Summer 2015

What Do You Pair with a Reuben?

 BY CHERYL ANGELINA KOEHLER  |   ILLUSTRATIONS BY MARGO RIVERA-WEISS   Long before the Caamaño Bros. started making and marketing their sodas, Peter Levitt, owner of Saul’s Deli in Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto, was looking for a non-imitation-flavor wild black cherry soda. “It goes really well with our Reuben,” he says, referring to that quintessential New…

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The Spice Whisperer Make House Calls

STORY AND PHOTOS BY ANNA MINDESS Vinita Jacinto arrives in a sparkly blue blouse, fuchsia skirt, and intricately embroidered shawl. Jingling pink and green bracelets trim her wrists and a red bindi adorns her forehead. Like a colorfully attired Indian Mary Poppins, she efficiently gets down to business, removes a multitude of items from her bag,…

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Source Guide Summer 2015

Arts & Education INSTITUTE OF URBAN HOMESTEADING  Offering the best in Bay Area sustainability education since 2008. iuhoakland.com LAURL BOOK STORE  Downtown Oakland’s new indie bookseller. 1423 Broadway. 510.452.9232. laurelbookstore.com THE LOCAL FOODS WHEEL   Learn more about your foodshed. localfoodswheel.com MRS DALLOWAY’S   A full-service, independent neighborhood bookstore, featuring a wide variety of garden…

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Berkeley Ecology Center's Big Win

  $3.7 million USDA grant expands Market Match to the benefit of farmers and low-income shoppers By Rachel Trachten California farmers’ markets just got more affordable for people on public benefits. In a stunning example of public policy done well, the USDA awarded $3.7 million to Berkeley’s Ecology Center for its Market Match program. Through…

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The Seed-Saving Controversy

   BY JILLIAN LAUREL STEINBERGER  PHOTOS AND ONLINE VIDEO BY SCOTT PETERSON “In the last 30 years, seed has become a commodity that’s bought, sold, and traded like any other commodity—like oil, like minerals—when really, seed is a resource that’s best shared, stewarded, and governed within a community.” —Matthew Dillon, Seed Matters Rebecca Newburn was…

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Seven Stars of Summer

      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 illustrated by Sarah Klein (sarahklein.com) with coloring by Maggie Gosselin. You can learn…

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Peace in the Kingdom

 at Grabbish Farm BY ERIK FERRY | PHOTOS BY KYLE SHIBUYA “Meet Gidget,” invites Amy Grabish, an affable, elfin woman whose rapid-fire dialect betrays an urban East Coast upbringing. Gidget, a coal-black brood sow about the size of Pennsylvania, sighs heavily and shifts in her earthen bed under the canopy of eucalyptus trees. The earth…

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On the Menu: Backyard Bounty

Residents barter garden surplus with top chefs and food producers Continuing our year-long series about relationships between local farms and restaurants BY SARAH HENRY | PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROBIN JOLIN For Christine Hwang and Tim Drew, it started with an abundance of honey. Then they moved on to herbs and root vegetables, which they bike down…

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What’s in Season?

BY BARBARA KOBSAR Choosing produce harvested at its peak is your sure bet for flavor and freshness. Want to try picking your own summer produce? East of Mt. Diablo in Brentwood, lots of farms offer the season’s choice fruits and vegetables for picking and much more pre-picked at farm stands. Many of the 50 or…

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Grow

Kitazawa Herbs Oakland-based Kitazawa Seed Company has been operating for nearly 100 years, selling seeds for over 400 varieties of non-GMO Asian herbs and vegetables. Commercial growers and home gardeners alike reach for the familiar manila packets with their classic green ink designs when they want to grow plants that can help cooks achieve authentic…

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