Crop Production

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2013

    Poor Pecan Crop and Imports to China May Mean Increase in Prices This Year: Buy Now!

    No matter how you say it -- pee-khan, pi-khan, pee-can or any other variation -- the price of pecans is going up. The increase may not be seen on grocery store shelves just yet, but a number of contributing factors mean that your pecan pies will likely be a little more expensive this holiday seaso ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 25, 2013

    The Monsanto Menace

    The feds see no evil as a belligerent strongman seeks control of America's food supply.

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2013

    The "Drought-ocalypse" Continues, Hitting Cattle Ranchers And Rice Farmers (And Us)

    There's been a lot of that wet stuff falling from the sky of late, but don't let all the rain fool you: Texas is still in the grips of one hell of a drought, along with most of the Southwest. In the city, it's easy to look at the rain pelting out of the sky and groan because you've got to walk thre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2013

    How To: Grow Tomatoes in the City of Houston

    One would think that living in the heart of Houston doesn't lend itself well to growing tomatoes for the summer season. Things would be much easier if there was more open space and more sunlight to grow a pot of tomatoes, right? Recently, I spoke with Sherri Harrah, from Plants For All Seasons on 2 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2012

    Climate Change, a Hard Fact for European Winemakers

    My wife, daughter, and I are on the last leg of a road trip that has taken us through ten of Italy's 20 regions, from the far northeast to Mt. Vesuvius on the western coast of the south, to the tip of the heel of the boot in Lecce (Apulia [Puglia]). Today we're in central Italy, along the Adriatic s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2012

    Glendon Bruening: Farm Worker Shoots Wad at Man Who Sexted His Wife

    Who knew the wheat fields of the Panhandle were so rife with lust and passion? Call this story 50 Sheaves of Wheat. Per, Ochiltree County sheriff Terry Bouchard said that 61-year-old Glendon Bruening was enraged when he found out that a fellow reaper had been texting lewd image ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    March 22, 2011

    Fresh Fresas: Strawberries from Mexico

    A Mexican strawberry in Zamora.​Octaviano Magaño Ortiz is sitting across from me in blue jeans and a simple chambray shirt, his hands gnarled and his face weathered. Magaño Ortiz, president of the Consejo Nacional de la Fresa -- or the Mexican National Strawberry Council -- has been picking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2010

    Abita Strawberry Harvest Lager

    ​Do you love strawberries? Do you love beer? If so, then you'll love Abita's Strawberry Harvest. Strawberry Harvest is a wheat beer made with real Ponchatoula strawberries. Some liken it to Purple Haze but with strawberries instead of raspberries. This lager is crisp and light with a subtle ... More >>

  • Music

    February 25, 2010
  • Calendar

    August 20, 2009

    Pamela Walker & Linda Walsh

    Author and photographer lead you to locally grown eats

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2008

    Squeeze Play: Texas Valley Lemons

    I always buy a sack of Valley lemons along with my red grapefruit on the way home from the Lower Rio Grande Valley during the citrus season. The not very tart lemons are wonderful to cook with. But I was never quite clear on the botanical details. "Valley lemons are a cross between a lemon and an or ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 14, 2008

    Harvest Grand Finale Vintner Dinner

    Messina Hof Winery celebrates its 2008 ports

  • News

    December 7, 2006


    Foreign pickers aren't getting through the post-9/11 barricades to harvest U.S. crops

  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
  • Film

    May 20, 2004

    Radio Free Haiti

    Jonathan Demme's documentary brings a joyful revolutionary to the screen

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002
  • News

    December 21, 2000


    Ministry Magic, Rice Wars, Cross to Bear

  • News

    November 23, 2000

    RiceTec Paddy Whack

    An Alvin-based rice company, the Prince of Liechtenstein, the United States Patent Office, and an Indian eco-feminist bring global trade debates to a roiling boil on Houston's back burner