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Summer 2009

SUPERMARKINGS:

Ode to the Brown Paper Bag
by francesca preston

There are some things one simply inherits an ardor for. In my case they are the buttery taste of bone marrow, the smell of smashed basil, and the frank feel of brown paper folding in the hand.

A couple of years … Read More

Preserving Summer

By Elizabeth Linhart Money

Ah, summer, the time of backyard barbeques, pool parties, endless ears of corn on the cob, and hot afternoons spent gorging on the valley’s limitless variety of sticky-sweet stone fruit. It is the utopia where every school-free child wishes to establish permanent residence and every gardener’s … Read More

The Accidental Winemaker :

Bertagna Son Kissed Vineyard
story and photos by Earl Bloor

As I drive into the Bertagna Son Kissed Vineyard near Chico, on my right grow mature Petite Syrah vines in a plot of land labeled Big Ben’s Lot, and on my left, Carmelita’s Vineyard nurtures newly planted Pinot Grigio vines. Read More

A Sense of Place Summer 2009

Good Work Organic Farm
by Margaret jensen

Summer seems to arrive on Good Work Organic Farm not with a calendar date, but an activity—the first tractor harvesting of garlic. For several weeks in mid- or late May, we pull some of the earliest garlic by hand and take it directly to … Read More

notable EDIBLE Summer 2009

Summer and tomatoes. . . .

Brandywine, Black Brandywine, Green Zebra, Aunt Ruby’s German Green, Mr. Stripy . . .

Kathy and James Brandt begin listing the names of the heirloom tomatoes they’re growing this year. “Purple Russian… it’s brown and ugly, but it’s so sweet,” they say of their … Read More