General Overview

fruitsCalifornia has many great qualities, with one of them being the fact that it can grow a wide-variety of fruits and vegetables throughout the year thanks to the various climates that are present throughout the state. In other words, things are always “in season” when it comes to the State of California.

Growing your own fruits and vegetables is much easier than you think, and many people are now adopting the idea of having a small little garden or area where they can grow some of their own. But each region in California is more conducive to growing certain fruits and vegetables than others, so if you’re curious about what grows best in or around the Santa Cruz area, look no further. First, though, it’s necessary to know what region Santa Cruz is a part of.

Central Coast

There are eight different growing regions in the State of California, which are, in no particular order:

  • Sacramento Valley
  • North Coast
  • Desert Region
  • South Coast
  • Central Coast
  • San Joaquin Valley
  • Delta Region
  • Mountain Region

Santa Cruz County is a part of the Central Region region, which also consists of the following counties: Ventura, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Monterey, and San Benito.

Generally speaking, the same fruits and vegetables can be grown in any of the aforementioned counties.

So What Can You Grow in Santa Cruz County?

In Santa Cruz, the main fruits and vegetables that you’ll be able to grow are:

  • Celery
  • Lettuce
  • Lemons
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli
  • Strawberries
  • Grapes
  • Artichokes

There are, of course, other fruits and vegetables that you can grow, but these ones are the most common and the most popular.

Take Advantage of Farmer’s Markets

Vegetable MarketIf you don’t have the time, ability, or space to grow anything yourself, don’t worry. You can still take advantage of what’s grown in Santa Cruz by heading to a local farmer’s market. There’s so many farmer’s markets in Santa Cruz County that no matter what day of the week it is or what season it is, you should be able to find one. There you will find locally-grown fruits and vegetables that are freshly picked and often sold at a cheaper price than at your local supermarket. Plus, you’ll be helping the local farmers directly.

To find a local farmer’s market near you, visit http://www.santacruzca.org/things/farms-and-markets.php.

They have a list of local ones, including their own individual websites, that you can easily view. Best of all, this site is updated whenever a new one emerges.

Santa Cruz and its surrounding areas are absolutely gorgeous and present a perfect environment for growing many different kinds of fruits and vegetables.