California’s Bay Area is widely known for delicious food and a population of devout kale-eaters. So it comes as no surprise that the Perennial Plate’s fourth episode of their PBS series, The Victory Garden’s Edible Feast, explores the healthy-living, bike-riding, vitamin D-crazed foodies that give the thriving organic food movement in the Bay Area its reputation. Only these foodies are searching beyond the organic greens.
Here’s a taste of what you’ll find in the episode:
INNA Jam: As a self-described “jam-bot,” Dafna Kory makes and sells jam to give people”a little bit of joy.” She hand selects berries from the local farmers market, taste-testing them for quality. Her motto, after all, is that jam that tastes good comes from fruit that tastes good. D’aww.
Mandela Foods Cooperative: Store owner Adrionna Fike’s dream has always been to own a health food store in a Bay Area’s food desert. Now, the co-op she manages provides healthy, affordable options in her neighborhood. She calls herself and business the “guardians of food security” — and already, worker-owner James Bell says the store has helped him change his diet, he’s lost weight and feeling healthier.
Edible San Francisco’s editor, Bruce Cole, has been gardening in the Bay Area for 20 years. So he has a protip or two up his flannel sleeve. He’ll teach you to use wild seeds, keep pests away, and maximize small places in the city.
Samin Nosrat is a writer, teacher, and cook who taught Michael Pollan everything he knows. Well, at least the cooking part. Her thing is “lots of acid and lots of herbs,” she says as she artfully whips up a batch of tomato-goat cheese bruschetta and a fresh herb salad.
Check your local listings for more episodes here.