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By Bryce Alderton | November 7, 2013
Megan Hartshorne had a captive audience on the blacktop at Top of the World Elementary School Tuesday. Students could get a fruit pick-me-up during their mid-morning break from a bowlful of chopped Comice pears Hartshorne, a registered dietitian and Laguna Beach Unified School District nutrition consultant, set up on a cart. The Harvest of the Month is a once-per-month opportunity for kids to sample a seasonal fruit or vegetable. The California Department of Public Health developed the program as part of its Network for a Healthy California initiative, which emphasizes the importance of eating fruits and vegetables and regular exercise.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Steve Kawaratani | April 10, 2009
Most gardeners are ready to plant their tomatoes, which are available at your favorite nursery now. Best Laguna varieties include Early Girl and Celebrity. If you are growing in containers, select Patio, a compact grower. Super Steak and Better Boy, planted in your tomato patch, are good choices for large fruit. Super 100 is a fine cherry tomato, Lemon Boy produces yellow fruit, and La Roma is planted for tomato paste. Purchase plants that are bushy, not leggy. Although beckoning with the promise of early harvest, avoid plants already in bloom or bearing fruit; they may not transplant well.
NEWS
April 9, 2004
Steve Kawaratani "Look, we're all the same; ... in the library he's paying his taxes, in the yard he's raising tomatoes ..." -- Arthur Miller "The fact [is] that you can't buy a decent tomato anymore." -- Calvin Trillin I knew it was time to plant tomatoes when I visited Jan's garden yesterday. Her new plants were already flourishing. Thus inspired, Catharine and I selected a six pack at the local garden center, which included the following: Early Girl and Celebrity, the best Laguna varieties.
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By Steve Kawaratani | April 16, 2010
“I’ve never met a tomato I didn’t like.” — Pete “Will Rogers” Kawaratani What’s the biggest plant rage every year, from April until the fall? Simply red, it’s the ubiquitous tomato. With names like Early Girl, Super 100 and La Roma, tomatoes give amateur growers an opportunity to outdo the farmers. And we can! Most gardeners start tomatoes with transplants, which are available at your local nursery. Best Laguna varieties include Early Girl and Celebrity.
NEWS
May 21, 2004
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By STEVE KAWARATANI | April 13, 2007
"Look, we're all the same ... in the library he's paying his taxes, in the yard he's raising tomatoes..." -- Arthur Miller "The fact (is) that you can't buy a decent tomato anymore." -- Calvin Trillin "Tobacco is a dirty weed," the song goes … however, it perversely adds the admission, "I like it, I like it!" Fortunately, tobacco has some very likable and edible relatives, including the ubiquitous tomato. A culinary delight for centuries in the Americas, the tomato has been recognized as a useful vegetable for less than two hundred years.
NEWS
October 17, 2003
Steve Kawaratani "I hold the olive in my hand. My words are as full of peace as matter." -- WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE "The last time I gave a urine sample it had an olive in it." -- RODNEY DANGERFIELD From cottage gardens to mansion gardens, the olive is symbolic of Laguna's gracious climate. However, the beauty of its gnarled trunks and willow-like foliage has been appreciated for centuries. The olive was introduced to Mexico by Spaniards and later on to California for its fruit and oil. The olive tree is remarkably long-lived.
NEWS
April 25, 2003
THE GARDEN FANATIC What's the biggest plant rave every year, from April until the fall? If you're Barbara Diamond, it's the ubiquitous tomato. With names like Early Girl, Super 100 and La Roma, tomatoes give amateur growers an opportunity to outdo the farmers. And we do! A culinary delight for centuries in the Americas, 2003 is only the 168th anniversary of the tomato being recognized an useful vegetable. The botanical name for the tomato is Lycopersicum, Greek for Wolf peach, perhaps an allusion to it once being considered poisonous.
NEWS
August 30, 2002
THE GARDEN FANATIC "To everything there is a season..." -- The Bible "No man needs a vacation so much as the man who has just had one." --Elbert Hubbard The season of tourists (also called summer) is nearly over in Laguna. It's marked by the closing of the festivals, the last performance of the pageant, and the observance of Labor Day. The first tangible result of the end of summer will be the availability of parking downtown again. All that's left of summer is whether the ball players will strike or not. Although the days are becoming noticeably shorter (the sun is now behind the hills when I leave for work)
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By Bryce Alderton | November 7, 2013
Megan Hartshorne had a captive audience on the blacktop at Top of the World Elementary School Tuesday. Students could get a fruit pick-me-up during their mid-morning break from a bowlful of chopped Comice pears Hartshorne, a registered dietitian and Laguna Beach Unified School District nutrition consultant, set up on a cart. The Harvest of the Month is a once-per-month opportunity for kids to sample a seasonal fruit or vegetable. The California Department of Public Health developed the program as part of its Network for a Healthy California initiative, which emphasizes the importance of eating fruits and vegetables and regular exercise.
