On April 10th, 2013 artichokes were proclaimed to be California’s Official Vegetable by Lieutenant Governor, Gavin Newsom. Although artichokes had been voted by KGO Morning News listeners to be the official FOOD, Mr. Newsom, in a political about face and in order to pacify the losing commodities, made a unilateral decision to name Artichokes as the official vegetable, thereby opening the door for an official fruit, grain, nut, and what have you.
The California artichoke growers are pleased that artichokes are receiving their just recognition. 99.99% of all commercially grown artichokes are grown in California and no other commodity can claim such exclusivity to the state. Artichokes are truly California’s vegetable.
Come and celebrate the 57th Annual Artichoke Festival, which will be held on June 4th and 5th, 2016 at the Monterey County Fairgrounds. Visit their website, artichokefestival.org