Harvest season has arrived here in the northern Baja paradise that I call home. One of the reasons I choose to live here is the abundance of high quality fresh fruits and vegetables.  This area of Baja is the breadbasket of Southern California and, because of the high demand for organic produce here, organic farming […]

Ela Harrison Gordon

Autumn, Berries and Antioxidants

What do you think of when you think of autumn? Many people have a very visual response – leaves turning glorious colors, bright red berries, pumpkins, intense sun lower in the horizon, shorter days. If you’re a gardener or farmer of any kind, you’ll be thinking of lots of work to harvest, and preserve the harvest – and shorter days to do it in. If you are at all given to looking ahead, you’ll almost inevitably be contrasting the bright colors and abundant harvest with preparation for the more barren winter ahead. Of course, the closer to the equator you live, the less contrast there will be between seasons: perhaps you’re lucky enough to live in a place with a year-round growing season. But even in the tropics and subtropics, there is definitely a surge of growth activity in the summer, and a slowing of intensity and change of pace as the days shorten in autumn.



Makes 4 servings  Ingredients 4 cups jicama, peel, dice 1/2 cup onion, yellow, chop 1 cup corn kernels 1 cup red bell pepper, dice 1/2 cup cilantro, chop 1/2 jalapeno pepper, chop, to taste (about 1 tablespoon) 1/8 teaspoon sea salt 2 tablespoons olive or hemp oil, optional Preparation Place jicama in food processor, process […]