“California produces about 75% of the nation’s spinach, and Monterey County does about 50% of that,” he said.
“It’s truly a unique agricultural community that has the infrastructure to change with the trends and become experts at changing crops, as we hit a snag in 2006 with spinach,” Borman said. “You can see us bouncing back with better, stronger products as well as creating other products that are going to get young people excited.”
This year’s Monterey County crop report theme is salad bars in schools.
Margaret D’Arrigo-Martin, vice president of community development at Taylor Farms, said the Grower-Shipper Association Foundation has funded more than 25 salad bars for county schools.
“A year ago when we set out to fund salad bars for the schools, we knew it was our job as an industry to step forward and make sure kids have greater access to fresh fruits and vegetables,” she said. “We’re hoping to get a grant to fund another 75 salad bars over the next three years in Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties.”