Fall Harvest 2015

Baking with Bugs

DEPARTMENT OF DROUGHT ADAPTATION It comes down to eating bugs STORY, PHOTOS, AND RECIPE BY MELISSA FAIRCHILD CLARK As this readership possesses the inherently open-minded nature of an innovative society, and this writer is vehemently against bait-and-switch, allow me to be entirely transparent: I’m here to talk about eating bugs. On purpose. For a purpose.…

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ROASTED BAY NUTS

  Northern California’s indigenous “cacao” STORY, PHOTOS, AND RECIPE BY KRISTEN RASMUSSEN You can’t go far on a Bay Area trail without coming across Umbellularia californica, the California bay laurel tree. A native of the Pacific West, it’s a close cousin to the Mediterranean tree Laurus nobilis, which produces the bay leaves we buy at the store.…

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David Gans

ABOUT OUR COVER PHOTOGRAPHER     If the name David Gans rings a bell, it may be because he’s contributed articles and photos to this magazine, was interviewed in our Harvest 2008 issue by Mary Tilson, the popular host of KPFA’s America’s Back Forty, and is a familiar performer at Oakland’s Grand Lake Farmers’ Market.…

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Plum Perfect

Japanese-style umeboshi made in Berkeley By Kristina Sepetys  Photos by Charlotte Peale If you’ve spent any time looking around the shelves at Monterey Market, the Local Butcher, Berkeley Bowl, Three Stone Hearth, or online at Good Eggs, you may have noticed some pretty jars with very simple calligraphed white labels reading “ume boshi.” Filled with…

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Celebrating Ten Years Helping Food Writers and Readers Connect

Interview by Anna Mindess | Illustration by Lila Volkas Two widely respected East Bay entrepreneurs are celebrating ten-year milestones in the food and publishing worlds. Cheryl Angelina Koehler marks a decade as editor and publisher of Edible East Bay, and Dianne Jacob celebrates the 10-year anniversary of Will Write for Food (known to many as…

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SHOP UGLY

There’s a new kind of CSA box in town—the cosmetically challenged kind. “We’re trying to create the first major consumer brand around ugly produce in America,” says Imperfect cofounder Ben Simon. His business launches this month with deliveries of great-tasting fruit and veggies that aren’t quite mainstream in size, shape, or color to locations in…

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SWAP YOUR CROPS!

Share your garden’s bounty and come home with someone else’s at these free weekly crop swaps. Some swaps encourage trading gardening tools and materials, recipes, baked goods, and tips on getting more involved in your community. Arrive on time for the best selection. Mondays, 6:30–7:30pm Berkeley Ohlone Greenway Sacramento & Delaware sts Tuesdays, 6:30–7:30pm Albany…

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The Growlers’ Arms

A SAVORY PUZZLE Finding clues in the pastry at the Growlers’ Arms BY CHERYL ANGELINA KOEHLER PHOTOGRAPHY BY STACY VENTURA A Note From the Editor: It’s with great disappointment that I have to share the news that the owners of the Growlers’ Arms decided to close down the restaurant just as this article is coming…

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The New West Oakland Farm Park

BY JILLIAN LAUREL STEINBERGER | PHOTOGRAPHY BY CARMEN SILVA It’s a new chapter in an organization’s life: After enduring the rigors of farming on borrowed land since 2001, City Slicker Farms is turning yet another blighted lot in West Oakland into a lush food oasis—but this time on its own land. The lack of land…

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Alameda Point Collaborative

HOME BASE At Alameda Point Collaborative, farming helps to break the cycle of homelessness By Rachel Trachten | Photos by Lindsay Dobbs “I never wanted to be a farmer; that was hard work,” says Vincent Figueroa, who came to farming relatively late in life. The 56-year-old self-described former drug addict arrived at Alameda Point Collaborative…

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