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» May 19, 2008 «
A new bill could allow California farm stands to expand sales. Existing regulations make it difficult for farmers to sell items like dried fruit, nuts, pies and jams at roadside farm stands. A California Farm Bureau spokeswoman says the bill would also make it easier for U-Pick orchards and farm stands to sell bottled water and soft drinks to customers. The bill passed through the Assembly Appropriations Committee last week and will soon go to the Assembly floor for a vote.
This has been declared the "Week of Blueberries" by University of California specialists. Workshops and field days have been organized in four locations, where participants can talk to farmers about how to grow and sell the state's increasing blueberry crop. UC researchers say the fast rise in production means blueberry growers must plan for market competition. The week's events begin today (Monday) with a workshop in Santa Paula, followed later by sessions in Camarillo, Parlier and Nipomo.
Stressing cotton's role as "a natural part of everyday life," the promotional group Cotton Incorporated has launched a campaign aimed at shopping mall customers. A half-dozen California malls will participate in the campaign, which will include signs, sales incentives and a sweepstakes. The cotton promotions debuted this month at malls in Sherman Oaks and Escondido, and will later be displayed at malls in Fresno, Daly City, Bakersfield and Glendale.
Strawberries, grapes and even herbs like rosemary--in test tubes--can kill cells of childhood cancer. Recent research revealed that phytochemicals found in many familiar fruits, vegetables and herbs can actually destroy the cells of a form of childhood leukemia. Scientists have yet to uncover exact details as to how phytochemicals kill the cells, but this news gives parents good reason to make sure kids are eating their fruits and vegetables.Top