Our Town – Martinez Tribune https://martineztribune.com The website of the Martinez Tribune. Wed, 18 Sep 2019 02:21:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.3 DeSaulnier condemns Trump for revoking CA’s Auto Standards https://martineztribune.com/2019/09/17/desaulnier-condemns-trump-for-revoking-cas-auto-standards/ https://martineztribune.com/2019/09/17/desaulnier-condemns-trump-for-revoking-cas-auto-standards/#respond Tue, 17 Sep 2019 23:11:04 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=13182 Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) joined Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) in condemning the Trump Administration’s reported intention to formally rescind California’s ability to set its own automobile emissions standards today. In response to the Trump Administration’s announcement of its intent to roll back current fuel standards in 2018, Congressman DeSaulnier and Senator Harris introduced companion …

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Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) joined Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) in condemning the Trump Administration’s reported intention to formally rescind California’s ability to set its own automobile emissions standards today. In response to the Trump Administration’s announcement of its intent to roll back current fuel standards in 2018, Congressman DeSaulnier and Senator Harris introduced companion resolutions asserting California’s authority to set its own standards and supporting the current One National Program. The resolutions are set to be reintroduced this week.

“The Trump Administration’s attack on California and the thirteen other states that have adopted their own emissions standards is an affront to democracy and the Clean Air Act,” said Congressman DeSaulnier. “It is vital that states be able to create their own standards that will help fight against climate change and its effects, like the increased incidences of wildfires, hurricanes, and other natural disasters. We will not sit idly by while the Administration dismantles key features of our nation’s environmental protections.”

“For decades, California has been a leader in the fight against climate change because we understand that it represents an existential threat to our nation. But the administration is now taking an unprecedented step to undermine California’s authority to set its own ambitious standards that combat air pollution and protect our right to breathe clean air,” said Harris. “Let’s be perfectly clear: this was not a decision based in scientific fact or made in the best interest of our nation’s future. The current administration has put a target on California’s back and sought only to score political points by attacking our state. I am absolutely committed to fighting for California’s waiver authority and policies to reduce emissions from transportation that will preserve the health of our planet, spur innovation, and keep our families healthy.”

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New “Virtual Office” website for Contra Costa County debuts https://martineztribune.com/2019/09/06/new-virtual-office-website-for-c-c-county-debuts-for-the-public/ https://martineztribune.com/2019/09/06/new-virtual-office-website-for-c-c-county-debuts-for-the-public/#respond Fri, 06 Sep 2019 21:27:43 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=13062 A new website for Contra Costa County has launched to provide an inviting, mobile-friendly “virtual office” for the public. The website at www.contracosta.ca.gov offers a fresh look with more ways to find information quickly. The website features new icons that can be clicked on to access information, a “How Do I?” option in the menu …

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A new website for Contra Costa County has launched to provide an inviting, mobile-friendly “virtual office” for the public. The website at www.contracosta.ca.gov offers a fresh look with more ways to find information quickly.

The website features new icons that can be clicked on to access information, a “How Do I?” option in the menu that lets users go quickly to frequently asked topics, highlighted news items, and the new Permit Portal and Tax Portal to assist the public.

“The needs of Contra Costa County residents and businesses have been on the forefront of our efforts to help people find information they need and take care of business easily,” said Board Chair, Supervisor John Gioia. “Improving access to Contra Costa’s public services is vital, and the new website helps to support this.”

Users will find a Search bar on every webpage, new clickable icons and menu topics highlighting services, county jobs, meeting agendas, Safety and Emergency Information, and the Open Government section that includes Census 2020, Envision 2040 and other key topics.

“With changing ways for the public to access information, especially via smart phones, Contra Costa County has worked to deliver a new mobile-responsive website with a more visual design and information organized to better serve the end user,” notes Susan Shiu, the County’s Director of Communications and Media. “The fewer clicks the public has to make, the more accessible we’ve made our information.”

