| Sep 21, 2013
| 9:53 AM
CARACAS, Venezuela -- The government may be holding a clearance sale of sorts this weekend after adding a new asset to its portfolio of confiscated farms and factories: the nation’s largest manufacturer of toilet paper.
The seizure of the plant...
| Jul 11, 2013
| 4:09 PM
WASHINGTON — The cluck may be running out on California’s egg law.
The House on Thursday approved a bill that would prevent California from requiring that eggs imported into the state be produced under standards ensuring that hens can spread...
| Jul 12, 2013
Most of the best plums and Pluots — sweet or sweet-tart, with rich flavor — cluster in midseason, from mid-July to mid-August. Even now there are plenty of mediocrities, however, so it pays to keep a list of what to look for or avoid.
| 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...
| Jul 26, 2013
PASO ROBLES, Calif. — For the diversity and high quality of their heirloom fruit, vegetables and meats, and the integrity of their principles, no vendors at local markets excel Barbara and Bill Spencer of Windrose Farm. Several other growers do a...
| 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...
| 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...
| Aug 13, 2013
| 12:13 PM
Weiser Family Farms is famous at L.A. farmers markets for its purple Brussels sprouts, Ogen melons and Russian Banana fingerling potatoes. And many shoppers might be curious about what it's like at the farm in Tehachapi. Well, Weiser Family Farms will...
| Aug 14, 2013
| 7:00 AM
UDELNAYA, Russia — Yelena Titova shakes a jar holding a few dozen leeches writhing in slightly murky water. When one of them sinks to the bottom, motionless, she plunges her hand in and retrieves the late bloodsucker.
She doesn't mind when the...
| 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...
| Aug 23, 2013
| 3:52 PM
The gig: Alex Weiser, 49, of Weiser Family Farms grows some of the Southland's most sought-after fruits and vegetables on three farms in Kern and San Bernardino counties. Weiser potatoes can be found on the vaunted Providence restaurant menu in Hollywood....