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California Farmers Pray for Rain, Prepare for Continued Drought

California Farmers Pray for Rain, Prepare for Continued Drought

| October 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Farmers at the annual fundraiser for The Center for Land-Based Learning say they’re doing OK this year, with a bit of strategic tinkering and water-wise practices. But if the drought drags on into another year, they except to hurt, a lot.

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It Takes More Than A Produce Aisle To Refresh A Food Desert

It Takes More Than A Produce Aisle To Refresh A Food Desert

| February 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Residents of a Philadelphia neighborhood that lacked a grocer got a new market brimming with fresh fruit and veggies — but that didn’t change what they ate, a survey shows. Additional interventions — such as cooking classes and nutrition education — may be needed.

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The Fruits Of Free Trade: How NAFTA Revamped The American Diet

The Fruits Of Free Trade: How NAFTA Revamped The American Diet

| January 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

Signed 20 years ago this month, the landmark trade agreement radically altered the way we get our fruits and vegetables, encouraging year-round imports from Mexican farms. That’s why it’s now no big deal to find, say, raspberries in winter. But critics say it also has trained consumers to value convenience over flavor and has dulled knowledge of where food comes from.

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Wal-Mart Pledges Fresher Produce By Cutting Out The Middleman

Wal-Mart Pledges Fresher Produce By Cutting Out The Middleman

| June 3, 2013 | 0 Comments

The retailing giant says it will launch training for 70,000 associates to help them spot fruits and vegetables that should no longer be on shelves. The move follows complaints that understaffing was leading to low-quality produce of dubious freshness in stores.

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A Tour through the San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market

A Tour through the San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market

Got food? Stephanie Rosenbaum takes an early-morning trip into the bustle of the San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market, the city’s biggest business you’ve never seen.

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Shrooms, Chokes, Fruits: Bay Area Chefs on How To Pick Winter Produce, Pt. 3

Shrooms, Chokes, Fruits: Bay Area Chefs on How To Pick Winter Produce, Pt. 3

| February 23, 2011 | 0 Comments

Tamara Palmer gets some expert winter produce advice from Jen Biesty of Scala’s Bistro, Eric Tucker of Millennium Restaurant and Aaron London of Ubuntu.

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It’s Green Garlic Season: Celebrate with Pesto!

It’s Green Garlic Season: Celebrate with Pesto!

| February 15, 2011 | 1 Comment

Early spring in the Bay Area means that green garlic is about to start popping up in farmers markets. Here are some tips on how to cook with this amazing vegetable.

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Bay Area Chefs on How to Select Winter Produce, Part 2

Bay Area Chefs on How to Select Winter Produce, Part 2

| January 21, 2011 | 1 Comment

Another sunny Saturday morning found us back at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, the secret weapon of San Francisco’s thoughtful, creative chefs. The Bay Area has a wide variety of interesting fruits and vegetables growing here and near year-round, and while we’re surrounded by it all the time, you’re not alone if you have little to no idea what to look for when picking produce. We tagged along with four local culinary artists on their morning run around the various farm stands to steal their valuable tips.

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Bay Area Chefs on How to Select Winter Produce

Bay Area Chefs on How to Select Winter Produce

| December 31, 2010 | 1 Comment

As important as growing and selecting produce is to a healthy diet and life, it’s pretty stunning how few of us really know how to pick the best fruits and vegetables when shopping. Sure, we might have heard about certain items we’re supposed to thump or squeeze, and we know to look out for obvious cosmetic flaws, but too much more beyond that is a big mystery for many.

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Pomegranates: 50 Years a Family Tradition

Pomegranates: 50 Years a Family Tradition

| January 3, 2009 | 1 Comment

It’s funny how things come full circle. My mother grew up in Glendale, CA, and when she went halfway across the country for college, my grandmother started sending her California-grown pomegranates in the mail. For four years, the U.S. Post Office carried round, ruby-skinned exotic fruits from California’s sunny climes directly to the frozen tundra of Michigan.

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CSAs and Farmers’ Markets

CSAs and Farmers’ Markets

| April 24, 2008 | 7 Comments

Ever since I visited Hidden Villa, I’ve been thinking of CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture). CSAs are programs where subscribers can receive a weekly box or basket of seasonal produce in exchange for either a share in a farm (usually paid upfront at the start of a season) or a weekly or monthly payment. These programs […]

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Grounded Groceries

Grounded Groceries

| January 28, 2008 | 4 Comments

As hard as I try to be a good diner, I try even harder to be a good customer. At my preferred grocery store, I wait my turn at the fish counter — often giving way to customers who were definitely there after me — I never go in the express lane with more than […]

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