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… After three years, Watsonville’s Slough Brewing Collective is closing this month, however extra beer is on the best way for the brewery and taproom off of Airport Boulevard. Present homeowners and brewers Jorge Vazquez, Erix Celis and Ben Ward are transferring the house to brothers Chuck and Phil Ornelas of Buena Vista Brewing Firm, one other native brewery that has operated out of an area in Santa Cruz’s previous Sash Mill since 2020. “We’re blissful to place the keys into the succesful arms of our associates Chuck and Phil of Buena Vista Brewing Firm. They may proceed The Slough legacy, whereas forging their very own path ahead,” the Slough introduced in an Instagram submit Friday. Extra data on this transition and Buena Vista’s plans for the house to return.

Wild Poppies ascolano extra virgin olive oil won Best of Show at an international olive oil competition in Los Angeles.

… Aptos-based Wild Poppies Olive Oil is closing store after 5 years in operation. Since homeowners and sisters-in-law Jamie de Sieyes and Kim Null based the olive oil firm in 2018, Wild Poppies has received quite a few awards, together with first place on the Los Angeles Worldwide Olive Oil Competitors in March 2022. Now, they’re passing the olive department to farmer German Soto, who has pruned their 8-acre grove within the Santa Cruz Mountains for the previous three years. He plans to rebrand his olive oil as Soto Farms after the 2023 harvest and return to the Saturday morning Aptos farmers market along with his merchandise, the web site notes. Wild Poppies’ store will shut Friday — go to wildpoppiesoliveoil.com to snag the final cans.

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… Open Farm Excursions is again for its tenth 12 months on Oct. 7 and eight. At this Open Studios-style occasion, 12 family-owned farms all through Santa Cruz County open their doorways to the general public and share details about their operations by way of actions like tastings, U-picks, workshops, demonstrations, excursions and extra. This 12 months, individuals embody: Prevedelli Farm, Terra Sole Nursery, Esperanza Group Farms, Stay Earth Farm, Beeline Blooms, Sea To Sky Farm, Thomas Farm, Mariquita Farm, Pajaro Pastures Ranch, Dos Aguilas olive grove, Fruitilicious Farm and ALBA. Ticket costs vary from $10 to $20, and a “Buddies & Household” weekend go to seven collaborating farms is $20. I’ll have extra information on this occasion later this week, however you may head over to openfarmtours.com for extra data and tickets.


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Mochi doughnuts at Dunlap's Donuts in Santa Cruz.

(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)

Mochi, a sort of cake constructed from glutinous Japanese rice, has a pleasant squishy texture that’s beloved everywhere in the world. It’s this chewy middle that makes the mochi doughnuts at Dunlap’s Donuts in Pleasure Level such a pleasure to eat. Learn the way co-owner Kevin Sam, who runs the bakery along with his spouse, Aly, perfected his recipe, which he tops with enjoyable flavors like ube with coconut and matcha with crushed Oreo cookies.


57.5 — The typical age of a farmer in the US, in accordance to the 2022 Census of Agriculture. To assist encourage younger folks to pursue careers in agriculture, the Younger Farmers and Ranchers Committee of the Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau raised cash for scholarships on the Watsonville Testicle Competition on Aug. 26. The principle dish at this family-friendly pageant: Rocky Mountain oysters, aka fried bull testicles. Learn my latest story to search out out — do they actually style like hen?


On Labor Day, my husband, Mike, and I participated in one among our annual traditions — a date on the Santa Cruz Seashore Boardwalk. For me, summer time isn’t full till I’ve screamed whereas flying down the Big Dipper, laughed on the ridiculous cave women and men on the Cave Prepare and indulged in a few of my favourite Boardwalk treats. Though meals choices on the Boardwalk have expanded to incorporate the whole lot from boba tea to craft beer to spicy Thai peanut wraps, I normally wish to preserve it basic: a corn canine with mustard and a vanilla tender serve dipped in chocolate shell. It all the time hits the spot and is as essential to the summer time expertise as ending with a mild experience on the Sky Glider, the place, from excessive above the chaos, we are able to admire the fantastic thing about this beautiful place we name residence.

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~ Lily