We had an exciting meeting with Julia Gaudinski of Mobile Ranger yesterday. Mobile Ranger is the free app that everyone in Santa Cruz should be downloading. Mobile Ranger is “connecting people to places” with historical walking tours of the Riverfront, West Cliff, Downtown and more. In our quest to share the fun and fascinating stories of Santa … More Heritage Food in the Modern Age
Fall has arrived, and with it a bountiful harvest that needs to be cooked! So, that means it is time to test the recipes we’ve spent the past 2 years collecting. Recently we cut down our selection of hundreds of recipes we found to our top 20 that we plan to put in our book. Last … More Cooking the harvest!
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
In the livestock area of the Santa Cruz County Fair, there is a pen decorated with hot pink tulle and gold bows that is the staging area for four equally decorated female dairy cattle that belong to the Moules Sisters Dairy of Watsonville. Janell Moules, 17, received two prize ribbons, “Champion Female Dairy” and “Supreme … More Sisters Who Dairy
The irony of using modern technology to research and write a history project is not lost on us, and it’s no surprise that researching and writing the Heritage Food Project is heavily dependent on using technology. While we do spend a lot of time looking through good old fashioned archives, the majority of time working … More How to Get Electricity from Strawberries
We started this project to tell the story of local food. Most stories have a beginning, middle and end, but not this one. The story of food in Santa Cruz is constantly evolving. Most of our research has looked to the past. How did someone living in Santa Cruz in 1900 eat an apple? We … More How do you eat an apple?
Hi, out there! In addition to research and writing we have been busy with a couple of fun projects. With designer Sarah Stoner-Duncan, we finalized our logo. We wanted something that illustrated our philosophy of appreciating history via the tastes of the past. We believe consuming history is part of a balanced diet! We think this … More History: Part of a Balanced Diet
So last night I cracked open one of my last olallieberry saisons that I had saved/found in my “cellar.” We (my husband and I) brewed it last summer during the “berry burst” that we have every June/July. Slow Food Santa Cruz dubbed last year “Year of the Olallieberry” and I took full advantage of that. … More Live in the moment, especially when Olallieberries are involved
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
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 … More Summer Solstice Status Update