Califonia Bountiful

Grape expectations

California farmers grow red, green and black fruit for grape lovers around the world

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California is internationally known for its winegrapes, but another grape is known around the world, too. Table grapes from California are a prized fruit, thanks to the dedication of farmers like Nick Dulcich of Jakov P. Dulcich & Sons. His family started farming in Kern County in the late 1950s, and they have been going strong since.

The Golden State is one of the largest table grape producers in the world, accounting for about 100 million boxes of grapes each year.

Harvest goes a little like this: Workers come through and trim the bunches of grapes off the vines. Then they inspect and clean the grapes, which are subsequently packed into bags and shipping containers on a flatbed truck bound for the nearby Dulcich headquarters. Here, their temperature is carefully controlled to ensure they stay cold and their natural sweetness is locked in.

Variety is the spice of life at Nick's farm, where you name the grape and they're probably growing it. Whether it is red, green or black, they're probably harvesting it at one point or another during the long growing season. At last count, they were up to 14 varieties of grapes at the farm.

Being innovative, growing a quality product and keeping the family tradition alive—it's all in a day's work for farmers like Nick!

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