California farmers grow a wider range of crops than you might think. The list includes almonds, grapes and walnuts.
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California is home to an abundance of hardworking farmers and is the nation’s leader in agriculture.
In fact, California farmers grow over one-third of the country’s vegetables and two-thirds of the country’s fruits.
Surrounded by healthy soil and favorable climates, hundreds of crop varieties are able to flourish.
Don’t Stop The Crop
In January 2018, the “Trump tariffs” were imposed on certain goods imported into the US, causing backfire from various countries. This has caused foreign countries to retaliate with tariffs on US exports, including valued crops such as fruits and nuts. Distress is in the air, especially for California farmers whose economic success is partly due to foreign trade.
Did you know that most California farms are family owned? Experience, wisdom, and skills are passed down through generations, making them experts of the land’s capability for growth.
In a land of drought, water is a top priority, and application of modern technology has allowed farmers to monitor efficiency of water-use and protect resources. These farmers continue to adapt sustainable practices in order to share quality goods to the world.
These Goods Will Have You Going “Nuts”
The list of crops that California farmers grow are endless, but here are a few of the most popular ones:
Almonds are harvested from post-blossomed trees between August and October.
About 80% of the world’s Almonds come from California. With unsaturated fats, protein, and fiber, it is the perfect all-around snack to keep you full in between meals.
The hearty nut is also a great source of vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin E, manganese, and magnesium which support blood and bone health.
Grapes grow blissfully in California’s dry summers and cool winters.
The state supplies 99% of the US’ commercially grown grapes and many are turned into wine (Did you know that 90% of U.S. wine exports are California-made?).
These sweet, tart, crisp, and juicy fruits are best enjoyed when in season from May through January, and are known to have heart-healthy and anti-aging benefits due to their strong antioxidant profile.
Walnuts thrive in Central Valley California where they are harvested from August through November.
California supplies 99% of the US’ walnuts, and around 75% of the world trade.
Unique from other nuts, walnuts have significantly higher amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, which are known to reduce the risk of a heart attack and stroke.
Walnuts are also a good source of protein, fiber, magnesium, and phosphorus.
Give Farmers a Round of Applause
The next time you go to the grocery store, pay attention to how much food was grown in California– you might be surprised!
Although grocery stores offer convenience, it is never a bad idea to visit your local farmer’s market when shopping for produce.
Purchasing locally reduces your carbon footprint (Go Sustainability!), and supports your community. Find out more about how our organic meal delivery supports local farmers all across the country.
Don’t forget to thank the farmers when you have the chance.