March

March Food Holidays.

Yogurt Ranch Dip

Have you noticed all the weird and wacky food holidays people seem to be celebrating these days? Maybe it’s the popularity of Instagram and Pinterest that have brought some of the more obscure food holidays to the forefront as food bloggers and moms scramble for content and meal ideas. I’m all for reasons to celebrate only some of the food holidays being celebrated across the Internet are just plain. Bad. For. You.

Around here we try to keep processed foods to a minimum and we definitely aren’t going to buy and eat a certain brand or food product just because it’s that food’s “special day.” What we do try to do is keep our weekly menus interesting, seasonal and fun. You can do that without falling victim to cheezy marketing ploys by food companies trying to sell you something you don’t need.

So this month as we celebrate all the awesome seasonal foods we can buy locally in California we definitely won’t be celebrating National Oreo Day or National Cake Pop Day. We are definitely going to get in on the fun for National Crunchy Taco Day, National Waffle Day and more. Stay with us as we share some of our favorite recipes this month for local, seasonal fruit and vegetables that are at their peak during early spring.

Pictured is our homemade Yogurt Ranch Dip we shared on our Instagram last summer. It’s one of our favorite after school snack recipes and works for tomorrow’s celebration of National Ranch Day.

March Food Celebrations

National Fresh Celery Month
National Noodle Month
National Flour Month
National Frozen Food Month
National Peanut Month
National Hot Cross Bun Day (Good Friday)
National Sauce Month

Daily Holidays

March 1
National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day

March 2
National Banana Cream Pie Day

March 3
National Cold Cuts Day

March 4
National Poundcake Day

March 5
National Cheese Doodle Day

March 6
National Oreo Day

March 7
National Cereal Day

March 8
National Peanut Cluster Day

March 9
National Crab Day

March 10
National Ranch Dressing Day

March 11
National “Eat Your Noodles” Day

March 12
National Milky Way Day

March 13
National Chicken Noodle Soup Day

March 14
National Potato Chip Day

March 15
National Peanut Lovers’ Day

March 16
National Artichoke Heart Day

March 17
National “Eat Like an Irishman” Day

March 18
National Sloppy Joe Day

March 19
National Oatmeal Cookie Day

March 20
National Ravioli Day

March 21
National Crunchy Taco Day

March 22
National Water Day

March 23
National Chips and Dip Day

March 24
National Cake Pop Day

March 25
National International Waffle Day

March 26
National Nougat Day

March 27
National World Whisky Day

March 28
National Black Forest Cake Day

March 29
National Chiffon Cake Day

March 30
National Turkey Neck Soup Day

March 31
National Oysters on the Half Shell Day
National Clam Day

March. Tot Friendly Food Festivals and Farming Events.

March is here and it’s time to start planning your weekend tot friendly family activities.  There aren’t many events yet, since weather is changeable this time of year, so make sure to plan early for the events that are happening in our area.  If there isn’t any events that your family can attend make sure to get out and support your local farmer’s market or farmstand.

Sacramento and Surrounding Area

Pig Day

Photo Courtesy of Davis Farmer’s Market

Davis Pig Day

March 7, 2015, 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Fourth and C streets in Davis, CA
Pig Day, celebrating all things pork at the Davis Farmer’s Market along with celebrating local agriculture, local farmers and local foods.  Bring your appetites for individually priced items from vendors, including breakfast sammies (with bacon or pulled pork), pigs-in-a-blanket, pork fried rice with vegetables, pork ribs, pulled pork sandwiches, piggy pops (French bread on a stick shaped like a pig’s head), pig cookies and bacon-flavored “frozen confections.”
A petting zoo of piglets and other children’s activities will be on site, as well.
http://www.davisfarmersmarket.org

Soil Born Farms Early Spring Plant Sale

March 21, 2015, 9:00am – 01:30pm
Sacramento, CA
Fill your early spring garden with seasonal vegetables, flowers, medicinal and/ culinary herbs and edible perennials, including fruit trees.
www.soilbornfarms.com

Bay Area and Beyond

Petaluma Artisan Cheese Festival Cheese Tasting and Marketplace
March 22, 2015
Petaluma, CA
The last day of the Petaluma Artisan Cheese Festival and one the tots can participate in.  A day under the big top for an afternoon like no other! Meet over 90 artisan producers and experience the best of local cheese, wine, beer, ciders and other specialty foods. Discover the next wave of interesting cheese accompaniments, cheesemaking products and books. Pick up new recipes, tips and tricks at chef demos scheduled throughout the day. Bring your pocketbook as there will be an opportunity to purchase your favorite cheeses and artisan products. Your ticket includes admission, access to chef demos and author book signings, the coveted Artisan Cheese Festival insulated cheese tote bag and a festival wine glass. $45 per person, $20 for kids 12 and under.
http://artisancheesefestival.com/