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Destination: Coachella Valley

Visit the winter salad bowl of the world!


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Known as the winter salad bowl of the world, the Coachella Valley is a hotbed of activity in the cooler months. Locals like to say this is where the sun spends the winter, and that's why farms such as Ocean Mist Farms grow multiple crops there during the cooler seasons before transitioning up to the Central Coast.

Headquartered in Castroville, Ocean Mist is the largest grower of fresh artichokes in the United States. But being able to farm in various locations throughout the year allows the company to provide a diverse selection of vegetables for people to enjoy. Ocean Mist grows and packs artichokes and 30 other fresh vegetables at its Coachella facility.

Over at Heirloom Craft Kitchen in nearby Indio, chef/owner Andie Hubka takes that local produce and whips it into unique dishes like a Farmers Market Salad with Shaved Brussels Sprouts, and Baby Kale and Braised Short Ribs with Brussels Sprouts Hash.

Andie lives in the area and wanted to give locals a place to eat a true farm-to-fork meal in a casual and fun atmosphere, and this restaurant is just the beginning. Andie has her eyes on Palm Springs for the future and hopes to play a role in making the entire Coachella Valley a culinary destination for locals and visitors alike.

For more information about Ocean Mist Farms, visit www.oceanmist.com. For more information about Heirloom Craft Kitchen, visit http://heirloomcraftkitchen.com.


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