Editor’s Mixing Bowl Got Olive Trees? Community milling day at the Olivina in Livermore Notable Edibles: Ancient Organics AlgaeLab Tamales La Oaxaqueña An Edible Education Some of Our Favorite Things for Holiday Giving Inspired by the Orchard: Two book reviews and thoughts on pruning Teff, Gomen, Mitmita, Senefgebs: Menkir Tamrat brings Ethiopian heirlooms to the…

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By Mike Madison, illustration by Helen Krayenhoff If you grow rice or wheat or corn or cotton, the price is set in the commodities futures trading markets. When you’re ready to sell, just check on your computer, and there’s the price. But if you grow specialty crops for sale at farmers markets, setting the price…

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Menkir Tamrat brings Ethiopian heirlooms to the East Bay  By Patricia Hayse Haller Like most of us, Menkir Tamrat has a special place in his heart for the foods he grew up with, foods he learned to make from his mother. He’s a passionate cook, and also has an urge to grow things. He believes…

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By Stephanie Rosenbaum with illustrations by Robert Trujillo Fans of Oakland’s monthly gallery stroll, Art Murmur, know to come hungry. The food-truck row that springs to life on the first Friday of each month has become as much of a community draw as the art itself. Our favorite eats there this season? The vibrantly flavored…

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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 Jessica’s seven summer favorites. You can learn more about the Local Foods Wheel and the group’s other ventures at www.localfoodswheel.com…

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By Barbara Kobsar with illustrations by Helen Krayenhoff With the shortening days of autumn, the falling of the leaves, and the distant thunder of the holiday season, I’m reminded that it’s time to gather nuts. It’s not just about squirreling them away, however. Nuts in the shell are at their freshest and best only once…

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Carolyn Berke dishes it up at Niles Pie Story and photos By Katie Yen How do you run a successful bakery without a storefront and without a commercial kitchen of your own? For Carolyn Berke, who lives in the Niles District of Fremont, the answer is as easy as, well . . . . .…

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For the past year, I’ve had on my kitchen table the beautiful piece of pottery pictured at left. It’s of a size that suggests it could be used to hold a freshly baked batch of cookies, but so far, there have been no cookies in it, nor anything at all for that matter. Instead it’s…

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By Cheryl Angelina Koehler Photos by Robin Jolin “In certain villages in France, a light rain can be felt around noon in the narrow streets when people are shaking their lettuce dry out on their balconies.” Ariel is telling me this as I reach for her “French salad spinner,” an old wire basket that I…

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Among the crop of newly published books that showed up on the Edible East Bay editorial desk this fall were two especially nice ones by local authors exploring the subject of fruit: Plum Gorgeous and From Tree to Table. As I turned the pages in both, I couldn’t help thinking about the way in which…

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