Author Archive | Edible East Bay

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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Gardener’s Notebook

Plant for the Future with Edible Hedges

The pineapple guava (Feijoa sellowiana) works as a tasty and attractive edible hedge. Photo by Josh Thayer

Do you have a property line with nothing growing on the border or an annoying view of a road or apartment building? Plant for the future by installing an edible hedge.

Pineapple Guava
Originally from Brazil, pineapple guava (Feijoa sellowiana) brings together two valuable qualities: It’s tropical and also quite drought tolerant. This versatility allows it to thrive in the type of Mediterranean garden I like to create in my design business, where it often has to work next to a lawn. This plant’s bark is stunning, and its flowers are not only gorgeous, but also edible! Its fruit offers that type of luscious sweet-and-sour combination that grows on you each time you eat it. Even without these tasty fruits, pineapple guava is a great ornamental foundation plant just for its aesthetics. Growing as a multi-branch shrub up to 12–15 feet tall, it’s a great candidate for a hedge that gives privacy as well as good food without shading out the whole garden.

As I described in a previous Gardener’s Notebook, pomegranate (Punica granatum) is another great candidate for an urban edible hedge.… Read More

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Kristina’s Bookshelf

Kids in the Kitchen

New Favorites for New Cooks:
50 Delicious Recipes for Kids to Make

By Carolyn Federman
(Ten Speed Press, 2018)

A new cookbook by Berkeley native Carolyn Federman might provide just the support you need to get your children busy in the kitchen. Federman has had a long tenure in food education, consulting on policy and program development for the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation, co-founding the Berkeley Food Institute, producing UC Berkeley’s Edible Education course with Michael Pollan, heading up Alice Waters’ Edible Schoolyard Project, and founding the Charlie Cart Project, a nonprofit that provides curricula and other resources for food education in schools. On top of that, she has two kids of her own. In short, she knows a lot about how to teach children about food and what’s good to eat.

New Favorites for New Cooks is suitable for kids of all ages and includes tasty recipes together with advice for choosing the best ingredients and the most valuable tips and tricks for using a knife. The Introduction contains excellent guidance like “Read the whole recipe before getting started,” “If a word or ingredient is unfamiliar, look it up,” and the all-important “Wash your hands.” Recipes are easily managed by young cooks and satisfy their appetites, likes, and dislikes, but also appeal to adult sensibilities.… Read More

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Jam On!

At the Summer Jam, kids can get crafty, taste preserves, and meet players from the Oakland A’s.

Love to make marmalade? Jive on jam? Churn out chutney? Enter your favorite seasonal creation in CUESA’s summer preserves contest. Top three winners will take home food-related prizes, and everyone is welcome to taste and vote for the People’s Choice. Also happening at the Summer Jam: Becky Courchesne of Frog Hollow Farm gives a jam-making demo, kids can make their own seasonal tote bag, StopWaste offers tips on preventing food waste, and DJ Ren the Vinyl Archaeologist spins the tunes. Free. Info, including contest rules: here

Summer Jam
Sunday July 15, 10am–3pm; Summer Preserves Contest 10–11am
Jack London Square Farmers’ Market
Jack London Square at Webster St at Embarcadero West,
in the plaza that contains Jack London’s Cabin (aka “Palm Plaza”)

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Fruit-Growers Delight

Fruit lovers and growers get ready for the international Festival of Fruit, which features garden and nursery tours and lectures by prominent orchardists and expert growers of exotic fruits and vegetables. No registration is required to attend the Saturday vendor day showcasing a variety of products for edible gardening. Sponsored by the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the California Rare Fruit Growers (CRFG), the event takes place in the region formerly known as the Valley of Heart’s Delight.
CRFG is the world’s largest amateur fruit-growers organization, specializing in fruits that are not native to nor grown commercially in California and nearby states. In addition to the annual Festival of Fruit, the group hosts two annual scion exchanges (January and February) when dormant fruit tree scions for grafting and/or cutting cultivation are shared among participants. This year marks the organization’s 50th anniversary.  Info: here

Festival of Fruit
Thursday–Monday, July 26–30
Campbell Community Center
1 W. Campbell Ave
Campbell, CA

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Art is in Bloom at Alden Lane Nursery 

Come out to Alden Lane Nursery to stroll under majestic oaks and enjoy locally crafted art, food, wine, and music. More than 40 artists display and sell their works, and Livermore winemakers share tastes from their selections. The nursery is in full bloom, with special displays and sales on offer. Kids can take part in hands-on fun and activities in the kids’ club. Free admission and parking. Info: here

Art Under the Oaks
Saturday July 21 and Sunday July 22, 11am–4pm
Alden Lane Nursery
981 Alden Lane, Livermore

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Contents Spring 2006

“Tomato Seedling” By Carole Topalian


A Roaming Gourmet Discovers East Bay Food Treasures


An Interview with Doris Muscatine



Nature’s Original Superfood





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Home Wine Makers

By Derrick Schneider

Tim Paterson and his wines

The 2002 California Toscano Falso from Berkeley’s Subterranean Cellars has won awards in prestigious wine competitions, but you’ll never find it at a store or restaurant. You’ll only taste it if you know Tim Patterson, who makes this wine and others at his Berkeley home. Patterson, a thoughtful, soft-spoken wine writer, is one of a large number of amateur wine makers in the East Bay. Instead of cars, he fills his garage with carboys, large glass bottles that hold wine. Two or three barrels, a bottle corker, a press, and other supplies pack the small space.

Home wine making might seem eccentric, and wine enthusiasts might eye the product skeptically—at least until they taste some. Patterson’s 2004 Rioja Falsa, one of his wines that I tasted, exhibits better balance than many commercial wines.

“Making drinkable, decent wine is easy,” claims Patterson, though he concedes that making truly great wine is difficult. Patterson doesn’t have access to high-end industrial equipment, but he sees that as an advantage: “You have to use artisanal techniques,” he says, “You have to do everything by hand.”

Rex Johnston, an impish and opinionated retired chemist, expands on this philosophy as he talks about the wine he makes from his Alamo home: “We can often do better with small amounts of grapes than commercial wineries can do with bigger lots of the same fruit.” It’s not just that amateurs can’t afford the big equipment; commercial wineries can’t afford to coddle their wines the way a home wine maker can.… 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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Calling All Food Crafters 


The Good Food Foundation has opened its annual Good Food Awards competition, with submissions accepted through July 31. The contest highlights food crafters that offer delicious products made with environmental and social responsibility. Categories range from cheese and charcuterie to spirits and coffee, with a new category—snacks—starting this year. Finalists are announced in November. Info and entry form: here


Teaser photo: Marc Fiorito of Gamma Nine Photography

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