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Monday, August 31, 2015

CUESA Brentwood Farm Tour: Pears, Olives & Bees

Posted By on Mon, Aug 31, 2015 at 4:00 PM

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  • Asian organic pears

If you're trekking to Brentwood, a comfy air-conditioned bus is a fab idea — especially one that's stopping at two well-known farms and providing lunch made with farm produce. The Organic Two Ways Fruit Tour from CUESA ($55) on Friday, Sept. 11 takes folks to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. If you want to understand Bay Area food and its history, visiting farms that grow delectables from honey and peaches to figs, olives and pears should be right up your alley. Organizers say to keep your eyes peeled for possible sightings of “the elusive quince” as well. (I’d add that farm stand fiends will see a lot of exciting eye candy from their bus seat perch.)

Guests will tour the orchards at Frog Hollow Farm and Knoll Farms in Brentwood. Frog Hollow’s Farmer Al is a memorable and knowledgeable character and guests will learn about Frog Hollow’s kitchen, compost operation and beehives.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

This Ham and Cheese Sandwich Took One Year and $45,000 to Make

Posted By on Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 3:30 PM

These cows were raised to produce a slice of cheese per sandwich. - FACEBOOK/DE TOSTIFABRIEK

Though I don't currently possess any of the ingredients, I could make a ham and cheese sandwich in less 10 minutes: Just stroll down to the market in the bottom of the building, and buy a pack of ham, some cheese, and a loaf of bread. Probably don't even need to do any slicing. But that time investment isn't taking into account all the time and energy that goes into growing the pigs that make the ham, the wheat that goes into the bread, the cows that make the milk that make the cheese, and so on.

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Friday, October 3, 2014

At Devoto Cider, the Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree

Posted By on Fri, Oct 3, 2014 at 11:50 AM

(L to R) Devoto Cider President Hunter Wade, cider maker Rick Davis, apple farmer Stan Devoto, and co-owner/marking/R&D/everything else cider related Jolie Devoto-Wade - KIMBERLEY HASSLEBRINK
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  • (L to R) Devoto Cider President Hunter Wade, cider maker Rick Davis, apple farmer Stan Devoto, and co-owner/marking/R&D/everything else cider related Jolie Devoto-Wade

Blame the national hysteria around gluten, the juice craze, or the exploding interest in craft beer, but hard cider is hot right now. It occupies an interesting middle ground of being somewhere in-between beer and wine and, according to some statistics, has equal appeal for both men and women (where beer consumption skews dramatically towards men).

While breweries own and run many of the cider brands and companies, Jolie Devoto-Wade, daughter of organic apple farmer Stan Devoto, operates Devoto Cider with her husband, Hunter. Not surprisingly, Devoto-Wade, who grew up among the orchards of 100-plus varieties of apples, uses the organic apples grown on her family’s farm.

But oddly enough, it wasn’t the apple orchards that provided the inspiration to make cider, but a trip to Spain.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Hot Tomato! 150 Varieties at Kendall-Jackson

Posted By on Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 2:18 PM


If the sight of fresh goji berries at the Noe Valley Farmers' Market causes you to pant just a little because you hope and wish they are a petite and new (to you) variety of tomato, have faith. An upcoming heirloom tomato festival at Kendall-Jackson in Sonoma wine country on Saturday, Sept. 27 (11 a.m.-4 p.m.) has 150 varieties of tomato to taste, see and touch – wine pairing(s) optional.

Every year it is amazing to see how the festival serves up tomatoes in so many shapes, sizes, textures, and, of course, flavors. 150 is definitely a high number of tomato beauties, and there's an educational component that gives guests a chance to learn more about the fruit from tomato expert Tucker Taylor, the culinary gardener for Kendall-Jackson.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Farm Nerds Take Notice: Agriculture Journalism is Making a Comeback

