The Power Plant Farmers Market closes until spring
The Power Plant Saturday Certified Farmers Market (7990 Highway 1), launched in July in the parking lot across from the Power Plant Coffee + Store, is taking a break until spring. Visit thepowerplant.store/farmers-market or follow them on IG @thepowerplant_market to stay updated.
San Lorenzo Valley
Thanksgiving food at Wild Roots
Wild Roots Market (wildrootsmarket.com or IG @wildrootsmarket) has a festive menu available; customers must order by phone or in person by Nov. 18. Selections include all-natural and organic turkeys, ribs, Mary’s free-range goose and duck, and other meats. Sides include stuffing and buttermilk mashed potatoes. The bakery menu features made-from-scratch items like cake, quiche, cookies, and teacakes (whole loaves). The Felton Store is located at 6240 Highway 9 (831-335-7322). Boulder Creek’s headquarters are at 13159 Central Ave. (831-338-7211). Hours are 9am to 9pm daily at both stores.
Tickets on sale for the Homeless Garden Project Christmas event
Homeless Garden Project (HGP) is hosting a holiday celebration Dec. 1 at the Resource Center for Nonviolence (612 Ocean St.). Tickets, which include small bites from Kin & Kitchen and drinks, are available for $10 at the HGP Downtown Store (1338 Pacific Ave.) or for $15 online at https://bit.ly/HGPHoliday22. The event will celebrate the achievements of HGP attendees and feature a screening of the film ‘Mission: JOY’ followed by guest presenter Douglas Abrams, co-author of ‘The Book of Joy’ with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. There will also be products for sale made in HGP’s training program, which creates more than 40 items using materials grown on HGP’s organic farm. Proceeds benefit HGP (homelessgardenproject.org), which provides job training and transitional employment to homeless people.
Winter opening hours at the Cheese Shop 831
Cheese Shop 831 (Brown Ranch Marketplace, 3555 Clares St. Suite V, cheeseshop831.com), which offers a huge variety of cheeses as well as products like jam, salami, chocolate and cutting boards, just reduced its hours for the winter season . The shop is now open 10.30am to 5pm Tuesday to Thursday, 10am to Friday and Saturday and 10.30am to 3pm on Sunday. Cheese Shop 831 offers hot grilled cheese sandwiches made on-site from 11:30am to 2:30pm Tuesday through Sunday; the varieties rotate every two weeks. During public holidays (November 22-23 and December 20-23) the shop’s opening hours will be extended. Visit the website or Instagram (@cheeseshop831) for the latest information.
The Santa Cruz collective hosts Can Party
The Santa Cruz Collective is offering a Can Party on Saturdays from noon to 5pm at Fruition Brewing (918 E Lake Ave). There will be beer, food, art, a DJ, and lots of ways to give back to the community. If you buy a can of beer, a meal will be donated to those in need through Second Harvest Food Bank. There is also a canned food drive and raffle; for every item donated you receive a raffle entry. Vendors selling food include Hindsight Café, Masarap, Cracked Cookies and SC Bread Boy. There will also be other vendors selling merchandise including take-home food (Tiny House Chocolate), candles, and more. Find out more at collectivesantacruz.com or on IG @collectivesantacruz.
Pelican Ranch hosts Pinot Noir and Chardonnay Wine Release Jamboree
Pelican Ranch Winery (2364 Bean Creek Rd., 831-332-5359, pelicanranch.com) invites the community to its annual Pinot Noir launch party from 12:30 to 4:30 pm on Saturdays. “Taking center stage is the 2021 Peake Vineyard Pinot Noir, Clone 667 from the Sta Rita Hills AVA,” says winemaker Phil Crews. “This exceptional wine has a sensational flavor profile led by black cherries, raspberries, strawberries and sassafras.” Also on release: the 2021 Green Valley Rd Pinot Noir, the Martini Clone and a 2021 Un-Oaked Chardonnay, both from the Santa Cruz Mountains. Pelican Ranch has partnered with Itsphishi Seafood which will serve small plates of Wild King Salmon Gravlax layered with herbs of mint, Italian herbs, lemon or cranberry.
Additionally, the annual Black Friday Vertical Tasting of Sta Rita Pinot Noir is scheduled from noon to 5pm on November 25. The cellar will be closed on November 26th.
Sleight of hand raising money for Jacob’s Heart
Every Monday through the end of 2022, Sleight of Hand Pizza (on IG @sleightofhandpizza) will donate 20% of all pizzas sold from Monday popups to Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services (jacobsheart.org). These popups are from noon to 8pm every Monday at the Santa Cruz location of Humble Sea Brewing Co., 820 Swift St. Sleight of Hand began raising money for Jacob’s Heart earlier this year and has raised so far $3,000.
Santa Cruz County
Thanksgiving offerings to the Staff of Life
Staff of Life (staffoflifemarket.com or IG @staffoflife) has a couple of Thanksgiving options. A holiday meal for two includes roasted turkey breast, mashed potatoes, wraps, stuffing and more for $55.95 (extra servings can be added for a fee). Customers must order by phone or in person by November 18th. For baked goods, orders must be placed by noon on November 20th. Selections include gluten-free pumpkin pie (traditional or vegan with tofu), olallieberry pie, pumpkin cheesecake, and Frangipane pear tart. The Watsonville store is at 906 E Lake Ave. (831-726-0240) and the Santa Cruz office is at 1266 Soquel Ave. (831-423-8632).
Crumbl Cookies now open
Crumbl Cookies (2750 41st Ave. Suite E, 831-226-1319, crumblcookies.com) opened last month in the Safeway mall. The local franchise, part of a national chain, features rotating cookie flavors that change weekly. The signature Milk Chocolate Chip is always on the menu. Seasonal picks include pumpkin pie-flavored cookies and apple pie.
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