Mystery Solved

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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:
 
new plants in field

 
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:
 
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And look at how big they are compared to Jack! I had no idea they grew this big.

 
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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.
 

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  1. Holy cow, I also had no idea they grew that big!! So cool you discovered what the plants are 🙂

  2. They look like ordinary weeds in the first photos. We never thought about where artichokes come from. Interesting.
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  3. You guys skip the farmer’s market and just go straight to the farmer. Doesn’t get any fresher than that.

  4. How cool is that!

  5. That is really cool!! I never had any idea how artichokes grew. Like Emma said, in the first photos they look like ordinary weeds.
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  6. I did not know that is what they looked like. Always exploring and learning new things!!
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  7. Coming from the East Coast I would have been stumped too! Thanks for solving this one.

  8. OMD! That is so cool! I had no idea how artichokes grew, but I do love them. If I told me husband that you have avocado trees in your yard, we might become neighbors. LOL! They are one of our favorite snacks.
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    • And they are so good for you too!
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  9. I remember that post! That is very cool that you finally had the mystery solved, and I would have had no idea artichokes grew that way or got that big. All those crops make your walks so interesting!
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    • It does keep it interesting as long as it’s not food that attracts the dogs!
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  10. Holy cow I didn’t know they got that big or were even grown like that. Very cool.
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  11. Whoa, those are quite impressive! Had nodes thats what the plant looked like. Thanks for enlightening us.

  12. YUM!! I’ve always wanted to grow my own!
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  13. I used to live in Half Moon Bay and I miss the fresh artichokes from the coast.

  14. I have heard that the artichoke plant is poisonous. May be a good idea to check on that and keep animals away.

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