| Dec 3, 2010
When customers stop by Jay Ruskey's stand at the Santa Barbara farmers market these days, they may or may not be impressed by the likes of the dragon fruit or finger limes he grows, but virtually everyone stops and gawks at the jars of fresh-roasted...
| Jan 6, 2011
This sounds familiar: a national consumer group is fighting to maintain organic standards against industry people who want to weaken them. But when it comes to "organic wine," the well-meaning consumers may actually be discouraging more organic farming....
| Apr 13, 2012
| 1:32 PM
John Y. Crow, a retired salesman of dairy products and a decorated World War II veteran, died of complications from pneumonia April 8 at Charlotte Hall Veterans Home in Southern Maryland. He was 89 and had lived in North Baltimore.
Born in Uniontown, Pa....
| Apr 17, 2012
| 5:18 PM
Teachers, students, retailers and beverage industry lobbyists are preparing for a showdown Wednesday as the battle over raising Baltimore's bottle tax to fund school repairs moves to a skeptical City Council committee.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake...
| Jan 15, 2012
A few months before the 2008 Beijing Olympics, I read a blog post by an Atlantic Monthly correspondent about Chinese wine.
I grew up outside New York City, where I ate hundreds of pounds of lo mein and pork-fried rice but didn't see, taste...
| Dec 1, 2011
Four students are standing over a hot stove in the creamery of the Institute of Domestic Technology on a late-October Sunday at the Zane Grey Estate in Altadena. Each one is manning a hand-cranked Whirley-Pop popcorn popper filled not with popcorn but...
| Dec 7, 2011
It was the last school day before Thanksgiving, and Traughber Junior High's lunchroom crackled with adolescent energy and anticipation of a holiday break starting in just a few hours.
Sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders at the Oswego school were busy...
| Dec 9, 2011
Robert Lawrence Balzer, a wine critic and educator who wrote an influential column in The Times for three decades during a career that stretched from the post-Prohibition era through the explosion of the California wine industry he championed, has died....
| Jan 3, 2012
| 8:42 PM
Beyond what we eat, what we're born with and what we do, our environment contributes in major — and mostly unnoticed — ways to our health and our weight.
All have conspired to make two-thirds of adult Americans and one-third of American...
| Dec 29, 2011
| 4:19 PM
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's administration is gearing up for a tough fight over her plan to raise Baltimore's bottle tax to pay for repairs to dilapidated city schools.
A bill to increase the 2-cent tax to 5 cents – and devote all bottle-tax...
| Jan 27, 2012
| 3:08 PM
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Baltimore schools chief Andrés Alonso told legislators Friday that the city needs more flexibility in spending the school construction money it gets from the state — seeking a change that would let the school...