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  • Bring on the Pumpkins! Come meet scarecrows and local food crafters at Orchard Nursery’s Harvest Fest, October weekends in Lafayette. Read more Oakland Spirits Beckon A scary seasonal walking tour offers sweets, sips, and local ghosts, October weekends. Read more.

    Family Fun at Two Olive Festivals Head to Fremont to eat, dance, and play in an olive grove, Oct 6 & 7. Sample local olive oils and explore Orinda's Wagner Ranch Nature Area, Oct 14. Read more.

    A Baking Master Teaches the Basics Read our review and meet the author, Oct 6 at Rockridge Market Hall.

    Makin’ Whoopie (Pies)  

    Rediscover childhood bliss with this recipe from baking maven Rose Levy Beranbaum. Read more.

    Harvest at Gill Tract Farm   Building community, sharing roots, and growing resilience are the focus Oct 14 at Albany's Gill Tract Farm Fest. Read more.
    What’s at Your Farmers’ Market This Week?   We found sweet, juicy pears at the Diablo Valley Farmers' Market and used them in this fall soup.
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  • What’s at Your Farmers’ Market this Week? We found seedless Mexican limes at the Urban Village Temescal Farmers' Market along with this blackboard recipe for Mexican Lime Curd from Blossom Bluff Orchards.


    Emeryville Spotlights the Arts

    The city’s annual juried exhibition features diverse local talents, Oct 6-28. Opening gala is Friday, Oct 5. Read more.

    Cookies & Beer, Together at Last For a stylish Oktoberfest, try local cookie maker Donsuemor's pumpkin spice madeleines paired with a brown ale. Read more. Alameda Brewery Puts Fruit First Almanac Beer sources fruit at local farmers’ markets to create fruit-forward beers. Read our story: here.
    Learn to Farm in Community  Get free lessons in bio-intensive farming and permaculture at the CoCo San Sustainable Farm, Sept 29 in Martinez.Read more. Enter a World of Saffron, Rose Petals, and Family Stories In Bottom of the Pot, Naz Deravian shares Persian recipes and family history. Meet the author, Oct 6 in San Francisco. Read our book review.
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  • Art in the Nursery Enjoy art, music, and Japanese street food in a garden setting at Berkeley Hort, Sept 22. Read more. Honey Heaven Taste and vote for your favorite honey at the Oasis, Sept 22 in Berkeley. Read more.
    Art, Arbor, & Architecture The Plant Exchange hosts a fundraiser at a Maybeck-designed house, Sept 22 in Oakland. Read more. Eat Real Turns Ten Street food fest celebrates locally made artisan and street fare, Sept 14-16 in Oakland. Read more.
    Dinner Theater Gets Naughty The Soiled Dove serves up scandal, acrobatics, and decadent culinary creations, Sept 28-Nov 17 in Oakland. Read more. Get Behind the Wheel! Annual Cheese Fest celebrates four years and four kinds of milk, Sept 15 & 16 in SF. Read more.
    What’s at Your Farmers’ Market this Week?   We found just-picked blackberries and baked them into a berry tart by Marykate McGoldrick. Dessert Baker with a Savory Flair Read about home-taught bakerMarykate McGoldrick and her journey from school teacher to dessert chef at Camino.
    A Recipe for Oakland Cocktail Week What a way to enjoy the season’s watermelon! Try this recipe and have some extra fun by entering our Cocktail Week Instagram contest. Read more. Feel the September Heat Oaktown Spice Shop and artist Helen Krayenhoff team up for Chili Month. Read more.
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  • Here’s to Oakland! Forty bars and restaurants serve up Oakland-inspired drinks for Cocktail Week, Sept 15-23. Read more. Meet a Wild Local Cherry Our Gardener’s Notebook features an unexpected encounter with  Prunus ilicifolia, the hollyleaf cherry. Read more.

    Taste a Bumblebee and a Great White Tomato. Stand in Awe of the Giant Pumpkins!

      MariLark Farms hosts its 6th annual tomato tasting, Sept 8 in Berkeley. Read more.

    Relish the Flavors of the Sierra Nevada   Indulge in a tasting extravaganza in South Lake Tahoe, Sept 15. Read more. Rockridge Fun Spills Out to the Streets Out & About festivities include music, prizes, and the ever-popular Picnic with Market Hall, Sept 16. Read more.
    A Flavorful Dish for the High Holidays: Braised Chicken Thighs with Almonds & Honey Prepare this recipe at home, and find traditional favorites at Market Hall Foods. What’s at Your Farmers’ Market this Week? We found a colorful array of bell and Gypsy peppers. Try this recipe for cannolicchi with roasted red pepper cream sauce.
    Climate Friendly Cuisine for Pros Register now (deadline Sept 6) for an educational conference in SF on best practices for the planet. Read more  A New Look at Soul Classics Chef Todd Richards reinterprets traditional soul food recipes. Read our book review.
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  • Meet Cover Artist Bhavna Misra ● Help Her Win a Muni Commission

    Our cover artist, Fremont-based fine artist Bhavna Misra, is a finalist in the Muni Art Project competition. You can read more about Bhavna in our new issue. Follow this link to vote for her artwork, which will be displayed on Muni buses if she wins the commission.

