Archive of Linda Hubbard Gulker

Linda Hubbard Gulker first moved to Menlo Park a really long time ago (long enough that she started kindergarten at Hillview School and graduated there from 8th grade in the days it was a K-8). Following her four years at Menlo-Atherton High School, she went “SoCal” to attend UCLA and stayed too long in the Southland. She moved back to Menlo Park 20 years ago to find some things had changed – and some things remained the same. When she’s not blogging or taking snapshots for InMenlo, she’s jogging the Dish or other nearby hills.

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The you pick ’em berry season opened this week at Webb Ranch, so we thought it was a good time to catch up with ranch manager Atlee Frechette, a fourth generation Webb who will give birth to a fifth generation later this year — her first child.

“Olallieberries, loganberries and Prime Ark blackberries are the first ones to ripen this year,” she said.

“None of them are common berries. Since taking over this portion of the business two years, I’ve learned so much about berry varieties — the cross breeding and how they came to be. It’s fun!”

The berry season typically lasts through August, depending on the weather. U-pick is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.

“Over the next three weeks, more varieties will ripen,” Atlee said.  “We have bosenberries, red and golden raspberries and two other types of blackberries, Navajo and Obsidian.”

The berries all have distinct looks. Prime Ark, for example has extra large droplets and little juice pods; Navajo is smaller and rounder. And important to aficionados, most have a distinct taste.

“That’s important to customers who make jams and pies,” said Atlee. “Many of these folks reach out to me to arrange to come out when a specific berry is ripe. They come with lots of flat and pick all morning.

“Then there’s the customer who comes every Tuesday or Thursday morning right when we open to pick berries to take to work. I think that’s terrific.”

While we visited Atlee at Webb before the recent heat wave, we did ask her about all the rain that lasted well into spring this year. “The more rain the better — the longer we can wait to turn on our irrigation.

“We did worry about the late rain knocking off the blossoms, but so far so good.

“Logans and raspberries take more water to do well. And they’re coming out — and happy!”

Footnote: Yes, that’s Webb Ranch working dog Nelli in the photo but there are no family pets — and no smoking — allowed during U pick hours. Cost is $4.00 for entry (0-4 and 65+ are free); $5.50 per pound of berries.

Photos by Scott R. Kline (c) 2019

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Gentry magazine sold to Southern California digital media and entertainment company

The Golden State Company has acquired Gentry magazine group from 18 Media for an undisclosed price. Gentry was founded in 1993 by Elsie Floriani and Sloan Citron. Its offices will remain in Menlo Park. “When looking for a partner to carry forward my mother’s life work, Golden State was the obvious choice,” said 18 Media Chairman, […]

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Kids take center stage at downtown Menlo Park summer block party

Last night’s downtown Menlo Park block party was as much about celebrating a slight break in the record heat as it was the start of summer. There was music playing along Santa Cruz Avenue. And lots of information booths from local businesses and non-profits. Plus, Beatles tribute band, the Sun Kings, was playing at Fremont […]

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Artist Tara de la Garza creates “Monuments to the Plastocene”

Let’s just say artist Tara de la Garza is a bit trash obsessed. “As a child, a trip to the ‘tip’ (dump) was always an adventure,” said the Menlo Park resident who is of Irish descent but grew up in Australia. “Furniture, electronics, bicycles, all sorts of treasures could be found.” Later as an adult […]

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Spotted: Tree down in Atherton

Emailed Jym Clendenin: “Park Lane at Valparaiso completely blocked at 6:00 am.” We ‘re guessing Jym was out for  a ‘before-the=heat-hits” run…

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Ari Rosenschein returns to boyhood haunt, Kepler’s, to take part in “Story is the Thing”

What better way to kick off the summer than listening to a group of emerging voices and established writers at Kepler’s? The bookstore’s quarterly Story is the Thing event will take place on Thursday, June 20, and feature among the authors, Ari Rosenschein, who grew up reading paperbacks sprawled on the bookstore’s floor. “That was when […]

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Long time Menlo Park resident Jym Clendenin celebrates milestone birthday

If you are regularly out and about in Menlo Park, you’re likely to have crossed paths with long time Menlo Park resident — and InMenlo contributor — Jym Clendenin. That’s because he’s a perpetual motion machine, whether it be walking, running, hiking or cycling. Today the retired SLAC physicist is celebrating his 80th birthday. His […]

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Sofia Preston takes the stage at Nativity Carnival

Menlo Park resident Sofia Preston took the stage at the 39th Annual Nativity Carnival this weekend. Sofia sang  R&B/Pop songs on Saturday, June 8, flanked by two back-up dancers and great friends, Melanie Anderson (yellow top) and Annika Kaval. Sofia is opening the Carnival today (June 9) by singing the National Anthem. The Nativity Carnival is […]

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Downtown block party and music in Fremont Park kicks off summer in Menlo Park on June 12

Menlo Park’s 13th Annual Downtown Block Party will take place on Wednesday, June 12, from 5:30 to 8:00 pm. Once again, Santa Cruz Avenue will be closed to traffic to create ample pedestrian space for an evening of food, kid-friendly fun and free activities for all ages. From 6:30 to 8:00 pm, the Beatles tribute […]

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Pomp & Circumstance time for seniors at Menlo-Atherton High School

Yesterday, June 6, the senior class of 2019 bid adieu to Menlo-Atherton High School amidst a program filled with words and music. The M-A concert band, M-A orchestra, M-A jazz band and M-A choir all took part. Senior speeches were given by Melody De La Quintana (Grateful), Elliot Schena (Embracing Uncertainty), Jayla Hill and Elise […]

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Bell Choir celebrates with a 21st anniversary concert

The Bell Choir at Trinity Church in Menlo Park is celebrating its 21st anniversary with a concert on Sunday, June 9, at 7:00 pm featuring a selection of classical, popular and sacred music — a range to please most everyone according to founding — and longest tenured members — Shirley Hagey (left in photo) and […]

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