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Why Yuma County, Arizona Is Called The 'Winter Salad Bowl Capital'
Many greens grown in the U.S. come from the southwest, including California’s Salinas Valley, known as the "Salad Bowl of the World" due to its huge agricultural output, including tons of summer and spring lettuce. However, when cold weather arrives, Yuma County in Arizona is responsible for growing the greens in your winter salads.
Yuma County grows almost 100% of the leafy greens eaten by U.S. residents throughout the winter, earning it the title of the "Winter Salad Bowl Capital." This region also grows over 90% of all North American-produced winter greens, including baby greens, kale, and lettuce; broccoli, cauliflower, and root veggies also thrive Yuma.
The city of Yuma is surrounded by desert land, and even holds the Guiness World Record for the Sunniest City in the World, but the nearby Colorado River supplies the water needed to farm the county's vegetables. Yuma is no slacker during the summertime, either, and produces an abundance of dates, lemons, and melons.