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New Leaf Community Markets Puts Community First

From its early days in 1985 as a small co-op on the Westside of Santa Cruz, to five neighborhood grocery stores along the Central Coast today, New Leaf Community Markets has remained true to its mission: to nourish and sustain the community. 

New Leaf has achieved this by offering customers quality, natural and organic foods that benefit their health and the health of the environment; educating the community about healthful lifestyle choices; providing financial and in-kind support to local nonprofits; valuing and rewarding staff; and supporting local farmers, ranchers, fishermen and producers.

“Serving the community is at the heart of everything we do,” says Forrest Gonsiewski, vice president of New Leaf Community Markets. “It starts with supporting our staff who live and work in our neighborhoods, and partnering with local producers to … Read More

Penny Ice Creamery Opens in Aptos

June 30, 2020 – Santa Cruz’s beloved Penny Ice Creamery quietly opened its third location yesterday, this one in the new Aptos Village development. The opening completes the retail portion of the complex—which also includes Ser Wine Tasting, Cat & Cloud Coffee, Sockshop and Shoe Company, Sante Arcangeli Wine Tasting, Mentone restaurant and New Leaf Community Market. A single empty space remains next door to the ice cream shop destined for another restaurant or brew pub, but no tenant has been announced for that location yet.

Penny Ice Creamery co-owner Zachary Davis said they first signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the new location back in 2013, when the development was still in the planning stages. But good things come to those with patience and yesterday happy customers lined up for their … Read More

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Handcrafted salts and spices from local purveyors elevate any dish, and are especially welcome at summertime barbecues. Here are some of our favorites: (clockwise from top left) Morada Salt with hibiscus and elderberry from Big Sur Salts (Monterey); Madagascar Bourbon Premium Vanilla Beans and Vanilla Powder from The Vanilla Company (Santa Cruz); Original Grilling Spice from Mansmith’s Gourmet (San Juan Bautista); Big Sur Gourmet Bread Dipper from Gil’s Gourmet (Sand City); Everyday Herb Salt from Farmer Freed (Santa Cruz); Burgers, Steaks & Chops Rub from Chef’s Palette (Marina).

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SUMMER 2020 TABLE OF CONTENTS

Contents

GRIST FOR THE MILL

EDIBLE NOTABLES

Composting evangelist transforms an eyesore into a neighborhood treasure

Chef Michael Jones on what makes a restaurant truly great

Women-owned seafood and salt business thrives despite pandemic

Former executive finds his passion in artisan breads

WHAT’S IN SEASON

LAVENDER

Transport your cooking with the scent of a Mediterranean summer

FOODSHED

SUMMER FARMERS’ MARKETS

A complete guide for the Monterey Bay area

EDIBLE PROVISIONS

SEASONINGS

EDIBLE COMMUNITY

ESSENTIAL SERVICES

Meet the folks who keep the farmers’ markets going strong

EDIBLE INNOVATION

DOT FARM

A virtual farm stand and crisis-inspired creativity in local food

EDIBLE ENTERTAINING

PICNIC PRIMER

Dinner parties are out. Follow our guide and invite your friends for an outdoor meal

IN THE GARDEN

CANNABIS COLLECTOR

Take a trip around the world with

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