Mark Bittman’s new food start-up in Bay Area to launch within 3 months

A few weeks ago, journalist and cookbook writer Mark Bittman announced he was leaving his column at The New York Times to join a California food start-up. ” ‘Oh,’ say my friends, ‘you move to California and join a start-up,’ ” he wrote. “Yup. Corny as can be.” We have been pestering Mr. Bittman for details. At last, he revealed a few.

Happy 125th birthday, Yosemite!

125 years ago, more than 700,000 acres of unadulterated wilderness officially became a California landmark.

How to save pumpkin seeds

Don’t toss the seeds when you’re carving pumpkins. Save them for planting next spring, or roast them for a tasty snack.

Free plants for all!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 17th. That’s when the biannual Plant Exchange takes place in the front lawn of the First Presbyterian Church of Oakland, CA from noon to 4pm.