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Salinas claims that it grows 80% of the salad greens consumed in the United States. It grows many varieties of lettuce: green leaf, red leaf, romaine, iceberg, endive. There are also fields of beans, strawberries, broccoli, and a few orchards. Some parts of the movie East of Eden showing landscape and beanfields were filmed in Salinas.

Lettuce matures in 45 to 55 days, but looseleaf and butterhead can be harvested younger to satisfy demand. This allows Salinas farmers to grow several crops a year in winter and spring. So when we stayed in Salinas during our trip we could not fail to notice lettuce fields everywhere we went. There were fields at different stages, from just after being plowed to harvest ready.

Plowed field in Salinas, CA.

Plowed field in Salinas, CA.

Lettuce field in Salinas, CA.

Lettuce field in Salinas, CA, right next to the plowed field above.

Workers weeding a lettuce field.

Workers weeding a lettuce field.

Fort Ord is an abandoned military base in Salinas that was converted to a park. We went hiking there one day, climbed a long hill and were rewarded with nice aerial views of the valley below. Wildflowers were an additional bonus.

Irrigation sprinklers.

Irrigation sprinklers.

Tent covered field. The tents can be opened partly or fully.

Tent covered field. The tents can be opened partially or fully.

Field with a darker green crop.

Field with a darker green crop, maybe strawberries.

Salinas fields.

Salinas fields.

Thistle flowers at Fort Ord.

Thistle flowers at Fort Ord.

Wildflower at Fort Ord.

Wildflower at Fort Ord.

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