On Friday, September 1st, we launched the book! It was an absolute honor to be toasted by the community who encouraged this book along the way. We are so grateful to the Santa Cruz MAH, the Publications Committee, the History Forum, and the Arts Council. What a delight it is to hold the book in our … More The book is here!
Thank you Edible Monterey Bay for the beautiful and generous article about our project! And thank you Michelle Magdalena for these amazing images.
This project was started to educate ourselves as well as residents and visitors to the region about how we are all connected to this place through the foods we grow, cook and consume here. I was expecting to learn lots of interesting facts about lots of interesting people, influential people, people who lived lives that … More The Best Vegetable Pie Since Pumpkin!
Researching food history does not often land you on particularly well-worn paths. For much of the history of historical inquiry, the topic of food was relegated to the category of daily existence and rarely considered as a valid or robust subject. However, we do often see that history records food as a commodity—as it was moved or traded—but those were … More Food History: When Research Paths Diverge
With the end of summer comes the harvest. This harvest season I have begun learning about two old forms of of food processing: wine pressing and stone mill seasoning. 1. WINE GRAPE PRESSING The earliest vineyard in Santa Cruz was located in the river bottom behind the Mission de la Exaltación de la Santa Cruz in what is now … More Harvest: Pressing and Seasoning
We went to Molino Creek to visit Mark Lipson and to have a Solstice picnic. We were at ground zero for dry-farmed tomato production, and we enjoyed a picnic, walk-around, and in-depth history lesson. Click here or on the images above to read our Steller storybook! —Liz Birnbaum
Our region is known for its agricultural abundance. Santa Cruz County grew 6,831 acres of berries and 7,161 of vegetables (including lettuces, brussels sprouts, artichokes, beets, beans, etc) in 2013. Grains do not even make the crop list—the production of grains in Santa Cruz County is simply too small to report. In contrast, worldwide, wheat is … More Waves of Santa Cruz County Grains
As a music historian of American performers very broadly defined, I think of the “Godfather of Soul” when I hear the name “James Brown.” This founding father of funk produced huge international hit singles, including “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag.” As part of the Santa Cruz Heritage Food Project research team, I have learned … More Who is James Brown?
While much of the rest of the country is under a blanket of snow, tonight our group planned a fireside chat evening on the mild-weathered Central Coast. We met at the base of Deleveaga Park and watched the sun set with local beers in hand and grins on our faces. We were happy not only … More A Fireside Chat
We met with the esteemed Nikki Silva of The Kitchen Sisters radio show and Hidden Kitchens cookbook fame on Saturday to ask questions about interviewing and publishing. Her excitement for our project infused us with energy. She felt that every generation must explore history and re-frame it for themselves, and so we shall! She encouraged … More Every Generation Must Do This