SLO Saturday Market Snags Sustainable Seafood

There’s something fishy going on at the Saturday farmers’ market in San Luis Obispo.

Sustainably fishy, that is.

Wild Local Seafood Company, founded as an alternative to unsustainable and ecologically destructive fishing practices worldwide, will now have a booth at the market (8-10:45 a.m., at the World Market/Embassy Suites lot), offering a wide range of fresh seafood […]

SLO Saturday Market Snags Sustainable Seafood 2017-01-27T11:23:26+00:00

An insurance man’s sweet farming discovery

Today, the Butternut Farm in Stow, MA, is the site of an 18-hole golf course known for narrow fairways and the longest hole in the country without a sand trap. But on that same land some 80 years ago, a Boston white collar worker made farming history.

As an officer with the John Hancock Life […]

An insurance man’s sweet farming discovery 2017-01-27T11:24:20+00:00

How Hollywood and War Helped Promote the Carrot

Clark Gable probably never figured he could have so much influence on a vegetable.

In a scene from the 1934 movie “It Happened One Night,” his character, Peter Warne, casually leans against a roadside fence as he instructs Claudette Colbert on the proper way to hitchhike. As he details the technique — “It’s all in […]

How Hollywood and War Helped Promote the Carrot 2017-01-27T11:32:05+00:00

These Fruits Can Create a New You for the New Year

Peter Antonio sells tomatoes at the Morro Bay farmer’s market.

You don’t even need to think about what the top New Year’s resolution for 2017 is. Because it’s pretty much the same as it always is:

Lose weight.

Get healthy.

Of course, we know why so many make the […]

These Fruits Can Create a New You for the New Year 2017-01-27T11:25:22+00:00

There’s No Place Like Ham for the Holidays

People don’t usually ask why — it’s just the way it is: You have turkey for Thanksgiving and ham for Christmas.

The ham tradition has roots dating even further back than turkey. In fact, some say the holiday ham tradition began 2,000 years ago, when the Germanic people sacrificed boars as a tribute to the […]

There’s No Place Like Ham for the Holidays 2017-01-27T11:32:58+00:00

“Snow Night” stocking stuffer ideas

Grab your mittens and scarves — Thursday is Snow Night during the Downtown Farmers’ Market in San Luis Obispo. And if you haven’t already completed your holiday shopping, well — that snow might be a brisk reminder that time is running out.

Luckily, there are plenty of great stocking stuffer-type gifts you can pick up […]

“Snow Night” stocking stuffer ideas 2017-01-27T11:33:41+00:00

Persimmons: Don’t Judge a Fruit By Its Cover

There’s an odd rule of thumb when it comes to the persimmon: When you think it looks like garbage — that’s when you want to eat it.

Which, of course, goes against our usual thinking when it comes to fruits. If a banana turns black or an apple looks bruised, you pitch ’em in the trash […]

Persimmons: Don’t Judge a Fruit By Its Cover 2017-01-27T11:35:05+00:00

Simplify Thanksgiving dinner with chicken

Look, we understand your anxiety about Thanksgiving dinner.

It’s the turkey, right?

It takes forever to thaw, you have to cook it just right and – let’s face it – it’s kind of slimy and gross. (Giblets, anyone?)

pexels-chicken-picBut you’re not bound to convention. In fact, there are several meat-oriented […]

Simplify Thanksgiving dinner with chicken 2017-01-27T11:40:26+00:00

Why Cabbage Has an Image Problem

Ew — that smell. You know what I’m saying?

Cabbage.

When someone is boiling it, you definitely know it. Which is part of why cabbage has a bit of an image problem. Blame the rest on Hollywood.

Remember “Willy Wonka & and the Chocolate Factory?” In the memorable early scenes, cabbage is seen as a drab, flavorless food, which […]

Why Cabbage Has an Image Problem 2017-01-27T11:40:56+00:00

Why garlic saves your neck (from vampires)

Oh, great. A Realtor is showing the house next door to a vampire – and the old ghoul looks interested.

There’s goes the neighborhood.

After you rule out relocation (All that unpacking just sucks the life out of you!), you drive yourself batty trying to figure out ways to ward off your potential new neighbor: […]

Why garlic saves your neck (from vampires) 2017-01-27T11:41:56+00:00