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Tri-Color Potato Salad

“There’s so much great food yet to discover that we can grow, so I just love discovering new varieties, crops, things that our customers and myself have never tried before.”
                                                                          – Alex Weiser, 2013 Science & Food course Read more

Why Are Root Vegetables Sweeter in Cold Weather?

Local grower Alex Weiser stopped by the 2013 Science & Food course discuss all things potatoes and parsnips. We heard all about Weiser’s experimental plant varieties (Laker Baker, anyone?) and even learned why parsnips always taste just a little bit better in the winter. Check out the highlights:


Vince ReyesAbout the author: Vince C Reyes earned his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering at UCLA. Vince loves to explore the deliciousness of all things edible.

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Alex Weiser

Alex Weiser of Weiser Family Farms is a grower of specialty fruits and vegetables in Kern and San Bernardino counties. You can find Alex and his produce at farmers’ markets across Southern California.

Photo credit: KCRW Good Food

Photo credit: KCRW Good Food

What hooked you on farming?
Father and mother
The coolest example of science in your produce?
The creation of it from seed!
The produce you find most fascinating?
Romanesco cauliflower
What scientific concept–food related or otherwise–do you find most fascinating?
Photosynthesis
Your best example of a food that is better because of science?
Carrots
How do you think science will impact your world of food in the next 5 years?
There will be a lot of new biological tools available to farmers
One kitchen tool you could not live without?
Toaster oven
Five things most likely to be found in your fridge?
Citrus, potatoes, butter, pickles, broccoli
Your all-time favorite ingredient?
Sunchokes
Favorite cookbook?
Santa Monica Farmers’ Market Cookbook
Your standard breakfast?
A large coffee and seasonal fruit