Brassica oleracea started as wild cabbage native to many parts of Europe. Natural (and a little careful unnatural) selection eventually shaped it into all the modern types of cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts and ultimately, nature's sculptural coup -- the oddly-formed kohlrab ... More >>
The usual, painfully stereotypical story of success in our town is about the farm girl who comes to L.A. to make it in "showbiz." But the best stories are almost always a twist on the typical. So it goes for Shear Rock Farms, a story about the woman (in this case, Sabrina Bohn) who leaves Hollywood ... More >>
Wonderful things happened when Australia was ripped away from the rest of the world's landmass around 65 million years ago. That continental isolation yielded some quirky and celebrated evolutionary wonders in both flora and fauna. The platypus and koala get most of the play, but the rainforest fr ... More >>
I am flying westward
over the Angeles Crest Mountains, the morning sun shining down over the
San Fernando Valley as it spreads out below me and we bank south. The
Cessna 152, aptly named "the Commuter," cruises at just over 3,500 feet
as we travel from the Agua Dulce Airpark toward Santa Monica ... More >>
The path to the olallieberry, a 1935 loganberry and youngberry cross that grows exceptionally well here in California, is a very short one. It's around only three to four weeks tops from the start of picking to the last luscious berry. It has a direct lineage link with and acquires its color and ... More >>
Anne Fishbein/LA WeeklyRoasted beets and cheese at MB PostCan You Dig It?
Chef David LeFevre kicks off a seasonal series where he hosts a guest chef who will cook a three-course meal of shareable small plates. For the inaugural event, it's LeFevre's pal Giuseppe Tentori (Boka, GT Fish & Oyste ... More >>
"This lemon will cure that cough of yours," advised a fellow market-goer. It turned out that her motherly advice wasn't simply anecdotal. The Sweet Lemon, or Sweet Lime depending on who you talk to, is incredibly high in Vitamin C and has been a favorite of Mediterranean and Persian cultures for c ... More >>
After all of that Novy Ranches grass-fed eyeball farmers market talk, we had to call up the Northern California ranch's owner, Lowell Novy, a Northern California by way of Nebraska veterinarian turned cattle rancher.
A mouthful? Sure. But a good one. Novy was more than happy to chat -- honestly -- ... More >>
Felicia FriesemaThe Hollywood market earlier this year.After reading Beth Barrett's piece about farmers markets this week, it might be tempting to hang up the locavore hat and head out for an angsty and cathartic mouthful at the local McDonald's. We're envisioning an army of market goers as ... More >>
Tambako/FlickrMore details are emerging about yesterday morning's raid on Rawesome, a members-only raw food collective whose owner was arrested and jailed for the heinous crime of peddling raw milk. Most absurd and appalling is the fact that the raid was the result of a year-long undercover o ... More >>
Don't do it.Another day another raid in Venice. But this one didn't involve marijuana shops or pot docs or even RV dwellers.
No, this time the targets were purveyors of fine, raw milk, a product you can't really sell legally without special permits. Those, authorities say, were not in-hand w ... More >>
Amy ScattergoodAuthorities raid Rawesome Foods in Venice, Calif.[Update, 2:36 p.m.: The official word from the DA's office is that Stewart, Palmer & Bloch were arrested on criminal conspiracy charges stemming from the alleged illegal production and sale of unpasteurized goat milk, goat cheese ... More >>
An "excessive heat watch" has been issued by the National Weather Service for much of Los Angeles Tuesday and Wednesday, with "dangerous heat possible" and even record temperatures for the San Fernando Valley, the San Gabriel Valley, and the Santa Monica Mountains.
A high-pressure system is ... More >>