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Mustard Greens from J&M Farms in Gilroy at the Farmers’ Market

BY DEBRA J MORRIS Related to kale, cabbage, and collard greens, mustard greens are the peppery leafy greens of the mustard plant and are used frequently in Chinese, Japanese, and Indian cooking. They are also used in traditional Southern dishes. Cooked, they taste a lot like spinach, but with more …

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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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Casaba Melons in season at Cipponeri Farms

BY DEBRA J. MORRIS Melons mean that summer is here and there are many varieties from which to choose at your local farmers’ market. From the familiar watermelon, honeydew, and cantaloupe to the Santa Claus and Persian melons, you’ll find varieties you most likely won’t find at the supermarket. But …

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Pick a Pepper at your Farmers Market this month

BY DEBRA J. MORRIS Summer peppers are arriving at your farmers’ market this month, everything from mild and sweet bell peppers to wildly spicy Thai chile peppers. The hot summer months are perfect growing weather for these vegetables and we’re glad, because any pepper is a good pepper in our …

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Morgan reviews, gives history on Pilsner style beer

By ELI MORGAN Special to the Tribune Scrimshaw Pilsner Style Beer, 4.7 percent ABV, North Coast Brewing Company, Fort Bragg, California. Since 1988 (Carpe Diem, Vita Brevis) Modus Operandi. This California treasure has been voted one of the 10 best breweries in the world by the Beverage Testing Institute of …

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Hop Talk: Morgan reviews Maui Waui & Cocoa Nut Stout

By ELI MORGAN Special to the Tribune Maui Waui IPA, 6.5 percent ABV, Altamont Brewing Company, Livermore, California The pour isn’t very impressive, but that is OK because my interest quickly gets intercepted by the nose scent of tropical and rare Citrus flavors. The body is thin so it goes …

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BottleRock returning to Napa May 26-28

By DANIEL GLUSKOTER The 2017 BottleRock Napa Valley music festival lineup has been announced with more than 80 artists scheduled to perform on four stages at the fifth annual celebration of music, wine and food in the heart of the Napa Valley. Scheduled for Memorial Day Weekend (Friday, May 26 …

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Hop Talk: Morgan reviews Blue Heron Pale Ale

By ELI MORGAN Special to the Tribune Mendocino Brewing Company, Ukiah, California (formerly located in Hopland, California, since 1983) Blue Heron Pale Ale, 6 percent ABV (alcohol by volume). This beer is truly an original West Coast style Pale Ale. Long before the acronym “IPA” was a household name, there …

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Hop Talk: Dec. 23, 2016

By ELI MORGAN Special to the Tribune Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Paso Robles The Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout is exceptionally good this year. It is a seasonal offering that is ultra complex, yet extremely sessionable at 5.5 percent ABV (Alcohol By Volume). It starts with the pour and the toffee-colored …

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California Pure Honey

BY DEBRA J. MORRIS Pacific Coast Farmers Market Association California honey is a wonderful source of quick energy and is also valued for its antioxidant properties. It is composed primarily of carbohydrates and water, and also contains small amounts of a wide array of vitamins and minerals, including niacin, riboflavin, …

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