Family takes its fruit from the field to Berkeley

BERKELEY, Calif. —  “No spray, no pesticides, no chemicals,” Lisa Kashiwase proudly proclaims. Wearing a sun hat with a low brim, she deftly cuts peaches for samples — 13 varieties. Their peach farm, in Merced County, has been a family business for three generations. As she talked to us, her niece and son greeted the…

Community forms bonds within farmers’ market

BERKELEY Calif. — The downtown Berkeley Farmers’ Market is an ongoing tradition within the small community. All around the neighborhood, people look forward to coming to see the vibrant colors, diverse group of people, different produce, street performers and most important, the relationships and friends they have made over the years. Anthony King, a spirited…

Gabriel Farms remains true to its roots

BERKELEY, Calif. —  If you go to any two farmers’ markets, a lot looks similar. There are vendors with fresh food and smiling faces. At first glance, the Berkeley Saturday Farmers’ Market may resemble any other market, but the variety and different kinds of vendors sets them apart. Starting in 1987, the Berkeley Saturday Farmers’…

Sweet, savory or spicy — it’s all the farmers’ market

BERKELEY, Calif.— Cultured, a family business established in 1996 that specializes in sauerkraut, pickled vegetables and kombucha, strives to provide its unusual organically fermented products at the weekly North Berkeley Farmers’ Market to the diverse community that shops there every Thursday.     Cultured is one of the many companies that follow the policies set by…

Eco-friendly market creates sense of community

BERKELEY, Calif. — “Free samples! Free samples!” a woman proclaims as we pass her fruit stand at the Berkeley Farmers’ Market, organized by the Ecology Center here in and just north of the University of California sprawling campus. Underneath a bright blue sky, cradled in between a grocery store to the east and a busy…

Berkeley farmers’ market builds relationships

Every Saturday, locals and tourists come together to see food, plants, music and people that the Berkeley’s http://ecologycenter.org/fm/ has to offer. One of the most memorable parts of this experience is the sound of Lindell Reeves’ voice, a mixture of country twang and Southern soul. Reeves is 80 and has been playing guitar and writing songs since he was…

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Berkeley’s Farmers’ Market brings community together

BERKELEY, Calif. — Different vendors began to set up early Saturday morning at the weekly downtown Farmers’ Market here. While putting out fresh tomatoes, strawberries and peaches, displaying honey and oils and calling out different pastries and breads, area farmers attracted locals as well as tourists. Suzan Chun, a local from the Bay area, continually comes two to three…

Bringing a taste of Italy to the USA

BERKELEY, Calif.—Of the many stands set up at the weekly downtown farmers’ market, one that stands out is Enrico Bariani’s. Bariani, who is originally from Italy, sells olive oil and cosmetic products, and has been setting his tent up at the farmers’ market since the 1990’s. He came to the United States with his family in 1989,…

Berkeley market builds close relationships

BERKELEY, Calif. — The weekly farmers’ market downtown here, held every Saturday year-round, continues to provide locals and tourists with fresh goods and new relationships. The market, founded in 1987 by the Ecology Center, is a friendly and open area where California farmers spend five hours selling their organic and locally grown products to the community. Dante…