David Karp is a pomologist with UC Riverside and a freelance writer for the Los Angeles Times food section, where he writes the Market Watch column. This week he discusses the rise and fall of the Gravenstein apple. To order a five-pound box of Gravensteins call the Fruit Guys at 877-FRUIT-ME (877-378 4863). They have these short season apples available for Tuesday though Thursday delivery the weeks of August 15 and August 29 only. You can also find them at Windrose Farm at the Santa Monica Farmers' Market.
Akasha Richmond is the chef and owner of Akasha restaurant in Culver City. She's adopted a peach tree at Masumoto Family Farms in Fresno. She is making blueberry and peach hand pies with yellow peaches from Regier Farms.