Like many businesses, Pleasanton software company Veeva sent its employees home to work during the pandemic. That was best for everyone, but not so much for the company’s executive chef, Jeremy Goldfarb, who had been running a daily family-style lunch program and wanted to keep cooking for Veeva’s 400–500 employees. Goldfarb’s previous experience…

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Our market sleuth Barbara Kobsar found Fuerte avocados from Sunrise Farm at the Walnut Creek Farmers’ Market. Here’s a bundle of inventive avocado recipes from our archive: Ceviche with Avocado and Preserved Lemons, Preserved Lemon Guacamole, Avocado Lime Mousse, Avocado Cacao Custard

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Gardener’s Notebook by Joshua Burman Thayer DON’T WAIT! Sow your summer seeds now to ensure they are ready for your garden, come April and May. Coco Coir is Cash:  When sprouting seeds, an inert non-soil medium is best. My favorite is coconut coir. This is the brown fiber at the palm frond’s base, which has been…

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  Join in to cook dumplings, share memories of the Lunar New Year, and raise funds for Good Good Eatz. The organization’s goal is to keep residents of Oakland Chinatown nourished and safe amidst two pandemics: Covid-19 and systemic racism. Good Good Eatz is working to create a bridge between Oakland’s Asian and Black communities…

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  Celebrate Black History Month at this virtual screening of a trailer for Rhythms of the Land, a documentary film project spotlighting Black farmers and their struggles and survival against overwhelming odds. By cultural anthropologist Dr. Gail P. Myers, the film is scheduled to be completed in October.  You can help raise production funds by…

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Apply by March 15 for StopWaste Grants   StopWaste is offering grants with total funding up to $475K for projects that focus on preventing waste in Alameda County and supporting local communities in these categories: Reuse & Repair: Up to $20K per grant for projects that prevent disposal or recycling in favor of repair, reuse,…

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East Bay Natural Grocers Win StopWaste Business Efficiency Award     Alameda Natural Grocery has been the go-to place for healthy, sustainable foods and other goods for almost two decades, and they recently expanded to Castro Valley, bringing the same “highest-use first” practices to the new location. Alameda & Castro Valley Natural Grocers is an…

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  By Juliana Uruburu, Market Hall Foods’s retail director and member of the Guilde des Fromagers   At Market Hall, cheese and chocolate are two of our favorite food groups. Both are comforting, craveable and delicious, so each Valentine’s Day, we bring the two together in new and irresistible ways. Here are some basic principles…

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