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Summer Fruits & Veggies for Grilling at Martinez Farmers Market

BY DEBRA J. MORRIS Ah, the wonderful smell of freshly-mowed grass, the sound of children running through the sprinklers, the garden awash in color with summer flowers, and the mouth-watering smell of food grilling on the barbecue. Yes, summer is here with warm evenings spent outside, and friends coming over ...

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Bushels of Blueberries at Farmers Market from Smit Farms

BY DEBRA J. MORRIS Blueberries are one of the delights of early summer. Their beautiful blue color means they’re ripe and ready to eat. The shrubs are harvested by hand five or six times throughout the season at the firm, ripe stage because blueberries do not ripen once picked. The ...

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Roam Artisan Burgers debuts at City Center in San Ramon

One of the San Francisco Bay Area’s premier sustainable burger destinations, Roam Artisan Burgers, just opened its sixth location at City Center Bishop Ranch in the Tri-Valley region serving the greater East Bay cities of San Ramon, Danville, Alamo, and Dublin / Pleasanton.  Roam, a fine-casual dining destination, is the latest premium brand to open at ...

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Tangerines and Mandarins at the Martinez Farmers Market

BY DEBRA J. MORRIS At first glance, it is hard to tell the differences between tangerine and mandarin. Not only do they look alike, their taste is also similar and both grow on trees that also look similar. They both are part of the orange family; however, tangerines are a ...

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Pomegranates in season, just in time for the holidays

BY DEBRA J. MORRIS This is pomegranate season, just in time for the holidays. What could be prettier than a sparkling pomegranate cider or a fresh salad with pomegranate seeds? These beauties can even be used for decorating because they last quite a while when not opened. Pomegranates have a ...

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September to bring a fresh crop of produce to Farmers Market

BY DEBRA J. MORRIS The flavors of fall are now arriving at your local farmers’ market ! September is the best time of year to enjoy late summer’s produce, while discovering the bounty that early fall brings. Your farmers are bringing the last of the peaches and nectarines, summer squash, ...

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