Seasonal Dish: Where to Savor Spring Asparagus

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Anastasia Crosson
Pizzetta 211's seasonal asparagus dish captures the freshness of early spring.
The San Francisco dining scene can be described as trend-setting or status-quo, traditional or modern, yet there is one inarguable common thread in the city's go-to favorite restaurants and hidden gems: seasonality. It's time for bright spring flavors to call our palates out of hibernation. Let's take a look at the Seasonal Dish from restaurants who are getting it right.

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Bay Leaf Kitchen, a New Culinary Summer Camp For Kids From Former CUESA Market Chef

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Josh Leskar
Elianna Friedman doing what she does best: Teaches kids not to fear the vegetable.
It's hard to be involved in the S.F. food scene without meeting Elianna Friedman -- she was head of CUESA's Market Chef program, coordinating all the cooking demos at the Ferry Plaza Saturday Market, and was the founder of New Taste Market (she's also married to Jesse Friedman, co-founder of Almanac Beer Co.). Now Elianna's got a new project: Bay Leaf Kitchen, a culinary summer camp for kids.

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FarmBox: Curated Harvest Baskets with Goodies from Farms & Artisans

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There's a newish box of produce in town, with the added bonus of handcrafted edibles inside. I tried FarmBox last month, an interesting new way to get produce and more delivered at home. The concept may be intriguing for those who can't visit the local farmers market or travel to a rural farm stand: FarmBox SF will deliver fresh, organic produce and a variety of artisan foods in a distinctive (adorable!), insulated basket that is reusable. For a recent delivery, that meant hummus, farmstead eggs, dilly cows milk cheese, and apple-cherry juice, with produce ranging from a nice variety of root vegetables to leeks and Yukon potatoes nestled with juicy oranges and strawberries -- it felt like I was set for a good five days.


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Get to Know Your Farmer: Miramonte Farms

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It's half past noon and Grace Teresi, 55, has just woken up from a nap in the front seat of her pickup truck at the Alemany Farmer's Market in Bernal Heights. The nap is well deserved, as she's been up since 4 a.m. preparing for a 90-minute drive to San Francisco from her small organic farm in San Juan Bautista.

Teresi has been farming since 1980, when she got her start growing snow peas on her parents' old cattle ranch in Castroville. As the years passed, her ability to grow more versatile vegetables showed, as she began growing baby lettuces to sell at markets with other small growers.

She's come a long way since then, now owning five acres of land that she calls Miramonte Farms. Teresi has become known for her tomatoes, early girl and heirloom, both dry-farmed.

"I'm trying to sell something that is uniquely produced, that people can't find in the store," says Teresi. "Dry-farmed heirlooms are hard to do. Typically, you don't get the full production for heirlooms, period. They scab and respond to stress, they can be tricky."

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Fall's Here: Three U-Pick Apple Farms to Visit Now

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Fall has officially arrived and we're craving all of the autumnal treats that come along with the season. Gather some friends and head to these U-Pick farms where you'll find acres of apple trees waiting to be turned into apple pie, applesauce, apple cider, and other seasonal favorites. The options are as endless as our appetite for them.

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Wednesday Taste Talk at SFCS: What Does California Cuisine Mean, Anyways?

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San Francisco Cooking School
Once you've gobbled up Joyce Goldstein's latest book, Inside the California Food Revolution, you may find yourself wanting to mull over the weighty topics with others -- what does California cuisine really mean, anyways, and does it depend on who you ask? Tomorrow night at a Taste Talk event at the San Francisco Cooking School, check out a fun and bookish event that promises face time with area culinary stars and a coffee and dessert bar from Neighbor Bakehouse and Crumb.

See also: Inside the California Food Revolution with Joyce Goldstein

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Adorable Goats, Space Veggies, Eating Roadkill and More From Modern Farmer's New Issue

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Modern Farmer launched earlier this year, a new quarterly from Hudson, New York covering food with an agrarian bent (and, full disclosure, staffed with several former SF Weekly editors and contributors). Its second issue hit newsstands last week, and it's full of strange and interesting dispatches from the food world.

See also: Lucky Peach Announces Split From McSweeney's
It's That Special Time of Year: The New Yorker's Annual Food Issue is Out
Pot + Pantry Has a Killer Food Zine Selection

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In Pictures: Drakes Bay Oyster Company at Work

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Josh Edelson
Drakes Bay Oyster Company workers hang racks of baby oysters from planks in the water.
I wrote a long feature for this week's paper on the fight over the future of Drakes Bay Oyster Company, a small, family-owned oyster farm in Marin that happens to be on federally protected land. The case was heard in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco on Tuesday, and it's unknown if the farm's operating days are numbered. We captured so many great photos from our day in the oyster boat with the crew that we made a slideshow of the oyster-harvesting process.

See also: Shuck and Jive: Drakes Bay Oyster Company Forces a Redefinition of Environmentalism
Slideshow: Drakes Bay Oyster Co. at Work


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Good Eggs: Testing The New Grocery Delivery Service

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Good Eggs Delivery Bag
Contrary to decades of economic thought, putting all your eggs in one basket may actually be a phenomenal idea.

With their recent re-launch last week, Good Eggs now gives Bay Area residents the ability to shop from local farms and food makers in the comfort of their own homes. Some of the updates include nearly doubling their vendors, laying out a new web store, and offering delivery straight to your door. Before the official launch, Good Eggs offered us a complementary crack at the new and improved shopping and delivery system.

See also: Four Subscription Services That Bring Local, Sustainable Groceries to Your Door
Mission Community Market's Chef Box

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Local Mission Eatery's Yaron Milgrom on His New Market Plans

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With talk of a one-year ban on new restaurants along Valencia Street, San Franciscans may be forced to take such drastic measures as buying and cooking their own food when they find themselves at a loss for a new restaurant to try around the corner. Grocery shopping may become a horrifying reality.

Fortunately, Local Mission Eatery and Local's Corner owner Yaron Milgrom has plans to open a new market on Harrison between 22nd and 23rd streets later this year (which, if we had to take a stab, will most likely be deemed Local's Market). SFoodie had the chance to chat with him about his vision for the future of marketing in the Mission.

See also: Local: Mission Eatery is on a local mission

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