Tobacco is a crop from the new world, in addition to corn, peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, and chocolate.
In 1545, the first person to take tobacco to Europe from America was Luís Góis, a Portuguese man.
Tobacco was sent to France by Jean Nicot, French ambassador to the Portuguese Court in Lisbon, and the word “nicotine” comes from the ambassador’s name. The French queen at the time, Catherine de Medici, is said to have been strongly addicted to tobacco.
It was so blustery today. The wind was hammered straight down the Salinas Valley from the Monterey Bay. If I had had a sail, I could have driven home from Salinas on wind-power alone!
I now sit in my living room and look to the West with a range of hills between Paso Robles and the 30 miles to the Pacific. I can see the air-borne sea-salt in the air.
Wow! The grapes are ripe early. In the San Joaquin Valley, they have harvested and white grapes are drying for raisins. On the Central Coast, the brix (the unit for the amount of sugar in grapes and sugar beets) is climbing in the wine grapes. I bet some people might start picking their wine grapes early.
In 2015, The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that the organic industry continued to show remarkable growth domestically and globally, with 19,474 certified organic operations in the United States and a total of 27,814 certified organic operations around the world.
According to data released by the Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP), the number of domestic certified organic operations increased by more than 5 percent over the last year. Since the count [of farms] began in 2002, the number of domestic organic operations has increased by over 250 percent.
An ongoing list of USDA certified organic operations and reports on the number of certified operations can be found at https://organic.ams.usda.gov/integrity/
The History of Cumin
“Once [cumin] has been introduced into a new land and culture, cumin has a way of insinuating itself deeply into the local cuisine, which is why it has become one of the most commonly used spices in the world,” writes Gary Nabhan, author and social science researcher at the University of Arizona Southwest Center, in his recent book, Cumin, Camels, and Caravans.”
Nabham’s book is about spices and global trade and the effect that has had on history and culture. Cumin was found in the world’s oldest recipe collection in Mesopotamia in 1750 B.C. It has been prevalent in the Middle East since then. Cumin spread with the Roman Empire; and then, spread again by European colonists.
Mascevich, Adam. From Ancient Sumeria to Chipotle Tacos, Cumin Has Spiced Up the World. NPR. March 11, 2015. https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/03/11/392317352/is-cumin-the-most-globalized-spice-in-the-world
The Local Food Movement Is Growing Up:
- 163,600 farms were engaged in local food sector across the country
- $6.1 billion in locally grown food was sold
- 2006-2014 – the number of farmers markets jumped from 180% to 8,260 markets
- > 4,300 school districts spent > $385 million on local food thru farm-to-school programs
- > 135 operational food hubs now move local food from farmers to meet wholesale, retail and institutional customers
Harden, Krysta. The Local Food Movement Is Growing Up. Modesto Bee. March 4, 2015. http://www.modbee.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/article11961647.html
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