The wildflower bloom that started in the Southern California deserts in February has moved its way up to the Sacramento region, where lush blankets of poppies, hyacinth, lupine and other colorful blossoms are now coming into full flourish. Since spending time outdoors—while observing physical distancing, of course—is still considered an essential activity, why not take in nature’s colorful canvas at these 6 wildflower-rich spots around the region that are still welcoming visitors during the quarantine. To keep the petals thriving for visitors over the next couple of weeks, use best viewing practices by staying on paths and taking only photos. Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve The Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve, located near the aptly named Scenic Heights neighborhood in...
Spring has definitely sprung here in the Central Valley and the season is all about color — blooming flowers, bright blue skies and more. Download this coloring book version of our April/May cover illustrated by artist Michael Byers, and bring the California poppies, Monarch butterflies, Tower Bridge and our solo cyclist (practicing social distancing, of course) to life! When you’re done, share it on social media with the hashtag #ColoringSactown, tag us, and we'll share some of our favorites. One lucky entry will win a free subscription to Sactown Magazine!
It’s that time of year again, when Sacramento’s signature tree canopy—lush and verdant, it’s the densest in the U.S., according to researchers at MIT—shakes down upon innocent bystanders its breathless amounts of pollen. If the sneezy, itchy, watery signs of seasonal allergies are afoot, skip the medicine cabinet and heat up the kettle instead. In 2017, when Heather Wong, owner of the downtown culinary boutique Allspicery, reached a hay fever pitch with her own springtime sensitivity, she created the Sactown Allergy Tea with local herbalist (and fellow allergy sufferer) Stephanie Schaber. The curative blend of eight potent dried herbs, each celebrated for its medicinal properties, includes stinging nettle leaf (a natural antihistamine), licorice root (an...
How can we take care of our mental health during a physical health crisis? A local anxiety specialist provides some answers
On March 17, the coronavirus pandemic led to Sacramento County issuing a stay-at-home directive. Over two months in, we’re still trying to find our footing, and it looks like we’ll need to keep trying to adjust to our new normal. The mandate for our region expired May 22, but has been renewed until further notice as the county allows certain businesses, such as restaurants and retail stores, to reopen. And even when the lockdown lifts, the return to our old normal (or some semblance of it) won’t happen overnight. About reopening California, Gov. Gavin Newsom has said, “There’s no light switch here.” So we wait. And the psychological effects of trying to avoid the virus, of facing economic uncertainty and of girding ourselves for an...
With stay-at-home becoming bake-at-home for many, Faria Bakery's "Head of Bread" offers up the lowdown on sourdough
With the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic and people spending almost all their time at home, many are embracing a back-to-basics lifestyle in their search for comfort during this chaotic time. Baking bread, you may have heard, is at the forefront of this quest. Over the last few weeks, social media has been deluged with examples of #quarantinebaking, including daily 140-character updates on the maturation of sourdough starter. This elemental mixture of flour and water comes alive as it’s exposed to the natural yeast in the air, developing bread dough organically, without a packet of Fleischmann’s. Some budding bakers are even hanging packets of sourdough starter in trees to share with fellow sourdough enthusiasts while maintaining physical distance. In my own...
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