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Curious About Kombucha?

Make your own kombucha and water kefir and learn why they’re good for you at this hands-on workshop. Photo courtesy of Three Stone Hearth.

Join fermentation and preservation pro Andrew Renard at Three Stone Hearth to learn about why live-culture kombuchas and water kefirs—alternatives to sodas and other sweetened drinks—are so nourishing. You’ll leave with beverages you have crafted during class, plus cultures to try at home. Parents, bring your kids and enjoy this fun experience together. Cost: $60. Info and registration: here

Kombucha 101
Saturday April 14, 10am–noon
Three Stone Hearth
1581 University Ave, Berkeley

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It’s a Pie Party!

Dive in and savor every messy bite at a fun anniversary party for Niles Pie Company. Photo courtesy of Niles Pie Co.

Join the worker-owners at Niles Pie Company as they mark five years in their current location and look ahead to the next five. Relax and enjoy an afternoon of music, chalk art, promotions, prizes, and a pie-eating contest. The event is free, with plenty of pie, pastries, and merchandise for sale. Enjoy favorite pies— both sweet and savory— like Dutch apple, raspberry rhubarb, chocolate espresso, chicken, and shiitake mushroom. Niles Pie Co. extends its thanks for the local community’s strong support and celebrates its ongoing commitment to the community. Beloved for its seasonal pies and pastries made with local produce, the bakery became a worker-owned co-op in 2017. Info: Facebook or here.
Niles Pie 5th Anniversary Open House
Saturday April 7, noon–4pm
32990 Alvarado-Niles Road, suite 960
Dowe Business Park, Union City

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Sublime Sustainable Seafood

Slow Food San Francisco welcomes sustainable seafood advocates to this lively three-day event. Photo courtesy of Slow Fish 2018.

Part conference, part festival, and part seafood-stravaganza, Slow Fish 2018 serves up three days of tastings, demos, and fun. Join a group of fishers, scientists, chefs, students, and sustainable seafood advocates all committed to promoting ocean health and building awareness about local fishing communities. Hosted by Slow Food San Francisco and part of a broader Slow Food movement, the event focuses on supporting the local economy, building community, and respecting seafood and the people who produce it. Events include a seafood throwdown-style competition featuring a mystery seafood and two chefs as well as panel discussions, speakers, and a dinner that celebrates Alaska’s wild salmon. Cost: $50–$150. Info and tickets: here
Slow Fish 2018
Saturday April 14, noon–Monday April 16, 9pm
SOMArts Cultural Center
934 Brannan St, San Francisco

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 The Hunt is On!

The Moraga Farmers’ Market hosts a
children’s Easter Egg Hunt, April 1.
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 Kids: Make This Yummy Pie!

Learn to make tofu at Hodo Soy and then how to craft it into three tasty dishes. This hands-on class for kids ages 7-12 takes place Mar 31 in Oakland. Read more.

 Pickle Pizzazz 
Give your veggies new life and discover the secrets of Cha Cha pickles, Mar 31
in Berkeley. Read more.
 Give a Plant, Take a Plant

Find garden gems and share with others at this fun, free event, Mar 31 in Oakland. Read more.

What’s at Your Farmers’ Market
this Week?

We found fresh asparagus with thin or thick spears. Take your pick, and try this asparagus frittata made with spring onions and green garlic.

 Snatch Unused Growing Space
in Your Spring Garden!
In this month’s Gardener’s Notebook, learn how to get the most out of the extra space under and around your tomato, pepper, and squash plants.
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Kids! Make This Yummy Pie!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie made with silken tofu
is one of the treats in store at this kids cooking class.

In this class for kids ages 7–12, tofu experts from Hodo Soy teach young chefs to make silken tofu from soybeans and then use it to make a scrumptious peanut-butter chocolate pie. As the pies are baking, participants make their own breakfast scrambles with tofu, herbs, and veggies. Class finishes with preparation of angel hair tofu noodles served with pesto. Cost: $35 with discount code “hodosoy10.” Info and registrations: here

Sprouts Cooking Club: All Things Tofu with Hodo Soy
Saturday March 31, 11am–1pm  
(7–12 year olds)
Girls Inc. Kitchens 
510 16th St, Oakland

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Gardener’s Notebook

Snatch that Space in Your Spring Garden

Increase your spring harvest by adding “snatch” crops like lettuce, arugula, and fava beans to your garden. (Photos: Joshua Burman Thayer)

We’re now in that great season of leafy green growth following the spring equinox. For gardeners, that means a special opportunity to plant “catch” or “snatch” crops. These are faster-growing edible species (harvested in 60 to 80 days) that can be tucked in around the longer-lasting summer crops before those main crops get a lot larger and start to fruit. 

