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Decoding ‘fair trade’ and ‘free trade’

Jake Fredericks

April 17, 2014

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...

What in the world is sustainable food?

Jake Fredericks

April 14, 2014

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 alphabe...

CSUN-ny Side Up takes a break

CSUN-ny Side Up takes a break

Jennifer Luxton

April 7, 2014

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

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

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

Amanda Blake

April 4, 2014

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) Progra...

Ripe for the picking

Jake Fredericks

April 3, 2014

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 or...

Coming to a farmer’s market nearest you

Jake Fredericks

April 2, 2014

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 Vall...

Farmers markets, the urban grocer

Jake Fredericks

March 31, 2014

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 m...

The nutrition facts label gets a makeover

The nutrition facts label gets a makeover

Amanda Blake

March 28, 2014

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 with le...

Which pre-packaged foods to buy and avoid

Jake Fredericks

March 26, 2014

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 score you a tuna salad...

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

Jake Fredericks

March 24, 2014

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 test...

Six Kitchen Essentials (with more uses than one)

Amanda Blake

March 13, 2014

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 ...

Hands on measuring

Hands on measuring

Jake Fredericks

March 12, 2014

 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 tem...

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