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    Shop local from Urban Harvest, Rice University Farmers Market & more

    In Home Grown–Farm Fresh in the Aug/Sept issue of Bayou City Magazine, we enlightened readers on Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs), local farms that provide a delivery bushel of fresh produce right to you door or that can be picked up at area locations. If you’d prefer to buy the produce yourself on your own timeline, pick and choose the freshest goods by shopping at a co-op or farmers market. Get cooking!

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    Passionista’s Guide: Kenneth Noland exhibit & Houston Modern Home Tour, plus this week’s “worth-it” events

    Each week, Bayou City “Doing” shares our perfect week: curated events that are worth the time, money, drive or dress. Sometimes you’ll find one event that we delve into, sometimes you’ll find a set of related events and often we’ll share enough events to make up an inspired week, Bayou City magazine style. This week: Houston Chamber Choir season opener, Neighborhood Night Happy Hour, Kenneth Noland exhibit, Peace In Our Time at Main Street Theater, Houston Modern Home Tour, Houston Symphony, Divots for Devereux and a Conversation with the Artist at The Menil.

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    Snapping: Your favorite accessory

    In To the 9s—Feel Good Fashion in the Aug/Sept issue of Bayou City Magazine, we feature Magpies & Peacocks and tell you how to turn your fashionable castoffs into beautiful new pieces that give back. So, this week’s challenge is to show us your favorite accessories. Don’t forget to submit or tag us (we follow @bayoucitymag, and the tags #bayoucitymag #bayoucitymagstreetscene and #bayoucitysnapping).

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  • Dining

    How to use your CSA basket

    You’ve finally found a service or farm that will provide a bushel of fresh local ingredients weekly so you can scratch farmer’s market shopping off your list. But what do you do with it after it’s delivered? Many local farms including Wood Duck Farm provide recipes to inspire the home cook. “Instead of thinking you must make pesto with basil and pine nuts, we remind our subscribers that you can substitute whatever nut is freshest or available, like local walnuts or maybe mint instead of basil, for instance,” says owner Van Weldon.

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    Looking for a different kind of dinner party? Play “Chopped” at home.

    If you’re any sort of a foodie, it’s safe to say you’ve seen at least one episode of the show “Chopped” on the Food Network. Now you can play “Chopped” at home by combining super-fresh products from local farms with a little cooking ingenuity. I’ve recently become a weekly customer of the company Farmhouse Delivery, which, as its name implies, delivers products from local farms direct to your door. Here’s how it works: Every Monday morning, you receive an email giving you a rough idea of what you’ll be receiving that week. (Products, of course, are subject to change based on freshness, availability, etc., so you can never be certain what you’re going to end up having. All I can tell you is that week after week, I’ve been lucky enough to get my hands on some of the best produce I’ve seen in a long time). You can also add to your order, everything from local Houston cheeses and breads to meats, pastas, milk and eggs.

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    Bringing wine close to home: Houstonians with California Wineries

    California dreaming? No longer for this lucky handful of Houstonians who followed their passion for wine and opened wineries in the California wine country, specifically Napa Valley. The harvest season is upon them in September and October so you probably can guess where they are right now! Here’s who they are. Carol and Mike Hensley, owners of Reflection Printing in Houston, developed a big crush on the wine country culture when visiting the Napa Valley over a decade ago.

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