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What is Jidori Chicken?

Jidori Chicken
At some point you’ve probably come across the words “Jidori Chicken” on the Farm Stand menu and wondered what exactly “Jidori” means. Luckily, we are here to the mystery and fill you in on what makes Jidori special. You can think of Jidori as the Kobe Beef of Chicken – the highest quality meat for that particular animal. The biggest difference between Kobe and Jidori, however, is that unlike Kobe (Kobe, Japan), Jidori is not linked to a specific region on the map. Rather, Jidori is given its name because of its organic, free-range characteristics. The term “Jidori” roughly translates to “from the ground” in Japanese.

Jidori-style chickens first began being delivered by Chinese-American Dennis Mao in the early 1990s, who saw a market for high-quality, cage-free chicken. At Farm Stand we use Jidori chicken as part of our commitment to the freshest and most natural ingredients. Unlike many factory farmed chickens, Jidori chickens are fed an all-vegetarian diet that is free of hormones, steroids or other meat byproducts. The chickens are slaughtered and delivered on the same day to ensure meat freshness. Some Jidori-style chicken is even served raw, sashimi-style!

We encourage you to try the Jidori Chicken on your next visit to Farm Stand and let us know if you can taste the Jidori difference!

 

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Finding Real Food at the Grocery Store

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GMO-free, antibiotic-free, hormone-free. These are characteristics you’ve probably seen on food labels while at the grocery store. These days it can get tricky trying to decipher what food is real and what is processed ‘frankenfood.’ Ideally, we would get all our food locally grown from Farmers Markets, but sometimes the grocery store is our only option. The best way to ensure you and your family are not ingesting harmful chemicals is to educate yourself about nutritional packaging.

Here are some things to consider on your next trip to the market:

GMOs: If you’ve been reading this blog then you are familiar with these nasty things. Studies have shown that genetically modified foods can aid in the development of tumors, organ failure, premature death, organ failure and a whole host of other unhealthy conditions.

Pesticides: Here’s another harmful element in our food supply that we can thank companies like Monsanto for. In the U.S., pesticide use is the norm in conventional farming. Ingesting pesticides can lead to birth defects, nerve damage and cancer just to name a few.

Hormones and antibiotics: In the U.S., livestock animals are contaminated with antibiotics, growth hormones and GMO feed. Growth hormones can cause the development of cancer, infertility and even more serious, an immunity to antibiotics due to their prevalence in the food supply.

Did we leave out anything? Please let us know in the comments!


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El Segundo Community Wellness Day 2014

El Segundo Community Wellness Day 2014

Join the revolution! The health and wellness revolution. For the 3rd year in a row, The El Segundo Rotary Club is hosting El Segundo Community Wellness Day, an event which promotes health, safety, environmental and financial wellness. Wellness is central to the Farm Stand mission and we couldn’t be happier to participate in this year’s event.

Expect over 70 vendors with various community agencies sharing info about environmental safety, financial literacy, health screenings and much more for all ages. Also look for the Laker Girls, games, raffle prizes and food! Best of all, it’s FREE. We hope to see you there! For more info visit the Facebook page for El Segundo Community Wellness Day.


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Berries & Vegan Vanilla Cream

cream and berries

Let’s face it – we all love the taste of sugary sweets. Unfortunately, these foods can have a number of unhealthy effects on our bodies if consumed too frequently. One solution to this problem, is a dairy-free, gluten-free vegan dessert. We know what you may be thinking – no thank you, right? Well, this recipe might just change your mind.

Try this delicious recipe for Sweet Berries & Coconut Cream from Mind Body Green:

Ingredients

  • 1 can unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup organic berries, washed and stemmed
  • 6 fresh mint leaves (optional garnish)

Preparation

1. Combine the coconut milk and vanilla extract together in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass container and cover with a lid or plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least one hour.

2. Wash and dry 1 cup of berries per person, and scoop into bowls.

3. Scoop a large spoonful of cream on top of each bowl of berries and top with mint.


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Celebrate Mother’s Day at Farm Stand

brunch at farm stand
Join us at Farm Stand as we celebrate Mothers all weekend! In honor of Mother’s Day we’re featuring a special Mother’s Day menu for May 9 through May 11.

We’ll be offering a 3-course menu. For starters you can choose between a Green Salad or Caesar Salad. Follow that up with a main of either Filet Mignon Stroganoff, New Zealand Grass Fed Lamb Chops or Roasted Wild Mahi Mahi. Finally, finish your meal with something almost as sweet as your Mother: Mini Flourless Chocolate Cake with a berry puree or Mini Nonna Rina’s Tiramisu with a berry puree.

Make reservations online at http://farmstand.us.

Happy Mother’s Day Weekend
Three Course Menu
May 8, 9, 10, 11

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Starter Green Salad or Caesar Salad

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Filet Mignon Stroganoff
red wine reduction, horseradish mashed potatoes
Suggested Pairing:  Arrowood Cabernet, Sonoma County

New Zealand Grass Fed Lamb Chops
Cilantro Pesto, roasted potatoes & vegetables
Suggested Pairing: Perrin et Fils Cote Du Rhone Reserve, France

Roasted Wild Mahi Mahi
Lemon, butter, capers, garlic mashed potatoes
Suggested Pairing: Benzinger Chardonnay, Sonoma

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Mini Flourless Chocolate Cake with a berry puree
Mini Nonna Rina’s Tiramisu with a berry puree

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$28 per person


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Do Cherries Cure Insomnia?

prairie-fruits

Could cherry juice help cure insomnia? We use tart cherries in our rice pilaf, tart cherry lemonade and tart cherry mimosas.

According to new research, cherry juice could get you ready for bed more easily. Studies showed that those who drank cherry juice in the morning and at night were able to sleep 84 minutes longer than those who received a placebo.

At Farm Stand we use tart cherries in our rice pilaf, tart cherry lemonade and tart cherry mimosas. You could say dining at Farm Stand literally helps you sleep at night!


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Fed Up: Food Industry Documentary

Are you fed up with the current state of the United States food industry? Well, you are not alone. It’s a big part of the reason healthy ingredients are so important to us at Farm Stand. You should know where your food comes from and what is inside your food. We got to great lengths to enjoy as much of of our food is local, organic and free of GMOs. We encourage everyone to see the upcoming documentary, Fed Up, which exposes the ways in which the food industry is making us unhealthy.

Watch the trailer: