But it wasn’t until after WWII that strawberries really took off in a big way in O.C. Beginning around 1968, they were clearly our most profitable crop. That year, we had 1, 775 acres, which was probably our biggest year for strawberries.
Anglos, Japanese and Latinos work together in an O.C. strawberry field during the Great Depression.
As more and more of Orange County has been paved, strawberries have continued to be a crop that survived in the margins. It was common to find a small field tucked in between housing tracts or shopping centers. Even a small field could be profitable, and growers often had success selling the berries to local residents from roadside stands. But now even these last small pockets of strawberries are dwindling. In 2012, for instance, we lost the last strawberry field in Garden Grove: The home of the Strawberry Festival
Floriduh in the news again
Fla. Investigate Deaths After Zoo Visits
ORLANDO, Fla. Mar 23, 2005 â Five children were in critical condition with kidney failure and may have picked up a rare infection at petting zoos, health officials said.
Four children were hospitalized after visiting the Central Florida Fair, which ended in Orlando on March 13. A fifth child was stricken after going to a petting zoo at the Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City, which also ended March 13.