Desert vegetables ready for good winter season

11/13/2009 12:50:00 PM
Don Schrack

As is the case with the company’s other winter vegetables, the spinach will be grown in the Thermal area.

“The area is at a slightly higher elevation than most of the Coachella Valley,” Lane said. “The windbreaks, both natural and tree lines, and the elevation give us a microclimate that we believe is the best growing weather in the desert.”

The spinach harvest for Ocean Mist was scheduled to begin, weather permitting, in mid-to-late November, Silacci said.

Vessey & Co. also is growing spinach on its Imperial Valley acreage, but the company grows the commodity for other marketers, Vessey said.

Due to a reporter’s error. this story originally misnamed Castroville, Calif.-based Ocean Mist Farms’ sales manager Gary Silacci.


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Dana Larson    
Indio/Yucca Valley  |  September, 16, 2011 at 12:41 AM

Thank you for the break down of desert winter crops! Now I have a good idea of what to plant in my new garden, what to research, etc... -Desert food enthusiast

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