Harvest Time Is Here
It's most definitely here. Our produce aisle's color scheme is now highlighted with the warm reds, oranges, and golds of Autumn. Local apples are in, the winter squash is appearing.
Let's celebrate the seasonal cycle by getting outdoors, and experiencing some of the best, local harvest events. Here is a short list of festivals around the Bay. There is something going on each October weekend:
October 5th - 6th
A two-day celebration of the harvest season featuring farm
tours, hayrides, crafts, camping and lots of food and music.Games, petting zoo, and contests for kids. More...
and popcorn, enjoy magic shows, cider pressing, old-time music and crafts. Visit the blacksmith, ride the train and tour th
e beautifully restored Patterson House. More...Brentwood Fall Festival at Frog Hollow Farm
U-Pick Pink Lady apples, take a class on pie making, puppet making for children, walking tours of the orchard, pumpkin patch, farmer's market, and music by the Mt. Diablo String Band
Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival
October 19thThe World Pumpkin Mecca celebrates the Great Gourd! Arts and Music fill this class Bay Area Fall festival, pancake breakfasts, pumpkin-flavored treats, and a pumpkin weigh-off, and the sculpting of a monster pumpkin. More...
Harvest Festival at Connolly Ranch
Apple pressing, fall crafts, scarecrow making, hay bale maze, storytelling with Grandma Luna, face painting, fall cover crop activities, meet our farm animals, and fresh, local food and drink. More:
Labor Day is history, the new Bay Bridge is open, and school is definitely in session. With the new year comes the yearning to keep lunches interesting and delicious. But, how?
Think New York Delicatessen, 1933. This is the kind of authentic, premium lunch meat you can still find at Piedmont Grocery, thanks to Boar's Head. There is something for everyone in their fantastic line of premium meats, cheese and condiments. From traditional to spicy, from Provolone to Chipotle Chicken Breast, from Sauerkraut to Cajun Style Mayonnaise, it's all there. Read More...
Jack London Square, September 27 to 29.
Eat! Bay Area's best street foods or hit up the Craft Marketplace for take-home treats.
Drink! Handcrafted beers, local wines, agua frescas, and natural sodas.
Make! Eating is only half the fun! Find out how to Make it! and Grow it! with hands-on activities.
See! Don't miss the three days of music, storytelling, and food skill demos. Performances and butchery contests provide some serious food-entertainment. Read More...
The perfect beer to celebrate the fall season.
A strong malt backbone is delicately balanced with hop bitterness to create an Oktoberfest with a deep amber color and rich caramel flavor. It's full flavor is medium-dry, and never overpowering.
This new beer is available August through September from Pyramid Breweries. Read More...
Best Ever Applesauce Recipe
From Amy and our What's For Dinner Wednesday recipe blog
A Change is in the Air
Ever have one of those moments where a sound or a scent transports you back to a favorite memory? That happened to me last Sunday morning and it made me smile because that moment told me, more accurately than any calendar could, that the Fall season is fast approaching.
Let me explain.
We have had some warm nights recently, so my husband and I have taken to sleeping with the window cracked a little bit to take advantage of any breeze that might blow our way. This is why on Sunday morning, I awoke to the sound of the freight train in the distance and a light breeze that had a cool bite to it. There is something about the sound of a train and a cool breeze that takes me back to waking up on Saturdays in Eugene, Oregon, with fallen leaves on the ground, the smell of a wood fire hanging in the air, and students walking along the Willamette River to Autzen staduim to watch the football game. In my mind there is nothing that paints a more accurate picture of the Fall season, and It happens every time I hear that train.
Even if the train thing hadn't happened, I would know that Fall is upon us merely because I find myself buying a lot more apples, and using them for more that just school lunches. My favorite way to use the great seasonal apples that are now available is to make applesauce. We use applesauce a lot in my family. We eat it straight, or on pork, or even mixed into the pancake batter on the weekend. Sometimes, I spread some on a ham sandwich. (Yes, I've been known to do weird stuff like that.)
Below is my favorite recipe for applesauce from Alice Waters' cookbook Chez Panisse Fruit--which is an incredible book, by the way. There couldn't be an easier recipe, and it's a perfect way to celebrate the beginning of Fall.
Chez Panisse Fruit by Alice Waters
Read the recipe on our website...