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Altadena, the "New" Epicure Epicenter?

Local backyard farms and ranches have existed for years in these parts. It’s just now, everyone seems to know about it.

Is it funny or irritating that the media from outside Altadena are so jaw-droppingly dumbfounded to find we’re actually engaged in activities that coincide with a trendy movement?

“How can it be,” they gasp, “when Altadena is miles away from Silverlake!”

Yeah, well, we may not be Silverlake, but we're not exactly Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, either. (Not to cast aspersions on Moose Jaw, for all I know they may also raise their own chickens.)

Of course, the root of the problem is that those Altadenans who have always grown their own produce and hatched their own eggs never took the time to coin a word for it. They never called themselves, for instance, “Locavores.” (Locavore, soon to replace “awesome” as the most overused word in the English language. It's not all bad news, though, if it puts an end to "foodie.")

In any case, the paparazzi are at it again and Altadena is featured in Bon Appetit

Lorraine Pozniak August 23, 2012 at 03:08 AM
Altadena, or anywhere else in California, can't become an epicurean epicenter until the Cottage Foods Bill is passed, and signed into law. AB1616, otherwise known as The California Homemade Food Act, that is currently making its way through the California legislature, is patterned on “cottage food laws” that have been enacted in more than 30 states and that have not resulted in a single case of food-borne illness. While many of these states have had such laws on the books for decades, it is still illegal to sell any homemade food in California. There are enough safeguards in AB1616 to ensure that Californians’ health will not be jeopardized by its implementation. Its economic benefits to California and Californians will more than offset any costs that would be incurred in enforcing it. AB1616 is an example of sensible regulation replacing an unwarranted prohibition. It is a well-thought-out piece of legislation that not only promotes the “eat local” spirit, a spirit that was born in California, by enabling the introduction of a whole range of small-production, locally produced, high quality foods from California’s communities. It also will result in economic benefit for people in all parts of the state, particularly those who are struggling to find additional sources of income to help their families during these tough times. I got this information from Aimee Silver of Eat Well Market and have passed it along to Dan Abendschein.
michele Zack August 23, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Altadena Heritage has been on this train for some time. On September 9 the latest offering in our Sustainability Series is a Tomato workshop with Kazi Pitelka at the Zane Grey mansion. Check out Altadena Heritage FB page and sign up, or send a message to altadenaheritage@earthlink.net
Kathy September 08, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Ah well...you can't expect the media to get it right!!!

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