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Arbequine olives grown by small producers within a couple hundred mile radius are sourced by Henry's Olives to make one of the finest quality oils around. Henry's also makes spicy and walnut olive tapenades and a variety of stuffed olives.
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Small Fruits Farm up in Hoopa, the largest native reservation in the state, grows a wide range of "ethnoproduce." French melons, heirloom bell peppers and hard to find eggplant varieties like miniature Asian and Orient Express are their claims to farmer's market fame.
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Using an ancient Scottish recipe and its own chemical-free bee hives, Humboldt Honey Wine is a star of the weekly market. The 14 percent alcohol libation, which is sweet, smooth and full bodied, is also carried at the Arcata Co-op and several local bars.
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The large grassy areas of the square host a variety of toys and games to keep the kids occupied while the parents stock up on fresh goodies.
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Shitake mushrooms are cultivated by Mycality Mushrooms along with more exotic species like Lion's Mane and Reishi. During Humboldt's abundant wild mushroom season, these guys also harvest chantrelle, lobster and black trumpet mushrooms.
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The bread and pastries sold at Beck's Bakery are made from stone ground and locally grown grains. Beck's nutty granola and Moroccan millet breads are always best sellers.
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Sweet Freckle, Crenshaw, Canary and Sun Jewel melons are produced by Danielle of Trident Lighting Farms. Her plum jams of different varieties can also transform a boring slice of toast into a fruity delight.
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Made with locally raised organic beef, smoked chicken apple sausage or Tofurky, Humboldt Hot Dogs hit the spot when the stomach needs something solid. Lavender infused lemonade is the icing on the cake.
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Artichokes are a perennial that do very well in Humboldt County, producing their rich thistle-like fruit all year round. Red onions are also a common part of our diet and grow well in most types of soil.
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Sign up for the Eat Local Challenge and try to base a certain percentage of your diet (there are different levels of "challenge") for an entire month. Eat local month is officially September but the year round bounty of Humboldt makes it feasible any time of the year.