| Apr 11, 2010
The last of the fragrant fruit blossoms is gone, their pink-and-white petals scattered across the orchards that nestle among the verdant foothills of the High Sierra.
By month's end — the first strawberries will be ready for picking. The...
| Mar 26, 2010
| 9:44 AM
The 14-year-old Corona del Mar farmers market is modest in size, with 24 vendors, including 10 produce and five flower or nursery stands. That's down a bit from a decade ago, and vendors say that sales are off because of the tough economy, but the...
| Jan 13, 2010
Citrus for sale
Here's where to find sour oranges and sour orange products:
Avakian's Grocery. Seville oranges. 1100 S. Glendale Ave., Glendale, (818) 242-3222.
Crown Valley Marketplace. Seville oranges. 27771 Center Drive, Mission...
| Feb 18, 2010
Fennel, the most fragrant of vegetables, is now at its peak of abundance and quality. Of the half-dozen stands at the Hollywood farmers market that sell it, Finley Organic Farms, which grows the Zefa Fino variety in Santa Ynez, has the sweetest and most...
| Feb 19, 2010
| 8:42 AM
Roasted orange-flavored rhubarb
Total time: About 55 minutes
Note: The cooking time will vary widely depending on the size of rhubarb. Adapted from "Italian Two Easy" by Rose Gray and Ruth Rogers.
1 pound rhubarb
1 1/2 oranges
| Feb 22, 2010
| 8:20 AM
Blood orange jalapeno margarita
Total time: 10 minutes, plus at least 12 hours infusing time
Note: Adapted from Border Grill
1 to 1 1/2 pounds blood oranges, thinly sliced
1 jalapeno, stemmed and sliced in half...
| Feb 25, 2010
| 5:33 PM
The Ventura Downtown farmers market, the oldest and largest farmers market in Ventura County, has remained remarkably stable over the last decade, with a good mix of local growers, including many small and backyard farmers. It benefits from its location...
| Dec 10, 2010
The traditional Japanese art of making the dried persimmons called hoshigaki is a mind-bogglingly labor-intensive artisanal process. The fruits of the acorn-shaped Hachiya variety are harvested firm, peeled by hand, strung up to dry for a month or so...
| Jan 3, 2011
| 6:27 AM
| Jan 20, 2011
Imagine turning Tax Day into a holiday. That's what happened with Tu Bishvat, the 15th day of the Jewish month of Shvat, which is Thursday.
During the time of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, Tu Bishvat was the date for determining the age of fruit trees in...
| Feb 25, 2011
Farmers markets, like battleships, take a long time to change direction. Such has been the case with the Studio City venue, which since its founding in 1998 has always been a "family-friendly" event, with a pony ride, petting zoo and lots of prepared...