Celebrate harvest time at the family dinner table

Photos courtesy of CHristine Moore
A light wine such as Lioco’s Indica Rosé complements seasonal produce in a harvest dinner, above.

It’s harvest time. The produce sections of local markets and green grocers such as DeMartini Orchard in Los Altos are stocked with seasonal fruits and vegetables. My small backyard garden is bright with vegetables, while friends’ larger patches are absolutely bursting.

For anyone who enjoys cooking, September represents a playground of opportunities. Harvest time, whether you grow your own produce or shop at Los Altos’ and Mountain View’s farmers’ markets, is something to celebrate. I need only take a drive through local vineyards to feel what an exciting time of year it is. The neatly manicured vines are heavy with fruit, representing the culmination of the farmer’s collaboration with nature.

Honey beers go beyond sweet with pure flower power

courtesy of Derek Wolgram
San Jose-based Almanac Beer Co. uses wildflower honey, lavender and cara cara oranges in its Lavender Honey de Brettaville.


Every September, as the season for harvesting honey draws to a close, the National Honey Board celebrates the wondrous sweetener produced by honeybees from the nectar of plants and flowers.

Roundup: Follow your local farmers as the season changes

Eliza Ridgeway/Town Crier
Todd Miner pulls pumpkin pies hot from his traveling oven at the Los Altos Farmers’ Market – and will keep baking at Mountain View’s Sunday market when the Los Altos market season ends Sept. 29.

Only two weeks remain to walk the stalls of the Los Altos Farmers’ Market, but many of the pies, fruits and brews will be moving only a town or two over when the season ends Sept. 29.

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