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Lunch Box set to open in Exeter next month

The list of dining options in downtown Exeter seems to be growing every day. Last month, former Monet’s chef Fred Imbert announced he would be converting the old Mamma’s Find Dinning restaurant into a new French inspired steakhouse called Café Lafayette, slated to open next month. Earlier this month, inquisitive Exeterites learned that the Lunch [...]

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Tulare Co. Crop Report

For the week ending Nov. 15, 2014. Small Grains And Other Field Crops: Cotton harvest is nearing completion. Modules are being moved to the gins. Field preparations for winter grains continue, with irrigated fields germinating well. Deciduous Tree Fruits, Nuts, And Grapes: Grapes are being sent to the wineries for crushing. Table grape harvest is [...]

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Another psyllid found in Exeter

A devastating citrus pest has reared its ugly head again in Exeter. The Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner’s office announced Monday, Nov. 17 that one more Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) has been detected on a trap south of the city of Exeter. The latest interception was confirmed by the California Department of Agriculture (CDFA). Maps and [...]

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Crop Row

Water shortages may affect orange outlook With harvest beginning to ramp up, growers of navel oranges are assessing how water shortages will affect the crop. Some orange-growing areas suffered severe water shortages, prompting a number of growers to push out entire groves of trees. Early harvest reports indicate good-quality oranges in terms of shape and [...]

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Pacific Rim

Joey Serrao grew up in Southern California with 10 siblings gathered around a family style plate of pasta made by his father, owner of a chain of authentic Italian pizza parlours. Then one of his brothers married a girl with Korean heritage who introduced the family to a whole new world of flavors, techniques and [...]

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Citrus pest pops up in Exeter, again

A devastating citrus pest has reared its ugly head again in Tulare County. The Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner’s office announced last week that two additional Asian citrus psyllids (ACP) were detected on one trap south of the city of Exeter on Nov. 5. The latest interceptions were confirmed by the California Department of Agriculture (CDFA). [...]

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French Twist

Fred Imbert left his homeland of France 20 years ago to pursue his dream of opening a restaurant that would allow him the freedom to combine the culinary classics of French cuisine with the modern meld of an American menu. And after five years as a pastry chef in Hanford, six years as the executive [...]

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Tulare Co. Crop Report

For the week ending Nov. 8, 2014. Small Grains And Other Field Crops: Cotton harvest resumed after a brief stop for the recent rain storm. Field preparations for winter grains continue, with irrigated fields germinating well. Deciduous Tree Fruits, Nuts, And Grapes: Table grape harvest is nearing completion. Exports continue to Asia, the Middle East, [...]

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EDD calls on employers to Honor a Hero, Hire a Vet

This Veterans Day, when America traditionally celebrates these often unsung heroes, the California Employment Development Department (EDD) is calling on employers to honor their sacrifices by hiring our Veterans as valued members of their workforces. The EDD has launched a special Honor a Hero, Hire a VetSM web page featuring employers In Their Own Words – describing the many [...]

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Citrus pest advances up state

A devastating citrus pest continues to advance up the State in the battle for California’s second most important crop and it’s too soon to tell if the State’s scientists and growers can turn the tide and begin eradicating the problem. On Oct. 28, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) announced two portions of [...]

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