Cheese School

Or, how to have a cheesy weekend. I went to cheese school. It was fun. And cheesy. This weekend I dragged a very gracious friend and my long suffering spouse to a beginning cheese making class at the San Fransisco Cheese School (I’m not making that up!).  It was a great class – fun and […]

Windsor Farmer’s Market

Some gushing praise for the Windsor CA Farmer’s Market is due. On our recent trip to Sonoma, we visited the Saturday farmer’s market.  It’s a medium-sized market with a nice variety of booths. It felt lively but not obnoxiously crowded. Best of all, we each received a $2 coupon for riding our bikes to the […]

Russian River Brewing Company

On our recent stumble through Sonoma Valley, we took a break from wine tasting and went to the Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa.  The very blurry photo below shows the tasting sampler, which includes almost every beer on the menu. Russian River Brewing is home to Pliny the Elder, which is a highly […]

Sonoma Wine Tasting

or, We Like All of Them! We just returned from a long weekend in the Sonoma Valley with friends.  We drank  “a little bit” of wine.  Here are a few of the wineries and wines that we especially liked this year. Gary Farrell We enjoyed the wines at Gary Farrell.  The tasting room and the […]

Sierra Nevada Brewery

We just returned from a great weekend at Lassen National Park.  On the way to the park, we stopped at the Sierra Nevada Brewery in Chico. Visiting breweries is an activity close to my heart.  I think my family toured every Budweiser brewery on the east cost when I was a child.  At least it […]

Mr. Pepper Pants

or, Look What I Found at Target Curse you Target!  Why is it that I always buy more than I need from your store? I found a great salt and pepper set while wandering through the store last weekend. Take off his pants if you need pepper! Best of all, these shakers match my much […]

Welcome to Farmer in the Vale!

Hi.  My name is Linda.  I live and work in Silicon Valley California. My “farm” is actually my suburban backyard.  My yard contains fruit trees and vegetable beds, but no animals (yet). In this blog I intend to share recipes, gardening tips, and cookbook reviews.  I also hope to share the occasional garden or kitchen […]