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A friend recently alerted me to the fact that Fresno was featured in Cooking Light magazine as a ripe spot for a “cuisine-driven drive” – and I had to pass along this sweet information. The article recommends that visitors (or locals!) travel along Fresno’s Fruit Trail, eat at The Chef’s Table, and visit Arte Américas museum, among other destinations.


I haven’t been here in the spring, so I haven’t had a chance to check out the Fruit Trail – but it sounds like a scrumptious activity. Who wouldn’t want to support local farms, while checking out local farms and sampling the Valley’s freshest produce at nearby farmer’s markets?


There’s just one thing that’s a little rotten to me… Yesterday afternoon, I attended a press conference about farmworkers who are not getting paid their due wages. And lawyers for the California Rural Legal Assistance said the problem is only becoming worse, given the current economy. (The Fresno Bee had this story in today’s paper – I’ll be working on one for next week.)


One of the lawyers framed the situation this way: In this tough economy, many people are struggling to put food on their families’ plates. And the people who are harvesting and picking that food – people who do tough physical labor for low wages – are being robbed.


So, I still think it’s awesome that Fresno was featured in Cooking Light, and I’m still psyched to check out the Fruit Trail and support local growers. But after hearing about issues like these, I might be a little more thoughtful as I bite into a fresh piece of local fruit.

Written by Rebecca Plevin

January 28th, 2009 at 2:50 pm

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  1. I don’t think enough of us here in the Valley make an effort to eat foods grown locally. I really like the idea of vegan/vegetarianism, and I have some good friends that live by it. But, one of the main reasons I can’t stick to it is just as you pointed out- the workers aren’t treated well.

    Vegans and vegetarians often stress their concern for the welfare of the animals, but I’m more concerned about the people who picked my food. This is something that not even buying organic can fix.



    29 Jan 09 at 10:16 am

  2. “If I had my little way I’d eat peaches everyday…” Maybe not, after hearing that the workers aren’t getting paid. I hope the attorneys at the California Rural Legal Assistance can hold the employers responsible and get these workers paid.

    I wonder if Arlington’s famous strawberries are picked by compensated workers…


    El Josh

    29 Jan 09 at 11:17 am

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