| Jan 12, 2014
| 5:00 AM
One of California's top ambassadors often comes lightly salted and travels in a vacuum-sealed can. Eat an almond anywhere in the world and chances are that it was grown in the Golden State.
California produces 82% of the globe's almonds, harvesting...
| Dec 23, 2013
| 9:00 AM
A last-minute gift that's always welcome is a bottle of wine. But hold it right there, don't reach for the Charles Shaw or a generic California Cabernet. Put some thought into which bottle to give which person with the help of this guide, or your...
| Dec 28, 2013
Since the 19th century, French Champagne producers have skillfully cultivated an image of full-tilt glamour and luxury, spending millions promoting their brands. That would include sponsoring athletic competitions, society events and the $400,000 in...
| Dec 27, 2013
| 11:25 AM
Stung by media exposes of farmers market cheating, Los Angeles County officials have dramatically stepped up enforcement, bringing in Ed Williams, deputy director of the Los Angeles County Agricultural Commissioner’s office and an experienced...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 3:23 PM
STEVINSON, Calif. — A leggy bridesmaid smoothed her Grecian-pleated dress and stuffed lipstick and two cigars into her cowboy boots.
Over by the horses, the best man slipped a flask out of his vest and offered a mare a sip.
The preacher was...
| Oct 25, 2013
The 19-year-old Encino farmers market is one of the two best in the San Fernando Valley, because of its large size and quality, and its preponderance of farmers over prepared food. It's on a par with Studio City, which the manager, Carole Gallegos, ran...
| Nov 1, 2013
| 9:35 AM
WASHINGTON--More than 47 million Americans who receive food stamps awoke on Friday to deal with the harsh reality that their benefits will decrease because emergency payments from the federal government to stimulate the economy have expired.
| Nov 20, 2013
| 11:52 AM
WASHINGTON -- California’s egg law has emerged as a contentious issue in congressional negotiations over a farm bill.
The Humane Society has funded a $100,000 ad campaign to defeat federal legislation that would prevent California from requiring...
| Aug 3, 2013
Redlands is one of the last agricultural zones left in the Inland Empire, and its Saturday morning farmers market — though overshadowed by its giant Thursday brother — is thriving. But while the Thursday market seems to be primarily a social...
| Jul 29, 2013
| 5:18 PM
Scott Servais knew what he was getting himself into when he took over the Angels scouting and player development departments two years ago.
The farm system he inherited was ranked as the worst in Major League Baseball by Baseball America. Two years of...
| Jun 7, 2013
This week may be the best of the year for high-flavored fruit that's worth a special trip to local farmers markets, because it's almost never available elsewhere.
Start with boysenberries, whose rich, complex, sweet-tart flavor reflects their ancestry,...