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Your Personal America, the poetry of Paul Geffner

Poetry surrounds us, making us realize the slimness of the membrane between internal and external worlds. In his book, Your Personal America, Sausalito poet Paul Geffner explores the America familiar to so many of us, as well as territory new and uncharted. Along the way he saves Christmas, kills the Easter Bunny, and contemplates why dinosaurs speak English in cartoons. Paul joined us Around the Table in August 2018 to read some of his favorite poems — his own and others. Here is an excerpt from his book, the title poem ‘Your Personal America’.

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Dissecting Sunscreen Labels – How to choose a safer sunscreen for yourself and the planet with Sarah Janssen, MD

Sunscreens contain dozens of chemicals to protect our skin from damaging sun rays. Unfortunately, many of these chemicals are also linked to harmful health effects such as endocrine disruption and cancer. Other chemicals in sunscreens are toxic to coral reefs. Physician and researcher Sarah Janssen joined us to discuss choosing safer sunscreens and protecting ourselves from the sun’s rays.

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Red, White and Rosé

Corsica, Canary Islands and Contra Costa: our wine buyer Niesa Granger has compiled a list of distinctive summer wines from around the world. Find a bottle that fits your summer plans!

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New Cookbooks for Spring 2018

We have a new batch of books, and we can’t wait to cook through them all! Read on to see which authors are local, and don’t miss the limited number of autographed copies!

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In A Good Place: Xlc Joloronde

Xlc Joloronde (pronounced “shell-sea”) has always let her passions guide her worklife – first as a midwife in Seattle, and later as an educator homeschooling her two sons. Now, with her boys off to high school and college, Xlc brings her passion for food and cooking to her work at Driver’s.

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Advice from an Herbalist

Experiencing pleasure and love is not just a Valentine’s Day luxury — it’s part of a balanced, happy life. We checked in with our supplement buyer, herbalist Danya Mosgofian, to learn how aphrodisiacs are used in herbal medicine.

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All Eyes on Craft Beer

Craft beer is having a moment, growing more innovative and influential every year. Driver’s Market has become a destination for beer lovers seeking hard to find labels. We checked in with Adam Driver to get the low-down on a few local breweries.

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2017 Cookbooks at Driver’s

We are always excited about new cookbooks, and this year’s releases do not disappoint. Here are the newest books we have in the Market — most are hot off the presses, but a few are staff favorites and classics. Don’t miss the limited number of autographed copies!
Consider our books for holiday gifts, or for your own collections.

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The Magic of Biodynamic Bubbles

Let our wine expert Niesa Granger brighten up your holiday table with her top picks for Biodynamic bubbly. From French Champagnes to domestic sparkling wines, see which producers incorporate the magic of Biodynamic practices into their farming.

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Diversity at the Thanksgiving Table

Like so many things in life, the beauty of wine lies its diversity. This year we lay our Thanksgiving table with both traditional and avant-garde wines. See which bottles our wine expert Niesa Granger will have at her family’s table.

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Walk back in time on Caledonia Street

Sausalito resident Mike Moyle joined us at Driver’s Market to present the history of Caledonia Street. In a talk titled “Golfers, Gangsters and Garages” Mike used historical photographs to tell the stories of Sausalito’s buildings and local characters. In April 2016, Mike gave a similar talk as part of the Sausalito Historical Society that included an exhibit and the Caledonia Street Walking Tour. The Walking Tour featured a numbered photograph identifying the buildings that remain largely unchanged today, more than 85 years later.

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Yard Smart Marin

Rika Gopinath of Yard Smart Marin, and Leslie Alden, Aide to Supervisor Kate Sears, joined us at Driver’s to present on the overuse of pesticides in Marin gardens. Research tells us that pesticides like RoundUp Glyphosate are toxic, and the Marin County government has strictly regulated their use over the last decade. Yet RoundUp is routinely used at homes and businesses all over Marin, threatening our environment, our health, and our water. The Yard Smart Marin coalition seeks to change that by promoting a holistic approach to pest control.

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In the Supplement Aisle

The supplement department at Driver’s Market is stocked with a selection of carefully chosen vitamins and minerals, and is organized in categories including immunity, hydration, digestion and more. Driver’s supplement buyer, Danya Mosgofian, evaluates products and companies before bringing them in, and does the homework for our customers. “I prefer food-based products because they absorb better. Non-GMO, preferably organic, and no giant corporate manufacturers,” said Danya.

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A Conversation about Sustainability with Adam Driver

Practicing environmental sustainability is such a big responsibility that at times it can feel overwhelming. Where do we start? Adam Driver discusses his strategy for combatting feelings of powerlessness in the face of climate change. Read on and let us know what you think: how do you shoulder the daunting threats of climate change, and what big and small steps do you take to act?

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The People Behind Our Products

There are farmers and makers behind every product at Driver’s Market, and many of them are small, local operations. Last month, we co-hosted a small business panel Around the Table at Driver’s with our friends at Barnraiser, a Sausalito-based crowdfunding platform for the food world. We welcomed friends from Mimi’s Confitures, Wrecking Ball Coffee, Marin Kombucha, Point Reyes Farmstead Creamery, and Beck’s Bakery for a discussion about what it takes for a small food business to succeed in the Bay Area.

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Fall in Love with Craft Chocolate

A box of chocolates and a bottle of wine are the perfect gift for most romantic occasions, including Valentine’s Day. There are a number of outstanding craft chocolates to choose from these days. Mia di Tommaso, chocolate buyer at Driver’s Market, tells us what she looks for when choosing chocolate, and recommends some of her favorites.

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A New Year’s Note From Adam Driver

2016 was an interesting year, leaving many of us hoping and working for a better 2017. Driver’s Market founder Adam Driver shares his thoughts on where we go from here, and how we can work together in the year ahead. The global challenges we face “make it all the more important that we continue to do everything we can to create positive change in our local communities,” said Adam. Read Adam’s New Year’s resolutions for Driver’s Market here.

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Introducing Cookbooks at Driver’s

This month we are excited to launch a new selection of cookbooks at Driver’s. The books are carefully curated, and share Driver’s passion for two things: people and food. After all, there’s nothing like a beautiful dinner to bring people together. Consider our books for holiday gifts, or for your own collections. And be on the look out for cookbook events at our Around the Table at Driver’s series in 2017!