| 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...
| May 31, 2013
After a month of mediocre early-season apricots, the prime varieties, sweet, juicy and flavorful, are here or will be soon. Beyond the celebrated Blenheim, there are other worthwhile varieties, and a few are even better. Here are the leading apricots...
| May 3, 2013
In some ways farmers markets are a natural fit at universities, where many students crave healthful, local and organic produce. However, schools are largely closed during summer, the busiest season for markets, and the managers — if students run the...
| 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 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...
| May 17, 2013
| 3:02 PM
Among the most intriguing May peaches are three patented by Alan and Lori Asdoorian of Kingsburg, whose century-old Island Farms lies between two branches of the Kings River, southeast of Fresno.
Because of the short period from bloom to harvest, May...
| Apr 27, 2013
Traditionally, working folk dreamed of retiring to California to grow citrus, or more recently wine grapes, but these days the second career crop of choice appears to be artisanal olive oil. Fresh, local oil is all the rage; universities and industry...
| Oct 5, 2013
California farmers raise vast quantities of wheat, but this most basic of foods has remained an industrial commodity, absent from farmers markets. That may be changing, however, since a passionate bread baker, Andrea Crawford of Kenter Canyon Farms,...
| Oct 11, 2013
Because of its size and the diversity of its offerings, Tuesday Torrance is arguably the best weekday farmers market after Santa Monica. Founded by the city in 1985, its sales are only half those of the busier Saturday market in the same location at...
| Oct 14, 2013
| 2:06 PM
Investigators are still unsure how cooked rotisserie chicken sold at a Costco store in South San Francisco was contaminated with a strain of salmonella involved in a national outbreak linked to Foster Farms brand poultry.
At least one person was...
| Sep 27, 2013
The decade-old Brentwood farmers market is the largest of the 20 venues run by the Raw Inspiration group, stretching for almost a quarter mile down Gretna Green Way from San Vicente Boulevard to Montana Avenue. It’s a flourishing event with a...