CASTROVILLE, Calif. – (August 12, 2009) – Artichoke tastings, short cooking demonstrations, recipe sharing and a produce stand are all part of the featured activities planned for Ocean Mist Farms Day at the Monterey County Fair on Friday, Aug. 14 in the Ag Building.
Prior to the fair doors opening on Friday, Ocean Mist Farms will host grade school tours from 9 a.m. to noon. Kids will get an introduction to Monterey County’s official vegetable, the artichoke, and get to taste the edible flower with “Arti-the Artichoke” mascot.
From to 5 p.m. the company will be offering a “fair favorite” of French fried artichokes. And the featured recipe served during Ocean Mist Farms Day is chili ‘n chokes. While enjoying artichokes, fair goers will have the opportunity to become an Artichoke Aficionado club member.
Ocean Mist Farms will also enter its entire 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 also donates product to the Ag Against Hunger Country Store located in the Ag Building each day of the fair; all Country Store sales proceeds benefit the non-profit organization (www.agagainsthunger.org).
"We support the fair because we believe it is important to build awareness about Monterey County agriculture to local residents," said Kori Tuggle, marketing manager. "The commodity competition allows us to demonstrate our strength in producing quality vegetables year round."
Cisco Martinez, Ocean Mist Farms quality assurance manager said, "We brought home a lot of blue ribbons in the past for this vegetable judging event, and we plan to do the same this year."