Tea Time!

The fine art and relaxing ritual of tea time has been around for thousands of years, many of us have grown up thinking it was an over sweetened glass of cold tea that we drink on a hot summer day! But really there is so much more to tea that has amazing blends for all types of healing and calming benefits, you can start your own tea time ritual or put together your own blends for a nice gift this holiday season!!

Herbal Digestive Blend:
 This is a delicious tea that can be used to support healthy digestion or simply enjoyed for the taste. Licorice root may cause high blood pressure when taken in large amounts frequently. Those concerned with this effect might want to use stevia leaf or honey instead of licorice. 

What you’ll need… 
1 part dried goldenrod leaves and flowers (Solidago canadensis) 1 part dried lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) 1 part whole hawthorn berries (Crataegus spp.) 1/2 part dried ginger root (Zingiber officinale) 1/2 part dried licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra) Combine all the ingredients together. (I recommend buying the above ingredients as “cut and sifted” with the exception of the hawthorn berries which work fine whole.) To brew: Use 1 heaping tablespoon per 8 oz of water. Steep covered for 5-15 minutes. Strain and enjoy. 

Vanilla Earl Grey with Cornflowers 
This blend adds a vanilla flavor as well as some beautiful blue flowers to brighten up the mix. What you’ll need… 1 cup Earl Grey tea 2 tablespoons cornflower (Centaurea cyanus) 1 vanilla bean, chopped up finely Combine all the ingredients together. To brew: Use 1 heaping teaspoon per 8 oz of hot water. Stir for 3-5 minutes. Strain and enjoy as is or with milk, cream, honey or sugar.

Smokey Pu’erh Tea 

Pu’erh tea is a popular fermented tea that is highly prized by tea connoisseurs. This blend combines the fermented tea of pu’erh with the smokey taste of lapsang souchong tea. The chrysanthemum flowers taste good as well but are mainly added for appearance in this blend. What you’ll need… 3 parts pu’erh 2 parts chrysanthemum flowers 1 part lapsang souchong Combine all the ingredients together. To brew: Use 1 heaping teaspoon per 8 oz of hot water. Steep for 3-5 minutes. Strain and enjoy as is or with milk, cream, honey or sugar.

Orange Spiced Black Tea 
This tea blend was inspired by the fancy tea blend I bought in southern France. To dry your own oranges, slice an orange into thin segments, lay them on a glass baking sheet and dry them on low in the oven. Turn them over every once in awhile. Once they are completely dried, cut them into triangle wedges as seen in the photo. 
What you’ll need… 
1 teaspoon orange extract 1 cup assam tea (or black tea of your choice) 1 tablespoon rainbow black pepper Handful of dried orange slices 1 tablespoon cinnamon chips 1 tablespoon cardamom pods, slightly crushed

These tea blends make for a really healthy and sophisticated gift as well as feeling like a bit of a chemist! Enjoy!

Don't Stress the Holidays!

It's that time of year again, the traffic, the long lines, the rush and the stress! Here are a few ways to stay calm and relaxed this holiday!

We can start by knowing that what makes the holidays so special is the time spent with loved ones, we tend to give into the pressure unknowingly, to go over the top with gifts, food and decor but the core of any memorable holiday is the time, words and feelings we share with the ones we love! Once we remind ourselves of the key to the best holiday ever, we can already begin to not stress about it!

But in case the hustle and bustle has us feeling overwhelmed here are a few simple tips we can apply to our everyday routine to minimize our stress levels and keep the calm vibes high!

Forget perfection

Stop obsessing over doing it all. The world is not going to end if the house is a little cluttered or dinner is on the table a few minutes late. "Focus your energy on enjoying the people in your life," says Donna Schempp, the program director for the Family Caregiver Alliance. Don't sweat the small stuff and your holiday will be much more enjoyable!

Consider abandoning old customs

Abandoning old customs can be a good strategy if you're lonely or grieving, experiment with a different culture's customs, or invite isolated colleagues over and start some new traditions.

