Bonny Doon Farm

I have a farm client up in the hills of the Santa Cruz mountains that I think of fondly this time of year.  I can visualize their fields dusted with light fog in the early morning as the sun begins to burn it off and brighten the landscape with its warmth.  I am thinking of Bonny Doon Lavender Farm … [Read more...]

Hog Island Oyster Company

My husband and I love oysters! Raw, barbequed, Rockefeller – they are all good. My favorite way to eat them is raw with a little squeeze of lemon and mignonette - accompanied with champagne and really good sourdough bread.  A match made in heaven! I prefer Pacific coast oysters from very cold and … [Read more...]

Strawberry Picking along the California Coast

Each year I anxiously await the strawberries to ripen at my favorite berry farm, where I annually make a pilgrimage and pick until my heart is content.  I find berry picking so peaceful.  I completely enjoy picking berries along side of a friend chatting, while searching for the perfect berry, and … [Read more...]

Washington’s Olympic Peninsula

I went somewhere new this year for 4th of July!  Usually we go to Lake Tahoe with our son and enjoy all the festivities that wonderful location has to offer for that very special day of year.  This year my son went on an immersion trip out of the country, which left my husband and I asking ourselves … [Read more...]

Love Apple Farm

The Santa Cruz Mountains are home to a very special farm, which is the only certified bio-dynamic farm in Santa Cruz County, grows over 300 culitvars of organic fruits, vegetables, herbs, and edible flowers, operates as a gardening and cooking educational center, and is known on occasion to throw a … [Read more...]

Harley Farms in Pescadero – Part 2

For the past 18 years, Harley Farms has truly been a growing successful business since Dee first purchased her six American Alpine goats and rose at 6 AM to hand milk them.  Dee still stays very close with the flow and rhythm of the farm and always reminds herself , "The goats come first."  Her … [Read more...]

Harley Farms in Pescadero – Part 1

Over the past couple of years I have been hearing about a dairy farm in the seaside town of Pescadero that raises their own goats and makes delicious cheese from their milk.  I heard how charming the dairy was and that they had a real lovely cheese shop.  So I decided to go visit Harley Farms this … [Read more...]

Santa Barbara Blueberries

This past week my son and I went on a road trip to visit colleges and attend campus tours at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo and UC Santa Barbara.  I can't believe it is time to start thinking about college?!  It seems that I was just sending him off to kindergarten and buying him Legos and light … [Read more...]

Strawberry Fields Forever

Berry picking is on my annual “To Do List” each spring and summer!  I look forward to consistent warm days to ripen the strawberries and blackberries in the fields along the California coastline in Santa Cruz County.  I have my favorite “go to” place off Highway 1 north of Davenport.  I continually … [Read more...]

On a Quest for Artichokes!

On a Quest for Artichokes! Earlier this week, my friend Sue and I decided to go on a road trip to Monterey County.  What possessed two women to drive 55 miles, over the Santa Cruz Mountains, and down highway 1 to Castroville?  Artichokes! This sleepy coastal town prides itself in growing the most … [Read more...]