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www.cioverdalereveiHe.com Jnue 27, 2019 The Cloverdale Reveille Page 9 COMMENTARY Ripe Rewards The longest day of the year is June 21 and we celebrate the summer solstice with everything fresh and delicious. 6ayle 0kumura Peach season has started, berries are Sullivan bright and beautiful, summer vegetables are in abundance, salmon season is on and did I see my first tomato? This time of year days are long, heat is high and nights always seem to cool. Don't you feel fortunate to live here in Sonoma County? Now's the time to dust off that Weber (in our case) and/or clean off your grill and enjoy outdoor dining, barbecues, picnics and more. From here on out, we eat most of our meals in our screened porch. We have been known to set up tables in the aisles of the orchard too, always a beautiful way to dine, and as the evening progresses and the sun fades, the trees create a sort of shelter or ensconced space. The peach farm has about 1,000 trees so peach wood is abundant. Peach trees have a limited productive life of about 30 years, so we are constantly removing trees that are past their prime. We then give the soil a break for a year and replenish it before we plant again. We put the peach wood to good use -- we barbecue with it. When Lora Zarubin produced a piece in House & Garden on the farm, she introduced us to it and insisted we use it, and we have been working with it ever since. Like apple wood, it emits a wonderful fragrance. Farmers markets are a must this time of year; they are thriving. I often create a menu given what is freshest and best at the moment. This is the perfect time to visit your favorite fruit and produce vendors, grab some delicious bread, or pick up some olive oil. Enjoy your coffee and sit down for a meal while you make sure you have all the ingredients you need. Here are some dishes we make all summer long. I hope you like them. Summer Green Salad. I love Ed Miller's Carrot Top lettuces. You have to arrive early to the Healdsburg market; there is always a crowd around his table at opening. I'll then pick up what looks good as I walk the aisles of the market. Sometimes there are pea shoots at Blue Leg, I like the tang of Ridgeview Farm's radishes, and I enjoy pickling red onions from Middieton. When you get home and are making your salad, Michele Jordan recommends sprinkling the greens with salt just before dressing, then use a big mixing bowl to toss your salad and coat all the greens, and I always top my salad with sunflower seeds at the very end for a little crunch. Fresh tomato, basil and burrata salad. This is so quick, simple and delicious. Just slice all your ingredients, alternately layer them on a plate and then drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grilled corn on the cob. Start by pulling away the husks and remove the silk threads. Put the husks back in place and soak corn in cold salted water for at least 10 mins. Put the soaked corn on the grill and rotate until cooked through. Once husk is browned, test kernels for tenderness. Grilled salmon. We brush our salmon, from Santa Rosa Seafood or Anna's, with olive oil and chopped herbs, then grill skin side down on foil, because the peach wood is so hot. Grilled peaches. We grill peaches all summer long, for it intensifies the flavor and brings out the natural juices. It is -and remove the pit, coat flesh side with olive oil, and grill dd' until cooked through. It is w0nderful as a side dish or at the end of the meal with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce. Yum! Next month: Summer desserts Gayle Okumura Sullivan is co-owner, with husband Brian, of Dry Creek Peach & Produce in Healdsburg. June is Post Traumatic Stress injury Awareness month By Katherine Minkiewicz Staff Writer katherine@sonomawest.com While June may signal the start of summer fun and carefree nights for many, it's also a signal that fire season is underway for fire protection agencies and departments, ushering in what can be the busiest and most stressful time of year. June is also Post Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month and Sonoma County fire departments and districts are emphasizing the importance of mental care and of the Employee Assistance Program, which offers counseling and care for things like post traumatic stress or even domestic violence. "We've always kind of had something in place, but really it all started rolling and changing when we got a new chief and he put me through an IFF (International Association of Firefighters) peer support program," said Amanda Newhall, an engineer with the Healdsburg Fire Department and their peer support program lead. "That was a certification for a class that I took. Santa Rosa fire hosted it several years ago, and that kind of started the conversation for us to do a little bit more." "It allowed us to look at an audit and we found from there, being a combination department -- Healdsburg has both career full-time staff and also a reserve association volunteer staff who work part-time -- that we had an employee assistance program (EAP)," Newhall said. Newhall said at first the reserve/part-time firefighters were not in the program, but since then everyone has been on board. She said this is especially important since a lot of the reserves go on the same calls as full-time firefighters. "The employee assistance program is pretty great. It allows us to have insurance through the city where if I go on a bad call and I say, 'You Photo courtesy Sebastopol Fire Department TOUGH WORK -- Sebastopol firefighters work on the fire line. know what? I need someoneand things like that, but we He said that another stress to talk to,' there's counselors try to make a focus more on factor was the fact that many that the EAP will pay for," resiliency and basically of the first responder's homes Newhall said. having those tools in your and families were also in the Moments of stress that hit pocket and knowing what path of fire. her hard stem from works for you," she said.So in addition to dealing responding to calls that can Tools for dealing with with the high-level of stress be relatable, she said. stress could range from from the job at hand, they "It kind of hits everyone anything as simple as playing were also dealing with differently. For me, I've had a a favorite instrument to questioning whether or not couple calls that were working on meditation, their homes or families were relatable. For me, when I see "We've also brought yoga OK. someone out there near my to the Healdsburg Fire He said when he first got age out there doing the right Department. We have an