Need reminding that we live in a produce paradise? Then I suggest you head over to the Castroville Artichoke Festival this weekend at the Monterey Fairgrounds. There’s a bounty of food, cooking demos, field tours, agro art, a wine and beer garden and plenty of music. I doubt you know that the first artichoke shoots were planted in 1922 or that that the first artichoke queen in 1948 was Marilyn Monroe. Seniors $10.

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