(Jan. 30) Yuma Lettuce Days not only carried on the tradition of recognizing Yuma, Ariz., as the winter salad capital of the world, it featured what event organizers dubbed the world’s longest outdoor salad bar.

The Jan. 25-27 festival drew more than 50,000 people said Dorothy Young, one of the event’s organizers. More than 800 salads were sold, with proceeds going to a local 4-H group. The salad fixings were donated by Kodiak Fresh LLC, a Phoenix-based wholesaler that has a facility in Yuma.

Steve Reid, general manager at Kodiak, said the company initially donated 3,200 pounds of fresh produce.

“We donated the broccoli, cauliflower florets and salad with carrots and red cabbage,” he said. “We had sent down a full pallet of product and Dorothy called about 12:30 on the first day and said they were running out, so I called Bella Foods (Phoenix) and they brought another 2,000 pounds of product.”

The event also featured local produce at a farmers market, fresh produce displays and a bus tour of area vegetable fields.

Yuma Lettuce Days features record salad bar
Kodiak Fresh LLC and Bella Foods, both of Phoenix, donated more than 5,000 pounds of fresh produce for the 10th Annual Yuma Lettuce Days Festival held in historic Yuma, Jan 25 – 27. More than 800 salads were sold at Yuma’s longest salad bar to raise $1,600 for the local 4-H.