April: Things We Love

 Photo by Andrea Gentl via Apiece Apart 

Photo by Andrea Gentl via Apiece Apart 

Its been quite an interesting spring. There's no guarantee when waking up in the morning. One day its cold grey + rainy and the next its hot + sunny. On those hot days, I can't help but feeling the pull of summer deep in my bones. This Florida flower is ready for swimming holes, the abundance of basil + berries, long days and warm nights. Last week, Summer and I had a little picnic lunch in the orchard on the property I live on. Feeling the sun's warmth on my skin was just what I needed. Here's a few of our favorite things we've been inspired by this month as we gear up for the hottest part of the year. 

+ Dying to take this Cyanotype + Plant Print Workshop taught by our teacher Kat Harrison and her daughter, Klea Mckenna in Occidental this June. So inspired by this family's relationship to plants! 

+ Just so everyone in the Bay Area knows, OAEC nursery is now open every Friday-Sunday this summer. They have the most incredible collection of medicinals, natives and perennial pollinator plants I've ever seen. Just being in the nursery is inspiring and being able to hang out with some of our favorite plant friends from Florida, like Okinawa spinach, pepino + chaya, is an added bonus. 

+ We're gearing up for our residency at Pocoapoco later this week. Can't wait to explore all Oaxaca has to offer and will be sharing what we're learning along the way. 

+ Spirit Weavers Gathering is next month and we're looking forward to being back in Oregon with so many amazing women. Check out the Moon Session schedule and come take an Elemental Eating cooking class with us! 

+ Our friend Kim Lavere is hosting some magical retreats this summer. She's planned an incredible  Women's Entrepreneur weekend in Joshua Tree. Oh, and her Olive Harvest retreat with farm + foraged cooking, olive oil making + taking in the local flavors of Tuscany looks pretty amazing too. Get me on a flight to Italy! 

+ Has everyone seen this performance by Solange Knowles? I could watch this all day. 

+ Another inspiring artist to watch is Will Goldfarb on Chef's Table. He's changing the dessert game by making pastry with medicinal herbs + local ingredients in Bali. Talk about #goals! 

+ I keep finding this cookbook all over town. Its such a sweet view of tiny kitchens + spaces to create nourishing food. Sometimes, having to glean from selected ingredients allows for more creative meals. Not to mention enjoying them surrounded by gorgeous landscapes. 

+ Definitely need one of everything from Ula Botanic's line. Especially this Revitalizing Lemon Verbena Mist for these hot + dry summer days. 

+ Starting to think about ceramics we want to use in our new cookbook. Really into how simple and earthy these + these are. 

+ Wish I was going to be in town for this Biodynamic Cannabis Panel at The Healdsburg Shed later this month. Someone go for me! 

XO Sarah Kate