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About 50 miles from Monterey you will find the lush, green farmland of the San Joaquin Valley. This fertile region stretches from Sacramento to a few miles south of Bakersfield, and is a major region for the production of vegetables, cotton, grapes & wine, and oil. The area relies heavily on water from the regions rivers and was a desert prior to establishing modern irrigation practices. This valley dominates the center of the state, stretching some 250-300 miles in length.

Even closer is the farm country of the Salinas Valley. Much smaller than the San Joaquin, but very important to the local economy. Salinas Valley is famous for its artichokes, lettuce, strawberries, tomatoes, and has a growing grape and wine industry. The main towns in the Salinas Valley include Salinas (of course) as well as Castroville, Hollister, King City, and Soledad.

Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Joaquin_Valley

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  • Updated Mar 16, 2007
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