Fall Harvest 2014

Berkeley vs. Big Soda

Can Berkeley take the fizz out of Big Soda? By Rachel Trachten • Illustration by Nikki Goddard This November, Berkeley voters can stand tall against Big Soda. The City Council has unanimously approved a ballot measure that would impose a one-cent-per-ounce tax on the distributors of sodas and other sugary, low-nutrition beverages like energy drinks,…

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About Our Cover Artist

We like to feature a different artist on our cover each season, but Celia Wedding had the perfect image for us twice in a row, so we couldn’t pass them up. “I live up against some green space in the Oakland hills,” says Wedding. “The turkeys march past my window on a regular basis. Once…

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What’s in Season?

by Barbara Kobsar • Illustration by Margo Rivera-Weiss Choosing produce harvested at its peak is your sure bet for flavor and freshness. August Watch out as the melons start to roll in from California’s interior valley. Like squashes and cucumbers, melons are members of the huge Cucurbitaceae family. They are easily crossbred to meet the…

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Minimum Wage

Will a Hike in the Minimum Wage Lift Up Workers or Bring Down Restaurants? By Sarah Henry • Photos by Stacy Ventura Michael LeBlanc wants to lift up Oakland as much as anyone. LeBlanc is the owner of Picán, an anchor restaurant opened in 2009 that’s helping fuel a dining boom in Uptown. He’s also…

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Seven Stars of the Fall Harvest

 By Jessica Prentice Jessica Prentice, Maggie Gosselin, and Sarah Klein created the Local Foods Wheel to help us all enjoy the freshest, tastiest, and most ecologically sound food choices month by month. Here are seven of Jessica’s seasonal favorites. You can learn more about the Local Foods Wheel and the group’s other ventures at localfoodswheel.com.…

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Editor's Mixing Bowl

Working on our fall issue always gets me a little disoriented. It’s lazy midsummer vacation time, but here we are creating coverage for a soon-to-be-busy fall season with its harvests and holiday preparations… oh, and an election. The drought and election were on my mind as I was talking to Aldo Assali of A.P. Farming,…

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Bay Bucks Means Business!

Local currency opens new doors for entrepreneurs by Rachel Trachten • photos by Gabriella Gamboa Berkeley architect Michael Robbins needed a website to launch his new business, but found himself short on cash. At such a time, many businesspeople might apply to a bank for a loan, but instead, Robbins turned to Bay Bucks, a…

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Livermore Valley Wine Adventures

A Visit to Livermore Valley Wine Country By Christy White • Photos by Annie Tillis • Map by Nikki Goddard A few years ago when I was dating a guy from Pleasanton, my Oakland and Berkeley friends often asked dubiously “Pleasanton?” as they glanced at each other in alarm. “You could never live in Pleasanton.”…

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Tomatoes at the Station

Kassenhoff Growers takes root at Oakland landmark By Cheryl Angelina Koehler • Photos by Andrew Ellis In May, when Kassenhoff Growers invited a group of devoted customers to a debut plant sale at their new West Oakland digs, owners Helen Krayenhoff and Peggy Kass weren’t quite prepared for the frenzy that would ensue over Krayenhoff’s…

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