This Just In: freak spring produce!

Due to a record warm January, farmers just south of here in Monterey County are already offering produce we don’t usually see until well into March.

It’s disturbing but at the same time, we must admit, delicious. Martin Bournhonesque hooked us up with some of this…

2013 Tomato Season: Can’t Stop Won’t Stop

This really has been a record year for tomatoes. Here we are well into September, the Tomato Dinners having ended almost three weeks ago, and the farmers’ markets are still overflowing with delicious tomatoes. This year’s peak is actually more of a plateau, where there are amazing dead ripe tomatoes available….

2013 Tomato Dinner Countdown – 14 days remain

The menu for the 23rd annual Tomato Dinners at Oliveto is starting to take shape! The quality of this year’s tomatoes are so spectacular that Chef Jonah is thinking about the menu as a way to highlight their exceptional ripeness. A preliminary draft features a number of dishes created with certain exemplary specimens in mind [...]

2013 Tomato Dinner Countdown – 26 Days Remain

As we mentioned in June, the 2013 tomato season got off to a surprisingly early start. Now nearing the end of July, most of our farmers are well into full-tomato-swing offering a huge array of varieties, from Marzanos, to Big Boys, Marvel Stripes to Cherokee Purple to Pink Brandywines….

Season Update: Strawberries!

Our friends Karen and Bob at Lucero Organic Farm in Lodi say the berries they planted in December are just around the corner from being ready. Karen predicts in a week they’ll be at farmer’s market in Berkeley, with the high season hitting in May. …..

Tomato Season 2012 Update

We hit the Derby Street 63rd & Adeline Market yesterday to check in with some of our favorite tomato farmers and find out how the season is progressing.

Last time we’d checked in, things were off to a slower and cooler start than expected which led to our decision to reschedule this year’s Tomato Dinners for mid-September. This time around, we found an eye-popping barrage…

Tomato Dinners Alert – new dates announced!

Gearing up for this year’s Tomato Dinners (originally scheduled for the end of August) we started asking our farmers about how the season was progressing and what we kept hearing back was, actually tomatoes weren’t happening…yet.

Say “Bonjourno!” to the first Cinta Sonoma

you can imagine Oliveto’s excitement when we learned that our friends at Front Porch Farm in Healdsburg, CA (who have played an important role in helping to develop a local grain economy here in northern California), are also the first farmers outside of Italy to be raising this breed of pigs. Because the name, Cinta Senese…

Update from a midwest friend

Last night we had a surprise visit from an old friend, Sarah Willis, daughter of Paul Willis. Maggie and I met her ten yeas ago when we were out making this video, and we’ve long felt a bond with Paul Willis and family. This was the early days of restaurants thinking about meat as “whole animals”, and the early days of …

Update From Brookside Farm – Spring 2012

We always love an inside look at what’s happening on the farm, and Welling Tom has always supplied us with some of the best insights into the day to day, season to season, happenings at Brookside Farm in Brentwood, CA. Here’s the update he emailed us from last week, complete with a Steely Dan quote: [...]