Posted By on Mon, Aug 18, 2014 at 10:57 AM

What are they planting? Now with the revival of the agricultural beat, we'll get all the facts. - SHUTTERSTOCK
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  • What are they planting? Now with the revival of the agricultural beat, we'll get all the facts.
As of late, food journalism has been mainly associated with restaurant reviews and news. The agriculture beat, or a reporter's specialized, reoccurring assignment, of yesteryear was forgotten but we're not witnessing its revival. Some names in the industry, such as the Chronicle's Tara Duggan, Civil Eats founder and editor in chief Naomi Starkman, and Modern Farmer's Andy Wright will be speaking at "Journalism: The Agriculture Beat Resurgence," a panel hosted by the Commonwealth Club of California. Sasha Khokha, KQED's Central Valley bureau chief will play moderator.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Eat at Your Food's Source With Nopa's New Farm Lunches

Posted By on Mon, Aug 11, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Nopa's now letting the public have the same fun as their staff! - NOPALIZE
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  • Nopa's now letting the public have the same fun as their staff!

The farm-to-table fad shows no signs of slowing down — get ready for the table-to-farm lunches, Seasons, the folks at Nopa are putting together for you. 

With the help of Feastly, a website dedicated to uniting "feasters" and food, the seven-meal series will begin later this month and end in November. Tickets are on sale now for $150 per person per meal.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Good Eggs: Testing The New Grocery Delivery Service

Posted By on Tue, Mar 5, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Good Eggs Delivery Bag
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Contrary to decades of economic thought, putting all your eggs in one basket may actually be a phenomenal idea.

With their recent re-launch last week, Good Eggs now gives Bay Area residents the ability to shop from local farms and food makers in the comfort of their own homes. Some of the updates include nearly doubling their vendors, laying out a new web store, and offering delivery straight to your door. Before the official launch, Good Eggs offered us a complementary crack at the new and improved shopping and delivery system.

See also: Four Subscription Services That Bring Local, Sustainable Groceries to Your Door

Mission Community Market's Chef Box

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Local Mission Eatery's Yaron Milgrom on His New Market Plans

Posted By on Thu, Feb 21, 2013 at 4:00 PM

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With talk of a one-year ban on new restaurants along Valencia Street, San Franciscans may be forced to take such drastic measures as buying and cooking their own food when they find themselves at a loss for a new restaurant to try around the corner. Grocery shopping may become a horrifying reality.

Fortunately, Local Mission Eatery and Local's Corner owner Yaron Milgrom has plans to open a new market on Harrison between 22nd and 23rd streets later this year (which, if we had to take a stab, will most likely be deemed Local's Market). SFoodie had the chance to chat with him about his vision for the future of marketing in the Mission.

See also: Local: Mission Eatery is on a local mission

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Nerding Out With an Heirloom Seed Catalog

Posted By on Wed, Jan 23, 2013 at 12:15 PM


Even if you don't have a green thumb, the Baker Creek Seed Catalog is a fascinating read. Bear with me. Now in its 15th year, the catalog contains listings for 1,450 seeds for vegetables, flowers, and herbs from more than 70 countries, many of them with super-interesting backstories. For a food history nerd such as myself, just reading entries at random is enough transport you to the markets of nineteenth century Paris or Thomas Jefferson's gardens at Monticello, emphasizing the way food acts as a through-line between present and past civilizations.

See also: Revisiting My Side of the Mountain in the Locavore Era

Re-Visiting the Hangtown Fry, the Dish That Epitomizes Gold Rush California

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Wild Kitchen Dinners Serve a Gourmet Introduction to Foraged Foods

Posted By on Mon, Nov 26, 2012 at 10:45 AM

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If you have always wanted to pluck that mushroom in the forest or nibble wild herbs in the backyard but have been afraid to try (or too lazy to cook), ForageSF's Wild Kitchen dinners provide a safe, gourmet introduction to locally foraged foods. Founded by Iso Rabins, the creator of the Underground Market, the Wild Kitchen dinners are an "underground supper club" featuring an 8-course meal made from local, seasonal, foraged ingredients. The next series of Wild Kitchen dinners are on December 6, 7 and 8 in San Francisco (final location will be announced the week of the dinners). And as the rains are here, the next menu focuses on one of the greatest foraged foods: wild mushrooms.

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- ForageSF Tries to Stay Alive with Mystery Dinners

- Wild Foods Advocate forageSF Announces Two Urban Edible Walks

- Forage Kitchen Well on Its Way to Becoming Reality

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