A: Hi Joanne,
Many thanks for your question. I'm sorry that you felt you had to discard the artichokes.
Worms in fact any pests are an unfortunate part of farming, from my perspective as a chef, bugs happen! In most cases one can cut around the damaged part of the fruit or veg and continue with your recipe. In most cases the damage is nearly cosmetic. The quality control at Ocean Mist Farms is very high, if any product is suspected of harboring a foreign body it is pulled from packing immediately.
Please bare in mind this response is based on my personal experience as a chef. Ocean Mist staff may have a different take on things.
Joanne, have fun with food, I am a big believer in the products that Ocean Mist Farms grow and insist on them for my restaurant. It's unfortunate that you received a little extra protein in yours.
Feel Good About What You Eat!
Chef Tony Baker