Summer Solstice Status Update

With the summer solstice looming on the horizon, we will take a moment to reflect on the past season and look forward to an exciting future one! We have been busy bees – writing drafts of our individual chapters, interviewing local foodies, touring both past and present farm sites, and sharing our project with all interested parties. Here is a glimpse of our summer plans.

Recipes Galore!
We have compiled hundreds of local heritage food recipes, and the time has come for us to evaluate them and select our favorites to be included in the book. A few of the recipes have been tried, and even shared with others on behalf of our project. In the photo, I used Newton Pippin apples to bake “Mrs. Lorentzen’s Apple Sauce Cake.” Interestingly, Mrs. Lorentzen’s recipe contains only one direction: “Bake one hour.” Fortunately, I felt confident enough in my baking abilities that I assumed that the oven should be set at 350 degrees, that I should mix the wet and the dry ingredients separately, and that “one scant cup of butter,” as noted in the recipe, was indeed simply one cup of butter. Alas, this is part of the fun of our project.


Much of our research this summer will be cooking, baking, and eating our selected recipes. I am looking forward to trying our ice cream ones, and perhaps even finding a beer and ice cream collaboration. If you have any ideas or maybe a heritage food recipe, then please contact us.

Event Santa Cruz PopUp Night
Our own Liz Birnbaum will be talking about our project collaborator Slow Food Santa Cruz on Thursday, June 25, at 6 PM at An Epicurious Lifestyle in Santa Cruz. Event Santa Cruz has curated an intriguing group of local foodies who will bring their culinary and epicurean stories to life. For more information, please go to the event’s Facebook page here.

Whew! We have a lot on our plate, but thankfully the days are longer. Enjoy all that our County has to offer in the warmest months and happy summer solstice!

–Jenni Veitch-Olson

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