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A suprising workshop

         Del Monte Foods workshop at Flour + Water It was a very surprising 4 hour day.  I was teaching the marketing team of Del Monte Foods how to make pickles and sauerkraut.  I wasn't really sure what to expect, but I am a little embarrassed of my initial pre-judgements I had of the team.  I thought "this is a HUGE national corporation.  This is Del Monte Foods and they aren't going to have a clue about my vision of the food system.  I thought they would be ignorant of seasonality and the importance of freshness.  I...

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Food Preservationists

   What are the Food Preservationists?  A "jam and pickle club" is the easiest way for me to describe it.  Happy Girl has always been a farm driven company that works exclusively with the local harvest.  It is how we always have such a fresh flavor in our preserved foods.  We created a way for you to have access to bulk amounts with the same amazing local harvest as the seasons change.  Join our email list to begin receiving our seasonal offerings of produce. Throughout the year offerings will include whatever is exciting that the farmers are growing: apples, pears,...

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Happy Girl Celebrates Eco Farm

    What is Eco Farm?   This year marks the 33rd Annual EcoFarm Conference, the oldest and largest gathering of ecologically sustainable agriculture advocates in the West. For 33 years, they have convened to create, maintain, and promote healthy and just food/farming systems. The multi-day conference yields myriad opportunities for over 1,500 participants to network with colleagues, discover the newest ecological agricultural research and techniques, and build, both individually and as a community.  We are very lucky to have this event right in our small town of Pacific Grove. Every night for the conference, from Thursday to Sunday, we...

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Pickle Your Resolutions on New Years Eve!

 Happy Girl Kitchen is whipping up a fun New Years Eve Party!  We will be making pickles in full party form with a variety of local, organic vegetables and you can throw in a new years resolution into the jar.  You can make as many jars as you wish for $5. per jar and need no experience at all.  There will be a live DJ, DJ West, playing the classic records and the disco ball will be spinning too.  To eat, we will serve house-made lasagna with local Porchini mushrooms, salad and garlic bread for $13. per plate.  Fresh drinks...

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Holiday fun!

 There is a lot going around Happy Girl for the holidays and all of it is fun!  We have lots of new gift boxes that we added to our website to make your holiday shopping easy.  You should check out our shop if you haven't seen it in a while.  We also booked a lot of new workshops into March of 2013.  The most exciting for us is the shop and cafe.  We got in a lot of cool new things including service of high quality teas imported thoughtfully, cool stamp kits from SF and succulent wreaths!  Please come in...

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