market. I’ve loved taking my kids to the markets near us and introducing them to new foods and finding new ways to use our favorites. Thanks for the inspiration!

  117. Love your site, Jane! Thanks for sharing all your fun finds!

  118. 119

    Nothing like a good Farmer’s Market! Incredible food, flowers & atmosphere. Hope I get selected for this mouthwatering cookbook.

  119. 120

    pick me

  120. 121

    This sounds like a great cook book. We have a very vibrant farmer’s market here in Santa Fe which is well supported.

  121. 122

    I, also, love farmer’s markets. All the fresh items. The cook book would give me great ideas on how to prepare these fresh items.

  122. 123

    I love Farmer’s Markets and I love cookbooks. This book sounds like a delight to cook from.
    joosbornenc at yahoo dot com

  123. 124

    Thanks for another great give away! Love cooking fresh!

  124. 125

    I’ve been wanting to start eating more seasonally, so winning this book would be a step in the right direction!

  125. 126

    Love love love it! I will drive a long ways to get good, fresh farm produce although CA may be a bit too far!

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    Amy B.

    I used to live in California, and would love to win a copy of this book!

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Amy B.

  127. 128

    Farmer’s markets are amazing! Look like a wonderful cookbook πŸ™‚

  128. 129

    I go to the Menlo Park Farmers Market every Sunday. I’m addicted to it. I get evreything that looks good which is hard because pretty much everything does and then figure out my week’s menus after getting home. It’s been working out great.
    Would love one of those cookbooks for more inspiration!

  129. 130

    I’m a huge farm market fan – I hope I snag a cookbook!

  130. 131

    I love farmer’s markets. I try to frequent ours as much as possible. I think buying local is the healthiest choice.

  131. 132

    Two wonderful things combined into one, I love it!

  132. 133
    Cindy D.

    That sounds like a wonderful cookbook…and I could always use some inspiration with cooking vegetables!


  133. Oh, this would be a great Christmas gift for my sister in the US. Just wish I could find a farmer’s market near me!

  134. 135

    Hooray for Farmers markets! I love to go, even when I don’t plan to buy anything! It makes a great start to Saturday…

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