Edible Monterey Bay




Farmers’ market managers keep the fresh produce flowing (clockwise from top left) Nesh Dhillon, Catherine Barr, Reid Norris, Jerry Lami.

Meet the folks who keep the farmers’ markets going strong

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One of the main reasons we love farmers’ markets is the direct interaction we get with the human beings who grow our food. We preach this idea to our kids, to our colleagues, to the choir here in this organic community surrounding the Monterey Bay. The slogan, “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food,” is practically old hat to us. We are big fans of shaking our farmers’ soil-caked hands.

Then a pandemic happens. In a matter of hours, we are faced with a new reality, an extreme limit on our contact with … Read More

Cremer House Debuts Craft Cocktails

February 11, 2020 – First, there was a whisper. Cocktails at Cremer House? Us mountain folk, who already frequent this blessing of a gastropub up in the San Lorenzo Valley more than we should admit, were excited about the notion of a full bar. Then, there was the yellow notice on the window, advising of the impending liquor license. And then…we waited…and waited…and waited some more. “Not yet,” they said. “Any day now,” they said. Longtime general manager Mike Goss, who was with Cremer since the very beginning, eventually retired. And still no hard stuff.

And then, more than two years after that first glimmer of hope, the cocktail menu was unveiled. The unfolding of this story began in 2017, when the liquor license was actually first acquired. A series of … Read More

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