Archive for October, 2009

Eco Farm

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

I just registered for the 30th annual Ecological Farming Association Conference, which will be Wednesday, January 20 – Saturday, January 23, 2010 at Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove. I attended EcoFarm in 2008, when I had decided that I wanted to get involved in local, sustainable food systems, but didn’t know how to connect […]

Your tax dollars at work

Friday, October 30th, 2009

So I got a little pink slip in my mailbox yesterday, because I wasn’t home to sign for a certified letter. I schlepped down to the Post Office to pick it up, and I was surprised to see that it was a package from the Santa Clara Valley Water District. For me! I open it […]


Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Clockwise from bottom left: peppers, carrots, kale, lettuce, parsley, nappa cabbage, tomatoes and chilis, onions, eggs, and red kuri squash, apples and eggplant in the mush pot. I feel compelled to admit that I left chard, beets and another head of lettuce behind, but took an extra nappa cabbage. I sauteed a head of nappa […]

Racking my crush

Monday, October 26th, 2009

You may recall that I took home some crushed grapes from Calistoga, lo these may weeks ago. I had been keeping half an eye on them, sitting in their bucket in my back porch. I would punch the must back down into the juice, smelling a faint whiff of fermentation. But there was no furious […]

You’ll have to trust me on this one

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

At today’s workday, I separated heads of garlic into cloves, planted same, cooked a dish of cauliflower, broccoli, broken spaghetti and black beans, ate same, along with Todd’s bread, cheese, chicken, carrots, rice, ice cream and brownies. But I didn’t manage to take any photographs The east plot has been cleared away, there are baby […]

Off to see the seals

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

Although it doesn’t use the tired cliche that butchers are now the rockstars of the food world, Alex Williams’ article in the NYT about the popularity of butchering classes does say that many of them “have achieved a kind of microfame,” which I think is closer to the truth. I certainly recognized Ryan Farr in […]

School lunch problems

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

I forgot on Wednesday to link to this Chronicle article on how San Francisco’s school district had its payments suspended for not following the rules about how school lunches have to be run. It sounds pretty bad, when a state official says: “When we withhold funds, it’s because our findings are pretty egregious,” said Phyllis […]


Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

Last week’s storm evidently did a number on Santa Cruz County farms. So no tomatoes or berries this week, but everything else looks great. Clockwise from bottom left: basil, onions, apples, dandelion greens, radishes, lettuce, collards, beets, broccoli, potatoes, spinach, eggs, carrots, and peppers. I got deferred again today from donating blood because my hemoglobin […]

Cross post

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

I knit a hat for Mike to thank him for all that he did for our dinner. There are a couple of articles that caught my eye today. Eric Asimov, the NYT wine critic, asks the musical question why do so many locavorean Bay Area restaurants serve so little California wine? And this prompts The […]

Heart’s Delight

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

Last night’s dinner was lovely. I’ll admit to a more than a bit of terror when Eulipia was slammed by the dinner rush just as everyone arrived from the farm, but soon enough the food started flowing out of the kitchen. People seemed to like it. I did manage to smile for the camera with […]

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