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Martinez community supports buying local at Farmers Market

BY DEBRA J. MORRIS As the Sunday Martinez Farmers’ Market draws to a close for the day, farmers pack up their leftover produce and take down their tents as they make their way home after a day of bringing customers the fruits (and vegetables) of their labor. A single bunch …

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Endless selection of citrus for the holidays at farmers market

BY DEBRA J. MORRIS California was once known for acres and acres of citrus fruit, but as the population expanded the fields were plowed under and homes and businesses built.  There has been a resurgence of citrus tree planting the last 20 years that more than makes up for it …

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Sac’s Champ secures emotional win at Safeway Open in Napa

BY HELEN LAME´ Sacramento’s Cameron Champ scored an emotional victory at the Safeway Open in Napa Sunday evening, sinking a 3-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to hold off a late charge by Canada’s Adam Hadwin for his second PGA tour victory by firing a 17-under 271 for the tournament. Champ, who entered …

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Winter squash nearing its peak season at Farmers Market

BY DEBRA J. MORRIS Winter squash is nearing its peak season and can be a tasty addition to your fall dinners. The state of California is the second largest producer of winter squash. Many heirloom varieties are coming back, varieties you won’t find anywhere else.   Hard-shelled, or “winter” squash, …

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Heirloom apple varieties making a comeback at Farmers Market

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 …

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Benicia Film Festival Returns for September Weekend

Benicia Film Festival returns for its sixth year to celebrate independent filmmakers and support arts and culture in Benicia. The three-day festival will welcome audiences at Benicia Veterans Memorial Hall, 1150 First Street, kicking off with a gala event on the evening of Friday, September 6th. The festival will conclude …

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