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A City Farm favorite, not only is this bag stylish and versatile, but the purchase of this bag provides 370 school meals for children in Kenya!
With its intricate beading and distinctive Masai print lining, this FEED 2 Kenya Bag artisan-made bag quickly became (and continues to be) a FEED favorite. Not only does it support the talented people who hand-bead the bags, but every bag sold provides meals to two children in Kenya for one year.
Photos via FEEDprojects.com
We are excited to announce 3 new rescues to the City Farm family, crested ducks!
Now we need your help naming them! Visit us on Facebook and comment with your name ideas for a chance to WIN a bundle of City Farm exclusive products. 3 random winners will be chosen on 3/7.
Good luck! Enter here: https://www.facebook.com/TheCityFarm/
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we’ve rounded up our favorite gift ideas for all the loved ones in your life. Enjoy!
For your wife/girlfriend
SHY by Sydney Evan Love Necklace with Diamond Bezel – Delicate and understated, Sydney Evan’s “Love” necklace is accented with a single 0.015 ct bezel-set diamond.
For your husband/boyfriend
Lanton Money Clip – This Italian leather money clip from Will Leather Goods is crafted using the oldest tanned processing in the world. Over time the leather will age in texture, revealing good memories from money spent.
For your best friend
Love You to the Moon Charm Bowl – Tell the ones you love just how much with our Love You to the Moon Charm Bowl. and made of the finest quality pewter makes this the perfect gift for all. The charm bowl is a nice reminder of the love you have for them day after day.
For your mom
City Farm Hand Cream – Developed from an exclusive formula, this hand cream is buttery in texture without leaving an oily residue. A perfect blend of ultra-refined natural ingredients and precise chemistry to create a hand cream unlike any other.
For your fur baby
Always Kiss Your Dog Goodnight Bed – Provide a comfortable haven for your beloved canine! The Kiss Your Dog Bed will show your canine the love he or she deserves. Available in small and large.
Other Valentine Favorites
I Love You Wooden Blocks – These handmade and distressed removable wooden blocks are presented in a vintage box, ready to add an antique feel to any space. Hang or place on your kitchen counter for a morning greeting.
‘For The One I Love’ Frame – This frame is a beautiful way to display photos of your family and loved ones in a simple, loving way.
Every Day I Love You Calendar – No matter how you spin it… it’s love! This vintage styled piece reads “Every Day I Love You” and a truly unique method of keeping track of the days!
Love You Until Pigs Fly Note Card – Everlasting love! Note card comes with a matching solid white envelop and clear protective sleeve.
‘You Are My Sunshine’ Paperweight – Light up someone’s day with this beautiful handmade ‘You Are My Sunshine’ paperweight!
Sweetheart Linen Napkins – The perfect Valentine’s treat for every dining table! Set of 6.
It’s hard to believe that we are about to say goodbye to 2015 and hello to 2016! This year has flown by and we are excited to hit the ground running in 2016 with new products, content and special offers. Keep an eye out for good things to come.
Happy New Year from our farm to your home!
We’re making our list and checking it twice! Here are our favorite gift ideas for the holidays – Enjoy!
Our Belgian Chocolate Souffle in a coffee cup is a spectacular treat. This 16 oz mug arrives in its own gift box with all of the ingredients packaged and ready to go in five to six minutes.
Cow Cheese Markers – $20
Entertain in style with this cheese marker set of 5! Each marker is etched with a particular cheese: Swiss, Gouda, Bleu, Cheddar and Brie.
Avocado Honey – $15
Perfect to spread on breads, a rich sugar alternative for puddings and desserts this honey will cure you of that sweet craving we all have. Our honey is made from bees that pollinate avocado trees!
Handcrafted and made of the finest quality pewter makes this the perfect gift for all. The charm bowl is a nice reminder of the love you have for them day after day.
Black Truffle Sea Salt – $12
An incredibly complex and powerful flavor that brings an intensely aromatic quality to any dish. The irresistible, earthy, musty, and simply intoxicating prized Italian black truffles are carefully infused with natural sea salt to bring a distinctive, profound flavor to your dishes.
Small Stoneware Dish Set – $18
This set of 6 features a transferware pattern in various styles & colors. We love using these for jewelry & various knick-knacks around the house!
A playful mix of style and function, this canvas bag reads, “I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.” – Audrey Hepburn
Each bracelet is one of a kind as they are all made by hand. Lead free pewter of the finest quality allows everyone to wear them!
This PurseN Quilted Elegance Insert features 10 total compartments to keep you organized at all times. When it’s time to switch your handbag, simply lift the lightweight organizer out of the built-in handles and place in a new handbag.
Mix martinis with ease. Concoct cosmopolitans on a whim. This bar set makes creating your own classic cocktails a breeze!
Lanton Money Clip – $75
This Italian leather money clip from Will Leather Goods is crafted using the oldest tanned processing in the world. Over time the leather will age in texture, revealing good memories from money spent.
A must have accessory for the frequent traveler. This waxed cotton coated travel kit has tanned leather detailing with a top zip closure.
