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Moss Landing

Power Plant farmers market pauses until spring

The Power Plant Saturday certified farmers market (7990 Highway 1), which launched in July in the parking lot in front of Power Plant Coffee + Store, is taking a break until the springtime. Visit thepowerplant.store/farmers-market or follow them on IG @thepowerplant_market to stay in the loop.

San Lorenzo Valley

Thanksgiving food at Wild Roots

Wild Roots Market (wildrootsmarket.com or IG @wildrootsmarket) has a holiday menu available; customers need to order by phone or in person by Nov. 18. Selections include all-natural and organic turkeys, prime rib, Mary’s free-range goose and duck, and other meats. Sides include stuffing and buttermilk mashed potatoes. The bakery menu features items made from scratch such as pie, quiche, cookies, and tea cakes (whole loaves). The Felton store is at 6240 Highway 9 (831-335-7322). The Boulder Creek location is at 13159 Central Ave. (831-338-7211). Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily at both stores.

Santa Cruz

Tickets on sale for Homeless Garden Project holiday event

Homeless Garden Project (HGP) is hosting a Holiday Celebration Dec. 1 at the Resource Center for Nonviolence (612 Ocean St.). Tickets — which include small bites from Kin & Kitchen and drinks — are available for $10 at the HGP Downtown Store (1338 Pacific Ave.) or for $15 online at https://bit.ly/HGPHoliday22. The event will celebrate HGP participant accomplishments and feature the film screening of “Mission: JOY” followed by guest presenter Douglas Abrams, who co-authored “The Book of Joy” with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. There will also be products for sale made in HGP’s training program, which creates more than 40 items using materials grown on HGP’s organic farm. Proceeds benefit HGP (homelessgardenproject.org), which provides job training and transitional employment to people who are homeless.

Capitola

Winter hours at Cheese Shop 831

Cheese Shop 831 (Brown Ranch Marketplace, 3555 Clares St. Suite V, cheeseshop831.com), which carries a huge variety of cheese plus products like jam, salami, chocolate and cutting boards, just shortened its hours for the winter season. The store is now open 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Cheese Shop 831 offers hot grilled cheese sandwiches made on site from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday; varieties rotate every couple of weeks. There will be extended store hours around the holidays (Nov. 22-23 and Dec. 20-23). Visit the website or Instagram (@cheeseshop831) for the latest information.

Watsonville

Collective Santa Cruz hosts Can Party

Collective Santa Cruz is offering a Can Party from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at Fruition Brewing (918 E Lake Ave). There will be beer, food, art, a DJ, and lots of ways to give to the community. If you buy a can of beer, one meal will be donated to those in need via Second Harvest Food Bank. There is also a canned food drive and a raffle; for every item donated you get one raffle entry. Vendors selling food include Hindsight Café, Masarap, Cracked Cookies, and SC Bread Boy. There will also be other vendors selling products including take-home food (Tiny House Chocolate), candles, and more. Learn more at collectivesantacruz.com or on IG @collectivesantacruz.

Scotts Valley

Pelican Ranch hosts Pinot Noir & Chardonnay Wine Release Jamboree

Pelican Ranch Winery (2364 Bean Creek Rd., 831-332-5359, pelicanranch.com) invites the community to its annual Pinot Noir release party from 12:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday. “At center stage is the 2021 Peake Vineyard Pinot Noir, 667 clone from the Sta Rita Hills AVA,” says winemaker Phil Crews. “This outstanding wine has a sensational flavor profile headed by dark cherries, raspberries, strawberries & sassafras.” Also being released: the 2021 Green Valley Rd Pinot Noir, Martini clone and a 2021 Un-Oaked Chardonnay, both from the Santa Cruz Mountains. Pelican Ranch has partnered with Itsphishi Seafood who will serve small plates of Wild King Salmon Gravlax layered with Mint Herbs, Italian herbs, lemon, or blueberry.

Also, the annual Black Friday vertical tasting of Sta Rita Pinot Noir is scheduled for noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 25. The winery will be closed Nov. 26.

Santa Cruz

Sleight of Hand raising money for Jacob’s Heart

Every Monday until the end of 2022, Sleight of Hand Pizza (on IG @sleightofhandpizza) is donating 20% of all pizza sales from its Monday popups to Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services (jacobsheart.org). These popups are from noon to 8 p.m. every Monday at Humble Sea Brewing Co.’s Santa Cruz location, 820 Swift St. Sleight of Hand started fundraising for Jacob’s Heart earlier this year and has raised $3,000 so far.

Santa Cruz County

Thanksgiving offerings at Staff of Life

Staff of Life (staffoflifemarket.com or IG @staffoflife) has a couple options for Thanksgiving. A holiday meal for two includes roasted turkey breast, mashed potatoes, rolls, stuffing, and more for $55.95 (you can add extra servings for additional fees). Customers need to order by phone or in person by Nov. 18. For bakery items, you need to place orders by noon Nov. 20. Selections include gluten-free pumpkin pie (traditional or vegan with tofu), olallieberry pie, pumpkin cheesecake, and Frangipane pear tart. The Watsonville store is at 906 E Lake Ave. (831-726-0240) and the Santa Cruz location is at 1266 Soquel Ave. (831-423-8632).

Soquel

Crumbl Cookies now open

Crumbl Cookies (2750 41st Ave. Suite E, 831-226-1319, crumblcookies.com) opened last month in the Safeway shopping center. The local franchise, part of a national chain, features rotating cookie flavors that change weekly. The signature Milk Chocolate Chip is always on the menu. Seasonal choices include Pumpkin Cake and Apple Pie flavored cookies.

Quick Bites, compiled by Tara Fatemi Walker, is your weekly helping of Santa Cruz County restaurant, food, and drink news. Send items to sentinelfood@gmail.com (Sunday 7 p.m. deadline for that week’s column). Want local food & drink news as it happens? Follow the Sentinel’s food crew on Twitter @santacruzfood.



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