Go tech-free

Constant cell phone buzzes and email alerts keep us in a perpetual fight-or-flight mode due to bursts of adrenaline. Not only is this exhausting, but it contributes to mounting stress levels, especially in women. What better time to turn your gadgets off than during a holiday get-together? Enjoy spending time with your family and friends without worry.

Savor a spicy meal

Hot foods trigger the release of endorphins—the natural chemicals that trigger feelings of euphoria and well-being, 

Dip into some honey

You'll get an instant kick and energy for the long haul. Plus, research shows that its antioxidant and antibacterial properties may improve your immunity. Here's a tip: The darker the honey, the more powerful the antioxidant punch.

Eat breakfast before you tank up on coffee

Caffeine on an empty stomach can cause blood sugar levels to spike, which can cause attention problems and irritability.

Turn up the tunes

Anxious? Listen to your favorite music, whether it's Jingle Bell Rock or the latest from Jay-Z. Hearing music you love can relax blood vessels and increase blood flow. That not only calms you down but is good for your heart, too.

Fit in exercise

It may be the last thing you feel like doing when you're stressed out, but going for a run or hitting the gym can actually make you feel better. Research has found that workouts can boost your mood for up to 12 hours.

Don't overschedule

If you're feeling stressed and overwhelmed by your holiday agenda, don't over schedule your time and take on more than you can manage. Remember: It's OK to slow down a bit.

Think positive

The holidays may drive you to your breaking point, but don't focus on the bad. Negative thinking can trigger the your body's stress response, just as a real threat does. Remember, it's time to celebrate with your family and friends (even if they do stress you out!). An optimistic outlook will help you cope with challenges that come your way.
Stick with your daily routine
Prioritize your workouts, book club, etc., and don't try to squeeze in more holiday than you can handle.

Trying New Foods...

What I love the most about Farmers Markets is trying and finding new foods that I might've not known about or became familiar with! Most Farmers and food vendors are happy to explain and sample out their foods! One of my favorite foods that I had never had prior to working at the Farmers Market was a Pupusa!! I don't know how I had never had one before but better late than never!!

At the Grand Opening of the Norco Farmers Market most had never had a pupusa or heard of it, so I thought this would be a great time to introduce the Pupusa for anyone that may not know what they're all about!

pupusa is a traditional Salvadoran dish of a thick corn tortilla stuffed with a savory filling, typically accompanied bya spicy cabbage slaw. Pupusas are also a popular dish in Honduras especially in the southern regions bordering El Salvador.
The tortilla is commonly handmade from corn flour, filled and cooked on a griddle. Common fillings include one or more of cheeses, pork, chicken, black beans and or veggies! Mostly served with a dollop of sour cream on the side, pair that with one of their signature Aqua Frescas (fresh pineapple, mango, horchata or cucumber, lemon and mint juice) and you can officially fill yourself up while filling up on your farmers market shopping!  

It's extremely tasty and savory so next time you're at the Farmers Market check out what the Pupusa is cooking up and try one for yourself! 

Cooking With Minta!

Be sure to check out our cooking demo by Chef Minta! She'll be showing us how to prepare and put together a Fall Succotash Salad w/Spicy Jalapeno Cilantro Dressing! 

What's even better than sampling at tomorrows cooking demo is most of the ingredients in the recipe can be found at Victoria's Farmers Market!! 

Fall Succotash Salad w/a Spicy Jalapeno Dressing:


1 tbs butter
3 cups of corn
2 cups of baby Lima beans
1 small yellow onion thinly sliced
1 small red onion diced finely and rinsed 
1 tsp of garlic, minced ( 1 clove)
1 red bell pepper, small diced
1 zucchini diced into bite size pieces
1 yellow squash, diced
1 cup of cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup of Italian parsley chopped
salt to taste
ground black pepper to taste

1 cup of cilantro chopped
2/3 cups of olive oil 
1/3 cup of vinegar 
1/4 cup of lime juice
1 jalapeno,diced without seeds if preferred. 

