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Thrills, Chills, & Farm Animals in Temescal

Farmers’ Market fun includes a spooky Instagram photo contest, Oct 28 in Oakland. Read more.

Keep Democracy Alive

Support voting rights when you eat at local restaurants on October 25. Read more.

Hop on the Harvest Fun at City Slicker Farms

Harvest Fest offers cooking demos and gardening workshops, Oct 27 in Oakland. Read more.

Apples, Pumpkins, & Costume Parades 

Get in the Halloween spirit at local farmers’ markets, Oct 27 & 28 in Walnut Creek and Moraga. Read more.

Irresistible Olives

Enjoy tastings and tours at the Séka Hills Olive Mill, Oct 28 in Brooks. Read more.

BBQ Pros Go Mano a Mano

A caveman-style competition benefits Sprouts Cooking Club, Nov 3 in Livermore. Read more.

What’s at Your Farmers’ Market this Week?

We found an array of sweet and tart apples and indulged in this mouth-watering apple cake.

Explore the Flavors of the Islamic World
Meet author Anissa Helou at East Bay Booksellers and read our book review.
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Fiber Arts Come to Berkeley Hort 

Trunk show highlights plant-based dyes with a live demo, Oct 20 in Berkeley.
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Build Your Resistance to Colds and Flu

Join East Bay Herbals for a free class on herbs for winter immunity, Nov 10 in Concord. Read more.

Jam On at Holiday Craft Fairs

Meet jam-maker Barbara Kobsar at local craft fairs and try her recipe for Winter Pears in Red Wine Sauce.
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Turn Your Olives Into Olive Oil

Il Fiorello Olive Oil Co. welcomes the public to Community Milling Day, Oct 21 and Nov 25 in Fairfield. Read more.

What’s at Your Farmers’ Market this Week?

We found crunchy, colorful carrots and used them in Chef Bryant Terry’s
Glazed Carrot Salad.

Plant Now for Edible Abundance

This month’s Gardener’s Notebook offers a Fall Planting Guide with advice on planting perennials like olives, pomegranates, citrus, currants, loquat, and avocado. Read more.

Peek into the Kitazawa Test Garden

How does a seed company test its seeds?  Read our story about autumn in the Kitazawa Asian vegetable test garden.

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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.

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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. 
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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.… Read More

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