California produces a vast amount of the leafy green products that Americans enjoy each year. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, in 2012 California farmers contributed the following amounts of leafy green product to the U.S. supply:
86% LEAF LETTUCE
77% ROMAINE LETTUCE
71% ICEBERG LETTUCE
THE CENTRAL COAST
The Central Coast is the largest growing region with many farms around the cities of Salinas, Santa Maria and Oxnard. Most products are grown here from April to November, some products can be grown year round.
THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY
The San Joaquin Valley region, spanning the middle of the state, has two brief growing seasons in the spring and fall that fills the gap between Central Coast and Desert lettuce production.
THE DESERT REGION
Farmers in the Desert Region grow lettuce and other leafy green products in the winter months allowing consumers to enjoy fresh salad all year long.