The historic seaside town of Monterey, California is famous for its Cannery Row, Old Fisherman’s Wharf, and world-class Monterey Bay Aquarium. But the farms in and around Monterey County also supply a large amount of our nation’s food supply!
The region’s mild climate and rich soils provide perfect conditions for over 150 different crops including artichokes, leafy greens, broccoli, spinach, cauliflower, strawberries, celery, brussels sprouts, and winegrapes.
Ocean Mist Farms is the largest grower of artichokes in the US, and their artichokes are available nationwide, year-round. And just down the road, you can visit Pezzini Farms to buy some of their coveted Heirloom Green Globe Artichokes.
A couple of solid hotel choices are the Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa, and the Portola Hotel and Spa.
At the Plaza, Executive Chef Michael Rotondo has created a farm-to-fork menu at their restaurant, Coastal Kitchen. They showcase the freshest seasonal produce and seafood from the surrounding region in their menu.