Stop by Victoria's Farmers Market where chef minta will be showing us how to prepare this salad, she'll be hosting the cooking demos at 10:45a, 11:45a and 12:45a!! 

The City of Norco Certified Farmer's Market!

We are so excited for the Grand Opening of The Norco Certified Farmers Market by Heritage! Join us this sunday Oct 29TH 2017 from 10am-2p at 3900 Acaia Ave. Norco!

We'll be bringing the freshest and locally grown fruits, veggies, artisan foods and of course delicious foodie favorites!! Live music from an amazing group of young jazz musicians an all around great sunday for the whole family to enjoy!! We look forward to seeing you at The Farmers Market!

Autumn Wellness Tips!

With the leaves changing their colors and the weather getting colder our body sometimes needs a boost to adjust the seasonal change! We've put together a list of a few helpful tips when dealing with the new time and season change!

Buy in-season food. Beets, broccoli, cabbage, eggplant, kale, pumpkin, broths, roasted squash, roots and sautéed dark leafy greens are all great choices. Also trying new recipes if you love to cook, if you're not the most knowledgeable in the kitchen, challange yourself to learn how to cook, you'll be shocked by how much money you'll save and you'll really taste the difference and may drastically cut back on fast/ processed food!

Moisturize your skin. Harsh temperatures can make your skin dry. Seek out natural products, natural oils like olive oil and coconut oil work great for dry skin!  Also, you still should be wearing sunscreen.

Make some plans for the cold months. In the winter, we tend to hibernate if we don’t have things to keep us busy. Try to avoid alcohol, it's an easy go to when it's cold out but it can reek havoc on our skin and daily routines! 

Get yourself ready for Daylight Savings Time. Go to bed earlier when you can, especially the week before the clocks change. Longer periods of darkness = longer periods of sleep! Try to set your time to meditate just before bed to relax your mind and body, aroma therapy helps with the calming process! 

Take some time to yourself. Autumn and winter are the Earth’s way of telling us to slow down. Start a journal or track your moods to get more in touch with how your feeling, looking back through the journal you can see where or why you maybe feeling a certain way. Was it lack of sleep, lack of energy, not enough quiet time etc

Do some “spring cleaning” in the fall. Clean out your closet, organize that back room, and rid yourself of things you don’t need. De-cluttering our surroundings helps clear our mind and keeps us focused on what we have to remember throughout our day! 

Get some books to read and shows to watch. Who doesn’t want to sit by the fire on chilly winter nights and read a good book or binge-watch some Netflix? Self help or insightful docs kind of feel guilt free to binge on ;)

Prepare your home for possible extreme weather conditions. Do you have a a roof that needs tending to before a rainy week? Do your flashlights have batteries? Is your heat working okay? Essential supplies in case of an earthquake?

Of course there are a ton of other great things that can keep you organized, prepared, stress free and entertained this fall! Share with us your favorite tips!

Happy Autumn! 

Pear It Nicely In Autumn!

Bartlett Pears have made their way back on the scene...as in season! Perfect time to start adding fresh pears to your daily snacks, teas and cozy recipes once the weather starts to feel like fall! Here is a sweet and simple recipe for those with a sweet tooth!! 

Grilled Bartlett Pears! 

  • 5 Bartlett pears
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons Mexican vanilla extract
  • 1 quart vanilla ice cream, for serving
  •                                                              Directions:
    • Preheat a grill to medium-high heat.
      Cut pears into thick slices (4 to 5 per pear). Place slices evenly in a large pan or bowl. Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Pour melted butter over pears. Add brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla to pan and mix until pears are thoroughly coated with the mixture.
      Place pears directly onto hot grill. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Remove pears and place in individual dessert bowls. Pour remaining butter mixture into a medium, grill-safe saucepan. Place saucepan on grill and cook, stirring, until boiling. Remove from heat.
      Place 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream over the pears in each bowl. Pour butter sauce over ice cream and serve. *Mint garnish optional*