Start a Christmas tradition with this enchanting three-piece Santa’s Cookies Message Plate Set. The plate has a chalkboard center so you can leave a message for Santa and he can write back!
This Stocking Kit comes with everything your kids need to design their own stocking, with 10 possible designs to choose from!
Don’t forget the importance of analog time and sustainability with our Time Teacher Clock and Watch Set! Make both fun for your little one with our colorful owl and watch set made from recycled and biodegradable materials.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with our very own City Farm Sea Salt Caramels! There are 15 rich, luscious, sweet, velvety caramels with a hint of sea salt in each burlap bag. This is a lovely gift for friends, family or yourself!
Made in the USA, our Tuscan Rosemary Sea Salt features natural grains that are infused with the fragrant flavors of fresh sage and rosemary, making each taste feel like a trip to the herb garden. Use it for mixing with olive oil and spices or as an herbal rub. Looking to create a meal with a fresh, herb taste? Simply sprinkle on Rosemary Sea Salt and let the magic begin!
Tuscan Rosemary Sea Salt is delicious on roasted potatoes and Mediterranean dishes. Or try adding it to zucchini, squash, eggplant, tomatoes and onions prior to grilling. Use it to add freshness to roasted lamb or chicken.
Share with us your favorite way to enjoy Tuscan Rosemary Sea Salt in the comments below & shop our other artisan sea salts here.
Shop our Tuscan Rosemary Sea Salt: https://www.thecityfarm.com/product/tuscan-rosemary-sea-salt/
It’s hard to believe another Summer has passed us by! The City Farm has a great selection of items for your end of Summer BBQ. Some of my favorites are the Stamped Ramekin Set; fancify your table top with this cute trio for your condiments. What a whimsical idea to offer your guests their silverware settings in our cute chicken wire galvanized metal Preserve Jar Silverware and Basket Set. And when not in use for the eats, you can transform the basket into any kind of storage!
At the ranch, I love to make Mint Juleps and with this Classic Cocktail Bar Set, you are guaranteed to make your guests happy. This 8 piece set is a must have! Last but not least, you won’t want to miss out on this great Bon Chef Apron to keep your clothes clean while at the barbi. Once a Bon Chef always a Bon Chef!
Here are a few of my other favorite end of Summer goodies:
Made with a special ingredient (avocado oil!), our Avocado Hand Cream is a lavish cream that will leave your skin supple and fully hydrated.
The smooth, fresh, and simply cleansing hand cream is carefully infused with avocado oil to bring a natural glow to your skin. The avocado oil will certainly be your favorite secret ingredient!
The cream has a light aromatic quality to match the lightweight feel the cream has on your skin. Developed from an exclusive formula, this hand cream is buttery in texture without leaving an oily residue – a perfect blend of ultra-refined natural ingredients and precise chemistry to create a hand cream unlike any other.
You can use the cream in many ways – on your hands, on rough elbow skin, calloused areas on your feet, or places on your skin that received too much sun exposure. We suggest keeping a small Avocado Hand Cream container in your purse, especially if you are constantly on the go.
An easy and pampering gift: Give the hand cream to a girlfriend for a dual spa day, or a close family member who often complains about having dry skin.
Share with us your favorite time to use our Avocado Hand Cream in the comments below & shop our other City Farm exclusives here.
Shop our Avocado Hand Cream here: https://www.thecityfarm.com/product/city-farm-hand-cream/
How to Cut Your Avocado Properly to Get the Greatest Nutritional Value
Here at The City Farm, an avocado is a superfood we come in daily contact with. Our range of CF exclusive products incorporate avocado properties, such as avocado oil in our Hand Cream or avocado infused Honey. However, consuming an avocado provides the maximum sensation in terms of touch, sight, smell and taste.
We are all about efficiency here at CF, so we have been searching for the ideal way to consume avocados. We would like to share some great tips about cutting your avocado properly to receive the greatest nutritional value, from the Food & Wine website:
Here are the five steps to cut an avocado:
1. Cut vertically all the way around the pit of the avocado.
2. Twist both sides separately.
3. Remove the pit from one side by hacking the pit with a knife, twisting slightly to the left while lifting the pit out of its pocket.
4. Cut your two avocado halves into four quarters.
5. Instead of digging in with a spoon, peel the skin from the flesh. The skin will come off smoothly, keeping the healthy dark green flesh in tact.
Be healthy and efficient with our abundant avocado advice! Enjoy!
Made in the USA, our Black Truffle Sea Salt is an incredibly complex and powerful flavor that brings an intensely aromatic quality to any dish.
The irresistible, earthy, and simply intoxicating prized Italian black truffles are carefully infused with natural sea salt to bring a distinctive, profound flavor to your dishes.
This delectable salt will certainly be your favorite secret ingredient!
You can use it on just about anything – pasta, vegetables, seafood, eggs and steaks. We love adding it to buttered popcorn or french-fries.
An easy and tasty snake: Mix it with olive oil and use as a dip for bread!
