Edible Monterey Bay

Blossom’s Farmstore Opens in Historic Corralitos Building

December 30, 2019 – The corner of Freedom Boulevard and Corralitos Road has seen some history over the years. With records of the location appearing as early as the mid-1700’s, this juncture has been a saloon, a gas station, even home to lion cubs and a spider monkey. But more recently, the Five Mile House has sat vacant, a ghostly empty shell with only whispers of what came before. 

A new chapter for the Five Mile House is upon us, as Carin Fortin and Delmar McComb of Blossom’s Biodynamic Herb Farm officially take over the lease on the historic property and launch Blossom’s Farmstore & Coffee Shop on Monday, January 6.  “A lot of people had their eyes on this place,” says McComb, but it “was just synergy” that their … Read More




It’s back-to-school season, the perfect time to up your culinary game

For some of us, cooking is an intuitive activity that channels seamlessly from our hearts and minds to our hands. For others, not so much. It can be a daily challenge to figure out how to make something edible from start to finish, let alone something that you (and your family) would want to eat again. These days, our country is cooking less and less and eating out more and more. We are strapped for time, and in the age of convenience food, cooking is one activity that often gets skipped for that takeout window. But that’s a pity. Cooking is so fun! And such a great outlet, especially after a stressful day. We are … Read More

Black Point Market Touts New Concept in Convenience

June 11, 2019 – “Good things come to those who wait” is a fitting slogan for Black Point Market, the looooong awaited grocery store-deli-bakery-coffee shop mash-up that has finally opened on East Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz. A year ago, co-owner Sasha Nemchonok said they would be open in three to six weeks, but then reality hit hard.

“We ended up getting ahead of ourselves,” he reflects, but “you can’t rush bureaucracy.” A stop work order put them back to square one, but today, all of that is behind them as they welcome in a stream of happy customers. “It’s been good, the community really needed a place right here,” says Nemchonok.

The affable, customer service superstar has been in the food world for over 10 years. He found himself … Read More