The California Strawberry Commission hosted an educational symposium at True Food Kitchen in Newport Beach, CA

On Friday, August 10, 2012, the California Strawberry Commission hosted a symposium for Orange County food writers and bloggers at True Food in Newport Beach, CA. Attendees were welcomed by Jodi Reinman, California Strawberry Commission’s PR and Social Media Manager. It was an evening of delicious creations from the kitchen and informative lectures on strawberry cultivation and healthy eating. A.G. Kawamura, owner of Orange County Produce, shared bits of his professional and personal journey in agriculture and strawberry cultivation in California. His expertise in the field and passion for farming quality produce began with his grandparents on the family farm. Caryn Bailey, Rockin Mama blogger, spoke of her recent strawberry field tour and of the amazing level of commitment held by growers. David Grotto, a registered dietitian and author, delighted all with nutrition facts on this amazing berry. While his approach was sprinkled with levity, he was able to emphasize the importance of good health through good eating. A lively Q&A session followed each segment. 

California has 38,373 acres of strawberry farmland from more than 500 strawberry growers. In Orange County/San Diego area, we have 1,446 acres that are farmed from January to May with a mix of San Andreas, Palomar, Ventana, and Camarosa varieties. California produces an average of 43,000 pounds of strawberries per acre, per season. California also grows 88% of our nation’s strawberries with the ability to produce year-round. Interesting facts, the strawberry is part of the rose family and each strawberry has about 200 seeds on it.

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