What makes a better gift than DIY cocktail supplies? This kind of gift is cute, unique, and way more useful than another pair of hand-knit socks. Best of all, it’s surprisingly easy to make the components of one of my favorite cocktails, the Manhattan. Well, all of the components except for the rye whiskey. That one, I’ll leave to the experts.
House and Senate negotiators are meeting to reconcile their two different versions of a new farm bill. If they don’t reach agreement, the nation faces going over “the dairy cliff” – a reversion to 1949 farm policy that would cause a big spike in milk prices.
It’s not Thanksgiving without apple pie. Stephanie Rosenbaum shares step-by-step instructions for this holiday classic, better than you’ve ever made before.
The anti-poverty group Oxfam is asking Pepsi’s shareholders to approve a resolution that, if passed, would force the company to disclose its sugar suppliers and investigate whether those suppliers are implicated in “land grabs” that unfairly take land from the poor.
Many organic farmers are hopping mad at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Their reason? Fertilizer. The FDA, as part of its overhaul of food safety regulations, wants to limit the use of animal manure, which organic farmers call a precious resource and a basis of their farming practices.
Around 1900, as part of a U.S. Department of Agriculture program to find crops from around the world which would grow well in the United States, “agricultural explorers” visited Algeria, Iraq and Egypt. They returned with date palm shoots, and after planting in a number of regions, found the Coachella Valley had the perfect climate for the crop.
A commission evaluating the impacts of animal agriculture says the industry has resisted change. And it says government agencies have failed to regulate the industry’s environmental and health practices because of “overwhelming” political influence.
Sure, the thermometer might read 75 degrees, but before you know it, turkey time will be upon us. Wondering about heritage breeds? Pasture-raised? Or just how big a bird you’ll need feed your clan? Take the guesswork out of buying your holiday turkey with Bay Area Bites’ guide to sourcing the best birds around the Bay.
Culling and stomping grapes may conjure images of the fall harvest but did you know that vintners want fungus-covered fruit or that white wine can be made from red grapes? Lindsey Hoshaw takes a trip to Napa and shares a few little known facts about winemaking including where you can join the crush.
Over the past six years, an estimated 130 new apple varieties have hit markets around the globe. And behind every crisp, tasty bite, there’s a world of plant breeding — and decades of painful trial and error.
A new California law just signed by Governor Jerry Brown might take some of the risk out of the equation for urban farmers by making longer-term leases an appealing proposition for landowners.
The majority of the nation’s pears grow in the Pacific Northwest, and this year’s harvest is predicted to be one of the largest in history. But farmers are facing a shortfall that’s been plaguing many agricultural industries: not enough workers to pick the fruit.