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Hello, hello, hello. It is Friday, Sept. 23, and a sunny day is ahead for Santa Cruz County, with a summery spread of temperatures — 70s closer to the shore, into the 90s in the mountains.

If you’re warmed up and ready to hit Lookout’s latest on your own, get after it.
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If you’re sticking with me for the tour, I hope you brought your appetite. Fridays at Lookout mean Eaters Digest, and not only has Lily Belli found an exquisite pastrami sandwich, she’s got the goods on a variety of festivals happening this weekend around the county and plenty more.

We also have another profile in our Farmers Market Fridays series, with Thomas Sawano sampling the locally foraged seaweed you can find at Seaquoia’s downtown stand. (And don’t miss our definitive guide to Santa Cruz County’s vibrant farmers market scene here.)

On campus, UCSC is naming its Research Center for the Americas after civil rights activist Dolores Huerta, and Hillary Ojeda has a Q&A with center director Sylvanna Falcón about how it went down. And for the students among you, or anyone with a student in their life, Student Lookout is back with deals, tips and more.

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Now how about some headlines?

Fall festivals, a succulent plum and Reef Dog’s perfect pastrami

What a difference a year has made for local grapes.
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It’s officially autumn, and that means harvest celebrations, Oktoberfests and a Bonny Doon standby. In this week’s Eaters Digest, Lily Belli also sinks her teeth into a farmers market gem and heads to Capitola for a warm hug. Consume!

MORE FROM LILY: Dig into all of Lookout’s food & drink coverage here

Seaquoia harvests the deep (under the bay) forests to produce captivating edible kelp

You can find Seaquoia at the downtown Santa Cruz farmers market every Wednesday.

Seaquoia, a homegrown seaweed merchant, is one of the only of its kind around Monterey Bay, and sells a wide range of products made from wild kelp. Thomas Sawano has our latest Farmers Market Fridays profile.

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Make the most of what’s shaping up to be a swell Friday, and have a safe, relaxing weekend!

Will McCahill
Lookout Santa Cruz

A veteran jack-of-all-trades journalist who is Lookout’s copy editor, writes and compiles Morning Lookout newsletter and produces Lookout’s other editorial newsletters and helps run Lookout’s social...