The Invisible Dance of the Salinas Valley

The Invisible Dance of the Salinas Valley

It is the first nine feet above the ground that hosts a flurry of energy. Sun, wind, moisture, and the photosynthesis of vegetation are emitting and receiving energy transfers constantly. It is in those nine feet where humans and animals reside, but it is also in that...
The Families that Follow the Lettuce

The Families that Follow the Lettuce

When I was a kid, I had a bulletin board above my desk with all the mementos that were important to an 11 year old. I distinctly remember two postcards from my dad that he sent to me when he was away for months before our family moved to another state. I never liked...
Gloppy Dressing, the Mother of Innovation

Gloppy Dressing, the Mother of Innovation

Gloppy dressing full of preservatives. Sounds appetizing, right? That is not what the people buying and eating pre-made coleslaw thought. But that is what was available for delis and restaurants 20 years ago… coagulation on cabbage. The remedy was to make it fresh...
Produce Safety, Right Down to the Follicle

Produce Safety, Right Down to the Follicle

When you climb into a truck heading out to a produce field, be sure to have a jacket with you for the signature morning fog that covers the fields in Salinas with the moisture leafy greens love. If it is Yuma, you will still need that jacket to stay warm before the...