Explore Contra Costa County’s new website at www.contracosta.ca.gov. Visit the new Board of Directors portal with its own clickable icons or menu items, including the new “Find My Supervisor” tool where you can simply enter your address and the map will identify your supervisor. See popular sections like Animal Services with its online options. One neat trick on the site is that clicking on the house icon next to the Search bar on any webpage will take you to the County’s homepage.

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Prog rocker Robert Berry to perform at Firehouse Arts Center https://martineztribune.com/2019/08/28/sjsu-grad-robert-berry-to-perform-at-firehouse-arts-center/ https://martineztribune.com/2019/08/28/sjsu-grad-robert-berry-to-perform-at-firehouse-arts-center/#respond Wed, 28 Aug 2019 17:17:58 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=13037 Robert Berry is promising a wicked time for all on Friday the 13th at Night of the Living Prog with 3.2 at the Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton as part of his first ever national tour. With his 30 year history of playing side by side with many of Prog and Rock music’s elite, Berry has a deep …

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Robert Berry is promising a wicked time for all on Friday the 13th at Night of the Living Prog with 3.2 at the Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton as part of his first ever national tour.

With his 30 year history of playing side by side with many of Prog and Rock music’s elite, Berry has a deep well of enlightening tales to share and his warm personality, spontaneity and approach allow him to appeal to fans of many musical genres. More than just a concert, these shows will have the songs and the road stories and recollections behind those storied songs.

Berry has managed to survive in the treacherous minefield that is the music business and flourished as a performer, songwriter and producer. He may be best known as the vocalist/bass player in the ELP spinoff, 3, with Keith Emerson and Carl Palmer. Their lone 1987 album release, To the Power of 3, features Berry’s lead vocal, guitar and bass work. The single, “Talkin’ Bout”, written and sung by Berry, charted at #9 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart. 3 disbanded in 1989 after a successful tour to support the album.

Berry’s impressive list of credits also includes a stint fronting Ambrosia, a long running affiliation with December People (Christmas music arranged and played in the style of various classic rock artists, with portions of the band’s proceeds from their albums and tour dates given to various charitable projects), and a stint in current Yes member Steve Howe’s former band, GTR (Berry replaced founding GTR member Steve Hackett of Genesis fame).

Berry has also worked with Bay Area stalwarts Hush and performed with his long running project Alliance, with members of Boston, Sammy Hagar and Night Ranger, along with being a much in demand record producer. Berry is also the current bassist in the Greg Kihn Band. Most recently he’s the heart and soul behind the new 3.2 album, the long awaited follow up album to 3‘s ‘The Power of Three”, which features contributions from Keith Emerson.

If all of the above activity isn’t enough, Berry is also the owner of a very successful recording studio in San Jose which keeps him busy producing and recording a variety of artists that constantly seek out his studio services. His set list for this tour will include songs from both the 3 and 3.2 albums, Yes, Ambrosia, GTR, ELP, Jethro Tull, Genesis along with a few of his solo albums.

Tickets for Berry’s September 13th show at the Firehouse Arts Center can be purchased at https://sa1.seatadvisor.com/sabo/servlets/TicketRequest?eventId=1283238&tck=true.

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Heirloom apple varieties making a comeback at Farmers Market https://martineztribune.com/2019/08/22/heirloom-apple-varieties-making-a-comeback-at-farmers-market/ https://martineztribune.com/2019/08/22/heirloom-apple-varieties-making-a-comeback-at-farmers-market/#respond Fri, 23 Aug 2019 00:36:53 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=12957 BY DEBRA J. MORRIS After almost disappearing, apple varieties that were popular 30 to 40 years ago have been making a comeback. Discerning farmers’ market customers have learned to discriminate between a delightfully sweet or tart heirloom and those that are available in the supermarkets. People have grown weary of uniformly shaped, waxed, generic, and …

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BY DEBRA J. MORRIS

After almost disappearing, apple varieties that were popular 30 to 40 years ago have been making a comeback. Discerning farmers’ market customers have learned to discriminate between a delightfully sweet or tart heirloom and those that are available in the supermarkets. People have grown weary of uniformly shaped, waxed, generic, and tasteless apples. 



