Artichokes are a type of thistle, cultivated to be edible. They seem like a lot of work to prepare, but it’s so worth it! The Pajaro Valley in California is the perfect growing area for these beauties, growing on family farms all over the area. Sauté steamed artichokes with garlic, fry, or make into a classic dip.


Ocean Mist Farm

Castroville, CA

Ocean Mist Farms' family farming roots took hold nearly 100 years ago when Daniel Pieri and cousins Amerigo and Angelo Del Chiaros launched the California Artichoke & Vegetable Growers Corporation in 1924. Together, they leased land south of Castroville and soon Alfred Tottino, a local vegetable grower, joined the three men in their new business venture. Today, Ocean Mist continues to farm artichokes year-round in three ideal California growing regions: Castroville, Oxnard and Coachella – plus Baja, California. Each area is known for fertile ground and productive microclimates. In addition to artichokes, they grow a full line of premium, fresh vegetables year-round.

Sprinkle artichokes with a few drops of water and store in a perforated, or breathable/reusable plastic bag in the coldest part of the refrigerator for up to 1 week.