March 7, 2017 – “It’s the only time I’ve baked this far north on the coast,” says chef Michelle Rizzolo, co-founder of the iconic Big Sur Bakery. Rizzolo and Matt Somerville of BSB along with pastry chef Ben Spungin of Post Ranch Inn are holding a Pop Over (not a pop up) at Salumeria Luca in Carmel on Saturday and Sunday, March 11-12, to benefit Big Sur residents affected by recent storms.
Both Post Ranch and Big Sur Bakery are currently closed due to the impassable Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge. The Pop Over benefit starts at 10am and features BSB pastries, and chocolates and ice creams by Spungin.
Rizzolo says she is making BSB’s famous morning pastries, croissants, bacon bow ties, ginger scones and sourdough loaves. Guest baristas will be on hand working the espresso machine.
“It’s to help our tiny community through these very rough times,” she adds.
As we’ve been reporting for several weeks, the community is really pulling together to help Big Sur residents living on the other side of the bridge, who are unable to get out by driving south due to slides at Ragged Point.
Some trapped 58 households put in grocery orders with the Carmel Crossroads Safeway last week. Volunteers put together the orders, which were then airlifted by helicopter to the Post Ranch and distributed at the Big Sur Post Office on Friday.
Torrential rains have also spelled trouble for local organic farmers, especially those along Pacheco Creek in Hollister. Jack Kimmich of California Kurobuta is rebuilding and still has his Flash Flood sale going on. You can contribute and buy his pastured pork products here: http://californiakurobuta.com/flash-flood-2017/
Reporting that a ten foot river of water swept away a tractor and wiped out nearly 100 acres of crops, Happy Boy Farms of Watsonville has launched a Go Fund Me campaign that aims to raise $125,000 to replace the tractor and repair large electric motors that power their wells and were ruined in the floods.
Farmer Greg Reccio says half his fields—about 80 acres—is still inaccessible, so he is unable begin spring planting. Read more and contribute to the campaign here…