Learning where your food comes from is such an important topic. I grew up picking fruits and vegetables right from my parent’s backyard. Not that we had a farm or a dedicated area to grow them but they simply grew wild in different areas of our yard, and we got to enjoy the crop. Oh, how I cherish those memories! I also remember as a kid going with my parents to buy our food from the farmers market and having a clear understanding of how/where food comes from naturally. Nowadays a lot of people have many wrong preconceptions about agriculture practices and as much as the internet is a good place to find the right source of information, nothing beats visiting a farm to get the real details. Recently I was lucky to live that experience, as I was invited to visit a strawberry farm in California, the nation’s leading producer of strawberries. As a strawberry lover myself, I was in awe with how gorgeous the land was, how passionate the farmers and those involved in the industry were, and how much love and care was put into the growth of this wonderful fruit. Read below so you can learn all the reasons we have to love California Strawberries.
365 days of California strawberries
California has a year-round strawberry growing season. This is thanks to the perfect combination of rich, sandy coastal soils, western ocean exposure and moderate temperatures. With a 12 month growing season, California strawberries are a nutritious fruit to be enjoyed every day! If you follow the California Strawberries Facebook page, you’ll find a new recipe every day, so you can enjoy them during the whole year.
Eat them in sweet, savory, warm or cold dishes
Strawberries are one of the most versatile fruits when it comes to preparation. Their sweet-tart flavor pairs well with a variety of foods. Below is just a sample of all the food we got to try during the trip sponsored by the California Strawberries Commission. Can you believe it? Everything was superb and the strawberries shined in every dish.
They’re a superfruit!
8 strawberries contain more vitamin C than an orange, less sugar than an apple and are a great source of fiber, folate and potassium. Knowing that 8 strawberries just have about 50 calories and are low in sugar, are good enough reasons to add them to my healthy diet. But there are so many more strawberries health and nutrition benefits.
A sustainable harvest
Today, nearly 90 percent of U.S.-grown fresh strawberries come from California, with more than 1.7 BILLION pounds being harvested annually. WOW! In California alone, there are more than 400 strawberry farmers, many from multi-generational farming families who grow both conventional and organic strawberries. California grows more organic strawberries than any other place in the world. California’s strawberry farmers use less than one percent of California’s cropland, but create nearly 10 percent of all California’s farm-related jobs.
California’s strawberry farmers are among the most progressive and environmentally conscious in the state. In fact, they have invested more than $13 million dollars in research and sustainable farming practices to reduce pesticide use and environmental impacts.
What a wonderful trip this was. As you can see, there are many reasons to love California strawberries. This trip was an invaluable learning experience and I am I glad I can share it with you. I want to thank everyone that was part of this opportunity. From the farmer Rod Koda in Watsonville California, to his wife for the amazing strawberry granola, the photographer Bob Durell who took these lovely pictures, to the commission and agency that put together the event, and the fabulous group of bloggers that attended.
Finally, go to your local store and get some California strawberries (sold nationwide) and make any, or all of these fantastic recipes:
Disclosure: this is a sponsored post but all opinions are 100% my own. Thanks for supporting those that make this blog possible.