Raw food: taking Berkeley Farmers’ Market by storm

BERKELEY, Calif. — Upon walking into the downtown Berkeley Farmers’ Market, an overwhelmingly delicious aroma wafts over all visitors. The Raw “Fun Cone Food” booth promptly to the left is the culprit. Recently, blogger Nick Polizzi, from Raw for 30, visited this local hot spot to taste-test this new food phenomenon. His positive review on…

The farmer behind the food

BERKELEY, Calif. — Annabelle Lenderink can be found at the same place almost every Saturday. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., she and her employees sell a variety of fresh produce at the Ecology Center’s farmers’ market in downtown Berkeley.  After a cool summer with little rain, Lenderink returned to the market for the first…

Loyal customers, vendors keep coming back

Every Saturday, hundreds of people flock to the Downtown Berkeley Farmers’ Market to buy fresh local products. The market, one of four in Berkeley run by the Ecology Center, is known for its wide selection of foods and produce that are all grown locally. All of the food is organic and free of pesticides. This high standard of…

Musicians join farmers at the Market

BERKELEY, Calif. — At the Downtown Berkeley Farmers’ Market, running now for 26 years, you can find vendors selling their fresh produce, shoppers browsing the merchandise — and musicians making music. Some of the musicians have a bit of a story to tell. Gary Rosenberg, one of the performers at the market, has been doing…

Loyal farmers flock to market

BERKELEY, Calif. — An older woman carries a cloth bag up to a stand covered in boxes of vibrantly colored fruits. The man at the stand is already preparing her order.  He greets her by name and smiles as she leaves with her produce. Torrey Olson of Gabriel Farms has been selling produce at the downtown Berkeley…

Farmers’ market: Not just for produce

BERKELEY, Calif. — The latest craze of consuming fresh food from local markets is becoming increasingly popular nationwide, and Berkeley is no exception. The organic lifestyle is appealing to larger crowds, making farmers busy, if not overwhelmed. Not only is the quality of the produce, fish and bakery items attracting new fans, but the local farms make it a trusted way of…

Chez Panisse soon celebrates 41 years

BERKELEY, Calif. — Walking down Shattuck Aveneue here in the North end of town, in the heart of what is locally called “the gourmet ghetto,” sits Chez Panisse, which looks like a welcoming cabin with a vine-covered courtyard. A natural exterior with cascading trees complements the restaurant’s value of “slow food,” the ideology of healthy…

Where fresh meets friendly

  Produce grown by Jim Nofziger. Photo by Karen Liu, Teen Observer BERKELEY, Calif. — The enthusiasm of the many vendors at the farmers’ market here extends from the varying fruits and vegetables to sizzling mushroom crepes to earthy, textured ginger — a wide mix of products that gives a Saturday morning at Center and Martin Luther…

The market: An eclectic mix

  “My experience at the market is rushed,” says Thea, a frequenter of the Berkeley Farmers’ Market downtown on Center Street. “I come here every Saturday I can make, before work.” Thea does her grocery shopping here and she is very much apart of a growing movement for fresher, healthy food. She said, “It’s not so…

The original grocery store

BERKELEY, Calif. — There was once a time when grocery stores didn’t exist, and the only way to acquire fresh produce was to attend farmers’ markets. Many years later, while “fresh” produce is available in almost every grocery store, the real deal is still at farmers’ markets. At the Farmers’ Market in downtown Berkeley, more…