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Post image for Vancouver fruit stand too successful, forced to close

A local fruit vendor has been forced to close a popular produce stand after the City of Vancouver decided the operation had grown too large for its streetside space. For several summers, Rob Smith’s Berry Mobile has been bringing fresh, local fruits and vegetables to three streetside stands in the area. Smith was recently put [...]

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Post image for ‘Natural’ Preservative Bisin Makes Food Last for Years

A new naturally occurring preservative called bisin was discovered accidentally by microbiologists at the University of Minnesota. I don’t know about you, but every time I hear or think of “preservatives” I get kinda nauseous. It makes me think of all the chemicals used to make stuff look better than what it really is. After [...]

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Post image for Meet your grower at Wegmans in Canandaigua

Canandaigua, N.Y. — Local growers who partner with Wegmans Food Markets will tell their stories and show off their produce at two “Meet the Grower” events at the Canandaigua store. A representative from Burnap Fruit Farm, which has been growing for Wegmans since 1995, will be at the store from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, [...]

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Post image for South Florida Farmers Achieve Record Year in Water Quality Success

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.,   PRNewswire/ — Farmers in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA), south of Lake Okeechobee, achieved a record-setting 79 percent phosphorus reduction in the water leaving the farming region — more than three times less phosphorus than the state requirement. The South Florida Water Management District, the agency tasked with Everglades restoration, announced [...]

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Post image for Food Inflation — Produce Prices Rising after Heat Wave

The cost of putting fresh produce on your family’s table is going up, as parched farm fields are yielding fewer crops to bring to market. At Soulard Market tomatoes that were $1 a pound last summer are now going for $1.50 and the corn that was three ears for $1 last summer is now priced [...]

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Post image for Kenya: State to Put Up Fresh Produce Markets Countrywide

THE government plans to set up 38 medium level fresh produce markets equipped with cold storage facilities to enhance distribution of the products and increase earnings for farmers. Six such markets which were part of the pilot project are about to be complete according to Agriculture PS Romano Kiome. The six are to be located [...]

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Post image for Cleveland: Bread Basket?

By Christopher Shea – Cleveland, of all places, could become nearly completely self-reliant as a food-producer if residents grew crops on deserted plots of land and on industrial rooftops, a new study finds. The city currently provides about 1.5% of its own food—and the typical item on a resident’s plate probably comes from 1,500 miles [...]

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Post image for Clearing up sunscreen confusion: All about SPFs and which products best protect our skin

On one of the hottest days of this summer, Tommi Ann Church was soaking up the sun’s rays at Edgewater Park’s beach in Cleveland. “I’m here to get a tan,” the 21-year-old from Hollidaysburg, Pa., said, admitting that she had only put sunscreen on her face and balm on her lips despite the intense sun [...]

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Post image for Voluntary non-GMO verification aids consumer choice in Boulder County

Silk Soymilk and some of its other beverages recently completed the verification process of the Non-GMO Project. Why the careful wording? Given the ubiquity of genetically modified organisms in some U.S. commodity crops — 93 percent of soybeans grown in the United State are genetically modified according to Craig Shiesley of Silk — no product [...]

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Post image for Loyal customers drive Farmers Market success

This is the first in a three-part series that profiles locals who are dedicated Davis Farmers Market shoppers and why they spend their food dollars there. By Shelly G. Keller For 35 years, the Davis Farmers Market has hosted thousands of people twice a week year-round. They come to the market for all kinds of [...]

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Post image for India inflation hits consumption of fruits, vegetables in lower income groups

NEW DELHI (Commodity Online): Around 55% of lower middle class families have been forced to skip or squeezed their budgets for fresh fruits and vegetables because of skyrocketing prices, reveals Associated Chamber of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) Social Development Foundation (ASDF). The maximum impact was felt in major cities like Delhi (1st), Mumbai [...]

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Post image for Mushroom farmer sees brighter days

Denis Vidmar has big, portobello-sized dreams. Six months ago, the Amherstburg mushroom farmer was barely surviving with cash flow problems as wholesalers were slow to pay bills. He couldn’t get a loan from a lending institution and had little left of his own money as his family had already invested $1 million into the farm. [...]

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Post image for Mangoes and meds now selling at your local drug store

There has been much discussion in Echo Park about a possible Fresh & Easy opening in the Sunset Boulevard space left vacant by the closure of Save A Lot market earlier this year.  But while residents debate the pros and cons of a Fresh & Easy, and some hold out for a Trader Joe’s, it [...]

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Post image for In produce paradise, farm workers can finally eat their own harvest

Every Saturday morning, Auscencio Perez can be found beneath the shade trees at the county fairgrounds in Merced, presiding over a colorful cascade of melons, peaches and strawberries, as well as pipicha, an aromatic herb similar to cilantro, and verdolaga, a long-stemmed green used in salads. “Over there, we work with our culture,” Perez says [...]

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Post image for Hunger Relief vs. Poverty Relief: I Vote For More of Both

Last Saturday I came home from the farmer’s market, made mega-veggie eggs for me and Mr. Z, and blogged about it.  Zuskateer Kea commented All very well if you can afford it. And she’s right.  I am extremely fortunate both to be able to afford nutritious fresh produce, and to have good sources of it [...]

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Post image for San Diego’s Urban Farms: Oases In Food Deserts

The Bayside Community Centersits on the edge of Tecolote Canyon amidst a landscape of rental housing, abandoned lots and strip malls. This is Linda Vista, a destination for many immigrants. It’s also the kind of low-income neighborhood that can become a food desert, for its lack of fresh produce and good grocery stores. That’s one [...]

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