Today there are more than 450 apple growers in the state of California, many of whom have returned to growing heirlooms. Gravenstein apples are the most common heirloom apple, grown mostly in Sebastopol, followed by the heritage Fuji and Pink Lady apples, now thought to be commonly available apples because of being brought back from the brink of extinction.

There are some wonderful heirloom apples offered at your market, varieties you really should try. Rainbow Orchards out of Camino offers quite a few varieties. J&J Ramos Farm from Hughson has a nice selection. Ken’s Top Notch has some lovely apples. Varieties from these farmers range from the more common heirlooms like Pink Lady, Gala, and Fuji apples to the Limbertwig, Jonagold, Chieftain, Heaven Sent, Spitzenberg, and Black Amish. Unique names for distinct and flavorful apples!

This fall, visit your local certified farmers’ market where you’ll find a wide range of these tasty fall fruits and where the farmers who grew and harvested them bring them to market for you to enjoy. They’ll even offer to provide information on which apples would be good for your purpose – baking, eating, or other uses. Try this Apple Cake to get you in the mood for fall!

Apple Raisin Nut Cake

1/2 cup vegetable oil

3 eggs

1-1/2 cups sugar

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon 

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

3 cups peeled and chopped apples

1 cup chopped walnuts

1 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix oil, sugar, and eggs. Beat for one minute. Stir in dry ingredients: flour, salt, spices, and baking soda. Stir well, making sure all flour is incorporated. Add apples, nuts, and raisins. Gently blend together. Pour into greased and floured 9×13 pan. Spread evenly.

Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out cleanly.

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Obituary: Frankie James Patrick Bologna (1992-2019) https://martineztribune.com/2019/07/16/obituary-frankie-james-patrick-bologna-1992-2019%ef%bb%bf/ Wed, 17 Jul 2019 02:43:16 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=12528 Martinez native Frankie Bologna, age 26, died Monday, July 8, 2019 at his home in Mankato, Minnesota. Funeral services will be 11:00am, Friday, July 19, 2019 at St. James Catholic Church with Father Timothy Hall officiating. Visitation will be at the church Friday beginning at 10:00am.   On Monday, July 8th, 2019, Frankie James Patrick …

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Martinez native Frankie Bologna, age 26, died Monday, July 8, 2019 at his home in Mankato, Minnesota.

Funeral services will be 11:00am, Friday, July 19, 2019 at St. James Catholic Church with Father Timothy Hall officiating. Visitation will be at the church Friday beginning at 10:00am.

 

On Monday, July 8th, 2019, Frankie James Patrick Bologna, loving son and friend, passed away at the age of 26. He was born on September 29th, 1992 in Martinez, California. Frankie and his mother moved to Minnesota when he was a child. Frankie was an only child and loved his mother more than words could describe. Frankie went to school in St. James but then later transferred to Butterfield where he graduated in 2011.

Frankie was a passionate person who loved harder than anyone I have ever met. He had the ambition of a true Entrepreneur and I know that all he wanted to do was #RiseToTheTopTogether and create the #BolognaLegacy with his closest friends and family. He was the type of man who genuinely loved meeting new people and could always make anyone laugh.

He was an excellent painter, aspiring musician/songwriter, avid fisherman, snowboarder, talented football player, and loved to go camping and explore nature. He had the gift of gab and loved working in sales. He was also the best fighter I have ever met and he was trained to go. I loved this man with all of my heart. Frankie had an infectious laugh that could entice an entire group of people to join in, even when they didn’t know what they were laughing at.

