ode to the farmers’ market, vegan MoFo.

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It is Vegan MoFo III friends – the Vegan Month of Food.

If you’ve read my posts before you may have heard me sing the praises of my local Farmers’ Market on occasion. I do love the market. Alas, it will be closing up shop for the Winter in a few short weeks and it will be greatly missed. All those good eats! Sniff.

There are so many reasons to support your local Farmers’ Market if you’re lucky enough to have one. There’s supporting your local farmers, for one, and getting the freshest produce possible, reducing your carbon footprint, helping the environment, saving money, to name a few more. Much local produce is even organically grown (though it may lack certification, which is too expensive for some farmers), meaning less pesticides and healthier produce that is less traveled for you and your family – like my beloved pumpkins.

But the best reason of all? Behold the goodness.

A small sampling of the awesomeness of this past season of local fruit and vegetables.

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great opportunity to learn about the plight of farm animals.

Upon looking in my inbox last night I was greeted with a welcome email from Farm Sanctuary.  The letter was written by Gene Baur, President and co-founder of this amazing organization. Gene wrote a best-selling book not too long ago entitled, Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food. In the email Gene outlines that, in celebration of the book’s release in paperback, he is giving everyone the opportunity to get his book in e-book format for FREE.

Now I just read the email last night (Saturday) and the email, sent on Friday, states that the free offer is only good for one day – but I was still able to download the book for free last night and so I wanted to share the info with you in case the offer has been extended for a bit. It’s a great chance to read a great book, and a wonderful tool to share with others.

The email Gene sent is below with all the necessary links intact – good luck and enjoy!

This week we have witnessed a momentous victory for farm animals in the passage of Prop 2 in California , and YOU had everything to do with it!  More than 6.2 million people in the state voted YES on Prop 2. These people believed that farm animals deserve consideration and they voted their conscience.  If it weren’t for your support, Farm Sanctuary would not have been able to spread the word about the ongoing cruelties that farm animals suffer at the hands of an industry that has resisted any meaningful change for animals. This is a victory not only for animals, but it’s a victory for YOU. Your ongoing support has made all the difference for farm animals.

I’m writing you today to keep that momentum going! Many of you know that I wrote a book that was released earlier this year, entitled Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food. I wrote this book to be used as a tool for animal advocates, as it’s a great way to educate people about farm animal issues. I’ve spent a good portion of this year traveling to cities throughout the U.S. talking with people about how Farm Sanctuary came to be and why we work tirelessly on behalf of the animals we know and love.

I’m happy to report that this week, Farm Sanctuary was released in paperback and can be ordered online or found at a bookstore near you.

And, TODAY ONLY, you can also download Farm Sanctuary for free!  Please celebrate the paperback release with me by downloading the eBook at http://www.ebookstore.sony.com/You can read the book without a Sony Reader; just download the reader software to your computer and you can read it there. More downloads mean more attention to farm animal issues!

Thank you for all you do for the animals and please join me as we keep this momentum going and educate millions more about the plight of farm animals!

Yours in compassion,
Gene Baur

President and Co-Founder
Farm Sanctuary

P.S. As always, 100 percent of the author’s proceeds will be donated to Farm Sanctuary . For reviews, book tour information, an overview of the book, my blog, and more… visit genebaur.org.

form and fauna.

What’s this – two posts in one day? Well after being seriously distracted by my sister’s upcoming wedding, and slacking somewhat in the blogging department, I am attempting to make up for lost posts.

And when something this cool arrives in my inbox I just have to share.

The ultra-hip blog ecofabulous has turned me onto something very cool indeed – in the form of ultra-fabulous, cruelty-free, sustainable, hip and funky footwear. The entirely awesome Form and Fauna uses fine Italian synthetics and renewable, sustainable materials in their very chic, handcrafted fashionable creations.

Their very fab current summer collection is up on their new site – I especially love these.

I await their fall collection with glee. I want Boots!