It’s not the first time this idea of seasonal recalibration—are the seasons wrong or just our preconceived notions of them?—has come up during my visit. In the U.S., California is stereotypically viewed as the starkest contrast to frosty months of polar vortex and grey slush that hit cooler weather regions. Here, we have cactus Christmas trees and Surfing Santa. How does that paradox lend itself to food?
California progresses through the months of December, January and February too. Its adaptations might appear to be more nuanced than elsewhere, but that doesn’t diminish the need to be vigilant. Over one third of the nation’s vegetables, and two-thirds of its fruits and nuts, are produced by this single state.
until next time...