California Foodways

19 EpisodesProduced by Lisa Morehouse

For California Foodways, reporter Lisa Morehouse spends a lot of time in her car. She’s on a kind of mission: to travel to every county in the state, finding stories about food, agriculture, and -- most importantly -- the people that make both possible.

19 Episodes | 2018 - 2019

Cherries: A "Canary in a Coalmine" for Ag and Climate Change

May 14th, 2019

7:12

There’s just something about cherries. They’re small, sweet and crunchy, with an early harvest that tells us summer’s coming. Right now, though, this beloved fruit is a bit of a canary in a coal mine. Since the drought, …

Lynda Trang Dai Goes From Pop Star To Sandwich Maven

April 30th, 2019

7:24

What do Jimmy Buffett, Jay-Z and Kenny Rogers have in common? They’ve all parlayed their fame to sell food, in restaurants and chains. In Orange County, there’s a banh mi sandwich shop run by Lynda Trang Dai, a …

"Chasing the Burn" For Morel Mushrooms

April 16th, 2019

7:01

The Valley Fire that hit Lake County in September, 2015 was one of the most destructive in California history. The hills here, once thick with pines and firs, now look like a moonscape with trees. This is just the …

A Tiny, Rural High School Wins Top Culinary Prize

April 2nd, 2019

7:33

You might expect the winners of a California high school culinary competition to come from one of the state's restaurant destinations like Los …

Eating Chinese Food On The US/Mexico Border

March 19th, 2019

7:57

If you ask people in the city of Mexicali, Mexico about their most notable regional cuisine, they won’t say street tacos or mole, They’ll say Chinese …

Nancy's Airport Cafe

March 5th, 2019

4:58

Between Sacramento and Redding, Highway 5 cuts through the middle of rice country. In the town of Willows, right next to rice fields, there's a …

Farming Behind Barbed Wire Fences: Japanese Americans Remember WWII Incarceration

February 19th, 2019

12:51

On this Day of Remembrance, here's a story about Japanese Americans in California. Japanese Americans have been particularly vocal in opposition to …

Beef Is Much More Than "What's For Dinner" At This Northern California Ranch

February 5th, 2019

11:27

Jim and Mary Rickert came together because of cows. They met and fell in love at Cal Poly. Within a decade, they were managing a ranch just below the …

Invasive 20-lb Rodent Could Wreak Havoc on Ca Ag

January 22nd, 2019

12:47

Merced County is California’s sweet potato capital. In this story, co-reporter Angela Johnston and I meet a sweet potato farming family that’s facing …

A California Tribe Bets on Olive Oil

October 16th, 2018

7:45

The Capay Valley is pretty serene, except for the cacophony inside its most lucrative business: the Cache Creek Casino. Up to 2,000 visitors a night …

Milking Cows...In Prison?

October 2nd, 2018

8:21

Making license plates is the stereotypical job for a prisoner, but there’s a group of inmates in the Central Valley have very different work. They supply milk to almost all the prisons in the state system. The low …

A Pop-Up Coffeehouse on the Pacific Crest Trail

September 18th, 2018

8:57

The thru-hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail start in Mexico, traversing 2650 miles into Canada. The lazier among us might have just read Wild, Cheryl Strayed’s PCT memoir. But the hikers, their toenails fall off, and …

The Forgotten Filipino Pioneers of the Delano Grape Strike

September 4th, 2018

10:14

At the beginning of September in 1965, one of the most significant movements in modern day labor history -- the Farmworker Movement -- began in California's Central Valley. You’ve probably heard of the United Farm …

From Bear Feeding Shows to Bear-Proof Containers

August 21st, 2018

12:57

When you camp in Yosemite and other parks with bears, you can’t just leave your food out on the picnic table or in your car overnight. Anything with a scent has to be stored in bear-proof containers: bear lockers for …

Trucks, Planes, and Flying Fish

August 7th, 2018

8:56

If you are driving along the striking Highway 395 in the Eastern Sierra, chances are you’ve come to fish for trout in one of the area’s alpine lakes. Fishing is synonymous with life in the communities that dot the …

From Farmworker to Restaurant Owner

July 24th, 2018

9:57

Rosa Hernandez left Oaxaca when she was 20 to work in the fields in Madera, California. Now, she co-owns a restaurant, cooking the food of her homeland for the many indigenous Mexicans who live in the area. She did it, …

Can Agricultural Development And Wildlife Coexist? Rice Farmers Think So

July 10th, 2018

14:20

California grows a lot of rice, second only to the Mississippi Delta. But like a lot of agricultural development, rice cultivation took away a lot of …

So Much More Than Tacos

June 26th, 2018

9:13

 

The Mitla Cafe in San Bernardino is proof that sometimes a restaurant is more than just a restaurant. It’s the first stop in this new podcast: California Foodways. I'm Lisa Morehouse, and I'll be travelling county by …

Season 1 Trailer

June 21st, 2018

2:16

California Foodways producer Lisa Morehouse spends a lot of time in her car. She’s on a kind of mission: to travel to every county in the state, …

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