| May 14, 2012
After March brought us a miraculous string of 80-degree days, Midwestern fruit farmers were praying for an equally miraculous April — one warm enough to protect all the vulnerable fruit blossoms coaxed into early bloom.
But a punishing frost in the...
| Oct 31, 2012
| 2:58 PM
My friend Mildred "Neale" Baltz died last month, just weeks shy of her 103rd birthday.
Despite our 40-year age difference, we shared a lot in the nearly two decades that we were next-door neighbors.
I wrote a story about Neale in 2005 — its...
| Nov 1, 2012
| 8:08 AM
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Roasted Butternut Squash Salad
5 lbs butternut squash
3 spanish onions
1 lb dried cherries
| Aug 24, 2012
| 1:05 AM
Japanese beetles, a highly destructive plant pest that feed on more than 300 host plants, have been detected in North Dakota again.
Japanese beetles are established in most states east of the Mississippi River and in Kansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana,...
| 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...