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  • Dick King-Smith dies at 88; his book about a talking pig became the film 'Babe'

    Dick King-Smith dies at 88; his book about a talking pig became the film 'Babe'
    Dick King-Smith, an internationally popular British children's author whose best-known book, the amusing and inspiring story of a sheep-herding pig who talks, was turned into the hit 1995 movie "Babe," has died. He was 88. King-Smith died in his sleep...
  • Kickstarter's growing grass-roots food scene

    Kickstarter's growing grass-roots food scene
    Kate Koyama moved to Los Angeles from Hardin, Mont., to work in film production, but then a year ago a new dream started to take shape: selling Native American fry bread tacos. She already had her own family recipe, passed down from her Aunt Bernice Cook,...
  • Milton Levine dies at 97; co-creator of popular ant farm toys

    Milton Levine dies at 97; co-creator of popular ant farm toys
    The creation of a toy that would become an American classic was triggered in 1956 by a Fourth of July parade of ants at a Studio City picnic. While gazing at the industrious insects, novelty-toy entrepreneur Milton Levine was transported back to...
  • Market Watch: Heirloom tomatoes, Pluots, Japanese bell peppers in Torrance

    Market Watch: Heirloom tomatoes, Pluots, Japanese bell peppers in Torrance
    The Torrance farmers market is one of the three largest and best in the Southland, along with Santa Monica and Hollywood, and one of the very few that qualifies as a destination. Bustling and well-run, it always has a lot to offer, but particularly so...
  • It's a name game with hybrid fruits

    It's a name game with hybrid fruits
    It used to be that a peach was a peach and a plum was a plum, and that was it. Now, however, breeders are coming up with complex hybrids between species, such as fruits that are a combination of peaches, apricots and plums, and cherries or nectarines...
  • Connecting WIC participants with farm-fresh produce

    Connecting WIC participants with farm-fresh produce
    At the Prime Time Nutrition store in El Monte, a store that stocks the foods provided monthly to recipients of a federal mother-and-child nutrition program, shoppers can pick up formula and cereal, cheese and bread and other basic groceries. This summer,...
  • Market Watch: Prime time for Blenheim apricots, Snow Queen white nectarines and Persian mulberries

    Market Watch: Prime time for Blenheim apricots, Snow Queen white nectarines and Persian mulberries
    For stone fruit growers and buyers, the cool, moist spring yielded mixed results: disastrous losses for many cherry farmers whose crops split in the rain; a banner year for apricots, which have thrived in the milder weather; and a delayed harvest, with...
  • Market Watch: Farm brings every muscat imaginable

    Market Watch: Farm brings every muscat imaginable
    One of the rarest but greatest pleasures of farmers markets is encountering passionate collectors who sell a wide range of rare fruit varieties normally grown only at specialty sites such as germplasm repositories and agricultural experiment stations....
  • Market Watch: In Ojai, hot chiles and a warm story

    Market Watch: In Ojai, hot chiles and a warm story
    Most native-born French recoil from chiles as if from snakes, but in the Basque country of the Pyrenees foothills, five miles from the Spanish border, the citizens of Espelette adore a unique local pod called the Espelette, conical, 3 to 4 inches long and...
  • Market Watch: A new tack in farmers market regulation

    Market Watch: A new tack in farmers market regulation
    A plan earlier this year to ensure the integrity of farmers markets went nowhere, but now the California Department of Food and Agriculture is forming an advisory group to consider a variety of topics related to the direct marketing of fruits and...
  • Market Watch: A bumper crop of new markets in the L.A. area

    Market Watch: A bumper crop of new markets in the L.A. area
    These days, everyone and his uncle wants a farmers market in his neighborhood or shopping center. Dozens of new farmers markets open each year in the Los Angeles area, varying greatly in their operators, intentions and locales. Some are basically swap...