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By David Hansen | May 30, 2013
In the late 1980s, I had a friend who was a PhD student at UC Davis experimenting in genetically modified strawberries. I remember telling him it sounded like science fiction. He said he was doing it to help farmers. Now, every time I bite into an unusually large, glowing strawberry, I wonder if my friend created it. When it comes to modern food production, the question of what is real or not real is a tricky one. More to the point, if a product is altered, does that mean it's always bad for you?
NEWS
By Michael Miller | May 23, 2013
With the power of his middle name, Randal Bennett prevented a website being created for a winery that didn't exist. Those are the peculiar facts of the arrangement that ultimately led to Townley Gallery in Laguna Beach providing artwork for the bottle labels of Townley Wines, a boutique winery in Sonoma. Over the past year and a half, the winery has released a cabernet and a pinot noir featuring paintings by Shane Townley, who runs the gallery at 570 S. Coast Highway.
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By Joanna Clay | July 10, 2012
Oriental fruit flies have been detected in Laguna Beach, and the state will begin a treatment program this week, according to the California Department of Food and Agriculture. Two flies were found between July 2 and July 5 in the city, within half a mile of each other, according to a news release. Due to the timing and location, the state believes there is an infestation in the area. The Oriental fruit fly, somewhat larger than a housefly and yellow in color with a "T" marking, is considered a serious pest in Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands and Hawaii.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Steve Kawaratani | April 16, 2010
“I’ve never met a tomato I didn’t like.” — Pete “Will Rogers” Kawaratani What’s the biggest plant rage every year, from April until the fall? Simply red, it’s the ubiquitous tomato. With names like Early Girl, Super 100 and La Roma, tomatoes give amateur growers an opportunity to outdo the farmers. And we can! Most gardeners start tomatoes with transplants, which are available at your local nursery. Best Laguna varieties include Early Girl and Celebrity.
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By Barbara Diamond | February 19, 2010
The open space that girdles Laguna Beach is testimony to efforts of Laguna Greenbelt Inc. to encircle the city with wildlands, first envisioned more modestly by Jim Dilley Jim Dilley . “We have exceeded his dream,” said Norm Grossman , a board member since 1984 and treasurer for four years. Forty years ago, Dilley came up with the notion of a greenbelt to buffer Laguna from other communities, an idea he cadged from England. He founded Laguna Greenbelt in 1968-69 to drum up support in his own stomping grounds.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Steve Kawaratani | April 10, 2009
Most gardeners are ready to plant their tomatoes, which are available at your favorite nursery now. Best Laguna varieties include Early Girl and Celebrity. If you are growing in containers, select Patio, a compact grower. Super Steak and Better Boy, planted in your tomato patch, are good choices for large fruit. Super 100 is a fine cherry tomato, Lemon Boy produces yellow fruit, and La Roma is planted for tomato paste. Purchase plants that are bushy, not leggy. Although beckoning with the promise of early harvest, avoid plants already in bloom or bearing fruit; they may not transplant well.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | March 21, 2008
We remember a time in early spring when, driving down the freeway, the air was perfumed with the heady scent of orange blossoms. Now, where once there were orange trees, houses grow. Ah, progress! But thanks to the Laguna Farmer’s market, we can still enjoy this luscious citrus fruit at a very reasonable price. Although oranges are sometimes perceived as a winter fruit, navels, the great eating oranges, are actually at their peak in spring when they are super-sweet. Valencias, the best oranges for juice, come into season in the early summer.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Candice Baker | March 7, 2008
Local art aficionados will have two opportunities to view works by students from throughout the county and region this month, with the 34th annual Color It Orange Juried Student Art Exhibit and Boys & Girls Clubs of America Regional Fine Arts Exhibit. Color It Orange, a countywide program now in its 34th year, will be on display at Laguna College of Art & Design from March 16 to 23. The show is the county?s largest youth art exhibition. It allows K-12 children from every Orange County school, as well as home-schooled students, to show off their artistic abilities ?
NEWS
By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | August 24, 2007
A few years ago we wrote an article about the perfect peach. This article might be titled “The Imperfect Peach.” This has been a particularly good season for stone fruit and the Laguna Farmer’s Market has featured a plethora of tasty varieties at reasonable prices. Many of you may have bought more than you could chew and find yourself with a bowl or refrigerator drawer filled with overripe fruit that you would really hate to throw out but are reluctant to eat. On the other hand, you may have fruit that is too hard or not sweet enough.
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