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May 2010
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Castroville's 51st Annual
Artichoke Festival

Castroville is the Artichoke capitol of the world and is home to the annual Artichoke Festival. The 51st annual festival took place May 15 and 16 and included two full days of family traditions, such as an Artichoke-eating contest. There was also a plethora of Artichokes for festival-goers to buy at the farmers market - more than 9,600 fresh Artichokes were purchased at the festival this year!

Read more about the 2010 Castroville Artichoke Festival.

Artichoke Aficionados Newsletter - Ask The Chef
Ask the Chef!

What's the best way to remove the fuzzy choke of an Artichoke? Should you freeze an Artichoke before or after it is stuffed? What are your Artichoke questions? Visit our Ask the Chef page to send your questions to Montrio Bistro's Executive Chef Tony Baker. Ocean Mist Farms partnered with Baker, who has been working professionally with Artichokes for almost 20 years, to answer your Artichoke questions.

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Did You Know
Baby Artichokes
Did you know that a Baby Artichoke is not a separate variety? It's just a smaller and fully mature version of the traditional Artichoke. Its petite size comes from being picked from the lower part of the plant. For more information about preparing and cooking the Baby Artichoke as well as health benefits and recipes, visit the Preparing Ocean Mist Farms Baby Artichokes page.
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Win Artichokes!
Thanks to all members who entered the last sweepstakes, and congratulations to our winner, Vincent from Manchester, Conn.

Take part in this month's sweepstakes and you can win a carton of Baby Artichokes. From Preparing Ocean Mist Farms Baby Artichokes, an optional method to preserve the color and prevent browning of Baby Artichokes is to soak them in what after trimming?

  A. Lime or salt water
  B. Olive oil
  C. Lemon or vinegar water
  D. White wine
Member Recipes
Member Recipe
Artichoke Dip Appetizer
Annette, Macungie, Pa.

Artichoke Aficionado club member Annette shares her recipe for an Artichoke dip appetizer. Her easy-to-prepare recipe includes two kinds of cheeses - mozzarella and Parmesan - to make this dip a tasty dish!

Do you have a recipe you would like to share? The first 25 Artichoke Aficionados to submit a recipe online will win an Ocean Mist Farms reusable grocery bag! Upload your recipe now!

How to Make Baby Artichokes
How to Make Baby Artichokes
Baby Artichokes can be cooked just like larger-sized Artichokes and are easy to prepare, cook and eat because they haven’t developed the fuzzy portion of the choke in the center. Watch the How to Make Baby Artichokes video to learn how best to prepare and cook these favorite bite-sized Artichokes.
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Crop Update
Baby Artichokes are a seasonal size and availability varies throughout the year, but May is the peak volume month for this size Artichoke. Check your retail and club stores for this chef-favorite vegetable!
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