So Goes the Nation

“And indeed, if you were to judge by the stock of food here, as in the other shops we checked, the harvest of Ceres is mainly Cheetos. We did find two avocados in a basket on the counter at the Eagle Mini Mart, and a few lemons at a Central Avenue convenience store. You could make a pretty good meal from the eggs and bottled salsa, jalapenos and nopales at Al’s Oasis Food Mart, though the only fresh produce was a few lonely bananas near the cash register. This, in the center of one of the lushest agricultural regions on earth.” — Maria Bustillos went on a road trip “to converse with people whose California Dreams have been hollowed out by the growing imbalances in the economy.” Read the entire series here.