Share with us your favorite way to enjoy Black Truffle Sea Salt in the comments below & shop our other artisan sea salts here.
Shop our Black Truffle Sea Salt: https://www.thecityfarm.com/product/black-truffle-sea-salt/
Avocado picking is in full force at The City Farm! From our farm to markets across the US, Greatist offers great tips on how to pick the perfect avocado. Enjoy!
The bumpy alligator skin of a typical Hass avocado starts out dark green and ripens to eggplant color, says licensed nutritionist Monica Reinagel, author of Nutrition Diva’s Secrets for a Healthy Diet. This hue is key. If you’re looking for an avocado you can eat tonight, you want one with dark green to purple-y or brown skin. If you’re looking to stock your kitchen with a few fruits you can eat later, shop for one that’s mid to dark green. Then make sure there aren’t any deep scratches or scrapes on the outside that could affect the fruit inside.
If you spot larger, smoother, leather-y avocados that are bright Kelly green, those are the Florida variety. “These have less fat and more water, so they’re lower in calories but also not quite as creamy. Unless a recipe specifically says Florida avocado, I always assume to use ‘Hass,’” Reinagel says. The color also stays more or less the same as it ripens, so use the steps below to pick the perfect Florida fruit.
Press down on the avocado with your thumb. A good one will have a little give rather than feeling like you’re pressing against a wall. “Ripeness is best determined by pressure because softening of the fruit can happen at any rate, independent of the color,” says Emiliano Escobedo, executive director of the Hass Avocado Board. But don’t make the mistake of thinking more give equals more goodness. If your thumbprint stays indented or the flesh feels squishy, skip it, as it’s likely overripe, Escobedo adds.
Here’s a trick that’s circulating around the Internet: If you pop the little button stem off the top end of the avocado, it’ll tell you if the avocado is a good candidate. If the skin under it is green, you’re good to go. If the skin under it is brown, it’s past its prime. But there’s a huge caveat: “When you pop off the stem, you allow air to enter into the avocado, which can cause premature oxidation and browning. So leave those stems on until you’re ready to eat the avocado,” Reinagel says. Removing the stem at the store can also create an opportunity for the avocado to rot without ripening, says Mary Dawn Wright executive research chef of the Sabra Dipping Company.
Our very favorite kit right now is the Mason Herb Garden Kit. It’s so easy — and makes a wonderful hostess or housewarming gift.
The herb garden kits include a special blend of perlite, pea pebbles and organic soil that creates a self-watering system, all you need to do is water up to the rock line once a week and you’ll be enjoying freshly grown herbs right in your own kitchen.
We are getting ready for the warm, sunny Spring & Summer days ahead! Here’s a peek at our latest photoshoot. All these new arrivals and more coming soon!
It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays. We see Christmas decorations before Halloween and by Thanksgiving we should have our shopping list ready to go for the Black Friday craze and before you know it Christmas Eve is upon us.
With the blending of the holiday season we can forget to stop and enjoy each holiday. I try and slow down to really savor each season and holiday on their own. After all, I’ve waited all year for the falling of the leaves, I better enjoy it!
My favorite escape to enjoy fall before winter is to make a warm cup of tea and honey or enjoy some sweets by the fire. I remind myself of summer when I couldn’t wait for boots and sweaters or a warm cable knit throw and am grateful that the autumn months have arrived; even if it’s still sunny here in California.
I take a stroll down to the stables to greet the horses and smell the crisp chill of the evening air around the groves. I let my mind wander to the Thanksgiving menu and smile at the thought of family together again around one table.
As I walk back home for the night; I am thankful for the time I’ve taken to live in the moment.
It’s these small moments that bring me into the holiday season and remind me to not let autumn rush by.
Satisfy your sweet tooth! From now until Halloween, save 50% on our City Farm Caramels, now only $7.50!
While supplies last. Promotion ends 10/31/2014
In the spirit of pumpkin patches, hay rides and Halloween costumes, we’re celebrating here at the farm.
Halloween, being one of our favorite holidays, is a time to enjoy sweets, like our bubblegum, bob for apples and yes, even dress up the horses. The best thing is… they love it! Meet Peanut, Chiquita and Chocolate, even at their young ages, they’ve had their fair share of costumes. From the time I first brought them home in my minivan, they’ve had a hat, sash, or cape on a few times a year. Of course I would never push them to do dress up so the fact that they’re willing to trade an apple for a witch hat adds to the festivities!
This year, we carved our pumpkin patch at night to really let our jack-o’-lanterns glow! Everyone was in costume and excited for the fun. Chiquita struts by Chocolate’s stall each night since she’s arrived so we knew they had to dress up together. In true Chiquita fashion she started to nibble at Chocolate’s hair piece just to get his attention. My life on the farm brings me many pleasures but few compare to the happiness my horses bring. It was a wonderful start to the holiday season and the horses are just another reason I will be extra thankful come Thanksgiving.
What is your favorite way to include your pets at the holidays? Are they as happy as our minis and dwarves to join in the fun? Enjoy more snapshots of our life at The City Farm below… stay tuned for more!