Have you ever wanted to learn more about juicing? Then join us for this special Meetup on juicing. In this Meetup, Jenny Bernal will teach us the art of juicing fresh fruits and vegetables into healthy, delicious juices. This is a rain, shine or cold weather event. There is an indoor space at Middlebrook that we can go into if the weather does not cooperate, so come down and spend Saturday afternoon learning and drinking delicious juice with some great people.
Jenny will be bringing the juicing ingredients and equipment so if you do not have any ingredients it is OK- just bring a pot luck item to share if possible.
She will be making the following 16oz bottles in advance that people can take home while they last.
-approx 7 bottles carrot/orange/ginger
-approx 7 bottles green juices
-approx 7 bottles of yummy almonds flavored with dates and cinnamon
-approx 7 bottles almond milk with vanilla
Your $5 donation will get you a bottle of juice to take home (as available) and if there is more left over people can purchase additional bottles.
Jenny will share with us the
- Nutritional advantage of juicing
- Techniques to juicing
- Do's and don'ts of combining fruits and vegetables
- Things to consider when buying a juicer
- Delicious juice recipes
Our host, Jenny Bernal, works in high tech and seeks activities that balance her work in high tech with fun and adventure in food and life. She was raised in 5 different countries by a mother who was adventurous and fun and used to make beet and carrot juice that Jenny did not appreciate at the time. Today, Jenny feels she has come full circle by juicing just like her mom, except she is adding more flavors, colors, and fruit/vegetable combinations. She uses very simple recipes and likes to do her own research on combining fruits and vegetables to maintain balanced levels of sugars for healthy drinking. She is not a doctor or a nutritionist but feels that with a little information you can go a long way in developing great, healthy drinks. She also feels that investing in the right juicer is key to your own lifestyle, tastes, and beliefs.
The Urban Farmers Coop events are working/learning sessions where we all pitch into a project at the hosts location.
Here is what we do:
- We meet to help out a fellow host farmer
- We do some work, exchange ideas and learn something at the same time.
- We bring food from our gardens so we can share with each other the wonderful foods we are raising.
- After the meeting we all take home something that we did not bring.
If possible please bring any of these items:
- Fresh fruits and vegetables, e.g., apples, carrots, citrus (if you have them) for juicing. DO NOT bring berries.
- Some food items from your yard to exchange with other member (if you have any)
- Potluck item that either contains something that you have picked from your yard/urban farm OR something that you would like in the future to come from your yard/urban farm.
- Money to purchase some of Jenny's home-made juice or almond milk. Each jar costs $5 and ALL monies will be donated to CNGF to support the ELSEE Teaching gardens.
- If you do not have any of the above then it is okay, just bring yourself and some good positive energy.
1) Arrival and tour of Middlebrook Gardens
We will tour the gardens and view the many native and edible plants representing California plant communities, the fabulous Aquaponics system, and the kitchen.
2) Demo and instruction
Jenny will demonstrate juicing techniques and make sample juices for us to share.
3) Pot Luck and Socializing
Finally we will spend time socializing and eating the wonderful food from the ELSEE gardens and our gardens and discuss, as follows:
- Q & A about gardening/farming. Anyone can ask anything about a gardening or farming topic for others in the group to give their insights.
- News and updates from our members: each member share progress on urban farming projects.
- Ongoing discussion on our Urban Farmers coop group and ideas for future Meetups.
- Crop Sharing. Everyone that has harvested something from your yard please bring it and exchange it. Take what you DID NOT bring.
A portion of the fees paid for this event will go towards materials and the remainder will be donated to the California Native Garden Foundation to support the ELSEE Teaching Garden program that is currently getting implemented into our California public schools.