When asked about the time of year, my four-year-old daughter — very much a Northern California girl — is more likely to tell you that it’s cherry season than summer. We have very little temperature variation in Oakland, so it’s easier to measure time by the passion fruit or fava bean. Walking our abundant farmers’ market stalls, it’s no surprise that the Slow Food movement, helmed by Alice Waters of Chez Panisse, was born here. Click here to read more.