    Avocados in the Zone  Read the story of Chetwyn Farm in our new issue, coming to town this week. Is Dinner Hiding in Your Fridge?   Manage the dinnertime crunch and make the most of your leftovers. Watch the video.
    It’s an Apples and Hops Garden Party Quench your summertime thirst with beer and cider, Aug 25 in Berkeley. Read more. Let Them Eat … Brioche!   Tour Lafayette’s Town Hall Theatre and sample dishes in the Brioche Challenge, Aug 25. Read more.  
    Baking Inspiration from the Garden Cookbook author Hayley McKee brings the beauty and flavor of flowers, herbs, and edible plants into her baked goods.Read our book review. What’s at Your Farmers’ Market This Week? Pick up some fresh Kadota figs and try out this delicious fig salsa, perfect with chicken, fish, or tofu.
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  • Meet the O2 Artisans Aggregate Enjoy their open studios and crafts faire with East Bay–made goods plus food and music, Aug 11 in West Oakland.  Read more. Get Dirty on an Organic Farm    Come lend a hand with seasonal chores at Cloverfield Farm, Aug 18 in El Sobrante. Read more.
    Are Your Eggs Still Fresh?   Even if they’ve passed their expiration date, the eggs in your fridge may still be fresh. Do this test to find out. What’s at Your Farmers’ Market This Week? We found a rainbow of heirloom tomatoes and a recipe combining them with sweet summer peaches and burrata.
    Stone Fruits and Family Farms Hear about a visit to Brentwood’s Wolfe Ranch, read our book reviews, and meet Jam Session author Joyce Goldstein, Aug 12 in SF. Read more. What Should a Tomato Cost? Farmer Mike Madison reflects on the true price of technology on the farm.
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  • Jam On! Celebrate summer with a preserves contest at Jack London Square, July 15. Read more. Fruit-Growers Delight  The Festival of Fruit offers tours, lectures, and gardening goods, July 26-30 in Campbell. Read more.
    Kids in the Kitchen Get your children into the garden, out to the market, and into the kitchen to experiment and explore! Read our book review. Plant for the Future with Edible HedgesDefine your growing space and harvest your own delicious fruits. Learn how in our Gardener’s Notebook.

    What’s at Your Farmers’ Market This Week?

    We found Japanese and Italian eggplant varieties at the North Berkeley market this week. Try this flavorful dish of Black Cod and Eggplant with a Miso-Apple Glaze.
    Thirsty for Good News? SolidariTea serves up fruity organic iced teas with a twist of generosity. Read our story and try the recipe for SolidariTea’s Cinnamon Peach Toaster Pastries. Art is in Bloom at Alden Lane Nursery  Meet area artists and winemakers at Art Under the Oaks, July 21 & 22 in Livermore. Read more.
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  • Love the Planet! Go Plastic-free in July Get ideas and inspiration for using less plastic. Read more. Bon Appétit! Enjoy a tempting array of French foods at the Bastille Day Soirée. Read more
    Did you Forget What’s in Your Refrigerator? Simple hacks to reorganize your fridge can help save forgotten foods. Watch the video and get a free sign. At Golestan, Kids Explore the World through Food A Persian language preschool embraces diverse cultures and hands-on cooking. Read the story by Anna Mindess.
    Calling All Food Crafters  The Good Food Foundation is now accepting entries for their 2019 Awards. Read more. What’s at Your Farmers’ Market This Week?   We found a wonderful assortment of fresh zucchini and two delicious ways to prepare it
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  • Herbal Self-Care A workshop at Five Flavors Herbs offers helpful practices for coping in times of uncertainty, July 1 in Oakland. Read more. Calling All Cyclists Who Love to Eat Local! Register now for the Tour de MALT in scenic West Marin, July 21. Read more.

    Over the Moon for Olive Oil

      Celebrate California extra-virgin olive oil with recipes and tastings at Market Hall through the end of June. Read more

    Black Women, Food, and Publishing   Panel moderated by Bryant Terry features authors and chefs including Tracye McQuirter. Read our review of her new book, Ageless Vegan, and learn more about the upcoming event, July 7 in San Francisco. Shop Your Fridge First   Ever bought food it turned out you already had at home? Learn how to shop smarter with meals in mind. Get a freemeal planning and shopping list and watch the video: here.

    What’s at Your Farmers’ Market this Week?

      We found fresh, juicy nectarines at the Downtown Berkeley market and were delighted to get this recipe for a Farmers’ Market Nectarine Tartine from East Bay food stylist and recipe developer Rezel Kealoha. Rezel buys many of her ingredients at the Diablo Valley Farmers’ Market.
    Gardening at the Solstice   Give your plants a foliar boost following the summer solstice. Read our Gardener’s Notebook to find out how. Why Does the Farm Bill Matter?   Watch the video by the Food & Environment Reporting Network (FERN) explaining why this bill is so important.
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  • Sip & Sail on the Bay   Come on board for a Parisian picnic hosted by Mike and Anne Dashe, June 23. Read more. Explore Farming and STEM this Summer   High school and college students are invited to a free urban farm camp in Martinez. Read more.
    Go Buggy in the Garden Bring the family to learn all about insects, June 17 in Berkeley. Read more. A Big Pig From a Small Press   A children’s book from a new nonprofit press tackles issues about the environment and our food systems. Read our review.

    What’s at Your Farmers’ Market This Week?

      We found sweet, juicy plums at the San Leandro Farmers' Market at Bayfair. Try making a plum shrub to mix with sparkling water or use in summer cocktails: here  
    Time to Clean Out Those Cupboards! Swap your dishes, pots, and appliances at the Kitchen Exchange, June 23 in Emeryville. Read more. Penne, Spaghetti, or Cavatappi? It’s Pasta Friday! Learn how Allison Arevalo created Pasta Friday and how you can cook up your own community meal. Read her story: here
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