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Decoding ‘fair trade’ and ‘free trade’

People typically encounter the terms free trade and fair trade when shopping for coffee, but the two practices are applicable to almost any sort of consumer product. Fair trade practices are characterized by the close relationship producers maintain with distributors, and often allot more time and adequate pay commensurate with the product’s market value. On […]

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What in the world is sustainable food?

When it comes to the language of food, foodies love tossing around three-dollar words like organic, free-range, farm-to-table, non-GMO and sustainable produce — but it’s all bullshit. We live in a world where pseudo-words apparently have more context than those from which they are derived. This alphabet mash-up has bastardized the English language, reducing it […]

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CSUN-ny Side Up takes a break

CSUN-ny Side Up takes a break

Author Jake Fredericks will resume writing after spring break. In the mean time, try one of his farmer’s market fresh recipes.

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A farmer’s market may be headed to a campus near you

A farmer’s market may be headed to a campus near you

In 2010, the CSUN Marilyn Magaram Center (MMC) for Food Science, Nutrition, and Dietetics investigated bringing a farmers market to the CSUN campus. Logistical hurdles being what they were, a partnership was formed instead with Underwood Family Farms and the current Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program was born. Whereas farmers markets are designed for multiple […]

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Ripe for the picking

If you’re like most shoppers, picking out ripe produce is typically a game of chance. As you awkwardly smell the outside of oranges and rap the side of a honeydew melon, it dawns on you that you have no clue what you’re doing. Just exercising some random tip you heard once in passing, on television […]

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Coming to a farmer’s market nearest you

Name: Northridge Farmers Market Location: 9301 Tampa Ave. Northridge, CA 91324 (Northridge Mall) Market Open: Wednesdays 5 p.m.- 9 p.m. (March-Oct.) Good For: Families, free samples, dinner, date night About: The Northridge Farmers Market is a nice place for the families and students residing in the Valley to access farm-fresh produce and wholesome fun. This […]

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Farmers markets, the urban grocer

Thank goodness for bees. Without these amazing winged specimens the season of spring would cease to exist. You don’t have look very far to see how impactful the bees’ labor of love stretches, simply look toward the variety of produce, offered in great quantities from vendors at Los Angeles’ farmers markets. Here, purveyors and customers […]

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The nutrition facts label gets a makeover

The nutrition facts label gets a makeover

How often do you read the “Nutrition Facts” label before making a choice about what to eat? The purpose of the nutrition facts label is to help consumers make healthier choices. You may opt for a brand of wheat bread because it contains more fiber than another, or you may prefer a can of soup […]

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Which pre-packaged foods to buy and avoid

It’s 8:29 a.m on Monday. You slept through both alarms, you have no clean socks to wear and you have to be at work across town in 30 minutes. On top of everything else, the $3.11 in sofa change you found last night while watching reruns of Cake Boss on Netflix is only enough to […]

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Food for thought: Get better acquainted with As and Bs, forget the Cs

Food for thought: Get better acquainted with As and Bs, forget the Cs

Put down the energy drinks, step away from the potato chips and wean yourself off triple-shot caramel lattes from the local coffee shop. By swapping over-processed, over-caffeinated products for natural alternatives, your health, and your grades, stand to improve. Although it can be difficult to eat well between all the midterm assignments and tests, these […]

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Six Kitchen Essentials (with more uses than one)

Applesauce – A cup of unsweetened applesauce makes a great portable snack, but applesauce can add a dollop of nutrition to baked goods as well. Replace a cup of sugar with one cup of applesauce, while reducing other liquids by a ¼ cup. You may also substitute oil with applesauce, but I recommend leaving half […]

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Hands on measuring

Hands on measuring

 Measuring a teaspoon and tablespoon in your hand next to comparisons of coins ½ teaspoon: dime 1 teaspoon: penny ½ tablespoon: nickel 1 tablespoon: quarter Using your hand to test the temperature and doneness of a steak Raw uncooked Remove from packaging and thaw to room temperature Blue 115-120°F Touch fleshy part of hand (top) […]