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So it’s been six weeks since the launch of Farmsteads of the California Coast.

It’s been an absolute whirlwind of positivity–who doesn’t enjoy delicious food, gorgeous photos, and a fabulous farmer backstory?

More on that soon. For now, a note about what’s happening in June.

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Tonight, June 2, I’m delighted to attend a Women Leaders in Food and Agriculture event at the home of Haven Bourque in Oakland. Haven is an avid champion of the sustainable food movement in her communications work at haven b media.

She and fellow environmental advocate Kari Hamerschlag are the co-founders of an 80-member strong community of female food and farm activists, writers, and doers. These gals seasonally come together to share stories, experiences, and food, of course.

These gatherings bring together a great group of accomplished, smart ladies doing worthy work in their chosen fields.

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Then, on June 18 you’ll find me on the SlowCoast, that’s the stunning stretch of land between Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz.  The SlowCoast organization represents regional artists, farms and ranches, through pop-up stores in Pescadero, pictured, and elsewhere, including a 1950s silver airstream trailer at their Davenport location.

I’ll be in Davenport in the morning, as part of their summer solstice daylong event, chatting about Farmsteads and signing books.

There’s talk of using ingredients from each of the area’s farms featured in the book to create a mini pancake tasting, featuring Pie Ranch pancake mix, Swanton Berry jam, and Harley Farms Goat Dairy cheese. Yes, please.

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A week later you’ll find me at the Marin Country Mart/Larkspur Landing Farmers Market at 11 a.m. on June 25.

Hosted by local bookstore Diesel, I’ll talk Farmsteads and point folks to two producers at the market–Pennyroyal Farm and Navarro Vineyards–who are also profiled in its pages.

Come. Eat, drink, be merry. Check out the book, say hi, pick up your produce. It’s a win-win-win.

Image hat tips: Farmsteads photos: Erin Scott. SlowCoast sighting: Paulette Philpott.  Diesel spotting: Dianne Jacob.

 

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Delighted to introduce my book, Farmsteads of the California Coast, from Yellow Pear Press.

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My project partner: The photographer Erin Scott, whose gorgeous images grace this post.

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Farmsteads is a behind-the-scenes tour of a dozen innovative California coastal farms, offering a close up view of these agricultural gems and intimate portraits of the farmers who run them. In the mix: apple growers, shellfish harvesters, dairymen and women, berry producers, water buffalo ranchers and coffee makers–as well as greens growers, too. [[Click to continue reading this post]]

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Farmers Mindy Blodgett and Juston Enos didn’t set out to become restaurant suppliers.

But they turned their Yountville, California backyard hobby garden into a thriving produce business, with rare and heirloom varieties that found their way into some of the top professional kitchens in the Wine Country and San Francisco.

These days, they grow exclusively for Bar Tartine in San Francisco. And whey they eat at the restaurant they say they can taste the terroir of their Full Table Farm on the plate.

The food, in the best possible sense, tastes like home.

Blodgett and Enos defy Wine Country farmer stereotypes. They don’t grow grapes or have family roots in the region. They’re not refugees from medicine, law, Hollywood or, more recently, tech. They’re transplants from the Central Valley—where farms are measured in hundreds of acres. They joke that the folks back home in Escalon, near Stockton, think they’re NorCal hippies now and that two acres hardly qualifies for farm status in their minds. The husband-and-wife growers are down-to-earth, humble, hard-working souls.

Find their story in Edible Marin & Wine Country. Photo: Erin Scott

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