| May 18, 2012
| 1:33 PM
— Early cherries are reason enough to head to the farmers market, but be careful. Erratic winter chill, freezes during bloom, hail and late rains have made for a short crop of early cherries from the southern San Joaquin Valley. But there's still...
| May 18, 2012
| 4:26 PM
5 cherries, pitted
1 cherry, for garnish
3 leaves mint
1 sprig(s) mint, for garnish
1 hot chile, such as serrano, halved and seeded
2 ounce(s) white rum
1 ounce(s) fresh lemon juice
1 ounce(s) Basic Simple Syrup
2 ounce(s) chilled club...
| May 26, 2012
— It's always an event when "Farmer Al" Courchesne of Frog Hollow Farm shows up at the Santa Monica farmers market, where he'll be selling apricots and cherries for the next month. He's a celebrity farmer in the Bay Area, folksy yet sophisticated,...
| Jun 6, 2012
Ripeness matters. Ask any rabid tomato or strawberry lover who spends most of the year in (wise) denial waiting for that perfect ripeness. So firm is the focus on the ripe that one could be forgiven for thinking ripeness is a moment as cruelly sharp as...
| Jun 13, 2012
| 4:09 PM
After a year of working on their cherry crops, students at Linden High School were expecting to reap the fruits of their labor, but somebody beat them to it.
Sometime late last week, someone harvested all of the schools cherries from their cherry...
| Jun 15, 2012
| 4:29 PM
It was "just too cold" for Maureen Kercher to sustain her apples and peaches, two of the primary crops at Kercher's Sunrise Orchards Farm Market in Goshen. She lost about 95 percent of both.
"For the few that are left, you just have to decide if you...
| Sep 17, 2012
| 4:47 PM
ELLISON BAY, Wis. — The sweet aroma of onions caramelizing in a skillet is impossible to miss as vacationers enter the classroom in an old schoolhouse not far from the northern tip of Wisconsin's Door Peninsula.
The 16 students, a mix from children...
| Sep 7, 2012
| 1:05 AM
I planted a hibiscus shrub that gets flowers the size of a dinner plate. I've had the plant for three years. This year, it is much bigger and loaded with buds. I was so excited until I noticed the buds are yellowing and something's eating the leaves....
| Sep 7, 2012
| 6:05 AM
CHARLEVOIX -- Dry weather this summer has hurt farmers across the Midwest, but Northern Michigan seems to have been spared the brunt of the damage.
Jeff Halblaub, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service, reports that August was particularly dry...
| Jun 21, 2012
| 5:44 PM
For the most part, the 2012 growing season for fruit farmers in Michigan has been a nightmare.
“Horrible! We’ve had probably 10 percent of a crop on the cherries this year and the apples are a little bit better and not much.” Rodney...
| Jun 30, 2012
HANFORD, Calif. — Combining the high sugar and flavor of cherries with the larger fruit size and extended season of plums has been a longstanding dream for fruit breeders, but such crosses are difficult to make successfully so that the hybrids yield...