Meet the Harvest Made Market Cart

No more aching arms and squashed strawberries By Rachel Trachten     Have you seen someone like me at your local farmers’ market—a bedraggled shopper with an overloaded bag on each arm and a bulging backpack bringing up the rear? Even as I’m leaving the market, I can’t help making one last impulse purchase, stuffing…

Read More

A Pour of Diversity at the Local Wine Table

Phil Long at work in his Longevity winery (Photo by Ron Essex Photography) By Mary Orlin In early 2020, vintner Phil Long was on the verge of something big. The founder and winemaker for Livermore Valley’s Longevity Wines had inked a major deal to make and distribute his wines nationally just as he stepped into…

Read More

Harvest from Your Own Subtropical Paradise

  By Joshua Burman Thayer | Illustrations by Helen Krayenhoff   If you enjoy the pleasure of picking a lemon at home, you know the sense that we live close to paradise. Growing subtropical—and even some tropical—perennials around the Bay Area is possible because of our “warm-winter Mediterranean” climate. Microclimates in certain parts of the Bay…

Read More

What’s in Season?

Produce harvested at its peak is your sure bet for flavor and freshness. By Barbara Kobsar | Illustrations by Charmaine Koehler-Lodge   By 7am on a typical Sunday at the Walnut Creek Farmers’ Market, Regina Gonzalez and the Garcia brothers, Julio and Adolfo, are unpacking, sorting, piling, and laying out their array of fresh organic vegetables…

Read More

Food I Want to Remember

from a year I’d like to forget Story and photos by Meredith Pakier Opening and sustaining a restaurant or food business is a monumental undertaking in the best of times. During 2020, as an unmitigated global pandemic devastated millions of businesses and livelihoods, an indifferent government largely left the restaurant industry to fend for itself.…

Read More

5 Herbs for Your Culinary + Medicinal Garden

By Anna Beauchemin | East Bay Herbals | Illustrations by Cheryl Angelina Koehler     Looking to spruce up your springtime planter boxes with some fresh herbs? These are my top five medicinal and culinary herbs for growing in the home garden. Each makes a lovely addition to the kitchen and adds a vibrant dose…

Read More

Food Connects Us All

Caring for food and each other, one bite at a time     Food may offer up a bright spot during the pandemic as we share home-cooked meals, try out new recipes, or splurge on takeout from a local restaurant, but there are many in our communities who can’t afford even the most basic meals.…

Read More

How to Cook a Steak with only Salt, Pepper, and Olive Oil

From Olive Oil Synergies     There are lots of ways to cook a steak. This simple stove-top method from The Local Butcher Shop in Berkeley is ideal for featuring a robust extra-virgin olive oil. One 1-inch steak from your local butcher Extra-virgin olive oil Salt Cast-iron pan Pull your cold steak out of the…

Read More

You Mean Fish Have Seasons?

Two local architects depict seasonality through food, flowers, and whale migrations By Rachel Trachten   Brian Friel and Meghan Dorrian of Young America Creative (YAC) put their skills to work on a set of posters that depict seasonality of food, flowers, and whale migrations. (Photos courtesy of YAC)     It was the summer of…

Read More

Olive Oil Carrot Cake with Seeds and Orange Zest

From Olive Oil Synergies Recipe by Marykate McGoldrick of Sesame Tiny Bakery     The flavors of sweet spring carrots and fruity, peppery, extra-virgin olive oil come together in this versatile cake, which is equally good dressed up with whipped cream for a special dinner or served plain for a low-key snack with coffee or…

Read More