CASTROVILLE, CA – While the winter may bring thoughts of cold weather and a restful pause to some of us, the cold season has others on the tips of their toes as they continue to ramp up their seasonal offerings.
As Artichoke Commodity Manager Bob Polovneff recently told me, Ocean Mist Farms is focusing on harvesting premium artichokes from its winter growing regions in Baja Mexico, and Coachella and Oxnard, California.
“We are in production for all sizes right now, and have excellent quality coming out of the field,” Bob elaborates on what retailers can expect to spruce up their shelves. “The rains in the past month have accelerated harvest times by three to four weeks, and product quality is fantastic.”
Though artichoke demand falls a bit after the entertainment heavy holiday season, Ocean Mist Farms is able to satisfy the demand for artichokes as consumers continue to look for warm and toasty veg options.
“If shoppers are looking for healthy eating options, you can’t beat an artichoke! The winter artichokes offer an excellent eating experience and our Season & Steam microwaveable bag makes meal preparation very simple,” says Diana McClean, Marketing Director.
From here, Ocean Mist Farms will begin to harvest its artichoke crops out of Castroville, California. As we previously reported, the company is looking forward to a unique and coveted produce item, Frost Kissed® artichokes, if growing regions hit freezing temperatures.
As consumers continue to put veg near the center of the plate, no matter the season, continue to count on AndNowUKnow for all the latest crop updates.