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The 76th Annual Monterey County Fair to Hold The World’s Largest Strawberry Shortcake Event On Thursday, August 30th
August 30, 2012. Monterey, CA. On Thursday, August 30th, the “Very Berry Extraordinary”
For this Strawberry Shortcake, volunteers are using the Duncan Hines Frosting Creations Flavor Starter and Frosting Creations™ Strawberry Shortcake Flavor Mix. By simply pouring this one of 12 Frosting Creations™ flavor combination mixes into a specially formulated frosting starter, the volunteers can stir up their imagination, and try to make the World’s Largest Strawberry Shortcake with this one-of-a kind frosting system.
About Naturipe Farms LLC
Naturipe Farms LLC is a grower-owned producer and international marketer of healthy, best tasting, premium berries. With production primarily from multi generation family farms, located in the prime berry growing regions throughout North and South America. The diverse grower base ensures year-round availability of “locally grown” and “in-season global” conventional and organic berries. Naturipe Farms, formed in 2000, is a partnership between Naturipe Berry Growers, Hortifrut SA, MBG Marketing and Munger Farms. With sales and customer service offices located strategically throughout the USA – Salinas CA., Grand Junction MI., Estero FL., Boston MA., Wenatchee WA., Atlanta GA.
Naturipe Berry Growers, Inc., brings the finest strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries, both conventional and organic, to market. Owned “by growers for growers” and based in Salinas, California, Naturipe Berry Growers, Inc. growers operate in all key growing districts in California, Florida and Mexico. With over 90 years of experience, select growers and solid, safe growing practices Naturipe Berry Growers, Inc., is an undisputed industry leader. They will provide free samples when they provide the “Commodity of the Day” in the Ag Building on Saturday, September 1st.
About Duncan Hines
Duncan Hines® inspires today’s passionate bakers to “bake on” by exploring the endless possibilities of innovative and decadent baking creations. The Duncan Hines product line includes more than 80 mixes ranging from cakes and brownies to muffins and cookies as well as Amazing Glazes™ dessert toppings and ready-to-spread frosting. With a relentless commitment to quality, every product and recipe is developed in celebration of Duncan Hines, a real man and foodie who, before Fodor’s or Zagat, traveled the country in search of the best culinary and pastry inspiration. For more information on Duncan Hines, log onto www.duncanhines.com. Duncan Hines® is a portfolio brand of Pinnacle Foods Group LLC.
For this Strawberry Shortcake, volunteers are using the Duncan Hines® Frosting Creations™ Flavor Starter and Frosting Creations Strawberry Shortcake Flavor Mix. By simply pouring this one of 12 Frosting Creations™ flavor combination mixes into a specially formulated frosting starter, the volunteers can stir up their imagination, and try to make the World’s Largest Strawberry Shortcake with this one-of-a kind frosting system.
More about the Strawberry Industry (Source: California Strawberry Commission):
California is the nation's leading producer of strawberries. In 2011, more than 2.1 billion pounds of strawberries were harvested. That amounts to 88 percent of the country's total fresh and frozen strawberries. California’s unique coastal environment with its western ocean exposure provides moderate temperatures year round. Warm sunny days and cool foggy nights are the perfect combination for growing strawberries.
The value of the California strawberry crop is approximately $2.3 billion with $713 million coming from Monterey County. According to the California Department of Food and Agriculture, strawberries are the sixth most valuable fruit crop produced in California.
Where Strawberries are Grown
In California, strawberries are planted on more 38,300 acres. Coastal California’s rich sandy soil and temperate climate extends the strawberry growing season 500 miles up the coast from San Diego to the Monterey Bay. Strawberry production shifts between north and south with the changing seasons. Fall and winter production starts in October in Ventura County and reaches south into Orange and San Diego Counties in late December or early January. Production in the south generally extends into April or May. Staggered planting schedules in the Santa Maria area bridges the seasons, with the harvest beginning in March, and continues into the late fall.
California's northern strawberry growing region is south of San Francisco and includes Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties and some acreage in Santa Clara and San Benito counties. Watsonville and Salinas account for almost half of the state's strawberry acreage. Shipments from northern areas begin in April, peak in May or June, and continue through November.
The Monterey County Fairgrounds is a premiere event center set on 22 oak-studded acres with ample parking. It is a state-owned multi-use facility that features 4 large banquet rooms, 3 smaller meeting rooms, 2 outdoor concert venues, and a variety of outdoor and indoor cost-effective sites ideal for all types of events. It is home of the annual award-winning Monterey County Fair, host to many major and private events on the Central Coast, and the site of the Monterey Bay Race Place, a Satellite Wagering Facility. The Monterey County Fair is the 7th District Agricultural Association of the State of California and was recently featured on California’s Golden Fairs with Huell Howser that aired nationally on PBS Television.
The Monterey County Fair is the 7th District Agricultural Association of the State of California. The 2012 “Very Berry Extraordinary”