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Fall Harvest 2018

Sharing the Bounty at MariLark Farms

A New Take on Giving Away the Farm By Rachel Trachten Charlie Costello wants to give you free tomato plants and teach you to save seeds. Last year, Costello gave 400 tomato plants to East Bay gardeners for their schools, urban farms, and homes. This year, he’s on track to share just as many, or…

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Chetwyn Farm

Avocado Adventure in Zone 16 Living the green dream at Hayward’s Chetwyn Farm BY CHERYL ANGELINA KOEHLER | PHOTOS BY EMMA NAJARIAN The tumbledown 1890s-era farm tucked into a barely accessible fold in the hills above Hayward was one of those properties real estate agents feel reluctant to show. In spite of its proximity to…

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Oakland Cocktail Week

Week of September 15–23 Cheers to Oakland’s Low-ABV Cocktail Crafters (and all the rest) At the dawn of the contemporary craft cocktail age in the early aughts, San Francisco swiftly became Northern California’s darling of the scene, with bars like Bourbon & Branch and Trick Dog gaining national recognition as top drinking destinations. Oakland wasn’t…

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Wine Words

Digging Deep on Terroir Book review by Derrick Schneider Wine and Place: A Terroir Reader By Tim Patterson and John Buechsenstein UC Press, January 2018 People who have pursued fine wine are probably conversant in terroir, the French word that connects a food’s flavors to a place of origin, even if only to notice the…

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Hooked on Cult Crackers

Crunchy, Seedy, and a Little Bit Cult-y Swedish cracker culture comes to Berkeley Story and photos by Anna Mindess As a kid growing up in Malmö, Sweden, Birgitta Durell took knäckebröd (crispbread) for granted. These mostly rye-based  crackers are eaten there daily, paired with everything from pickled herring to lingonberry jam. Many Swedes still make…

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Contents Fall Harvest 2018

RECIPES Barbara Kobsar’s Walnut & Beet Dip MariLark Farms’ Tomato Risotto MK Gold Bakery Buckwheat Madeleines MK Gold Bakery Berry Tart MK Gold Bakery Rye Ginger Cake MK Gold Bakery Hazelnut Crisps MK Gold Bakery Quince Candy Easiest Chicken Curry Ever EXPLORE Events at Ardenwood Historic Farm Source Guide Guide to Good Eats Ongoing Edible Events Upcoming Edible…

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Almanac Beer Co.

Fruit Forward Almanac brings California beer terroir to Alameda By Derrick Peterman Soon after they met at a home brewing club in San Francisco, Jesse Friedman and Damian Fagan discovered they shared a novel approach to brewing: Both were experimenting with ingredients from the farmers’ market. “We tried lots of different fruits, and in some…

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What’s in Season?

Produce harvested at its peak is your sure bet for flavor and freshness. By Barbara Kobsar | Illustration by Charmaine Koehler-Lodge AUGUST It’s pear season! One of the earliest European-variety pears to arrive at market is the Bartlett, easily recognized by its bell shape, semi-soft flesh, and yellow-to-red skin color. The green-skinned d’Anjou; small, sweet…

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Food Shift

Catering with a Conscience Your next catered meal could have surprising ripple effects. Food Shift has expanded its campaign against food waste by branching out into catering, offering tasty meals that provide local jobs while keeping food out of the landfill. Food Shift collects surplus fruits and veggies from Imperfect Produce and the San Francisco…

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