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Tender Portrait

Pictures of local farmers and ranchers decorate the walls of a new locavore restaurant.


Images by Tom Stone

Photographer Tom Stone’s work tends to be gritty. “With my photography, you can see the pores,” he says. And that honest approach is exactly what you’ll see when you walk into Tender Greens, the new downtown Walnut Creek restaurant that sources most of its ingredients from small local purveyors. 

Covering the walls of the Locust Street locale are photos documenting those California farms, fisheries, and ranches, including large close-ups of several local farmers.

“Being a small farmer isn’t the easiest thing in the world,” says Stone. “You see that in the struggle on their faces, in that weathered look. But there’s also a beauty there, a resilience. These people have had some success at what they do.”

Above: Al Courchesne, Fruit: “Farmer Al” of Brentwood’s Frog Hollow Farm supplies organic fruit, including pears, nectarines, peaches, and cherries. 

Mark Pasternak, Meat: Pasternak’s Devil’s Gulch Ranch in Marin County offers hormone-free rabbit, grass-fed spring lamb, and free-range pork.







Christine Coke, Veggies: Coke’s Coke Farm collective near Monterey provides organically grown vegetables such as beets, artichokes, and fava beans.  



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