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Festival of Tamales
The Festival of Tamales, a benefit for the Center for Farmworker Families, took place on Saturday, June 23 at the Springfield Grange in Pájaro.
About the Center for Farmworker FamiliesThe purpose of the Center for Farmworker Families is to promote awareness about the difficult life circumstances of binational families while proactively inspiring improvement in binational family life both in the United States and in Mexico. Dr. Ann Lopez, the founder and executive director of CFWF, has been researching binational farmworkers since 1997. To learn more, to find out how to donate money or supplies, and or to schedule a Farmworker Reality Tour for your school, religious, or social group, contact farmworkerfamily [at] yahoo.com or 831-335-5492. We realize this purpose by engaging in the following activities:
- promoting the educational advancement of farm workers and their family members working in agriculture, as well as family members who are living on their farms of origin in the west central Mexico countryside.
- supporting projects in both Mexico and California designed to sustainably promote financial and nutritional well-being and independence.
- examining the federal and state legal structures that govern the lives and well-being of farmworkers and promoting the changes necessary for improved livelihood and well-being.
- research and education
About the Springfield GrangeThe Springfield Grange, an 80-year old institution on the corner of Werner and Elkhorn Roads in North Monterey County, remained inactive for the last several years, following decades serving as a social and political hub for farmers in our region. In 2011, 65 new members joined, making Springfield one of the fastest growing granges in California. The National Grange Movement started in 1867 to represent the interests of small farmers and remains a repository for rural values, traditions and knowledge. Due to renewed interest in sustainable agricultural practices and small farming livelihoods, the Grange Movement has been growing, especially in California, for the first time in over 30 years. Visit our Facebook page and contact us for details about joining springfieldgrange [at] yahoo.com.
The Menu- Savory tamales: Corundas (Ernestina Solorio, Michoacan, Mexico), Spicy Chicken & Cheese (Ernestina Solorio, Michoacan, Mexico), Vegetarian (Alma Herrera, El Salvador), "Rajas" Chile, Cheese, Tomato (Jovita Molina, Watsonville, CA), "Tejanas" Refried Beans (Maria Luisa Alejo, Salinas, CA), Beef (Aida Gallardo, Guanajuato, Mexico) and Turkey, Green Chile, Cheese (Linda Flores, Owner of "The Turkey Boat" (Pajaro, CA)
- Sweet tamales: Pineapple (Elia Fernandez, Michoacan, Mexico), Strawberry & Honey (Lilia Gonzalez Martinez, Guerrero, Mexico), Ollalieberry & Pecan (Alan Hicks, Watsonville, CA), and Sweet Corn (Jovita Molina, Watsonville, CA)
- Sides: Blue Heron Farm Fresh Organic Salad, Chicken Pozole (Eloisa Bernabe, Michoacan, Mexico), Oaxacan Black Beans w/ Epazote (Path Star, Santa Cruz, CA & Consuelo Alba, Mexico City, Mexico), Vasquez Farms Organic Strawberry Water, Hibiscus Punch
Some of the local farms and businesses that participated include El Pueblo Mercado, La Rosa Markets, Mi Rancho Supermercado, Blue Heron Farms, Fiesta Farms Pastured Poultry and Eggs, El Aguila Foods (with GMO free Masa), Ruvalcaba Nurseries, Vasquez Farms, Jacob's Farm, and New Leaf Markets.