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Preserved Lemons

preserved lemons

If you have a Meyer lemon tree and it is January, you are looking at dozens of ripe lemons. You have made lemonade. You have made lemon ice-cubes. What else can you do with them besides play bocce ball with them? Preserve them! They add a great flavor to chicken tagine. Reprinted by epicurious.com with permission from Couscous and Other …

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Santa Clara Valley Beekeepers Guild

Logo Beekeepers Guild

The Santa Clara Valley Beekeepers Guild is dedicated to beekeeping and helping non-beekeepers understand bees in and around the Santa Clara Valley. The valley comprises San Jose California, the surrounding cities,and parts of Santa Clara County. Their membership also includes those from nearby Santa Cruz and the areas in-between.

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Winter Garden Activities

tiller at sunnyvale heritage orchard

Winter is short in Sunnyvale: Typically mid-December to mid-February. In historically normal years, it rains for two days and then is clear for 3 days. Most of Sunnyvale’s 12 annual inches fall between November and March. In January there might be one or two cold spells with temperatures below freezing.

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Goji berry

Goji Berry plant

Goji is a sprawling shrub with long, flexible canes and clusters of small, grey-green leaves. The flowers are a brilliant royal purple and they appear in late spring/early summer along the length of the canes. They give way to juicy, bright red fruits that resemble small peppers. They grow sweeter as they mature on the plant. Goji plants continue to …

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Kohlrabi

Early White Vienna Kohlrabi. Grows best and tastes sweeter when grown in cold weather. Plant in winter in Sunnyvale. For continuous harvest, plant every two weeks. Sow in full sun for two weeks before last frost date. Keep evenly moist. Harvest bulbs when they reach about two to three inches in width. Seed depth: 1/2 inch Plant spacing: 6 inches …

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Oldest Sunnyvale Resident

abalone shell

He was about 40 years old. He had osteoporosis. He was buried with his bling. He was buried 5,590 years ago. As part of the funeral, he was stained with red In 2000, deep construction excavation in downtown Sunnyvale exposed a Native American burial with grave artifacts and a MC date of 5590 cal BP. The artifacts included round Olivella …

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McClellan Ranch Preserve

McClellan Ranch Park

McClellan Ranch Park is a 23-acre (93,000 m2) public park located in the Monta Vista neighborhood of Cupertino that still retains its rural ranch look. It used to be a horse ranch owed by the McClellan family in the 1930s, and still preserves the original ranch house, a working milk barn and livestock barn, a replica of Baer’s Blacksmith Shop,originally …

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Panna Cotta with Coconut and Pomegranate

Panna Cotta is a rich and elegant dessert for a winter holiday dinner. In this presentation, the panna cotta is served in dessert glasses garnished with shredded coconut and homegrown pomegranate arils. Ingredients 1 tablespoon powdered gelatin 1 (15-ounce) can coconut cream (recommended: Coco Loco) 1 (13.5-ounce) can coconut milk 2 cups chilled heavy cream 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar Pomegranate …

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Oaks of California

Book - Oaks of Califonia

An informative book with many gorgeous color images. by Bruce M. Pavlik, Pamela C. Muick, Sharon G. Johnson, and Margjorie Popper Cachuma Press 1991

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Charles Street Gardens

Charles Street Gardens is Sunnyvale‚Äôs first community garden. It is a one-acre organic community garden located in the heart of Sunnyvale, CA. Charles Street Gardens consists of 92 garden plots available to Sunnyvale residents, as well as a Food Forest project that grows food for hungry families, and a demonstration garden maintained by the Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County. …

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