Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Orlando Zavala farmer on the Slow Coast

Ladybug Farm – I am happy to introduce you to Orlando Zavala, owner of Ladybug Farm and parent with a child attending Pescadero Middle School. 

New to Pescadero, but known along the coast (Santa Cruz), Orlando is farming the rich fields behind Phipps strawberry fields, along Pescadero Creek. 

He grows a variety of vegetables and some fruit, including carrots, swiss chard, spinach, cabbage, peppers, cranberry beans, berries, and tomatoes. Orlando is also a Certified California Organic Farmer (CCOF) and plans to expand his farming to 50 acres off of Highway 84. 

You can find his produce at the Half Moon Bay Farmer’s Market, Pescadero Country Store, Norm’s, and New Leaf Market. 

The School District has signed him up as a supplier of fresh produce for the School Meal Program. 

You can also call him directly for a produce pickup at 650-919-4979.

Monday, 26 April 2010

Bonny Doon Challenge

The Bonny Doon Challenge will include the Swanton Loop and Bonny Doon on the Slow Coast.
For more information click HERE

Sunday, 25 April 2010

Greg Brown: Your Town Now

Listen HERE

I used to go out quite a lot,
chase to chase and shot to shot.
I'm all done with that somehow,
and it's your town now.

These days the mighty eagle sings,
of money and material things,
and the almighty Dow,
and it's your town now,
your town now,

From the mountains to the plains
all the towns are wrapped in chains,
and the little that the law allows,
and it's your town now,
it's your town now,

Where are the young bands gonna play?
Where're the old beatniks gonna stay,
and not before some corporation bow?
and it's your town now,
it's your town now,

So be careful everyone,
Cops can get careless with their guns.
And then they slip off somehow,
and it's your town now,
it's your town now,

You young ones it's up to you
to fight the fight and I hope you do,
Oh I see in your eyes that you know how
and it's your town now
your town now.

Don't let 'em take the whole damn deal,
Don't give up on what you really feel.
Ah, the small and local must survive somehow,
if it's gonna be your town now.
Is it gonna be your town now?
Is it gonna be your town now?
Is it gonna be?

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Slow Coast Farmers Market at the Costanoa Ranch House on April 25th

Slow Coast Farmers Market at the Costanoa Ranch House 

Sunday April 25th, 10am 

Enjoy Slow Coast Produce and Treats from Harley Farms, Swanton Berry Farms, Freewheeling Farms, Pie Ranch and the Farm at Costanoa.

Slow Coast wine tasting at Costanoa on April 24th

Biodynamic wine tasting with Bonny Doon Vineyard, Thomas Fogerty and Bliss Winery at Costanoa

Saturday April 24th, 5-7pm 

Join us in Cascade restaurant loft for a fun and informative evening of wine tasting and hear from the source the values of biodynamic wine production. An array of earth friendly appetizers will round out this festive event. 

Tickets are $25.

Live Music with Keith Greeninger and Dayan Kai at Costanoa on April 23rd

Live Music with Keith Greeninger and Dayan Kai at Costanoa

Friday April 23rd, 8pm 

Enjoy the %100 Organic Local Groove of Keith Greeninger and Dayan Kai in Cascade Restaurant.  Keith Greeninger is a seasoned troubadour, award-winning songwriter, and unforgettable performer.  As a solo artist, and with his band, he has toured the national Folk and Americana circuit extensively for the last decade and a half. His masterfully crafted songs and warm distinctive vocals have earned him the top songwriting awards at the Telluride Blue Grass Festival, The Kerrville Folk Festival and The Napa Valley Folk Festival.

Dayan Kai is a true musical force of nature. Born without sight he began playing classical piano at the age of two and has since gone on to play a diverse array of musical instruments. With a harmony voice most angels would trade their wings in for, Kai moves fluidly between strings, k keys, winds and skins creating a rich musical backdrop for Greeninger’s expansive songwriting.

Together these two artist create a rich and soulful sound that has moved audiences all over the country and has made them a favorite at venues and festivals through out the US and Canada

Contact the Costanoa Activities Department at (650) 879-7312 for Reservations.  Tickets are available for purchase by reservation only. Tickets are $20 per person. Doors open at 6pm. 

Acoustic Singer Songwriter Meet and Greet with Keith Greeninger and Dylan Kai in Cascade Loft 

Saturday April 24th, 10am 

Meet the artists for songwriting discussion in before they head back out on the road.  Contact the Costanoa Activities Department at (650) 879-7312 for Reservations.

Doniga Markegard, wildlife tracker

Step into the world of Doniga Markegard, a Slow Coast resident, who relies on her carefully honed listening skills to tune into nature’s subtle clues.

Listen and watch her HERE

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

capradero | a lot of goats

text image dates, location and exhibitorsimage capradero poster

an open-air installation & performing arts, celebrating rural beauty
Stage Road, Downtown Pescadero
Open hours — Fridays & Saturdays 11:00 to 6:00, Sundays 10:00 to 4:00

Children's activities and family fun.

No food or drinks available for sale; good restaurants and deli within walking distance.

Sunday, 11 April 2010

SC Sentinel on Our Slow Coast

In recent months, residents from just above Santa Cruz to just below Half Moon Bay and up to Highway 35 have been hatching a plan to move on after losing Cemex's cement plant, their largest employer. Along with building community and finding ways to support each other in tough times, many also hope to trade on the area's wild beauty.

They've dubbed their enclave the "Slow Coast": a place where harried city dwellers can relax, eat local foods and shop for crafts.

The fledgling group began crafting its plans during two recent potlucks. Members built a Web site and ordered stickers. Slow Coast Cash, like gift certificates to participating local businesses, is tentatively in the works. And that's just the beginning, supporters say.

"This is the greatest place in the world to slow down," said Patti Spooner, owner and roaster of Alta Organic Coffee and Tea Co. in Davenport. Spooner said she barters coffee for eggs, computer repair work and a host of other items from fellow Slow Coasters, some of whom she met at the recent potluck dinners.

Read More HERE

Saturday, 3 April 2010

One Month on the Slow Coast

Join fellow SlowCoasters in One Month on the Slow Coast, July 2010.

We will endeavor to meet all of our household needs from our friends and neighbors on the Slow Coast.

Add your ideas, comments and food/drink/goods to the living document HERE or email you additions to

Plan to make some special goodies, from locally grown ingredients during the month of July!

Friday, 2 April 2010

Second SlowCoast Potluck Notes, by June

People.  Family.  Friends.  Children.

Our Coast.  Our Slow Coast.

Together enjoying life.

Slowing down.

Colorful food.


And rainy days.

"Not quite Santa Cruz" to "not quite Half Moon Bay".

Somewhere in between.  Or far away.

An idea.

A lifestyle of taking it all in...