Just Another Saturday


First stop this morning was the Scotts Valley Farmers Market, to deliver the Meyer lemon rose geranium marmalade that Traci helped make yesterday. Walking through the morning mist I was tickled and then delighted to hear the bluegrass band (I'll get their name later) serenading the sparse crowd with an acoustic version of Led Zep's "Over the Hills and Far Away." (Mellow is the man / who knows what he's been missing. Many many men / can't see the open road.) Lead solo on National steel guitar. Nice.

At the Serendipity Farms stall we had a pleasant visit with our pal Jamie Collins and her hubby, Avtonom Ordjonikidze (whose last name rhymes with "organic pizza"), tasting their lavender infused strawberry lemonade and rose geranium plum lemonade. Yes. Wow. We left with two big bags filled with avocados, lemons, strawberries, kale, spinach, arugula, dandelion greens and something new to me: pea-vine greens, which Avtonom suggested we make into pesto.

From there is was out to the West Side Farmers Market to visit our friends from Fiesta Farms, the awesome pastured-chicken-and-egg operation that Traci works for occasionally. We’ve taken to roasting one of their big birds (four-pounds and up) most Sunday nights, which generally gives us three more meals before we freeze the bones for stock. And on many mornings we use the stock to poach their incredible eggs, often with dandelion greens.

While at the market, we also got a couple of Back Porch breakfast tacos, and why the hell not? If you haven’t had ‘em it’s one of many good reasons to head to the West Side on Saturday morning—your choice of Niman Ranch bacon or pulled pork, Fiesta Farms eggs, bitter greens and a killer chimichurri. They also make a Santa Cruz version of croque-monsieur but I haven’t tried it.

Then it was here to Cruzioworks, to bang out the first blog post I have ever written.

I’ll admit that I have mostly been dismissive of the whole idea of blogs. A professional journalist for the past 20-plus years, I have not been psyched to see the blogosphere explode while my industry crumbled. Citizen journalists? Bah. Amateurs. Dilettantes. I have mostly agreed with Andrew Keen, author of The Cult of the Amateur: “what the Web 2.0 revolution is really delivering is superficial observations of the world around us rather than deep analysis, shrill opinion rather than considered judgment.”

And yet. The Web 2.0 revolution has also delivered a new kind of journalism—created mostly by regular people who share the delicious trivia of everyday life.

So this is the birth of Hilltromper's Tromp Blog, which will be about that kind of stuff, focused on outdoor fun, natural history, science, green living, etc. And of course, like so many blogs, it will be about food. We will write some of it and we will invite our friends to contribute. If that means you, drop us a line at

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