For example, while plants promising summer splendor like tomato, pepper, and squash are still relatively small, your catch/snatch crops are growing fast and furious. You’ll harvest them just before the dry heat of summer begins to change the landscape. 

Under or around your summer crops, try planting sugar snap peas, Italian pole beans, Mexican bush beans, and fava (good until daytime temperatures start to climb above 75°). If you have space on the north edges of your garden beds, you can try planting a longer-lasting summer crop like scarlett runner beans.

Spring greens that make good snatch crops include:

  • Arugula (cut to 3 inches tall every 2–3 weeks)
  • Miner’s lettuce (easier to grow than spinach)
  • Lettuce mix
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The Hunt is On!

An excited kid finds an Easter egg among the strawberries at the Moraga Farmers’ Market. (Photo courtesy of California Farmers’ Markets Association.)

A special Easter Egg Hunt at the Moraga Farmers’ Market connects kids to their local food producers. Children go through the market searching for coupons hidden in eggs to win farm-fresh produce prizes. As Moti Phillips, marketing director for the California Farmers’ Markets Association, explains, “Searching for Easter eggs in the market stalls gives young participants a chance to engage with the people who grow their fruits and vegetables.” After the hunt, families can shop for fresh, seasonal produce like sweet strawberries from Watsonville, navel oranges, asparagus, and more from California-certified growers and producers.

Easter Egg Hunt at the Moraga Farmers’ Market
Sunday April 1, 10:30–11am, market is open 9am–1pm
Moraga Center at the corner of Moraga Rd & Moraga Way


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Give a Plant, Take a Plant

Share your love of gardening at the Plant Exchange,
where you can pick up or donate plants and supplies.

Calling local gardeners, landscapers, urban farmers, and other garden enthusiasts! At the Plant Exchange, you can donate and bring home plants, tools, and equipment. This lively event also offers garden-related items like yard art, soil, pond supplies, pots, compost bins, and patio furniture. Enjoy a live band, food trucks, and gardening demos, and get plenty of advice from the Alameda County Master Gardeners. Bring containers to fill with compost and mulch donated by StopWaste of Alameda County. Free. Info: here

The Plant Exchange
Saturday March 31, noon–4pm (Garden demos start at 11am)
Ability Now Bay Area
4500 Lincoln Ave, Oakland


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Pickle Pizzazz  

CelerySpace hosts a hands-on workshop for those eager to learn techniques for pickling veggies.

Learn to make pickled vegetables to spice up salads and enjoy as snacks and side dishes. After a brief intro to the processes of quick pickling and fermented pickling, participants get the opportunity to create some of each. As an extra treat, instructor Stacie Sandoval demonstrates her Southern grandmother’s quick Cha Cha pickle. Cost: $60. Ticket sales end on Thursday, March 29 at 4pm. Tickets and info: here
Pickling Workshop
Saturday March 31, 1–4:30pm
1714 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Photo and drawing courtesy of CelerySpace.



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 Step up Your Gardening Game
at the BASIL Seed Swap The swap launches seed-saving campaign One Seed, One Community,
March 16 in Berkeley. Read more.
 New Date for the
Locavore’s Tour of Alameda 
Visit three unique spots with Slow Food members from around the Bay, March 17. Read more.

Make it a Cheese-Centric Weekend

Taste, tour, and discover at the Artisan Cheese Festival, March 23–25 in Santa Rosa.
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 Try Jacques Pepin’s Favorite Chicken and Vegetable Dishes

Read our book review and meet the legendary author on Apr 19 in Oakland.

Wine Know-How

Meet author Jon Bonné and celebrate his latest book on March 29 in Oakland.
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 What’s at Your Farmers’ Market This Week?

We found plenty of fresh baby spinach and used it in a Spinach and Rice Torta

 Curious About Okara?

This byproduct of tofu and soy milk is being transformed from food waste
into flour. Read our new story 
about Renewal Mill.

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