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Urban Farm Day at the Oasis

 

HarvestWant to create or expand your backyard urban farm? BioFuel Oasis hosts its annual Urban Farm Day with free demos and workshops on gardening, backyard beehives, veggie fermentation, and kombucha making. A highlight is the chance to meet Stefani Bittner, co-author of Harvest: Unexpected Projects Using 47 Extraordinary Garden Plants. She will discuss ways to use plants to make cocktails, flower arrangements, beauty products, and handmade gifts. All store items discounted 10% and biodiesel is 10 cents off at the Berkeley and San Anselmo stations. All workshops are free. Rain or shine. Info: here

Urban Farm Day
Saturday March 18, 11am–4pm
BioFuel Oasis 
1441 Ashby Ave, Berkeley

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Lend A Hand 

Support the farmers' market at Jack London Square by becoming a CUESA volunteer.

Support the farmers’ market at Jack London Square by becoming a CUESA volunteer.

If you’re a fan of the farmers’ market, go one step further and become a volunteer. CUESA, the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture, is looking for people to help out at the Jack London Square market and with education programs and events. Get an insider’s view of the market, learn about CUESA and how it contributes to our food system, and hear about a variety of volunteer opportunities. Tasty market snacks offer an added reward! Info and sign-up: here

New Volunteer Orientation
Sunday March 26, 9–10:30am
Jack London Square Farmers’ Market
Water Street at Broadway, Oakland

Photo courtesy of CUESA.
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Carve with the Pros

 The Local Butcher is one of the businesses providing instruction during this intensive FCI course. 

The Local Butcher is one of the businesses providing instruction during this intensive FCI course. 

For those interested in starting a butchery business or expanding a restaurant’s whole-animal program, Food Craft Institute serves up an intensive four-day course for meat professionals, chefs, and aspiring entrepreneurs. Develop your understanding of how to succeed in the meat industry, from sourcing and whole-animal butchery to running a charcuterie program, managing inventory, and setting prices. 

Classes take place throughout the Bay Area and are led by instructors from Clove and Hoof, The Local Butcher Shop, Fatted Calf, BoccaloneThistle Meats, and Sonoma County Meat Co. Cost: $900 including meals. Register by March 24. Info and registration: here

The Business of Butchery
Sunday April 2–Wednesday April 5, times TBA
Food Craft Institute
Various Bay Area locations

Photo courtesy of Food Craft Institute.

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Springtime in Capay Valley

 Bring the whole family out to the farm for a tour, tractor-tram ride, and special activities for kids.

Bring the whole family out to the farm for a tour, tractor-tram ride, and special activities for kids.

Farm Fresh to You, an organic farm and CSA delivery program, kicks off a season of farm-based events with their Spring Equinox Farm Tour. Ride the tractor tram around the farm and learn about sustainable agriculture from chief farmer Thaddeus Barsotti. Taste products from surrounding farms and pick out fresh organic produce from the produce stand. You can buy lunch from local vendors on-site or bring your picnic. Enjoy art activities and a petting zoo. Cost: Adults $5. Kids 12 and under are free. Also coming up on the farm this spring: Strawberry Jam 5K & Farm Tour on Saturday April 15, and the 6th Annual Cinco de Mayo Festival on Saturday May 6, benefiting the Kathleen Barsotti Non-Profit for Sustainable Agriculture. Info: here

The farm hosts the popular farm-to-table dinner Outstanding in the Field on Saturday, June 3, with food prepared by Grange Restaurant. Tickets go on sale at here on March 20 and usually sell out within 48 hours. 

Spring Equinox Farm Tour
Saturday March 18, 11am–2pm 
Farm Fresh to You
23800 State Highway 16, Capay

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Photos courtesy of Farm Fresh to You.
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Sip with Pleasure in Livermore Valley

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Taste wine, beer, and spirits at this celebratory weekend event in Livermore Valley’s wine country.

New tastes are in store during Livermore Valley’s annual wine country celebration. The event, formerly known as Barrel Tasting Weekend, has expanded and now also features craft brews and artisan spirits. Amateurs and experts alike are invited to experience the region’s wine, beer, and spirits, all made with outstanding attention and care. Cost: $45 in advance, $55 same day. Tickets and info: here

Barrels, Bottles, & Brews
Saturday and Sunday, March 25 and 26, noon–4:30pm
Livermore Valley Wineries, Breweries, and Distilleries

Photo courtesy of Barrels, Bottles & Brews.
  
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Explore the Desert Pharmacopeia

 Visit the Southern California desert and learn from experts how to use native medicinal plants.

Visit the Southern California desert and learn from experts how to use native medicinal plants.

