‘Ugly’ can be beautiful (& healthy)

BERKELEY, Calif. ― Imperfect Produce set up shop at the Berkeley Kite Festival over the weekend to show how “ugly” crops — bought directly from farms and delivered to customers in personal boxes for a cheaper price than many grocery stores — can be a great find. Many of these “ugly” crops don’t meet grocery…

Berkeley market brings community together

BERKELEY, Calif – The weekly Berkeley’s farmers’ markets, headed by the nonprofit organization for eco-education, The Ecology Center, bring together all different aspects of the Berkeley community. Organic, raw sauerkraut and vegan, chocolate ice-cream pop up among the many new innovative foods at the weekly Berkeley Farmers’ Market. But some stands are rich in history and tradition. Artie Flores works…

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…

Alameda food banks gives food for all

OAKLAND, Calif. — Many neighborhoods are “food deserts,” areas where people have no access to reach good, healthy foods, which affects the rise in obesity and obesity-related diseases, says Tiffany Kang, communications coordinator for the Alameda County Community Food Bank. But she and others in the nonprofit organization are working through social-service agencies to bring healthy food to them. Since 1985,…

BUILD plans to continue to build more seasonal fare

After a week of dealing with the aftermath of a small kitchen fire, and no injuries, BUILD reopened on Aug. 1 at its modern restaurant at the corner of  Shattuck and Bancroft streets. The week-long repair and recertification to open also meant new kitchen appliances. Sous Chef Jonathan Popenuck and General Manager Jonaten Martinez talked about the growing pizza, restaurant and bar establishment…