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Summer Harvest Exchange

The beauty of summer in the Central Valley is the abundant harvest—if you plant it and give it a little water, it’ll probably grow here. Come August, we’re up to our ears in corn (yeah, I went there), tomatoes, peppers, herbs, stone fruit, strawberries (they’re still around!)…the full list of what’s in season is overwhelming. […]

Cantaloupe-less Round Up

Drive west from Fresno to Mendota and you’ll be greeted with a sign announcing the city–population 11,000–as the cantaloupe capital of the world. My friend Roque claims that’s not true. He says Firebaugh (just 8.7 miles north), is and has been the cantaloupe capital–and that Mendota stole their sign. So to settle the debate, he […]

Organic Stone Fruit Jubilee

I discovered Slow Food Madera‘s Organic Stone Fruit Jubilee last year, as an assignment for the radio show I hosted at the time. I couldn’t believe the variety of peaches and nectarines on display (and apricots, plums, and more)—all of them sliced and set out for sampling. This year’s event was even tastier, and included […]

An Armenian Journey to This American Table

Saturday afternoon I found myself surrounded by gentle-rolling countryside neatly lined with luscious vineyards. “It’s hard to believe this is still Fresno,” someone noted as I readied the camera. Kim and I were visiting the Tanielian Farm House for an Armenian dinner organized by Slow Food Madera. The event highlighted the Torigian family’s journey from Kharput, Armenia […]