Artichokes, the official vegetable of Monterey County and the state of California, will be celebrated at the 78th annual Monterey County Fair Aug. 27-Sept. 1.
Ocean Mist Farms will help celebrate the fair by sending Arti the Artichoke to the fair on Friday, Aug. 29 to meet fans from 3-6 p.m. Interested visitors can visit Arti's Facebook for more details about his appearances.
At the fair, Ocean Mist Farms will be serving fried artichokes and artichoke sourdough bisquewhile entering Ocean Mist’s product line of fresh vegetables, including artichokes, for judging against other locally grown produce. It is an annual tradition for the Ocean Mist Farms harvest managers, crew supervisors and quality assurance team to demonstrate their expertise at putting together special fair packs for the vegetable commodity judging competition.
As part of its fair participation, Ocean Mist Farms donates product to the Country Store located in the Ag Building each day of the fair; all Country Store sales proceeds benefit the Monterey County Fair exhibit program and Ag department.
“We are excited to bring the majority of our local grown vegetables to this year’s Monterey County Fair,” Hilda Medina, marketing event specialist and report analysis, said in a press release. “It’s a great way to demonstrate the quality and commitment we have as a local grower.”