Robert bought his property--desert land that he cleared, irrigated, and planted with over 1,200 palms--in 1979. Flying Disc Ranch has become a tropical rainforest-type ecosystem, host to a wealth of wildlife. Different varieties of date palm are interplanted with citrus and all the date trees are hand-pollinated. Since the Coachella Valley is part of the great Mojave Desert and dates require a lot of moisture, Robert creates a "green oasis," with lots of water, compost, mulch and a ...
Taylor and Toponia, both chefs by training, established Fatted Calf in 2003. They make charcuterie (French for "cooked meat") using traditional methods. All products are made by hand at their shop in the Oxbow Public Market in Napa. Their farmers' market offerings change weekly, depending on what is seasonally available.