He is survived by his mother Michelle Bologna-Burnett, grandparents; Joseph (Carol) Bologna of Novato, CA, Diane (Donald) Hudson of St. James, MN, aunts/uncles; Robert Bologna of St. James, Joe Bologna, DeAnn Bologna both of California, nieces/nephews; Joseph (Rachel) Bologna of St. James, Angela (Greag) Julian, Alaina Julian, Alissa Julian and her daughter Riley Smith, Michael Cleaves, Trey Licciardo, Bradley Bologna, Joe Bologna, and Josh Bologna all of California, and many cousins. He is preceded in death by his great-grandparents; Jennie & Vito Bologna, Louis & Clorinda Vigil and great-niece Mila Catalan.

You may send the family condolence online at www.sturmfh.com. Arrangements are with Sturm Funeral Home in St. James, Minnesota.

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Congress Exonerates Port Chicago Fifty, 75 Years After Disaster https://martineztribune.com/2019/07/12/congress-exonerates-port-chicago-fifty-75-years-after-disaster/ Sat, 13 Jul 2019 01:02:11 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=12517 Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) successfully passed a measure today that directs the Secretary of the United States Navy to publicly exonerate the Port Chicago 50. The effort was included in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), H.R. 2500, which passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 220-to-197. The passage of the effort comes …

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Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) successfully passed a measure today that directs the Secretary of the United States Navy to publicly exonerate the Port Chicago 50. The effort was included in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), H.R. 2500, which passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 220-to-197. The passage of the effort comes almost seventy-five years to the day after the devastating explosion at the Port Chicago Naval Magazine in Concord, California on July 17, 1944 that led to 50 sailors being unjustly convicted of mutiny.


“I cannot think of a more fitting tribute on the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Port Chicago disaster than to finally honor the Port Chicago 50 with exoneration,” said Congressman DeSaulnier. “For far too long the names of these brave men have been tarnished by our history of racial discrimination, but today we are righting a wrong and giving the Port Chicago 50 the respect they deserved so many years ago. This momentous occasion could not have been made possible without the help of the Friends of Port Chicago, former Congressman George Miller, Professor John Lawrence at the University of California Washington Center, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, and committed members of our community. I thank them all for their steadfast determination in helping correct this past injustice and setting our nation on a path of healing.”

After experiencing segregation in the Navy, 435 African American munitions sailors, who were not properly trained or supported by the Navy, were killed or injured when a cargo vessel exploded as they were loading munitions. This incident accounted for more than 15 percent of all African American Naval casualties during WWII and was the deadliest home front disaster during the war. When 50 of these men understandably refused to return to the unsafe working conditions that killed their fellow sailors without additional supports or training, they were discriminately charged and convicted of mutiny. 

“How wonderful ! As we prepare to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Port Chicago catastrophe, the House’s passage of the exoneration provision is an historic and welcome step. We congratulate Rep. DeSaulnier for his determined leadership and will work to ensure the Senate includes this amendment in the final bill,” said Rev. Diana McDaniel, President of The Friends of Port Chicago National Memorial.

“Members of the veterans community are very pleased with House passage of the Port Chicago exoneration language. Restoring the good names and reputations of these 50 sailors from World War II is overdue but most appropriate, and we salute Rep. DeSaulnier for leading the effort,” said Stephen Noetzel, San Francisco Veterans Affairs Commission former Chair.

Congresswoman Barbara Lee added “As the daughter of a veteran, I am deeply grateful to our men and women in uniform, who make tremendous sacrifices in service to this nation. I am also proud to join with Rep. DeSaulnier in acknowledging the historic passage of this amendment that recognizes a dark moment in the history of our military and our nation. The 50 African American sailors at Port Chicago, who boldly stood against discrimination and refused to return to unsafe work conditions, should be remembered as heroes. The charges of mutiny levied against these service members was wrong. These brave men should be honored, not only for their pivotal role in the World War II home front effort but also for their courage in the face of injustice. The Port Chicago tragedy is another reminder of our nation’s history in devaluing black lives, and I proud to stand with Rep. DeSaulnier in the passage of this amendment to right this wrong, recognize the historic specter of discrimination and racism in the armed forces, and honor these men and their service.” 

