Hi, thanks to everyone for your warm wishes, comments, and emails. I flew up to Idaho, stayed a week, and did what I could to make sure my dad is okay. Like everything, it will be a process. I was blown away at the kindness of the people in Orofino, my birthplace. Everyone–bank tellers, people on the street, waitresses, bartenders, retirement home operators, and neighbors–went out of their way to help me and my dad. It was humbling and quite miraculous.
So…about that tour. I know it’s last minute, but let’s reschedule the tour for October 19, this Saturday. 10am-1pm. We’ll extract honey, do tours on the hour, and I’ll be selling produce (tomatoes!) and books. My neighbor has some cute succulents to sell as well. See you Saturday.
When: October 19, 10am-1pm
Where: 2727 Martin Luther King Jr Way, entrance on 28th street
What: Last pop up farm stand of the year
People: Yes, open farm day this Saturday, Sept 28. 10am-1pm. Tours on the hour. I’ll have honey, dino kale starts, and tomatoes for sale. Also a few books and t-shirts. The farm is at 2727 Martin Luther King Jr Way, at 28th and MLK. Entrance on 28th Street. The sign marking 28th street is MISSING. Look for the abandoned building and a bent stop sign. See you then.
I was laughing the other day when I had my farm stand and no one showed up. Laughing because I remember how the City of Oakland had been worried about traffic and parking. Yes, just swarms of people showing up to buy some kale. Ha ha.
Actually, two people showed up. Jillian, who took these cute photos! and Jared, my upstairs neighbor. Thanks guys.
I really don’t mind the low attendance. It’s good for me to clean up a bit, harvest what’s ready, and put up what always feels like a kid’s lemonade stand.
It being a literal ghosttown at my GT Farm stand this month did make me face facts: I have to get out there and sell my farm products.
So, I’m excited to announce that I’ve started selling produce to the following restaurants:
–Sweet Bar. Just around the corner from my house, this bakery and restaurant makes some really excellent food (cauliflower pizza; bacon scones, crispy flatbreads with hummus). The owner, Mani, is buying dry-farmed early girl tomatoes, Paul Robson tomatoes, Sun Gold cherry tomatoes, beets, and Pink Beauty radishes from me. They are having a story night August 22, and a Michael Jackson dinner August 29 (Mani used to cook for MJ, who apparently loved chilaquiles).
–Cafe Bartavelle. My friend Suzanne opened this coffee/wine bar in the old Cafe Fanny location. The coffee is epic. The little wooden plates of tasty tidbits are adorable. She’s buying honey for her honey ricotta french toast, and kale for their kale/arugula/ricotta sandwich. Simple elegance.
–Cosecha. Authentic Mexican in Housewives Market in Old Oakland. The posole, the wild shrimp tacos, the guacamole…it’s all delicious!! Chef Dominica is buying purslane and Pink Beauty radishes from me. She even uses the greens from the radishes to make mole and the green posole.
–Township (Not yet opened but doing private parties). I’m selling tomatoes and table grapes to Abeni’s new restaurant slash urban farm store.
The hustle is on.
But still, come by to the next farm stand, if you can. Next one is Saturday, September 28, 10am-1pm; then October 4, 4pm-7pm.
Hiya! So in the interest of getting organized and getting the word out, here’s a list of events at Ghost Town Farm this summer and into fall. Note that I will have a pumpkin patch this year–probably about 30 pumpkins for kids (and adults) to harvest for Halloween. I’ll also continue to have honey extraction demos. I might do a class or two in the future–let me know what you’d like to learn (chickens? cheesemaking? jam-making? canning tomatoes?)!
July 5: Farm Stand. Fresh produce for sale! Honey extraction demo. 5pm-7pm
July 6: Open farm day. Tours on the hour (10:15, 11:15, 12:15), mulberry tasting, produce for sale! 10am-1pm
August 2: Farm Stand. Fresh produce for sale! 5pm-7pm
September 28: Open farm day. Tours (10:15, 11:15, 12:15), fresh produce for sale! 10am-1pm
October 4: Pumpkin patch and farm stand. Fresh produce for sale! Honey extraction demo. 4pm-6pm
October 5: Pumpkin patch and open farm day. Tours (10:15, 11:15, 12:15). Fresh produce for sale, pick a pumpkin for Halloween. 10am-1pm
Where: All events will be held at 28th street and Martin Luther King Jr Way, Oakland
Ok, maybe this is a bad idea. But here we go. I’m going to have my first farmstand since the whole City of Oakland debacle. Do you remember that time? Was it really 2011? And there I was selling rabbit pot pies and chai made with…goat milk? Yes. And then the city came to me and said: you can’t grow produce or raise animals on this commercially zoned lot without a conditional use permit. And I was pregnant and so hormonal. Then you! you! dear readers came to my rescue and donated enough money for me to get a conditional use permit. The smallest donation was 50 cents. The largest $300. Thank you you good people. Then it took the city about a year to finalize everything and I had the permit in my hands but I was by then deep deep in motherhood, the kind that was all-sapping, and no-sleeping.
But now Frannie’s 18 months old, the garden is busting, and honestly, that beehive needs to have some of its honey taken away or I’m in for a swarm. And it’s Oakland First Friday art night. So join me…
When: Friday June 7, 5-7pm
Where: Martin Luther King Jr Way & 28th Street (look for the abandoned building, the street names fell off the stop sign. Well, it was knocked off by a car, I think, because the stop sign is bent and the street names landed in the garden–where they are now being used as a sort of decoration. Until the city needs it back. Let me know, guys, OK?)
What: Farmstand selling rhubarb, carrots, beets, beans, herbs, and books (signed copy of Farm City for Father’s Day gift?)
What else: Honey harvest! I’m going to pull some frames and show people how to extract honey.
See ya Friday. If you donated money for my permit, let me know, and I’ll give you a hug.
Due to popular suggestion, I’m switching Farm Work Day to Sundays, 9am-11am. Swing by if you can. Bring gloves and water bottles if you’ve got ‘em. See you this Sunday, May 26. The farm is at 663 28th street, at MLK in Oakland.
Also, a quick teaser: I’m going to have my first Farmstand on June 7. More on that later, but I’m dovetailing with Oakland First Friday art night. The stand will probably open at 6pm and go til 8pm. I’ll have zucchini, beets, carrots, herbs, rhubarb, greens, honey, t-shirts, and books for sale.