into the public safety field, thing early in the morning instructor who teaches a PTSD wasn't something that riding their bike or running number of different facets was often talked of, or and they just get mowed over from veterans, to inmates in thought of, but now it is by a car, or there is a freak prison, to firefighters, to important to do so. accident and it is traumatic, doing some work at the junior "It can build up," he said. that hits me a little bit hard. I college with the EMS In addition to the EAP, he tend to carry and hold onto academy," Newhall said, "This week, all of our those a little bit more, and I explained, members will attend think the same goes for every Mark Heine, Sonoma comprehensive training on single person if they're County Fire District Chief, behavioral health that is relatable," Newhall said. said their agency also gets focused on tools and She added moments of free counseling from the EAP. techniques for emergency stress often don't always Heine said this type of care responders to stay follow logic, is important since, "PTSD is emotionally healthy and to "It doesn't even have to something we need to talkmaintain healthy make a lot of sense. I had one about." relationships with loved ones. person say that they had a "Behavioral health is at the The class will also teach them patient say the same exact top of my priority list for the many resources available words a family member said employee health and to them to help them manage right before they passed wellness," Heine said. PTSD-related concerns." away, and they carried that A major moment of stress Bill Braga, chief for the for a long time and didn't that Heine spoke of was Sebastopol Fire Department, even realize it," Newhall said. du~ the 2017 Sonomaalso said that they use the So in addition to the EAP : ' Codex Fires when first EAP. program, the department has responders were running into In regards to the reserve been working on preventative the front lines of the fire while firefighters, Braga said they care since physical, mental most people were running for sit on a team that meets with health and wellness can go their lives, a group to discuss mental hand and hand. "They went on the front health and well being that "We've done safety stand lines of the Tubbs Fire, breaks off to do one-on-one downs on suicidal awareness running into it," Heine said. discussions. By Strickland real estate. "I like figuring it Reveille Editor out and getting the job done. I zoe@sonomawest.com really started my personal business of real estate in 2009 Oftentimes, when after I went to Timothy Toye businesses move to a new & Associates, and that's when building, they may paint short sales started some walls and bring in new happening. I was really, furniture. For the folks at really good at solving those Miserlian Baker Real Estate, problems. I like complicated starting creating a home for transactions. The main point their business -- and for is that the person who's themselves -- meant starting buying or selling doesn't feel from the ground up. the friction of the Miserllan Baker, owned by transactions." Anne Baker and Michael While the ability to put Miserlian, stands out. When puzzle pieces together and driving down North problem solve is at the core of Cloverdale Boulevard, you what pushes Baker, she also can't miss it -- its bright teal said that she strives to learn exterior is reminiscent of the more. "eXperience Cloverdale I went and interviewed colors. The decision to make other agencies outside of the building so tied to the Cloverdale and what I found town was deliberate, was that in all cases, except "I wanted the house to be when I went down to Rohnert like it was dressed in a formal Park, the broker wasn't in gown," Baker said. "I just direct connection with the think of it as the happy agent. So there was nothing house, and because I've new for me, I wasn't going to always liked working from learn anything special," home, this is perfect." Baker said. "The colors were actually That was one of the the 'eXperience Cloverdale' catalysts in creating colors from the flag," Miserlian Baker Real Estate Miserlian added. "At one -- building a business that fit point that emblem (in the her interests. center of the house) was that When they began crazy green, but nobody got entertaining the idea of it. I finally just said, 'it's back branching out on their own, to white.'" the duo had their sights set The front of the house is on a house downtown. the Miserlian Baker Real "We had seen this one Estate office -- two desks come up as a gas station, it blocked off from the rest of still had the pumps and the house, which serves as everything and I didn't want the couple's home. to have that liability," Baker Baker moved to Cloverdale said. Then when we finally in 2011, but until recently, she started to settle on the fact worked for Ukiah-based that we needed to be on the Timothy Toye & Associates in boulevard, we looked and it an office in downtown was back," Baker said. Cloverdale. Howeverin While they initially March, she and Miserlian thought the property was filed as their own zoned in a way that would broker/agent housing duo. prevent them from having a Baker serves in a "project house there, they soon found manager" role, and Miserlian out that that wasn't the case. does more of the on-site work, So, they made the move. like taking photos and doing During the week, a inspections, whiteboard on the deck "I like it all," Baker said, shows passersby their explaining what draws her to schedule for the day, or if they're out of the area. "Our main goal was to be accessible, and we are," Baker said. "The accessibility part is our mission -- to be accessible to our clients. I think that when we picked these bright colors that are inviting, we were picking 'we're accessible and we want you to understand that.'" When it came to making the old property usable, they had to tear down walls and structure the building in a way that would allow them to have both their work lives and their home lives under one roof. As such, the spaces are all but separate from each other, allowing them to drift between work and home. The house is now a mix of old and new. Miserlian Baker Real Estate is a new business, mixed with Baker's own real estate history -- the house itself is renovated with a new exterior, but with the floors and bones of the original Victorian. WELCOME -- Miserlian Baker held a ribbon cutting FRESH START -- In an effort to restructure the inside of the house, Miserlian and down to its bones. for their new digs on May 30. Photo provided Baker had to strip it Photo Brad Schmaltz i'