Since coming to Congress, Congressman DeSaulnier has actively been working to seek justice for the Port Chicago 50. He included a provision in a prior NDAA that required the Navy to investigate the circumstances surrounding the treatment of sailors at Port Chicago, which led to the Navy acknowledging the injustice that was served to the Port Chicago 50. DeSaulnier has also called upon the Smithsonian Institution to include information about the Port Chicago 50 in the new National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Also included in this year’s NDAA was a measure authored by Congressman DeSaulnier to improve financial transparency for America’s veterans. Servicemembers leaving the military often receive separation pay to facilitate their reentrance into civilian life. However, many veterans discover too late that their disability benefits can be reduced or withheld by the federal government until the full amount of their separation payment is recouped. DeSaulnier’s measure would require a study of the number of veterans who are impacted by this discrepancy and how much money has been withheld from servicemembers.

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Martinez author releases new book prior to Concord appearance https://martineztribune.com/2019/06/28/martinez-author-releases-new-book-prior-to-concord-appearance/ Fri, 28 Jun 2019 20:57:53 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=12241 BY LELIA FIGUEROA David Hagerty, a Martinez-based crime writer, recently released the fourth novel to his series of political murder mysteries, all of which are based on true events. Titled “They Tell Me You Are Cunning,” his newest effort just hit the shelves this week. Continuing on the storyline of main character Duncan Cochrane, the …

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BY LELIA FIGUEROA

David Hagerty, a Martinez-based crime writer, recently released the fourth novel to his series of political murder mysteries, all of which are based on true events. Titled “They Tell Me You Are Cunning,” his newest effort just hit the shelves this week.

Continuing on the storyline of main character Duncan Cochrane, the novel explores a murder investigation, police brutality and the prison system. Starting his career as a police reporter and having worked at Alameda County Jail as a teacher for seven years, Hagerty uses his personal experience with the prison system to guide and inspire him throughout his novels. Political events that have happened across the years have also served as inspiration for the series.

“More than a decade ago, when I decided to finally get serious about writing, I started with short stories based on real misdeeds I’d witnessed. I wrote one about my next door neighbor, who’d been murdered by a friend, another about an ambitious bike racer who decides to take out the competition, and a bunch of others based on characters I met in jail,” stated the 50 year old Chicago native.

The murder of U.S. Sen. Charles Percy’s daughter in his lakefront mansion inspired his first novel, “They Tell Me You Are Wicked.” The second and third novels, “They Tell Me You are Crooked” and “They Tell Me You Are Brutal,” were inspired by Chicago mayor Jane Byrne’s decision to move into an infamous public housing project following a series of sniper killings there as well as the Tylenol poisonings in 1982 that killed seven. “Those of us who lived through those events still remember them vividly as an intersection between crime and politics, which first drew my interest,” said Hagerty.

His latest, “They Tell Me You Are Cunning,” was inspired by the Innocence Project, a collective of journalism students from Northwestern University who exonerated ten people from Illinois’ death row. Their efforts contributed to the Illinois governor’s decision to first suspend capital punishment, much like California’s own Gavin Newsom, and later to abolish it. In addition to the series, Hagerty also writes short stories, four of which were published in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. He was nominated for a Derringer Award in 2013.

Currently a Martinez resident of three years, the former Benicia Herald reporter has now lived in Northern California for most of his adult life, first relocating to Sacramento after leaving Chicago in 1990. In addition to his working on the series, he is currently employed at Diablo Valley College as manager of Disability Support Services.

Hagerty will appear at the Barnes & Noble in Concord for a reading on Saturday July 13th at 2 p.m. More information on him and his series can be found on his website at www.davidhagerty.net.

