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Wholesum is expanding its Fair Trade program with organic artichokes in Salinas, Calif.

Harvest of the crop, which is grown by a Wholesum partner farm, starts at the end of April, according to a news release.

It’s the first time organic artichokes will be available from Wholesum. They will be available through October.

“We are very excited to not only be expanding into a new organic produce category but to nurture our relationship with other growers who share the same passion and commitment to Fair Trade,” Ricardo Crisantes, chief commercial officer, said in the release.

The partnership will expand to Brussels sprouts later this season. The company carries organic Brussels sprouts through October.

Through the Fair Trade program, Wholesum will be contributing to the farm’s community development fund.

“Our workers, as well as those from our partner farms, are always top of mind,” Crisantes said in the release. “We’re constantly thinking of ways to improve their everyday lives and build thriving agricultural communities.”

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