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make the region an ideal place to grow cool-season vegetables, berries and flowers. Monterey County also commands nearly 90 percent of the packaged salad and pre-cut fresh vegetable market. In short, agriculture is big business here. Local crops include dozens of vegetables. The top five crops in 2006 were leaf lettuce ($360 million), head lettuce ($444 million), strawberries ($440 million), nursery ($340 million), and broccoli ($234 million). Another big crop: Artichokes. Castroville ranchers introduced artichokes to Monterey County in 1924; today one out of every two artichokes across America comes from Monterey County. Castroville celebrates this crop every May with the annual Artichoke Festival. Growers elsewhere in the Salinas Valley reckon that they grow 70 percent of the nation’s celery. Another popular crop: broccolini, a cross between broccoli and a Chinese kale known as Gai Lan.

Seeing for Yourself Perhaps the best place to experience Monterey County produce and the people who grow it is a farmer’s market. The county has a number of regular farmer’s markets, including those in Old Monterey, Monterey Peninsula College, Salinas, Marina, and Carmel. These outdoor markets provide an opportunity to purchase fruits and vegetables straight from the folks who grow them. Many of the outdoor markets also feature booths selling freshly prepared seafood, barbecue and foods from around the world.

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Monterey: Land and See  

2008 Monterey County Official Visitors Guide, full of vacation ideas and insider planning tips. Get up to the minute information at http://w...

Monterey: Land and See  

2008 Monterey County Official Visitors Guide, full of vacation ideas and insider planning tips. Get up to the minute information at http://w...

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