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Obituary: Jerry “Coach” Phillips (1934-2019) https://martineztribune.com/2019/06/27/obituary-jerry-coach-phillips-1934-2019%ef%bb%bf/ Fri, 28 Jun 2019 03:20:09 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=12359 Jerry Phillips, beloved father, loving husband, brother, teacher, mentor and “Coach” passed away on Sunday, June 23rd at the age of 85. Jerry was a longtime resident of Walnut Creek. Jerry was a legendary basketball coach at Sacred Heart High School and a member of both the Sacred Heart Cathedral and San Francisco Prep Halls …

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Jerry Phillips, beloved father, loving husband, brother, teacher, mentor and “Coach” passed away on Sunday, June 23rd at the age of 85. Jerry was a longtime resident of Walnut Creek.

Jerry was a legendary basketball coach at Sacred Heart High School and a member of both the Sacred Heart Cathedral and San Francisco Prep Halls of Fame. A beloved faculty member at the San Francisco school from 1956 to 2013 and head coach from 1962-85, Jerry later went on to coach at Las Lomas High School from 1990-95 while continuing to teach at Sacred Heart, accumulating numerous titles between the two programs.

Phillips was a graduate of Fremont High (1952) and Saint Mary’s College of California (1956) and he led the Sacred Heart Cathedral boys basketball program to numerous West Catholic Athletic League (WCAL) titles and Tournament of Champions appearances, compiling a 512-294 record. Amongst his most notable achievements was winning the last AAA crown for the Fightin’ Irish in 1969 before entering the WCAL and capturing the school’s first CCS title in 1972.  He came out of coaching retirement in 1990 to coach for six seasons at Las Lomas and lead the Las Lomas Knights to a 24-4 record, reaching the North Coast Section playoffs every year. Phillips taught the game in a way that inspired countless former players to become coaches and better men.

Jerry is survived by his ‘angel’, his wife of 52 years, Janice. They were often referred to as Jan & Jer. He was the very proud father of five children and their spouses: Kevin and Sandy Phillips, Steve and Melissa Phillips, Toni Raney (preceded in death), Greg and Jen Phillips, and Heather and Chad Cola. He adored eight grandchildren: Michelle (Kyle) Watt, Carly Phillips, Alaina (Ryan) Vidmar, Aaron (Kathy) Phillips, Alyssa Phillips, Ryan Raney, Domenic Cola, and Luke Phillips and four beautiful great grandchildren. Jerry loved his family fiercely. 

Two gatherings are being planned to honor this amazing man. A Memorial service on Saturday, August 17th at 11:00am at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory in San Francisco and an Open House Celebration of Life in the East Bay on Sunday, August 18th from 1-4pm at 20 Fallen Oak Lane in Martinez. Charitable donations can be made to the Coach Jerry Phillips Endowment Fund at Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep. Please feel free to provide your contact information to the family, who will share further details on services: coachjerrymemorial@gmail.com. 

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Martinez Farmers Market has you covered for great tomatoes https://martineztribune.com/2019/06/21/martinez-farmers-market-has-you-covered-for-great-tomatoes/ Fri, 21 Jun 2019 16:06:33 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=12203 BY DEBRA J. MORRIS Tomatoes are the poster child of vegetables for locally-grown and seasonal eating. Finding tomatoes that taste like tomatoes are one of the biggest draws to local farmers’ markets in the summer. They are also one of the home gardener’s most common vegetables to plant. Who doesn’t love a good tomato? Different …

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BY DEBRA J. MORRIS

Tomatoes are the poster child of vegetables for locally-grown and seasonal eating. Finding tomatoes that taste like tomatoes are one of the biggest draws to local farmers’ markets in the summer. They are also one of the home gardener’s most common vegetables to plant. Who doesn’t love a good tomato?

Different varieties have different flavor and texture strengths. Soft and juicy heirloom varieties may be best for simply slicing and serving with a sprinkle of salt; drier hybrid Romas or Early Girls are the better choices for making sauces. Delightful little cherry or pear tomatoes are perfect for salads. Check with your grower at the farmers’ market for help in selecting tomatoes that are best for what you’re using them for.

