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Organic milk sales continue to rise in California. Final figures for 2008 show sales were almost 19 percent higher than the previous year. The two leading classes of milk that increased are whole milk and low-fat/light milk; both classes rose by about 21 percent. Stores sold more than 32-million gallons of organic milk last year. Organic milk sales have increased every month since the California Department of Food and Agriculture started reporting them in 2006.
World Ag Expo opens today in Tulare. The farm trade show is expected to draw more than 100,000 visitors over its three-day run. It's the largest event of its kind and attracts exhibitors from throughout the world. Expo officials estimate that about 1,600 exhibitors will be at the show this year—about the same as last year. Farmers look for ways to stay competitive, and products that increase efficiency and reduce costs will be featured.
Winegrower organizations are promoting winter as an ideal time to visit wine-producing areas all across the state. They tout the scenery and lack of crowds as good reasons for winter visits. Tasting rooms are quiet and the pace is relaxed. Many vineyards have extra color from mustard blossoms or other erosion-control plants. From Amador to Temecula, wineries have special events planned from now through March. They can all be found on the Wine Institute's Web site.
Strawberries would be a romantic Valentine's Day gift, according to the California Strawberry Commission. The fruit is heart shaped and packs a lot of nutrients and antioxidants. Commission research uncovered a legend that says sharing a double strawberry with someone of the opposite sex will lead to love. In France strawberries were traditionally served to newlyweds in a soup. The commission says there will be plenty of strawberries available for the holiday.Top