Food Facts

Did you know that more than 400 crops grow in California?  And of those 400, California is the only state that grows 14?  The 14 California exclusives include almonds, peaches, rice, and walnuts.  Learn more about the foods we grow below.

Pumpkins & the Origin of Jack O’Lanterns

Pumpkins & the Origin of Jack O’Lanterns California is one of the top five producers of pumpkins in the US. Nearly all California pumpkins are produced for the fresh market, sold directly to stores or right off the farm. Fresh market pumpkins are grown for the...

That sweet elixir made by bees…

Honey, honey, honey, honey….honeeeyyy! So how do bees make honey anyway? As honey bees fly around to flowers doing the work of pollinating (a side benefit of the bees’ nectar collecting activities) they drink up the sweet nectar of all the flowers they...

Peaches – they’re a CA thang!

Delicious, nutritious and CA-grown! Peach pie, peach cobbler, peach smoothie, peach sherbet, canned peaches at lunch, a peach cup for snack, a fresh, juicy peach on a hot summer day… If you are eating peaches, rest assured – they are home-grown right here...

June is Dairy Month

Ice cream, yogurt, cheese – wonderful cheese, milk, sour cream…yum-oh…and the list goes on. Not only do dairy cows provide all these delicious foods but these foods provide us with so much nutrition! Milk is the leading food source of nine essential...

It’s Beef Month!

BEEF Summer BBQs are approaching, camping season is pretty much here, and beef is on the menu! May is officially beef month. This healthy, high protein food is good for you and good for the land – while cattle graze they turn low quality forage and other grasses into...

Garlic Lovers Unite!

April is officially garlic month. And why should we care? … California is the nation’s top producer of garlic, that’s why! Also, this month is the famous Gilroy Garlic Festival on April 19, located in the heart of garlic country here in CA....

Intel on Cherries!

Cherries are so much more than just delicious, sweet, naturally good snacks… they are healthy and pack a super food punch too. Here’s the Intel on Cherry Production and Health Benefits California is the second largest cherry producing state in the U.S....

Root Vegetable Month!

During December, we eat lots of special holiday dishes that include filled with memories and warmth. So, it’s a time to get back to our roots – root veggies, that is, because December is National Root Vegetables Month. What are root vegetables? Root veggies...

CA Figs Month!!

November is officially fig month in California – get’em and eat’em! Did you know that California produces 100% of the nation’s dried figs and 98% of the fresh figs? You should be eating these yummy, local treats more! Figs are great as appetizers...

What is the Top Non-Green Veggie?

What is the Top Non-Green Veggie?

Sweet potatoes, of course! Over the last several years sweet potatoes have seen resurgence in demand as consumers learn more …