For the month of October, Mendocino County businesses are inviting you to particpate in the 100-mile challenge to eat food that is grown and processed locally. It’s easy – here’s how. The Mendocino Farmers Market continues through October – rain or shine! And to make shopping easier, stores have posted decals to identify foods that are locally produced. Or, to learn more about today’s challenges and how you can be a part of the solution, attend the Local Abundance Festival.
Archive for October, 2007
Celebrate Local Bounty
Dine Out for Charity
Monday, October 15th, 2007
If you’re dining out this week, why not pick your restaurant from those participating in Project Sanctuary’s week-long fund-raiser (October 15-21). Among coastal restaurants are V’Canto and Mendo Bistro, but there are selections throughout Mendocino County. Visit Project Sanctuary‘s Web site for other participants. Project Sanctuary’s goal is to end domestic violence and sexual abuse in our community.
Favorite Picnic Spots: Gualala Point Regional Park – Riverview
Sunday, October 14th, 2007
One look at this photo says it all about Gualala Point Regional Park as a great picnic spot. Visible is the Gualala River with the town showing on the right.
While a coastal community, Gualala is part of a “banana belt” that seems to exempt the area from the fog which often shrouds towns north from Elk to Wesport in late spring and summer.
About the Name
From Gualala.com: “some people call it gwa-LA-la, but the natives call it wa-LA-la, from the Kashaya Pomo Indian phrase, “ah kha wa la lee” which means, “Where the water flows down”, which makes sense–for the river goes out to the ocean right across from the center of town, right by that big sand bar where the whales stop for lunch every year.”
Oh So Cool …
The downside is the wind. Cooling ocean breezes are present alot as you might expect on a hill high above the Pacific. Still, it also can be t-shirt weather. In any case, come prepared for any weather, but also be prepared for a wonderful picnic. And forget to check out the park museum.
There are trails that take you along cliffs or down to the beach. Of coure, photo opportunities are limitless.
Bruce’s Best Best: take the Sea Ranch coastal access trail south for more sweeping ocean views, coves with spectacular crashing waves. You’ll cross streams along the way. A you can following trails along one stream that takes you to a small waterfall. Or bring a kayak or canoe and ply the Gualala River. While the ocean is always in the low 5o’s, requiring a wetsuit, the river in summer is warm enough for please swimming.
Supplies: two supermarkets in the four block long town have everything you need. But fish restaurants an outdoor barbecue on Main Street (Highway 1) offer tempting take-away.
Let the Bidding Begin
Wednesday, October 10th, 2007
This weekend’s “don’t miss” is the Kelley House Museum 28th Annual Auction. With hundreds of items, there’s something for everyone – fine wines, gift certificates, antiques, new and used merchandise, collectibles, dolls, pottery, plants – the list goes on and on. There’s a “cash & carry” section where you can pick up useful household items, or participate in the silent auction where there are hidden treasures down every row. The kick-off is Friday’s Preview Party from 6-8 p.m. with appetizers by local restaurants, wine and music by Camenae for a $10 admission. Bidding continues on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. All events are at Crown Hall in Mendocion. See you there!
Favorite Picnic Spots: Big River and The World of Suzi Long
Sunday, October 7th, 2007
Picnics can be group affairs or romantic getaways. At Big River Beach in Mendocino, on the east side of Highway 1, you can have both. You can plop down on the warm sandy beach with a blanket for two or have a group picnic with a fire. Part of the experience is wondering at the River’s edge or walking under the Highway 1 bridge and dipping your toes into the chilly water (52-54 degrees) where the river meets the sea. With binoculars you can view nesting birds in the pines and redwoods on the opposite shore or watch as canoers and kayakers make their way up the river. This day, I came up on a different kind of entertainment: a group of art students from the Mendocino Art Center painting painting the landscape with pastels.
“I was teaching a class on what to do with all those wild pastel colors in your box,” explained local artist and gallery owner Suzi Long, owner of “The World of Suzi Long” on Ford Street near Kasten in Mendocino Village.
Driftwood fires and barbecues are allowed on Big River Beach, a part of Mendocino Headlands State Park. Is there any wonder why this is one of our picnic favorites?
Location: drive on Highway 1 a couple of hundred yards south of Mendocino Village and make a left at the north end of the Big River bridge. The road takes you to a parking area along the beach and river.
Supplies: Harvest Market on Lansing or Corners of the Mouth market, Mendocino Deli and Lu’s Kitchen on Ukiah.