Rockridge Market Hall presents “Closer to Home: Backyard Farms & Local Food Artisans” Event on Apr. 21, 2012

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The merchants of Rockridge Market Hall in Oakland announce an afternoon of demos, tastings, and book signings all under the banner of Closer to Home on Saturday, Apr. 21 at 5655 College Avenue.

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The merchants of Rockridge Market Hall in Oakland are dedicating an afternoon of demonstrations, food tastings, and book signings to backyard farms and local food artisans. On Saturday, Apr. 21, the community and visitors alike are invited to enjoy activities such as cheese making, butchery demos, honey harvesting, fruit preserving, tastings from local food producers, and a goat petting zoo. There is no charge for the event except for purchases.

Closer to Home begins at 11 am with ongoing tastings and demos throughout Market Hall until 4:00 p.m. The Oakland’s Havenscourt Homestead’s Nigerian Dwarf Goat Petting Zoo is available from noon to 4:00 p.m.

Pioneering urban farmers Novella Carpenter and Willow Rosenthal will demo honey harvesting (with ample tastes) from 1:00 to 2:00, followed by a panel discussion and signing their new book, “The Essential Urban Farmer.” Margo True, Sunset Magazine Food Editor and editor of Sunset's popular book, "The One-Block Feast," will moderate.

Some of the local artisan producers who will be sharing their wares and product making secrets include Emmi’s Pickles, Pollen Ranch, McEvoy Ranch EVOO, Fiscalini Farms, and Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese.

Marin Sun Farms Butcher Shop will give tips for the home cook during chicken and rabbit butchery demos; Pop-up Oyster Bar at Hapuku Fish Shop will offer fresh, briny, local shucked oysters; and Fiscalini Farms will offer tips on making fresh mozzarella.

Lovers of lemons will especially enjoy the presentation at noon offered by Market Hall Bakery Chef and Director Neucimar Dias da Silva called “When life gives you lemons,” and will include tips on preparing lemon curd and preserving lemons.
Those anxious to start their gardens will delight in the organic vegetable and herb offerings from Kassenhoff Growers Nursery with Peggy Kass and Helen Krayenhoff on hand to help with selections.

In addition throughout Market Hall, merchants will be selling tasty treats to eat on the go, such as Pulled Pork Sliders, Meat Skewers and fresh baked pastries.

Since 1987, Rockridge Market Hall has been the cornerstone to North Oakland’s Rockridge Neighborhood Association. The Bay Area’s first European-style food market, the unique, individual merchants include Bloomies, Hapuku Fish Shop, Highwire Coffee Roasters, Market Hall Bakery, Market Hall Produce, Marin Sun Farms Butcher Shop, Oliveto Cafe and Restaurant, The Pasta Shop and Paul Marcus Wines. For more information about Rockridge Market Hall at 5655 College Avenue in Oakland, call 510-250-6011 or visit http://www.rockridgemarkethall.com.

For more information about Rockridge District Association, call Chris Jackson at 510-604-3125 or visit the Rockridge District Association’s website: http://www.rockridgedistrict.com.

About Rockridge District Association

The Rockridge District Association, a Business Improvement District (BID), is dedicated to enhancing Rockridge through public works as well as promotional and beautification initiatives to make a strong, vibrant, diverse business center.

Rockridge, Oakland’s leading shopping district in retail sales, is located along pedestrian-friendly College Avenue. Lined with trees, inviting storefronts, cafes and restaurants, this restaurant district combines urban sophistication with a relaxed pace. Rockridge boasts a concentration of eclectic, independently owned retail stores, restaurants and art galleries in the East Bay, which makes it a desirable destination for visitors and neighbors alike.

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