Big-league Giants and their fans

SAN FRANCISCO — Cheers can be heard from all over the AT&T Stadium here on a recent Wednesday night, with 42,000 fans here for the Milwaukee Brewers game. David Soper was visiting from Indiana. “I’m a fan today!” Soper said. “The fans around us are wonderful.” Brian Jung said, “They started this year very well,…

Sports column: Giants slump persists

Back-to-back World Series titles in the 20th century have not been the norm in modern baseball, and the San Francisco Giants for the second time in four years are experiencing that once again. The Giants early in the season had been in contention for a division title, but a prolonged slump that began around the beginning…

Following 510 Skateboarding

BERKELEY, Calif. — California is a state well-known for its good weather and skateboarding. Most cities, if not all in California, have some sort of skateboarding community and a skate shop to provide not only gear but a sense of family or local identity for it. 510 Skateboarding, named after the shop’s area code, has…

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…

Rasputin Music is Berkeley hot spot for vinyl and more

BERKELEY, Calif. — On the corner of Telegraph Avenue and Channing Way since 1982, Rasputin Music is a popular destination for music lovers throughout Berkeley. While the Berkeley location isn’t the only one, it is the oldest and most famous. As vinyl loses more and more popularity to digital downloads, an old-school place like Rasputin…

Evan Linden's self-taught jewelry making is on display on Telegraph. Photo by Austin Matloff

Evan Linden: an American vendor

BERKELEY, Calif. — Lining Berkeley’s well-known Telegraph Avenue — with its year-round street vendors and entertainers — sits Evan Linden, who has been making wire and hemp accessories for 15 years.  He started off back in 1997 when his girlfriend gave him a necklace made out of hemp, which made him want to try to…

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…

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…

Fresh air and fresh food: the vendors of Berkeley Farmers’ Market

BERKELEY, Calif. — Clear skies, pitched tents and live music set the whimsical tone for a stroll through Berkeley’s famous Farmers’ Market. Both local and nonlocal vendors gathered downtown to sell fresh products, which ranged from organic ice cream to Thai cuisine. One of these vendors, Olivia Trimble, manages Moonlite Bakery‘s tent: an all-organic bakery with its roots in Berkeley. When arriving at Trimble’s…