From the plant to the jar — behind the popular Mama’s Preserves with Arroyo Grande farmer Lori Heal

It’s only September, but Lori Heal is already thinking of a new jam she can create for Christmas.

“I love blending and mixing,” she said. “I keep adding, and I keep mixing.”

She has farmed berries in Arroyo Grande for three decades. And as her operation grew, so too did the amount of berries she produced.

“I started […]

From the plant to the jar — behind the popular Mama’s Preserves with Arroyo Grande farmer Lori Heal 2016-10-04T14:11:57+00:00

Let’s hear it for watermelons — using sound to pick a winner

Standing behind a table crowded with watermelons, John Lahargou beats on several of the rinds as if they were bongos. After tapping one with a slightly higher-pitched sound — offering less bass than the other melons — he stops, nods and concludes, “That’s on the greener side.”

If you search the Internet for advice on picking […]

Let’s hear it for watermelons — using sound to pick a winner 2017-01-27T11:44:45+00:00

With Autumn approaching, you’ll fall for butternut apple soup

While John Chapman is perhaps the best known ambassador of the apple — a folk hero with an eye for orchards — the fruits that Johnny “Appleseed” brought to the frontier at that time weren’t usually grown for eating or baking pies. In fact, they were called “spitters,” because that was usually what someone would […]

With Autumn approaching, you’ll fall for butternut apple soup 2017-01-06T16:47:32+00:00

Juicing on the Mend

Fifteen minutes before the farmers’ market begins in downtown San Luis Obispo, passersby are already asking Julia Gomez for samples — and she’s not even finished setting up her booth. It shouldn’t be a surprise, though: Her containers full of colorful juices, stacked on ice, represent a refreshing treat on a warm day.

But they’re not […]

Juicing on the Mend 2017-01-27T11:46:00+00:00

What Is Cooking From Scratch?

Good Tides Organic Bistro is so serious about making food from scratch, even their ketchup is made from scratch.

Now that’s some serious scratch.

But what does “cooking from scratch” even mean?

By most accounts, the term originated with sporting events. Some say it dates to competitive races in the 1800s, referring to a starting point, which […]

What Is Cooking From Scratch? 2017-01-27T11:48:10+00:00

Memories of summer

Summer began with a blaze of heat in San Luis Obispo County this year, with parts of the county seeing temperatures warm up to 100 degrees or more. Yet, with school out and the vacation season in full swing, there was still plenty of activity in San Luis Obispo County.

Surfer

Memories of summer 2017-02-03T14:10:29+00:00

When in Drought, There’s No Doubt: Succulents Conserve

You’ve probably heard that the state lifted restrictions on water use in urban areas. Yet that doesn’t mean Californians don’t need to conserve water: Nearly 60 percent of the state remains in “severe drought,” and certain parts of San Luis Obispo County are still bound to significant water use restrictions.

Another words, we still need […]

When in Drought, There’s No Doubt: Succulents Conserve 2017-01-27T11:50:11+00:00