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New food trailers hit Central Valley streets; Slick Fork BBQ, Super Sope already busy

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Food trucks have been hot — both figuratively and literally, given this is summer in the Central Valley — for a while now. But thanks to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, they’re hotter than ever.

Demand for mobile food vendors across the valley has skyrocketed as they partner with local breweries and bars to allow them to stay open while under shutdowns meant to slow the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Into that mix has come two new food trucks from familiar names in the region. Slick Fork BBQ, a Hughson barbecue joint that opened in 2018, and Super Sope, a Turlock-based catering company, both have new food trailers on the street and they’re already in high demand.

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Stanislaus-area folks get food and more amid coronavirus thanks to donors, businesses

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Donors continue to help Stanislaus County people short of food and other items because of the coronavirus emergency. And a local company has doubled its staff to help assure that food is delivered.

The Modesto Bee’s latest roundup includes an anonymous donation of about $850,000 to the United Way of Stanislaus County, part of $15 million around California.

It features a Turlock couple donating their federal stimulus checks to the United Samaritans Foundation, a local food and clothing charity.

And a Ballico-based company, Ag Link, has a contract with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to expand its produce-to-schools business to serve other recipients.

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Why the world’s greatest string cheese might be in Turlock, CA

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TURLOCK, Calif. — While known as the former home of Colin Kaepernick and a magnet for food processors like Blue Diamond and Foster Farms, Turlock might be able to comfortably add one more notch to its belt: home of the world’s greatest string cheese.

While many cheeses tout themselves as the best, Karoun Dairies might actually have enough awards to back it up.

It’s claimed more than 170 national and international cheese awards, and recently steamrolled the competition at the World Championship Cheese Contest in the flavored string cheese category, an award they had never won before.
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Keto-Friendly Vegetables

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Cauliflower

Like broccoli, cauliflower is versatile and contains plenty of vitamins and minerals, says Stephanie Laska, co-author of “THE DIRTY, LAZY, KETO Cookbook.” She’s based in Turlock, California.

“It’s an inexpensive, versatile vegetable that can take on the flavor of a dish it’s part of or stand tall on its own,” Laska says.

There are a number of ways to prepare and serve cauliflower, including:

— Raw.

— Mashed.

— Roasted.

— Riced.

“One of my favorite ways to prepare cauliflower is also one of the easiest,” Laska says. Toss cauliflower florets with melted, unsalted butter, olive oil and salt and pepper onto a pan and roast for 25 to 30 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Pull the florets out of the oven and dust them with Parmesan cheese and parsley flakes, then roast for another 5 minutes to melt the cheese.

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Virus impacts food processing procedures

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As the spread of the coronavirus forces closures of major meat processing facilities around the country, concerns about worker safety and the nation’s meat supply have the industry doubling down on precautions.

On Monday, JBS — the U.S. subsidiary of the world’s largest processor of fresh beef and pork — announced it would be indefinitely closing its pork production plant in Worthington, Minnesota. The facility is the third JBS plant to suspend operations following a surge in coronavirus cases, following the closure of their beef facility in Colorado last week and another in Pennsylvania, which has since reopened.

Additionally, other major meat processors including Tyson Foods have fallen victim to the coronavirus. Tyson’s pork processing plant in Iowa is partially reopening this week after an outbreak of its own, which resulted in two employee deaths and 148 positive cases of the virus. Others throughout the country remain closed.

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Turlock USD To Close Schools Thursday, Meals Will Be Provided To Kids

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TURLOCK (CBS13)- It’s an uncommon sight during the coronavirus pandemic:  Turlock schools staying open with students still in class while millions across the state aren’t.

The district’s superintendent sent a letter to parents stating with two-thirds of its students rely on school meals and parents who don’t have options for child care, schools would stay open until Thursday giving parents time to figure out their plans.

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Karoun Dairies Cheese Wins Gold at World Cheese Championships

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TURLOCK, Calif.,—The first cheese made by Karoun Dairies, the iconic Hand-braided String Cheese, was awarded 1st Place in the String Cheese, Flavored Category at World Championship Cheese Contest 2020. Dairy experts from around the world gathered at the Monona Terrace in Madison Wisconsin, judging a record-breaking 3,600 cheese, yogurts, butters, and other dairy products from 26 countries.

Karoun Marinated String Cheese, the company’s original, classic-style String, marinated to perfection with extra virgin olive oil, garlic, and herbs, was one of 16 entries for String Cheese, Flavored and scored an impressive 99.70 Best of Class. The Karoun Cheese line of handcrafted braided string cheeses are made with Real California Fresh Milk.

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Dust Bowl Brewing Co. Releases Supine Mega IPA

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TURLOCK, Calif. — Dust Bowl Brewing Co. announces the release of Supine Mega India Pale Ale, its first new specialty package in 2020. Sold in pint cans and draft, Supine is available in on- and off-premise accounts throughout California and parts of Nevada, and at all Dust Bowl Brewing Co. taprooms in Turlock and Monterey, California.

Brewmaster Don Oliver shares his thoughts on this aggressively hopped beer:  “We brew a lot of big beers at Dust Bowl.  Supine Mega IPA follows in the footsteps of Dump Truck of the Gods Mega IPA, but we push the beer further with a 14.4% alcohol content and a bigger hop load (85 IBU) featuring Apollo, Amarillo, Citra and Mosaic hops.”

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California Almond Community Announces Five-Point Pollinator Protection Plan

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MODESTO, Calif., Jan. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Join Richard Waycott, President & CEO of the Almond Board of California (ABC), Dr. Josette Lewis, Director of Agricultural Affairs at ABC, and bee expert Dr. Gordon Wardell as they announce the California almond community’s five-point Pollinator Protection Plan, reaffirming the industry’s long-term commitment to protecting and improving honey bee health. Learn about the key areas of the Pollinator Protection Plan, along with what farmers and their beekeeper partners are doing as we approach the annual almond bloom in February.

1 Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Why Bees Matter. 2 USDA-ERS. Land Use, Land Cover and Pollinator Health: A Review and Trend Analysis. July 2017. 3 Gene Brandi. Vice President, American Beekeeping Federation.
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DUST BOWL BREWING INTRODUCES SUPINE MEGA IPA

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(Turlock, CA) – Dust Bowl Brewing Co. announces the release of Supine Mega India Pale Ale, its first new specialty package in 2020. Sold in pint cans and draft, Supine is available in on- and off-premise accounts throughout California and parts of Nevada, and at all Dust Bowl Brewing Co. taprooms in Turlock and Monterey, California.

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