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Where the world is your plate

BERKELEY, Calif — Uniform tables, chairs and umbrellas line the sky-lit room, leading to the counter at the back, where chefs cook furiously as the orders keep coming.  Located in the proximity of University of California on Bancroft Way, Julie’s Cafe is unique in its cuisine selection, incorporating a wide variety of ethnic foods, but…

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Vendors and musicians make Farmers’ Market lively

BERKELEY, Calif. —  Just approaching the already busy block of Saturday’s Farmers’ Market, the smell of all different types of food and flowers meet you at the entrance. You can see a woman playing her guitar, another dressed in a clown suit holding balloons and several street musicians. The Kashiwase Farms is already busy, slicing…

Future of American food markets found in Berkeley

Always known as a health-conscious state, California’s college town of Berkeley sustains the reputation by holding Farmers’ Markets each week on different days and in different locations around the city. Vendors sell products ranging from produce, meat, and baked goods to coffee, spices, and cooking oils. The markets are not necessarily local as some vendors get…

Berkeley goes gluten-free

BERKELEY, Calif. — When a customer orders a gluten-free item, the staff at Tivoli Caffe in Berkeley knows exactly what to do. The family-owned restaurant on Bancroft shifts into high gear as employees prepare the allergy-friendly food, keeping cross-contamination in mind. “My sister has celiac disease, so we’re very cautious. Every customer that walks in here…

CREAM keeps them lining up, expands

BERKELEY, Calif. — Jimmy and Gus Shamieh created C.R.E.A.M. (Cookies Rule Everything Around Me) two years ago,  a family business aiming for quality that people could afford. The ice cream sandwiches, which cost $2.50, are made fresh in the store daily, and offer a wide range of choices. Cream is easy to find: a line of loyal…

Farmers’ Market, more than just a shopping list

BERKELEY, Calif. — As diverse as the people who visit it, the Berkeley Farmers’ Market is a social hub bustling with vendors, shoppers, musicians and more. Even though people travel far and wide to visit the farmers market, it has a sense of community that is a friendly reminder of home. “No matter where I…

The farmers' market opens for business on a Saturday morning. (Photo: Eric He)

Berkeley Farmers’ Market: the place to be for vendors

BERKELEY, Calif. — The streets become busy as the Berkeley Ecology Center Farmers’ Market opens for business on a recent Saturday morning. Vendors put up their stalls, where they sell various items such as fruit, vegetables, pottery and wine. Others give out free food samples, hoping to lure in a few customers as the day…

Fresh food, fresh ideas draw crowds

BERKELEY, Calif. — Produce, performers and cultural foods are typical sights at farmers’ markets, but in the Downtown Berkeley Farmers’ Market on Center Street, year-round on Saturdays, there are less-common choices,  including seafood and mushroom booths. Hudson Fish, a staple for more than 11years at farmers’ markets throughout Northern California, is a husband-and-wife fishing enterprise…

Organic: How do you define it?

BERKELEY, Calif. — “Well, there’s a big difference between the agricultural definition and the political definition,” says Torrey Olson, the owner of Gabriel Farms for the past 13 years, and  “the agricultural one is what I agree with.” He believes in using naturally occurring things to care for his crops and his flowers, which is…

Farmers’ Market finds showcase variety

BERKELEY, Calif. — Scanning the sunny horizons of a Saturday afternoon, activity stirs throughout Berkeley’s local Farmers’ Market. The market, tucked in a block bordered by Center and Martin Luther King streets, is known for its organically grown produce and has been operating for about 26 years. The  curious onlookers bustle among the sellers’ colorful…

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Rawdaddy’s creates healthy cones

BERKELEY, Calif. — Every Saturday morning at 10, citizens of Berkeley and the surrounding areas gather at the intersection of Center and Martin Luther King streets for the  Ecology Center’s farmer’s market. Stalls line the street adjacent to the park and are interspersed with street performers and scores of customers. One of those vendors is…