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Summer Sampler Workshops

Herbs for Wellness

Mint and motherwort ready for medicine making. Photo courtesy of East Bay Herbals.

Interested in herbalism? You’ll learn to make a variety of healing products, including some that help protect your skin from the sun, as Anna Beauchemin of East Bay Herbals offers three free community workshops. Find out how easy it can be to prepare medicinal teas, healing oils, and salves. Free. Info: here
Medicinal Teas + Refreshing Botanical Drinks 
Sunday June 10, 11am–noon
Harvest House, 2395 Monument Blvd, Concord 
Use healing and refreshing herbs to make medicinal teas.
Sunday July 8, 11am–noon
DIY Herbal Skincare for Summer Sun Exposure 
Harvest House, 2395 Monument Blvd, Concord  
Learn about beneficial plant allies for sun exposure. 
Sunday August 12, 11am–noon
Easy Medicine Making 
Harvest House, 2395 Monument Blvd, Concord 
Learn to preserve garden herbs to make healing oils, salves, and vinegars.

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Love Salad?

Keep Your Lettuce Crisp and Delicious

Summer is salad season, and Bay Area farmers’ markets are brimming with many varieties of lettuce. Bought more than you can use right away? StopWaste’s how-to videos show how to keep lettuce and other leafy greens fresh, or how to revive them when they’re already a bit wilted.

Keep leafy greens fresher longer


Revive wilted greens


For more tips and videos on how to make the most of the food we love, visit

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Meet Elizabeth Minchilli … 

Author Elizabeth Minchilli shares some of her favorite Italian pantry items at Rockridge Market Hall, June 7.
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… and Try Her Italian Recipes

Read our book review, and try Elizabeth’s Goat Cheese and Kale Salad.

Grassy Goodness

Explore the Petaluma Food Shed at the Transhumance Festival, June 9.
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Moringa Can Be a Boon to Your Garden

Learn about Moringa oleifera, a nutritious food and a soil builder. Read our Gardener’s Notebook

What’s for Dessert? 

Chef Kellie Joe offers a surprise demo at the Walnut Creek farmers’ market,
June 10. Read more.

Diaspora Dinner Honors Chef Tanya Holland

Enjoy an elegant evening of food, drinks, music, and conversation, June 12 in
San Francisco. Read more.

What’s at Your Farmers’ Market this Week?

We found sweet, crunchy sugar snap peas at the Moraga Farmers’ Market.
Try this salad made with beets and sugar snaps from our friends at
Edible Louisville & the Bluegrass.

Greet the Peaches!

If you’re as excited as we are about welcoming the first peaches to the market, you’ll want to read our story about how local chefs are cooking
and serving them up.

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Gardener’s Notebook

Moringa Can Be a Boon to Your Garden

Photo: Sengai Podhuvan on Wikimedia Commons

Have you heard of Moringa oleifera? An amazingly fast-growing perennial, moringa is edible from root to shoot. High in iron, it offers a nutritional boost to people as well as animals, and can be a real boon to your garden or orchard as a soil builder.

In the Garden and Orchard

Unchecked, this sub-tropical shrub can grow to over 20 feet tall. However, with annual pruning, it can be managed to stay between four and eight feet tall, and those pruned branches can provide good food for humans, goats, and chickens. One choice is to “chop and drop” the pruned branches to lie around orchard trees, where they nourish the trees as they break down.

As a vertical grower, moringa takes little soil space compared to the biomass it creates. In permaculture, this is called “vertical economy.”

Another advantage moringa can bring to your garden is that when used as a green mulch growing between the rows, it can serve to cool the ground in summer, thus protecting plant roots.

In the Kitchen

Think of moringa as a salad tree. Its edible parts include immature seed pods, mature seeds, leaves, flowers, and roots.… Read More

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Kristina’s Bookshelf

Eating My Way Through Italy: Heading Off the Main Roads to Discover the Hidden Treasures of the Italian Table
By Elizabeth Minchilli
(St. Martin’s Griffin, 2018)
Elizabeth Minchilli’s new book, Eating My Way Through Italy, brings to mind the best qualities of the Lonely Planet guidebooks, which many of us discovered in the mid 1980s. We loved these guides because they recommended great places—many off the beaten track—to stay, eat, and explore on the cheap. Written in a candid, opinionated style, like a friend giving advice, they were a refreshing contrast to more mainstream guidebooks dispensing general advice to reach as large an audience as possible. The Lonely Planet books were bibles for travelers with little money but lots of curiosity. Although my days staying in $2 group dormitories with shared bathrooms are mostly behind me, my interest in local, personal, and authentic are not. I often find myself wishing for guidebooks like those old favorites, written with the candor of real people with specific interests.

Author Minchilli divides her time between Rome and Umbria, blogs about eating in Rome, and has created a phone app called Eat Italy. She also runs well-attended and highly regarded local food tours in Italy, if the more than 100 reviews on are any indication. 

The author of nine books about Italian life, Minchilli writes in her latest guidebook about how to eat well in Italy.… Read More

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Meet Elizabeth Minchilli … 

Photo courtesy of Market Hall Foods.

