Searching out and enjoying fresh, local grown produce, meats and dairy was high on our “bucket list”. We have started to fulfill that wish.
From the largest fig tree in Santa Barbara, CA to open air markets in Bend, OR, we have not been disappointed.
We spent a couple of miserably hot days at a KOA campground in Los Banos, CA. It really was a TOILET! The campground’s 50 amp service could not keep up and we continually “popped” their electrical service. One 90+ degree night with no a/c and only a couple of fans, and we could not wait to get out of that desolate dust bowl. We raced back over to the coast in search of cool weather.
We arrived in time for the “Artichoke Festival” in Monterrey, CA. These have been a favorite vege for us. We could not wait to try them steamed, grilled, and fried. We were not disappointed. The festival included a contest for the best sculpture made completely of artichoke leaves (and some other veggies.The live demonstration was a lady that taught us the ABC’s of artichoke cooking and eating. It was so much fun and we toured an artichoke field to see miles and miles of these babies basking in the California sunshine.