o c t o b e r 2 0 1 6 A L I V E E A S T B A Y 37 Crostini 24 baguette slices (cut 1/4- to 3/8-inch thick) 3 tablespoons California extra virgin olive oil 1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Arrange a single layer of bread slices on a baking sheet. Brush the top of each slice with oil. 2. Bake until golden and lightly toasted at the edges, 7 to 10 minutes. Let cool. Use at once, or store airtight at room temperature for up to 3 days. Variation To make Garlic Crostini: Bake the crostini as directed above. When cool enough to handle, rub the browned side of each toast with the cut side of a garlic clove, grating against the rough surface to dis tribute the garlic flavor. Fruit-of-the-Vine Facts California’s grape growing tradition began with the Spanish missions, with grapes planted for sacramental wines. In the early 1800’s, Californians began growing grapes to eat fresh. In the 1900’s, European immigrants began growing grapes in the Central Valley. Thanks to our unique climate, California grows over 98% of the table grapes sold in the United States. In 2015, California grape growers harvested their third largest crop in history-- 110.5 million boxes! Americans consume an average of over 8 pounds of grapes per year. Look for plump grapes with pliable green stems. Many grape varieties have a subtle white coating called “bloom.” This is simply nature’s way of keeping moisture inside the grapes, and rinses off easily. Refrigerate unwashed grapes in an open plastic bag until ready to serve; then rinse under cold water and pat dry. The Danville Certified Farmers’ Market, located at Railroad & Prospect, is open every Saturday, rain or shine, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. For specific crop information call the Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association at 1-800- 949-FARM, or visit their web site at www.pcfma.org. This market is made possible through the generous support of the Town of Danville. Please show your appreciation by patronizing the many fine shops and restaurants located in downtown Danville. Buy fresh. Buy local. Live well!
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