Sonoma County Food Forum

Sometimes a hundred Post-Its speak louder than words. Tiling a 20 foot wall of the Sonoma County Fairgrounds Showcase Cafe oversized, hand-written notes passionately outlined what local farmers want to see change in Sonoma County over the next ten years. The answer: A lot. Bringing together more than 300 of Sonoma’s food producers, farmers, agricultural policy makers and local politicos, the inaugural Sonoma County Food Forum,...

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Saving Gleason Ranch

“Grandma didn’t want us to have anything to do with ranching,” says Nancy Prebilich of Gleason Ranch, throwing open the door to an aging dairy barn that’s stood on the family property for more than 40 years. Without flinching she wades into a half inch of muck that backed up in the pig stall last night — adding “snake drains” to her ever-growing to-do list — and grabs a squealing piglet...

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Olive Oil: 10 top artisan producers in Wine Country

Whether you like it green and grassy or butter-churn yellow, chances are you don’t know quite as much about olive oil as you think you do. More than just a dip for bread or tasteless oil for heart-healthy sauteeing, true olive oil has as much depth, flavor and character as a fine wine. And can cost you just as much. Sonoma County, along with nearby Marin, Mendocino and Napa, are at the heart of an artisan olive oil renaissance...

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