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Foodie road trip
Vol. 11 No. 8

B & R Farms
5280 Fairview Road, Hollister

Pick up a bag of their famous Dried Blenheim Apricots and jars of Dried Apricot Preserves, Chutney, and Toppings.

Bovine Bakery
11315 Highway 1, Point Reyes Station

A great stop for both sweet and savory pastries, whether your road trip involves 4 wheels or 2. Also visit their other location at 23 Kentucky Street in Petaluma.

C. J. Olson Cherries
348 W. Camino Real, Sunnyvale

Carl and Hannah Olson planted their first cherry tree here in 1899, and the farm's Cherry Stand has become a destination for all sorts of cherry products as well as many other gourmet items.

Clif Family Napa Valley
1312 Vidovich Avenue, St. Helena

Check out the cool food truck that's parked at the Clif Family Wines tasting room, Tuesday through Sunday, 11:30 am-4 pm. The Clif Family Kitchen line of Savory Nut Mixes and Dark Chocolates were created to pair with the wines.

Cypress Grove
1330 Q Street, Arcata

Humboldt Fog, Cypress Grove's "signature cheese," has a ribbon of edible vegetable ash along its center and under its exterior. See the Humboldt Fog Viewing Window at the Creamery, above top.

Desserts on Us
Laceys: Wildberries Marketplace, 13th Street, Arcata
Baklava: Kebab Café, Valley West Center, 5000 Valley W Boulevard, Arcata

When you're up in the northwest of California, you can stock up on Laceys cookies and Baklava. The towns of Eureka and Ferdale are also well worth a visit.

Glyká Sweets
1201 Andersen Drive, San Rafael

Call first if you want to stop by for traditional, handmade Greek pastries and breads. If you're not in the Marin neck of the woods, you can also order online.

Jimtown Store
6706 Highway 128, Healdsburg

Buy some of their condiments to make your own picnic or choose from Jimtown's famous prepared sandwiches, salads, and desserts.

Happy 100th Birthday,
National Park System!

The National Park Service was formed in 1916, and California is blessed to have so many National (and State) Parks within its borders. A Foodie Road Trip of California can include natural wonders as well as human-made goodies.

El Capitan in Yosemite, below, is an iconic image of California's protected public lands.

The long, dramatic coastline of Pt. Reyes National Seashore, below, is a beach lover's dream.

The proximity of Muir Woods to San Francisco makes it a much-visited destination for visitors wanting to get up close and personal with our towering redwoods, below. Lovely trails are an easy walk, and there's a large picnic area.

The Golden Gate National Recreation Area, below, encompasses many different experiences: historic sites like Fort Baker; the lighthouse on the Marin Headlands; spectacular views of the bridge, San Francisco and the Pacific; small sailboats and huge tankers going by; lots of hiking trails, and more.

Mount Shasta, below, is glorious at any time of year, and especially when it's covered with snow. It's a popular challenge for hikers. Nearby are Lake Shasta, the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, and the Mt. Shasta Wilderness.

Sequoia and King's Canyon National Parks pack in a range of extraordinary natural beauty, from the world's largest trees to the dramatic canyon carved by the South Fork of the Kings River, one of the deepest canyons in the United States. Mountains and rivers mean waterfalls, including Grizzly Falls in Sequoia Park, below.

The Channel Islands, below, are a chain of eight islands off the coast of California in the Santa Barbara Channel. All the waters surrounding the islands are protected as a National Marine Sanctuary. A Visitors Center is on the mainland, and access to the islands is via public boat or plane.

Joshua Tree National Park, below, is east of Los Angeles and a world apart. The Park includes parts of two deserts, each with an ecosystem determined primarily by altitude: the higher Mojave Desert and the lower Colorado Desert. It's named for a variety of distinctive yucca cactus that is native to the park.

The earth under Lassen Volcanic National Park is hot and active, sending scalding steam and water up to the surface. While Lassen Peak towers over the park, the minerals bubbling up in the water make brightly colored patterns, like those below at Bumpass Hell, where there are boiling springs, mudpots, and fumaroles.

Salt flats, sand dunes, badlands, canyons and mountains. Pretty much every type of desert environment is in the huge Death Valley National Park. It is the hottest and driest national park. The second lowest point in the Western Hemisphere is Badwater Basin, below.

Near Mammoth Lakes and the Mammoth skiing area in eastern California is Devil's Postpile National Monument, named for an unusual formation: columns of basalt rock. Rainbow Falls, below, is on the middle fork of the San Soaquin River. The John Muir and Pacific Crest Trails come together in the park.

Kara's Cupcakes
California locations

By all means have a fabulous cupcake, and also take home some of Kara's Caramel Corn, Caramel Sauce, handmade Marshmallows, and Chocolate Sauce.

Kokomo Culinary
4791 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg

Kokomo Culinary Verjus is made from the same fine wine grapes as their award-winning Kokomo Wines. With their tasting room incorporated into their cellar, visitors enjoy a unique tasting experience of both wine and verjus and get to see winemaking up close.

Maisie Jane's California Sunshine Products
1324 Dayton Road, Chico

This fun country store stocks all of Maisie Jane's all-natural nut and specialty snack products, and also a wide range of local gourmet products.

McEvoy Ranch
Ranch Tours

Besides their Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, other products that come from this ranch are wines and body care products. Take a tour of the orchards, vines and olive oil mill, or enjoy a day of wellness featuring yoga, aromatherapy and seasonal treats.

Pacific Pickle Works
Union Street Makerspace, above top
718 Union Street, Santa Barbara

The Union Street Makerspace is where the Pacific Pickle Works magic happens. Plain veggies become award-winning appetizers, condiments, and beverage mixers. Buy directly from the maker!

Sonoma Portworks Tasting Room
613 Second Stree, Petaluma
Thursday-Monday, Noon to 5 pm

Sonomic Red Almost Vinegar, made with Cabernet grapes, has the rich flavor of deep, dark fruit and the consistency of aged balsamic. Sonomic Gold, made from muscat grapes, has a rich golden color and the flavors of honey and apricots.

Stella Cadente Olive Oil
Handley Cellars, above top
3151 Highway 128, Philo

At the Handley Cellars tasting room in Philo, Mendocino County, they carry the full Stella Cadente line. You can taste the Stella Cadente Olive Oils. Also taste Handley Wines: red, white and sparkling wines, as well as special edition wines.

Valley Lahvosh
502 M Street, Fresno

For 94 years, the Valley Lahvosh bakery has been a destination for locals as well as travelers, and their lahvosh crackers and cracker bread are shipped all over the country.

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