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Farm to Table (Without Leaving the Farm): Route 1 Farms Summer Dinner Series

route 1 farm dinner series 2015Imagine:

A leisurely walk through trees and fields overflowing with farm-fresh produce…

Hearing stories of the farm directly from those who grow the food…

Eating a wonderful outdoors meal made with fresh farm ingredients, dining next to friends old and new.

Those of us that live in the Santa Cruz area are so fortunate, for so many reasons. One of my favorite aspects to Santa Cruz: the abundance of independent farms that we’re surrounded with, all growing beautiful and delicious products.  Some of these farms even hold community events—like Route 1 Farms, who announced its annual summertime dinner series where you can have experiences like the one described above.

Tickets went on sale earlier this month.

You may be thinking – wait a second, spring just started and you’re already talking about summer? But tickets to this series sell out fast, so here are details.  In fact, at the time of this writing, each dinner was already half full.
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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: March 27 – 29, 2015

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This weekend gives you the opportunity to christen a brand new brewery, spend two nights with the Warriors, and celebrate a Santa Cruz institution’s birthday.

Read on to see the rest of our picks for the best events in Santa Cruz this weekend.
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Santa Cruz Hikes: Fern Trail at Pogonip

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Pogonip is a Native American word for river fog, a fittingly mystical name for such a magical place. This 640-acre green space in the middle of town has over nine miles of hiking trails with quirky features including a koi pond, stone labyrinth, and the crumbling, mossy stones of lime kilns from the 1800s.
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Santa Cruz Weekend Event Roundup: March 20th – 22nd, 2015

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This weekend brings a lot of opportunities to celebrate all that Santa Cruz has to offer, from the inaugural SWELLIES Awards to the Annual Pinot Paradise.

Read on to see our picks for the best events in Santa Cruz this weekend.

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Weekend Event Roundup for March 13th – 15th, 2015

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This weekend brings some great live local music, the Derby Girls, and plenty of opportunities to get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful weather coming our way.

Read on to see our picks for the best events in Santa Cruz this weekend.

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Santa Cruz Real Estate: Out of Hibernation and Into a Bubble?

santa cruz real estate report: Feb. 2015The following market analysis is provided by Liz Kroft and Lance Hulsey of Mainstream Real Estate Group.


Yawn. Stretch. The real estate market begins to come out of its winter hibernation in January and February. 2015 is no different and as such the market statistics are not particularly enlightening just yet, but that does not mean there isn’t much to learn early in the year.

The last three springs in Santa Cruz County saw progressive markets, which took home values to new heights. From March through May of 2014 homes (single family and condo/townhome) were going like hotcakes, with a median1 of 18 days on market2 and selling at an average of 99.6% of list price. There is quite a bit of speculation and assumption about what will unfold in 2015 with historically low interest rates, tight inventory, and rising prices.

To put inventory into perspective: There are currently only 1,657 Single Family Homes for sale across Santa Cruz, Santa Clara and Monterey counties. Not much for a population of over 2.5 million.

First, lets take a quick look at what happened in February in the Santa Cruz County real estate market. The Infographic below provides a great snapshot:
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Santa Cruz Weekend Events: March 6 – 8, 2015

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It’s shaping up to be a beautiful weekend in Santa Cruz, and there are plenty of fun activities to choose from over the next couple days.  We’ve got a great First Friday lineup, a sitcom star comes to town, two film festivals, and more.

Read on to see our picks for the best events in Santa Cruz this weekend.

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Santa Cruz Connected: A Monthly Review Of Online Local Life

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Photo by Native Santa Cruz

During the month of February, Santa Cruz said hello to an interesting new electric skateboard company, while saying goodbye to one of the most cherished local biking spots in the area. Our city was buzzed by a military jet and a local disc golf pro tossed his way into an ESPN highlight reel on Sportscenter. We were the focus of some great articles about local food, drink and history, not to mention one of the coolest aerial videos you’ve ever seen of Santa Cruz. All that, plus our favorite pictures and posts from local social media for the month of February 2015.

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: Feb. 27th – Mar. 1st, 2015

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This weekend is all about competition and causes…and competitions for causes.

Our Santa Cruz Warriors play two home games this weekend and fundraisers include the Santa Cruz Polar Plunge, the 6th annual Trivia Challenge, a 70s Disco Dance Party, and even a Rock-Paper-Scissors Tournament.

So, pick a cause, have some fun, and enjoy the weekend!

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: Feb. 20th – 22nd, 2015

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This weekend is one of seafood delight, as Santa Cruzans can enjoy both the Chaminade Crab Feast and the boardwalk’s annual clam chowder festival.

Read on to see the rest of our picks for the best events in Santa Cruz this weekend.

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