In the past we’ve written about the various crops grown at the farms around our house where we walk the dogs. We have avocados – tons of them – even in our own yard, lemons, oranges, tomatoes, celery and red peppers.
A few months ago, we noticed they planted something different at the field closest to us, the one that usually grows the peppers and celery. We weren’t really sure what it was, but have had fun over the months watching it grow and grow and grow.
This is what they looked like last September:
Well, we finally know what it is – Artichokes!
Just look at how big the plants have grown and now you can see the stalks of artichokes growing up out of the center. I was worried that our cold temperatures last month may have damaged the crop – we had several nights below freezing and even though most farms have a heat circulation system on the citrus groves, they don’t on these fields. But it looks like all is well.
Here’s what they look like now:
And look at how big they are compared to Jack! I had no idea they grew this big.
I don’t know how long before these will be harvested – that should be interesting to see if they do it by hand or if they have a machine. We will keep you posted.