Larry’s Produce


Larry Balestra is a fourth generation farmer who followed in the footsteps of his great grandfather who originally migrated from Italy and settled in Green Valley where he farmed cherries and peaches.

Larry and his wife Lisa both attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where Larry was a crop science major and Lisa studied Ag Business. Following their graduation and marriage in 1985, the two decided to open a roadside produce stand in the summer of 1986 at their current location on Suisun Valley Rd. near Fairfield, CA.

With only themselves and a single employee, the trio farmed about 40 acres to start. After years of hard work and by developing some innovative business techniques, they now farm over 1,200 acres including various fruits and vegetables sold at the stand as well as wheat, safflower, garbanzo beans and canario beans.

The initially small fruit stand has also grown substantially and has turned into a busy hub for both local shoppers and businesses as well as visitors from adjacent cities and counties.

The Balestras employ approximately 80 people during the peak season. In addition to selling the large variety of fruits and vegetables they grow, they also augment their selection by purchasing products from the San Francisco terminal market. These are generally fruits and vegetables that they are unable to grow themselves due to climate and soil restrictions. By further serving their customers in this way, Larry’s has become a one-stop shopping stand for fresh produce and one of the largest in Solano County.


Fixing Cars For Clean Air


It amazes me how many car parts get destroyed instead of recycled back into service. If we would have followed the Delorean model we would keep our cars running for many years instead of buying a new one every year.

Anyone driving in the highway behind a defective car notices how much pollution is getting released. We should have community garages that fix all cars for free using junk yard parts. The car companies should pay for it.

Old cars could get state of the art drive trains retrofitted.

It is bitter sweet to find your car in the junkyard. Although this one didn’t have 4Motion and manual trans so that is why no one wanted such a cool car. A car that will probably be a collector item some day? So many good parts Including turbo I should keep it a secret? Buy the whole car as a spare?

Recently my 2004 Volkswagen Passat wagon GLS 1.8L Turbo 4Motion with five-speed manual transmission started having AC issues.

side note:When idling we should have a separate smaller waste heat steam engine that runs on twigs for idling and cold starts and hydraulic accumulator charging.


The AC stopped working when I came to a stop. The first problem was the electric fan for the condenser stopped working. This part was $18 from the junk yard. It plugs in by the driver side headlight. Run a jumper wire to see if that’s the problem or it could have been anything else including, switches, shorts, fuses, sensors, etc.

To remove the fan.

1. Disconnect battery

2. Take off air intake with three screws.

3. Remove timing cover two snaps.

4. Remove support that connects good patch to the bumper. A 10 mm bolt at the top and a 10 mm nut at the bumper.

5. The electric fan is on the passenger side. In the future people won’t know what side is the passenger side. There is a small screw at the top of the fan bracket where it connects to the shroud. Remove it. Then there is a tab on the bottom of the bracket push the tab this allows the fan to rotate counterclockwise sitting in the driver seat. There are three tabs do not brake them off. Be careful. Then detach the wire and disconnect it. Put the new fan in.

6. Check the cabin air filter ours blew better after it was replaced.

7. We bought a can of ac recharge. It came with a gauge. Probably better to know both sides low and high? But needed to save money.

8. Found a head rest and battery hold down bracket.

9. Found two fog lights both worked. To replace pull the plastic shroud off. Three screws and a plug.

Two things that always breaks on these cars the rear 12-volt cigarette lighter socket built into the arm rest and the plastic belly pan. I would like an aluminum steel or heavy plastic one. Aftermarket? Also a six speed or bigger tires or smaller gears for highway. Twin turbo kit.

Grow Food Everywhere

Downtown Sacremento

I asked someone if they were good to eat. They said “No since they were fertilized by the pee of bums”


Jason Thompson received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Law & Society from Winona State University and the International University Of Ulaanbaatar where he studied U.S.-Mongolian Foreign Relations 1860-1920. He also attended diesel and hybrid technology programs at Hennepin Technical College in Minnesota, foreign ambassadorship courses at Soonchunhyang University in the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and attained a positive leadership certificate at the University for Peace in Costa Rica. He has a Master of Arts degree from University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he focused on how climate control was visually framed in the media using content analysis, enhanced weathering techniques that create power and control atmospheric carbon dioxide percentages using olivine powder and Sonics and high-energy x-ray applications. Jason has wrote for Diesel Power and The Costa Rica News.

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