.Food & Drink: Dig in

Holiday haps for the organic foodie to the philanthropic foodie

by Tanya Henry

It is so easy to get caught up in the madness of the season. Here are a few opportunities to dig in the dirt, give back and celebrate the magic of the holidays!

Looking for a wild adventure this holiday? Well you’re in luck because it’s the season for mushroom-hunting! Obviously this is something that needs to be taken quite seriously—so I highly recommend not doing this on your own. ForageSF mushroom expert and chef Patrick Hamilton has over 40 years of mushroom foraging experience, so you won’t have to worry about coming home empty-handed. Hamilton will lead you to the best edible mushrooms, and also share recipes so you know what to do with them when you unload them in the kitchen. Check out upcoming classes in West Marin: Sunday, Dec. 14 and 21 and Sunday, Jan. 25. The hunts go on rain or shine! For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.foragesf.com/wild-mushroom-adventures. It is so easy to get caught up in the madness of the season. Here are a few opportunities to dig in the dirt, give back and celebrate the magic of the holidays!

Grow your own food! Farming 101: Organic Farming Skills for the Next Generation: Aspiring, novice and working farmers wanting to learn organic farming methods: look no further. Marin Organic hosts workshops—on the second Tuesday of every month—to teach you what you need to know. Soil health, tractor repair, small business practices, marketing, and irrigation, are just a few of the topics that are explored. Year-long mentorships are also offered, so some beginning farmers will get the chance to work with those who are more experienced. The next workshop is on Tuesday, Dec. 9 from 7-9pm at the Petaluma Seed Bank. Learn more here: www.marinorganic.org/farming-101.

Feed the Hungry! Whole Foods and KPIX 5 “Feed 4 More” Food Drive: Nov. 18 through Jan. 1, 2015 ’Tis the season for giving. With the Whole Foods and KPIX 5 “Feed 4 More” Food Drive—benefiting the SF/Marin Food Bank—you can help fight hunger. Stop by Whole Foods and donate as much healthy, non-perishable food items as you can spare. And when you’re checking out, you can also donate $10, $5 or $1 at the register. More details here: www.sfmfoodbank.org/featured-drives.

The Marin Country Mart and Farmers’ Market is where you want to be with your kids on Saturday, Dec. 13, from 9am-2pm. A holiday celebration will give the little ones the opportunity to write and send a letter to Santa, pose for a free photo with him and decorate holiday cookies. Spend the day here and treat the kiddies to pony rides, face painting and caroling. Hoppy Holidaze Christmas Ale from Marin Brewing Co. and warm mulled apple cider will be available for the adults. There will also be a Holiday Toy Drive where donations of gently used and new toys will be accepted on Saturday, Dec. 6 and 13. For more details, visit: www.marincountrymart.com/calendar.

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