Farmer's markets go up in the heart of Berkeley 4 times per week, bringing buyers and farmers closer together. P. by Evan Stark.

Food travels straight from the farm to Saturday market

BERKELEY, Calif. — “I believe strongly in unpolluted food. It’s just healthier — for us, and for the environment,” said Shirley Timble, owner of  Moonlite Bakery. She is one of more than 60 vendors who sell their organic goods at the Ecology Center’s Saturday farmers’ market, one of four weekly markets serving 10,000 customers in Berkeley. The first of…

Chez Panisse: Make yourself at home

BERKELEY, Calif. — Flames emanate from the kitchen fire, and along with the dimmed overhead lighting, reflecting off the smooth wooden walls of the restaurant. There is a warm, almost sleepy glow.  Inviting scents of rosemary, tomatoes and freshly baked bread greet patrons at the door. The normal restaurant hustle and bustle that in many cases…

Angel Island: caught in the middle

SAN FRANCISCO — At first glance, it’s only an old building with chipped paint and warped floorboards. The grates over the windows are slightly rusted, and a subtle scent from a nearby floral arrangement mingles with the mustiness of the original wood. A second look, at the inner walls, though, reveals an outpouring of emotion…