Califonia Bountiful

On location: Imperial County

Jan./Feb. 2014 California Bountiful magazine

What makes it distinctive? Find out!

Winter sunshine makes Imperial County a popular desert oasis for bird watchers, hikers, campers and off-road-vehicle enthusiasts. Lush farm fields provide nearly 80 percent of the nation's fresh winter vegetables, making it America's winter garden.

Alex Jack, Brawley
Carrying on the farming tradition his family started in 1912, Jack grows lettuce, romaine, cauliflower, broccoli and Imperial Sweet onions for nationally recognized brands. When not in the fields, he volunteers, recently helping raise funds and build a 10,000 square-foot hydroponic greenhouse at the local high school.

Dining Out
Barbara Worth Resort, Holtville One of the Imperial Valley's top destinations for fine dining, Fields Steakhouse offers locally raised beef and fresh-from-the-fields vegetables. Executive Chef Chris Knifong brings to the table culinary skills gained in some of Southern California's best restaurants.

Holtville Rib Cook-Off
January 25, Holtville
Nearly two dozen barbecue teams will turn up the heat on more than 6 tons of fresh pork ribs to vie for bragging rights as the valley's best grillers. Expect a big crowd and show up early.

International Birding Festival
January 25-26, Salton Sea
Explore the Salton Sea—one of California's largest wetlands and one of the lowest spots on Earth—through bird watching, kayaking, hiking, campfire programs and more.

Carrot Festival
February 8-9, Holtville
Celebrate harvest in the "Carrot Capital of the World." The festival hits its peak in downtown Holtville with a parade, fair and cooking contests featuring the locally grown root.

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