In her newest book, Eating My Way Through Italy: Heading Off the Main Roads to Discover the Hidden Treasures of the Italian Table, Elizabeth Minchilli takes readers on a culinary journey that celebrates Italy’s regional specialties. Join her at Market Hall and taste some of the Italian pantry items mentioned in the book. No charge except for purchases. Info: here or 510.250.6001

Minchilli’s recipes will be adapted for Market Hall’s Taste of Italy special menu offerings Thursday May 31–Sunday June 3 and Thursday June 7–Sunday June 10 and available during the June 7 event. 

Event Tastings

  • IASA anchovies (crostini, butter, and anchovies and potato salad with anchovies from the kitchen menu)
  • Parmigiano-Reggiano and aged balsamico (five-year balsamic from Acetaia Leonardi)
  • Bondolio extra virgin olive oil (a California product made with Sicilian olive varieties)

Book Signing, Conversations, Tastings
Eating My Way Through Italy: Heading Off the Main Roads to Discover the Hidden Treasures of the Italian Table
Thursday June 7, 3–5pm 
Market Hall Foods at Rockridge Market Hall 
5655 College Ave, Oakland

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Diaspora Dinner Honors Chef Tanya Holland

Taste Chef Holland’s great food, including dishes not served at her restaurant, at the Diaspora Dinner.  
Photo courtesy of MOAD.

The Museum of the African Diaspora (MOAD) hosts the second annual Diaspora Dinner, this year honoring Chef Tanya Holland of Brown Sugar Kitchen. Join MOAD’s chef-in-residence Bryant Terry for a champagne toast at the museum followed by a multi-course dinner prepared by Holland and the St. Regis San Francisco culinary team. Chef Holland and Shakirah Simley, co-founder of Nourish/Resist, engage in a lively conversation about Tanya’s life as a celebrity chef and her thoughts on food, race, and gender. Cost: $250 includes signed copy of Brown Sugar Kitchen: New-Style, Down-Home Recipes from Sweet West Oakland. Proceeds benefit the artistic programs of the Museum of the African Diaspora. Tickets: here

Diaspora Dinner
Museum of the African Diaspora
685 Mission St, San Francisco
Tuesday June 12, 6:30–9pm (Museum reception is followed by dinner at the St. Regis San Francisco, 125 3rd St)

Read more about Tanya Holland in Sarah Henry’s 2013 story on female chefs: here

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What’s for Dessert? 

Chef Kellie Joe from Chicks and Love Pizza Catering is whipping up a seasonal dessert on June 10 at the Walnut Creek Contra Costa Certified Farmers’ Market. Come watch her prepare a delicious surprise you won’t want to miss. Seating is limited. Info: here

For eight years, Kellie Joe and Vanda Chong, known as the Chicks of Chicks and Love LLC, served organic and gluten-free flatbread pizzas at the Contra Costa Certified Farmers Markets in Walnut Creek. As beekeepers, they like to use their bees’ honey in their pizza dough, and their signature pizza, called the Farm Fresh, could always be topped with an egg from their chickens. In 2016 they opened up their first brick and mortar location, Chicks and Love Pizza Patio, in the Mission district of San Francisco. Business was booming, and they had quite a following with stellar Yelp reviews, yet come to find out, both of their locations have recently closed. Some people are wondering, “What happened to the Chicks?”

Life happened. Vanda became a hospice nurse, and she is very happy and busy doing that important work. After 30 years in the restaurant business, Kellie wanted a break from the physical demands and daily stress of that work.… Read More

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Grassy Goodness

Photos courtesy of Transhumance Festival.

Come celebrate grassland culture and a dedication to good food at this event hosted by Friends of the Petaluma River, True Grass Farms, and the Petaluma Grazing Collective. The organizers value the role grazing animals play in managing the health of oak savannas, grasslands, and coastal prairies. They’re honoring the work with a day dedicated to local artisans, education, and foodshed delicacies, including a fiber artisan marketplace, expert speakers, dinner, dancing, and a fire pit shepherd talk. Tickets: $20 (includes food tastings; free for kids under 12). Dinner: $20 (includes performances and dancing): here

Read more about True Grass Farms in our 2016 article on carbon-conscious farming.

Transhumance Festival 
Saturday June 9, 2–9pm
Steamer Landing Park 
6 Copeland St, near the D St Drawbridge, Petaluma
Dinner is at 6pm with music and dancing at the David Yearsley River Heritage Center.


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 Support Oakland Kids at
Jamaican Jerk Cook-Off 

Fundraiser at Drake’s Dealership benefits My Yute Soccer, May 28. Read more.
Dance, Make Puppets,
and Take a Strawberry Walk

Get playful and creative at the Family Fun Fest, May 26 in Berkeley. Read more.

It’s Party Time in Fremont
 Burger and Brew Fest features samplings, food trucks, and a cooking competition, May 26. Read more.
Local Author Speaks on Traditional
African-American Healing

Enjoy a book launch and performance at the Gill Tract Community Farm in Albany, May 20. Read more
New World Peppers

An award-winning book explores the huge variety of peppers found in the Americas.Read our review.

It’s a Double Header Celebration at Camino

The restaurant hosts two events to mark its tenth anniversary, May 18 & 19 in Oakland. Read more.

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