| Jul 12, 2013
| 8:35 PM
With thick, hollow trunks and lichen-draped limbs propped up on crutches, the century-old Gravenstein trees at Walker Apples look less like a working orchard than an arboreal infirmary, or the rear guard of a retreating army. The 20 square miles of...
| Aug 14, 2013
| 8:34 AM
On a beautiful day in Santa Barbara last Saturday, wine enthusiasts were able to taste unreleased wines from a collection of Santa Barbara County's top vineyards. The Santa Barbara County Wine Futures Tasting was held at the courtyard in front of Les...
| Jun 22, 2013
| 8:30 AM
In my first post outlining my 100-mile diet, I mentioned a $35 local chicken and a comment war broke out over whether the price was justifiable. Though I think sustainable food is priceless, searching for a more reasonably priced bird, I called up...
| Jun 18, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Eric Asimov, the New York Times wine critic, wrote an article celebrating 10 hand-picked, up-and-coming wine producers in California. “The polarizing years of California wine are over,” he wrote.
Those of us who live and drink in...
| Jun 17, 2013
| 5:39 PM
U.S. House of Representativesis gearing up for a big egg fight as early as Wednesday when it takes up the proposed farm bill and whether states can regulate how agricultural products outside its borders are manufactured or raised.
This all stems from...
| Jun 14, 2013
| 10:17 AM
At many Southern California certified farmers markets, the vendors may comply with agricultural regulations but still offer only mediocre produce and may never have actually set foot on a farm. Paradoxically, the Antelope Valley Winery farmers market in...
| 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,...
| Jun 8, 2013
| 5:55 PM
WASHINGTON — Congress this year will deal with a host of profound issues: A confrontation over raising the nation's debt limit. Budget battles that will determine whether more cuts are made in government services. And the most ambitious attempt to...
| Apr 5, 2013
| 11:04 AM
April is generally the least abundant month for locally grown fruits, with nothing like the profusion of stone fruits in summer, apples in autumn and citrus in winter. But there's still plenty of great choices at farmers markets, particularly for shoppers...
| Mar 8, 2013
| 10:07 AM
Locally raised pork is rare in Southern California, but in a hilly grapefruit grove north of San Diego, fenced to exclude mountain lions, 14 tasty piglets luxuriate, fattening for sale at the Santa Monica farmers market. They're the dream or folly of...
| Mar 1, 2013
— The cherimoya is a peculiar-looking, almost intimidating fruit — "like a pre-Columbian jade pine cone or the finial for a giant Inca four-poster bed," in Elizabeth Schneider's memorable words. But at its best it tastes sublime, with sweet,...