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Fresh From Our Farmers: Apples & Pears from Occidental’s Bella Ridge

A bit south of the pretty little town of Occidental, in the forested hills that are increasingly cleared for vineyards, there is an oasis of history, a two-acre orchard of 200 apple trees and 100 pear trees. Yet Bella Ridge, as both the orchard and the region are known, is not a heritage farm. Ted Richardson, who teaches reading at Salmon Creek Elementary School, began planting his trees just 12 years ago, when he and his wife, Michele Larkin, who… Read More »

Cooking with Wine: Some Favorite Recipes

As I promised in today’s Seasonal Pantry, which you can read here, I’m posting links to some of my favorite recipes that call for wine. Because I use it so frequently, it is impossible to include all the recipes here. I’ve chosen those most suited to fall and winter and have also selected examples that defy the common wisdom of white wine with fish, chicken and vegetables and red wine with red meats. Cooking with White Wine: Firehouse Clams and… Read More »

Fresh From Our Farmers: Sebastopol in October

The Sebastopol farmers market is beautiful and inviting in October. Be sure to allow yourself plenty of time, so that you can enjoy the community of the market as well as the best fruits and vegetables you can find anywhere.… Read More »

Fresh From Our Farmers: Healdsburg in the Fall

Summer is sliding into fall, with a glorious abundance of local produce that is showcased at the Healdsburg Farmers Market. … Read More »