Dublin farmers’ market

It’s our second time checking out the Dublin Farmers’ Market and we were happily surprised that there was beer tasting on top of the first Thursday of the month wine tasting booths. We also found out that September is wine month so there will be wine tasting all month long.

We really love these special events at the farmers’ markets but another reason why we love them is because we get to sample the variety of fresh produce and unique products. We almost always end up buying more than what we intended because we got to try something new.  For busy couples, this is one way that you can kill 2 birds with one stone – it’s a fun mini-date and you get to get your grocery shopping done!

Here are some of the goodies we purchased today: Jalopeno and cheese bread, yummy strawberries, veggies, and the beer that we tried. Not pictured is this amazon pumpkin spread and the 3 different goat cheeses that we purchased (basil pesto, roasted garlic and fig).

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Another Shift Local Day in Alameda

Marc and I made the trip to the Alameda Farmers’ Market on Webster and Haight yesterday.  They are open on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9-1.  They had kettle corn, orchids, lots of fruits and veggies, all sorts of bread and even oven roasted chicken!

Here’s a picture from yesterday’s trip to the farmers’ market.

As we mentioned in yesterday’s post, we met a lot of great people.  One of them being JP from Home Maid Ravioli Co. who happily supported Cash Mob at Croll’s Pizza by donating gift certificates. Other than the great products that they sell, I really like the fact that Home Maid Ravioli is a family-owned business and their mission is to preserve the diversity of California’s agriculture.  They don’t use pesticide and it is great to be purchasing directly from the producer of the product so you can ask all the questions you want.

We also met some folks at Changing Gears Bike Shop, West Alameda’s Nonprofit bike shop.  If you need full service repairs or a used bike, this is the place to go.  They employ formerly homeless individuals and train them to repair, sell and run the shop.  They also need volunteers and also take bike donations.   If you have a favorite local vendor, please share them with us so we can check them out as well.

After the farmers’ market, I worked on my last paper for law school (and yes I finally turned it in…wohoo!) while Marc went to different Webster local businesses to see if we can get their support for the Cash Mob at Croll’s Pizza.  Marc found a small shop at 1604 Webster (she did not have an official store name for her store yet) and told me that I had to stop by because she sold lots of little jewelry that he thought I would love.  And he was right, the store had rings, earrings, scarfs, toys etc. and I swear I can spend hours in there just looking at what she had. Here are some pictures from the store:

And here’s what I ended up buying:

And like the people we met at the farmers’ market, this store owner provided excellent service.  Meeting owners and building relationships are definitely one of my favorite things about supporting local businesses.

What are you doing to shift local today?

Exciting developments: Cash Mob at Croll’s Pizza

Just got word that Cash Mob at Croll’s Pizza will be getting pinball machines courtesy of Pacific Pin Ball Museum  just for all of you cash mobbers!

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We’re also excited to announce that Croll’s Pizza is giving a 16 inch pizza to the winner of the Cash Mob at Croll’s Poster contest.   In addition, Home Maid Ravioli Co. donated several gift certificates to the winners of the other games that we are organizing.  Yes we have more games and more details will be announced later but for now, get those posters up on the Facebook event.

We met JP Koehler who was more than willing to support fellow local businesses so if you’re ever in Alameda for the Webster and Haight Farmers Market, check out the Home Maid Ravioli Co. table.  We just bought this amazing cheese spread and olives from JP.  Absolutely delicious and he even gave us some ice so we can take it home without worrying about the cheese going bad.  Talk about excellent service right?

Are you excited or what?!