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2015 Cherry Season in Brentwood

2015 Cherry Season in Brentwood

I’m excited to announce the beginning of the 2015 Cherry Season in Brentwood. I’ve received updates from Brentwood Cherry Farmers that they’ll open on Tuesday, May 5th through Saturday, May 9th.

Smith Family Farm

Smith Family Farm

I discovered the lush Sacramento and San Joaquin River Delta agricultural region and the city of Brentwood over twenty years ago. There were many farms in Bentwood then, before several were converted into large tract home developments. This area has had a rich agricultural heritage going back to the early 1900’s with major crops like cherries, corn and peaches. Sadly, many farms are disappearing and many families have tired of farming decided to move on.

U-Pick Etiquette 101

U-Pick Etiquette 101

For those unfamiliar with farming life and the hard work that goes into maintaining fruit trees and garden crops, I provide you with the following u-pick etiquette 101, to insure we continue to share this enriching experience and pass it down to our children.

Georgia O’Keefe’s Alligator Pears

Georgia O’Keefe’s Alligator Pears

You’re in for a sweet treat at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, Georgia O’Keefe at Lake George exhibit thru May 11, 2014.

From magnified botanical compositions to panoramic landscapes, the works in this exhibition offer a deeper understanding of the spirit of place that was essential to O’Keeffe’s artistic evolution.

From 1918 until the early 1930s, Georgia O’Keeffe retreated annually to Alfred Stieglitz’s family estate on Lake George in upstate New York, where she reveled in the discovery of new subject matter and found respite in the rural setting without the distractions of city life. O’Keeffe’s experiences there inspired one of the most transformative and productive periods of her career, energizing the development of her signature modernist style.

The term Alligator Pear came from the shape of the fruit resembling a pear and the Mexican Aguacate, French Advocaat, Portuguese Abacate and Dutch Avocatpeer.

Sometimes Food Bites Back

Sometimes Food Bites Back

As some of you know, I’m presently in the sunny Southeast Asian Kingdom of Thailand for the month of November with my partner Edward. This trip fulfills our passions for international travel, food, cultural immersion and relaxation.