Kathleen Hill: Crab, farmers market and Thanksgiving
Crab is back!
Yes, Dungeness crab is back in stores, but it is not local.
Everyone from Sonoma Market to Costco seems to have some. At Sonoma Market it costs a mere $13.99 a pound. So a crab might cost anywhere from $20 to nearly $30, obviously a real treat for Thanksgiving, or any time for that matter.
While the ban on commercial fishing for Dungeness crab applies from Mendocino County to the Mexican border through Dec. 1, at least, it does not pertain to Oregon and Washington.
So what you get at Sonoma Market, we are told, is from the Pacific Ocean off of the state of Washington, most likely around Puget Sound.
We once did a comparison of the cost of “crab meat” and crab in the shell from Sonoma Market, by shelling the crab, weighing the shell, and then weighing the crab meat extracted from the shell, and after a lot of picky work, discovered the crab comes out to about the same price. We pay a lot for crab shells, but save them and boil for a broth.
Thanksgiving farmers markets
As happens every year, Sonoma’s Friday morning farmers market will be open with adjusted dates before Thanksgiving.
They are open Nov. 20, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and Nov. 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for your last minute and ultra-fresh needs.
There will be no farmers market the day after Thanksgiving, meaning Friday, Nov. 27.
Sonoma’s Friday farmers market keeps to all of Sonoma County and city requirements for safety and distancing. Located in the Depot Park parking lot on First Street West.
Park Avenue pop-up at B.R. Cohn Saturday
Ari Weisswasser and Bruce Riezenman’s Park Avenue Catering will stage a “pop-up restaurant” Autumn Lunch at B.R. Cohn Winery on Saturday, Nov. 21. They say the weather will be sunny and 64 degrees.
The menu will include autumn chicories salad with honey crisp apple slices, candied pecans and Roquefort dressing; chicken thigh tagine, cauliflower couscous with chickpeas, toasted pine nuts, blood orange, currants, and chili flakes; and persimmon pudding cake with brown butter frosting for dessert, along with two glasses of wine.
They assure that “every party will be seated at their own private table in the outdoor pavilion.” Maximum party size is six people per table. $85 for 21 and over, $68 per wine club member guest up to four guests. Seatings from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Reserve at 793-9645 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adele Harrison’s Willie Bird turkey sale
Adele Harrison Middle School PTO is holding an unusual local fundraiser selling both fresh and smoked Willie Bird turkeys to be picked up Tuesday, Nov. 24. Today (Friday, Nov. 20) is the last day to order.
As many of us have known, Willie Bird turkeys are free-range, raised on natural grains and vegetable proteins with no hormones or antibiotics in their diets. This remains true since Willie Bird was recently bought by Diestel, an equally conscientious farming family and company. Willie Bird worked closely for decades with the Nicholas Turkey family of Sonoma.
Fresh turkeys will be available as long as they last in extra-small, small, medium, large and extra-large sizes ranging from 10 to 12 pounds to 24 to 28 pounds, costing from $48 to $112. Delivery $10. $1 per pound of turkey sold goes to classroom supplies, seventh grade outdoor education, and Safe School Ambassadors. Pick up Tuesday, Nov. 24 in the Adele Harrison breezeway bus loop, 9:30 to 11 a.m. Order at squareup.com/store/ahms-turkey-sales. Make checks payable to AHMS PTO.
Delicious Dish buys coffee cart
Lauren Cotner just has to update some things on the coffee cart at the south end of her Delicious Dish on Arnold Drive, then she will open her drive-up coffee joint loaded with her baked goods and sandwiches as well.
The cart will be called West Side Grind and “will feature traditional coffee, espresso drinks, fresh-pressed juice, Delicious Dish made breakfast sandwiches, breakfast burritos, fresh pastries, and Mexican pan dulces as well as salads and sandwiches for commuters to pick up on their way to work,” according to Cotner.
Service will be drive through with car service. She doesn’t have an opening date yet while waiting for the Health Department’s final inspection, but says “We are poised to start as soon as we can.”
Alone for Thanksgiving? Here you go…
You may be alone, but you are not alone in being alone. Many among us are alone this Thanksgiving due to the pandemic, travel restrictions, family members’ desire not to make each other sick or get sick, maybe for some people the cost of traveling to a family’s home, especially if out of work due to coronavirus layoffs, or maybe you just don’t have any family nearby.