Your Martinez Farmers Market has you covered when talking tomatoes. Check out J&M Farms out of Gilroy for heirloom and cherry varieties. Stop in at ALD & Y Farm for organic tomatillos, Romas (great for sauces!), and cherry tomatoes. VV Farms out of Santa Cruz also has heirloom and big juicy beefsteak tomatoes. And don’t forget Halog Farms out of Merced for Romano, yellow cherries, Shady Ladys, and other varieties of tomatoes.

Jacob’s Farm offers German Stripe, Cherokee Purple, Yellow Brandywine, and other tomatoes to fill your bag. Dwelley Farms from Oakley has a wide array of cherry tomatoes and heirloom tomatoes, salad tomatoes, and more. Try their Shady Lady tomato.

As always, you’ll find the best at your local farmers’ market where the growers bring fresh picked tomatoes straight to you in varieties you won’t find anywhere else! Enjoy summer tomatoes in all their flavorful glory!

TIP: Never store tomatoes in the refrigerator! Temperatures under 50°F lead to mushy inedible tomatoes. Refrigeration also dulls the delicious ripe flavors of a good tomato.

Fresh Pico de Gallo Salsa

2 medium tomatoes (colorful heirlooms make a nice color statement!)

1 jalapeño pepper, trimmed, seeded, finely diced

1 red or yellow onion, diced

2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves

1 green onion, sliced, both white and green parts

1 tablespoon lime juice

½ teaspoon chili or chipotle powder, more or less to taste.

Salt and pepper, to taste

Mix all ingredients together and serve with tortilla chips. Makes a great topping for bruschetta or burgers. Recipe: Cookin’ the Market, PCFMA.

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Summer Fruits & Veggies for Grilling at Martinez Farmers Market https://martineztribune.com/2019/05/23/summer-fruits-veggies-for-grilling-at-martinez-farmers-market/ Thu, 23 May 2019 17:30:48 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=11780 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 for good conversation and an …

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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 for good conversation and an evening meal on the patio. Let’s get grillin’!

Here’s to the all-American summer pastime—grilling and barbecuing. The weather is perfect for fresh summer fruits and vegetables like yellow and green summer squash, bell peppers, and juicy peaches and nectarines to be added to your grilled recipes.

Toss some sliced zucchini and thick slabs of eggplant on the grill; or drizzle with olive oil, wrap in foil and grill; or cut in chunks and slide onto a skewer for veggie kabobs. Marinated or not, the natural flavors of the produce are enhanced by grilling—peaches and nectarines become sweeter, zucchini and tomatoes become more savory.

You don’t need much seasoning, either. Salt and pepper and a little olive oil are great for vegetables, or a bit of brown sugar for fruit—or grill with no seasoning at all. The natural flavors of locally-grown fruits and vegetables will shine through !

Stop by the Martinez Farmers’ Market and visit our new vendors like Ken’s Top Notch from Reedley with wonderful stone fruit like peaches and nectarines. Check out Gusman Farm as well with lovely peppers and other fruits and vegetables.

J&J Ramos Farms and Resendiz Farms, both from Hughson, for sweet apricots, peaches and nectarines. Pick up zucchini, yellow squash, onions, and potatoes at J&M Farms from Gilroy. Get your grass-fed beef from Alhambra Valley Beef, who raise their cattle here in Martinez. You can’t find better products than at your local farmers’ market. They have varieties of produce you won’t find at the grocery store – and you’re assured they grow what they sell.

Quick Grilled Veggie Packets
1 large onion, cut in chunks
1 cup bell peppers, cut in chunks
1 Russet potato, cut in chunks, skin left on
1 yellow squash, sliced (or zucchini)

Place all sliced vegetables in a bowl, toss with olive oil, crushed garlic, salt, and pepper. Place in the center of a large sheet of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Fold foil around the vegetables to form a sealed packet, either by twisting to make a “topknot” or folding around it. Place on the grill over indirect heat for 15 to 20 minutes. Recipe: Debra Morris, PCFMA

Here’s to good summer eatin’ fresh from your Martinez Farmers’ Market. Remember to buy fresh and buy local!

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