Edible Monterey Bay

GRIST FOR THE MILL FALL 2019

Snapped at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

Like many of you, we had visitors over the summer. I always love showing off our stunning Monterey Bay area when friends and family come to town, taking them to the beach and the redwoods, to my favorite restaurants and to the farmers’ markets, soaking it all in with fresh eyes and experiencing favorite spots with them for the first time.

It’s not so different from what we try to do with Edible Monterey Bay magazine. Every issue is a kind of love letter to our beautiful community.

The talented writers and photographers who worked on this fall issue you are reading all have a deep appreciation for our area and love showcasing it with their carefully crafted words and pictures.

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EDIBLE NOTABLES

COMING TO FRUITION

PHOTOGRAPHY BY PATRICK TREGENZA

Fruition Brewing opened in the East Lake Village Shopping Center in Watsonville this summer

Opening a brewery of their own has been quite a journey for these Watsonville entrepreneurs


Tallula Preston and David Purgason was on the verge of realizing a long-held dream of opening their own brewery when tragedy seemed to change everything. On a quiet day in July 2017, Purgason, a brewer/ distiller for Venus Spirits, suffered a terrible accident when a freak explosion occurred during production. He was airlifted to the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center to be treated for burns that covered nearly 75% of his body, inside and out.

Purgason and Preston—true champions of the Santa Cruz County beer community—had been developing the vision that would become Fruition Brewing since first … Read More

WHAT'S IN SEASON

WALNUTS

PHOTOGRAPHY BY CRYSTAL BIRNS

Walnuts are full of nutrients that are good for the brain, which they somewhat resemble.

Get nutty and try some new ways to use healthy fall walnuts


Did you know that walnuts are technically a stone fruit? Walnuts, in the Juglandaceae family, are indeed the edible seed kernels of a drupe, which means they are not even true nuts! Nuts or not, these healthy brain-shaped seeds pack a punch in the vitamin department and add depth to both sweet and savory dishes. The most common types of walnuts grown commercially for their edible seeds are Persian varieties, now called English walnuts. Black walnuts, with origins in North America, also have an edible

seed, but they are so hard to crack that they are mostly used for … Read More

EDIBLE PROVISIONS

LOCALLY ROASTED

PHOTO AND STYLING BY ELIZABETH BIRNBAUM

Local coffee roasters really know how to wake us up every morning and keep the Monterey Bay area buzzing. Top row (l-to-r): Cat & Cloud, Santa Cruz; North Coast Roasting, Santa Cruz; Verve Coffee Roasters, Santa Cruz; Hidden Fortress Coffee Roasting, Watsonville. Second row (l-to-r): 11th Hour Coffee, Santa Cruz; Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting; Captain & Stoker, Monterey. Bottom left: Alta Organic Coffee Roasting, Santa Cruz. Bottom right: Steeped Coffee, Scotts Valley. Other local roasters worth seeking out include: Acme Coffee Roasting, Seaside; The Beerded Bean, Salinas; Coffeeville, Watsonville; and Vertigo Coffee Roasters in San Juan Bautista.

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EDIBLE NOTABLES

FRUIT TREES FOR EVERY GARDEN

Beloved UC Santa Cruz garden manager Orin Martin puts a lifetime of knowledge into a new book


A garden can be an earthly paradise, but it’s a working paradise—one where rewards flow in proportion to the gardener’s care, sweat and devotion. If anyone is proof of this theory it’s Orin Martin, whose enviable fate for the past 40 years has been managing the Alan Chadwick Garden at UC Santa Cruz—a three-acre Eden of breathtaking loveliness and diversity.

Martin also tends the orchards at UCSC’s Farm & Garden agricultural training program, and teaches classes, workshops and seminars to students, apprentices and local home gardeners.

Martin’s long-awaited book, Fruit Trees for Every Garden: An Organic Approach to Growing Apples, Pears, Peaches, Plums, Citrus, and More, released Aug. 27 by Ten Speed Press, … Read More

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