Tracking Olive Oil from Grove to Glass, Part 1 — Visiting an Olive Grove

Olives on the tree in Longview Ranch olive grove

(Disclosure: I received a discount on the¬†International Food Blogger Conference (IFBC)¬†registration fee in exchange for writing three posts about my experiences at the conference. All opinions are my own.) This is part 1 of a 2-part series on a visit to an olive grove and olive oil processing facility in Yolo County, California.¬† The second […]

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More about Almonds

The photo above shows the four post-harvest states of an almond. From left to right, the almond with intact hull; the hull peeled back to reveal the shell; after hulling; and finally hulled and shelled nut.   Almonds are related to apricots—the botanical name for the almond is Prunus amygdalus; apricot is Prunus armeniaca. If […]

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Farm Tour: Growing Mushrooms

Oyster mushrooms in a growing room at Far West Fungi mushroom farm

I went on a CUESA-organized farm tour last Sunday to Monterey County, about 2 hours south of San Francisco. Our first stop was Far West Fungi in Moss Landing, just a few miles from the Pacific Ocean. The Moss Landing area is close to Salinas, the lettuce bowl of America, and is a mix of […]

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