Join the founders of KW Botanicals and Five Flavors Herbs on March 17–19 for an educational excursion to the Southern California desert. Enjoy the flower bloom at its peak and learn about harvesting, preparation, and application of over 20 native medicinal plants. (California acupuncturists can log 10 hours class time/10 CEUs pending.) Practitioner Cost: $175; General public and students: $140 (cost covers campsite fees). Info and registration: here

Photo courtesy of Five Flavors Herbs.
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Give, Take, Plant!

Come to The Plant Exchange to take or donate plants, tools, and other garden-related items.

Come to The Plant Exchange to take or donate plants, tools, and other garden-related items.

Gardeners, landscapers, urban farmers, and other garden enthusiasts can donate or bring home plants, tools, and equipment at this free event. Yard art, mulch, goldfish, books, compost bins, and lawn furniture are also part of this lively exchange. The event features a live band, food trucks, gardening demos, and advice from the Alameda County Master Gardeners. Free. Info: here

The Plant Exchange
Saturday March 25, noon–4pm
Ability Now Bay Area
4500 Lincoln Ave, Oakland

Photo courtesy of The Plant Exchange

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Cheese All Ways

Cheese and cider pairing is a popular festival event, and farm tours are always a favorite.

Cheese and cider pairing is a popular festival event, and farm tours are always a favorite.

Goats-Cheese-Festival--credit-Jeff-Dickerson-cropCelebrate the many pleasures of artisanal cheesemaking at this annual weekend event. Guests enjoy farm and creamery tours, tastings, seminars, and (new this year) cheesemaker dinners. At the Ultimate Best Bite Competition, teams of cheesemakers, cheesemongers, and chefs compete and guests vote for their favorite bites. Meet Food Network stars The Cheese Twins, hosts of this year’s Bubbles & Brunch. Costs vary with event. Info and tickets: here

11th Annual California Artisan Cheese Festival 
Friday March 24–Sunday March 26
8:30am–9:30pm
Sheraton Sonoma County
745 Baywood Dr, Petaluma

 

Photos: Cheese and cider: Derrick Story; Goats: Jeff Dickerson
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Dine with a Livermore Valley Winemaker

Handcrafted wines accompany each course of this special meal at Garré Vineyard & Winery.

Handcrafted wines accompany each course of this special meal at Garré Vineyard & Winery.

If you’re overdue for a culinary treat, head out to Garré Vineyard & Winery in Livermore Valley Wine Country. Winemaker Kyle Kekic and Chef Abe of Café Garré have pulled out all the stops to offer a special five-course meal paired with the vineyard’s handcrafted wines. Cost: $110. Info and reservations: garre@garrewinery.com or 925.371.8200

Dinner Menu
Salmon tartar on crispy potato 
Brie in puff pastry with Jamaican relish 
Cajun lamb lollipops with Maytag bleu cheese 
Garré Sparkling Wine 

Shaved asparagus frisee, tangerine, goat cheese, lavender grapefruit vinaigrette 
2015 Reserve Chardonnay 

Chilled scallops, roasted golden beets, pickled red onion, micro greens 
2015 Rosato di Sangiovese 

Tripolini pasta, Nonna’s meatball, ragu, pecorino romano cheese 
2013 Gina Marie’s Merlot 

Roasted tornado of beef, mushroom demi glaze, hazelnut mashed potato 
2011 Petite Sirah 

Double chocolate mousse, raspberries 
2010 Red Velvet Port

Winemakers Dinner
Sunday March 12, 6pm (cocktails), 7pm (dinner)
Café Garré
Garré Vineyard & Winery
7986 Tesla Rd, Livermore

Photo courtesy of Garré Vineyard & Winery.
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Margo Rivera-Weiss

Art Classes and Gratitude from our Cover Artist

 

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It’s hard to choose a favorite among the covers Margo has created for Edible East Bay.

 

margo-cover-2Many of our readers are already huge fans of this issue’s cover artist Margo Rivera-Weiss. Margo’s whimsical, captivating images frequently appear in the magazine, and Margo also shares their* artistry through teaching. Serious heath issues in recent months have prevented Margo from teaching, but they’re now feeling well enough to start up again. In response to the support given around their illness, Margo is offering free Gratitude Art Classes at the Women’s Cancer Resource Center and Laurel Bookstore. Visit their website for class details and read Margo’s story about Luz Calvo and Catrióna Rueda Esquibel, authors of Decolonize Your Diet, who are depicted on our Spring issue cover. You can also help Margo with ongoing medical expenses through this YouCaring site: here

Upcoming classes: 
Watercolor Techniques Workshop
Saturday March 18, 11am–1pm
Laurel Bookstore
1423 Broadway, Oakland

Combining Watercolor with Collage
Saturday April 8, 11am–1pm 
Laurel Bookstore
1423 Broadway, Oakland

Sketchbook Circle
Third Wednesdays, starting March 15, 6:30–8pm
Women’s Cancer Resource Center
5741 Telegraph Ave (at 58th St), Oakland

 

*Margo’s preferred pronoun

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