Saturday, April 17, 2010

Artichokes Are In Season!


To me, the artichoke is a quintessentially Californian vegetable. The California climate is uniquely suited to growing this Mediterranean thistle and nearly 100% of the artichokes in the U.S. are grown in California (the majority of which are grown in Monterey County). I love artichokes, especially fresh artichokes. So, I'm quite excited that April is the peak month in the prime globe artichoke growing season. Tonight I prepared grilled artichokes for dinner (pictured above). This is not the first time I fixed artichokes, but it is the first time I grilled them. They were delicious! I plan to have them tomorrow night too, and as often as I can get fabulous, fresh artichokes. When visiting Monterey County you will find many restaurants featuring Castroville artichokes, so make sure to try them...you'll definitely like them. For some great tips on preparing artichokes and recipes, visit the largest grower of fresh artichokes in the U.S., Ocean Mist Farms.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Marine Protected Areas

San Diego Bay is home to California's only seahorse species, the Pacific Seahorse. You can take action and help protect the seahorse, as well as other aquatic life in Southern California's waters, by asking the Fish and Game Commission to create a new Marine Protected Areas.

Marine Protected Areas are designed to preserve important undersea habitats, similar to a state or national park designation for land. Creating these safety zones for marine life will aid in their recovery from the depredations of humans. The benefits of Marine Protected Areas are more abundant fish, plants and other marine life, which aids the rest of the open ocean.

The Fish and Game Commission will be meeting in Monterey on April 7, so please take action by signing the Monterey Bay Aquarium's letter to the Commission's president. Help make sure that the current proposal, known as the Integrated Preferred Alternative, is not weakened at the upcoming meeting.