It’s always a beautiful morning on Fridays at Crane Park, fresh cut flowers preening, blushing peaches, pears and apples ripening, coffee brewing and tomatoes practically bursting with flavor.
The St. Helena Farmers’ Market is at its bountiful peak as our valley heads into another season of harvest. This week at the market gorgeous fruits and vegetables, flowers, jams, teas, bagels, olive oils, seafood, ready-to-eat treats and crafts will all be assembled under the canopies for an inspired shopping experience.
In celebration of love for food and the inspiring stories behind it, please save the dates for the return of CinemaBites, an annual film series supporting the St. Helena Farmers’ Market and Cameo Cinema. Our fourth season will feature five documentaries and one fictional film on the relationship of food, culture and politics. Lively QandA on stage with Cathy Buck of the Cameo while some film-inspired cooking and wines from local chef and wine partners will add to the experience.
Save the following Monday evenings for our fourth season of CinemaBites:
- Sept. 17, “Cuban Food Stories,” gorgeous arm-chair travel on the Cuban Food Tour you have been waiting for;
- Nov. 5, “Theater of Life,” the remarkable story renowned chef Massimo Bottura, joined by 60 of the world’s top chefs, as they transform food destined for the dumpster into delicious and nutritious meals for Italy’s neediest;
- Jan. 14, “The Heat: A Kitchen (R)evolution,” a timely documentary profiling seven female chefs facing daunting professional obstacles;
- Feb. 11, “Little Italy,” a fun foodie romantic comedy just in time for Valentine’s Day;
- March 18, “Ulam: Main Dish,” a mouth-watering documentary of highlighting collective struggles for authenticity and respect for Filipino cuisine and food culture;
- April 29, “Chef Flynn,” the story of 10-year-old Flynn who transformed his living room into a supper club, using his classmates as line cooks and serving a tasting menu foraged from his neighbors’ backyards as he rises in culinary fame.
See you at the movies, and at the market!
Editor’s Note: Kay Wilson is a volunteer board member for the St. Helena Farmers’ Market.