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Hollie’s Homegrown Now Available at Moraga and Walnut Creek Farmers Markets

Moraga Farmers Market

Moraga-based organic farm Hollie’s Homegrown recently started offering their culinary herbs/salts, herbal tea, honey, and healing oils for sale at the Moraga and Walnut Creek farmers market in the Shadelands business park. They can also be seen at the Fort Mason farmers market in San Francisco. Last week was their last day of the season but they’ll be back in Fall, 2015. Interestingly they are a finalist for the Martha Stewart “American Made” Awards. Check out their Facebook page here. I tried their lemon verbena tea leaves and it was really good!

From their website:

Hollie’s Homegrown is a small, organic family farm in Moraga, California (25 minutes east of San Francisco). We specialize in growing culinary herbs, herbal teas, and making herbal body & bath products. Grown to perfection in our own backyard (literally!), we keep a watchful eye on our precious plants like part of the family.


Photos of their culinary salts and herbal teas after the jump… Continue Reading

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Mural of the Day


Spotted this great wall mural at Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School in Moraga. Anyone know who “Molly Pitcher”, “Athena Nike”, and “Elizabeth” are?


Dear BtCreek – Desperately Seeking Santa in Broadway Plaza


Dear BtCreek,

I’m pretty convinced that the Walnut Creek (Broadway Plaza) Santa is the real Santa and I love that my kids get their photo with him each year. I’m really sad that he doesn’t have a home in Walnut Creek for 2014, and the Pleasanton and Concord Santas are just not the same. I was too late to get into the Breakfast With Santa and I see he’ll be around the weekend before Christmas —  since you’re in the know, is that my only chance to snap a photo of my little ones with the Best Santa Ever?

Check out more details on where the Broadway Plaza Santa will be here. Not how many other opportunities there will be besides the weekend before Christmas, anyone know?


CaCoCo Drinking Chocolate Booth at Walnut Creek Farmers Market

Walnut Creek farmers market

The drinking chocolate company from Grass Valley (near Lake Tahoe) CaCoCo is now available at the Walnut Creek farmers market in downtown Walnut Creek on Sundays. Check them out on Facebook here.

From their website:

CaCoCo is an all organic, superfood drinking chocolate, as good nutritionally for the body as it is good tasting.  We use whole, raw cacao beans, low-glycemic, mineral-rich sweeteners like coconut nectar crystals and carob, and fresh warming spices like true cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground vanilla bean.  

CaCoCo is dairy-free, gluten free, and contains no major allergens like soy, corn, and cane sugar.



Beyond the Creek Third Anniversary


Yet another year has gone by as this blog has turned three! Thanks to everyone for sending in tips, suggestions and participating over the past year; it’s been a fun and informative year and I look forward to what’s in store the next year. Please keep the tips coming and if you have any questions or problems about living here please send them in, thank you!