SALINAS — In celebration May as National Salad Month and in recognition of the agriculture bounty of the Central Coast, the California Welcome Center Salinas and the Soledad Visitors and Gateway Center will be giving out free samples of a variety of fruits and vegetables grown in the region on Sunday, May 21, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Participating sponsors are: Andy Boy, Dole, Don Chapin Company, Ocean Mist Farms, Earthbound Farm, Mann’s, Bengard Ranch, Pacific International Marketing, The Nunes Company/Foxy Brand, Church Brothers, Tanimura and Antle, Fresh Express, Chiquita, Taylor Farms, Driscoll’s, California Strawberry Commission and Drew Massa Transportation. Mascots from a number of these companies will be on hand to help celebrate the vegetable that made this region the Salad Bowl of the world.

Agriculture is Monterey County’s main industry. Tourists often ask what crops are growing where and what is being harvested at a particular time. This day of celebration is an opportunity to share our knowledge and product with locals and tourists.

The California Welcome Center is at 1213 North Davis Road in the Westridge Shopping Center, Salinas. The Soledad Visitors and Gateway Center is at 502 Front St. in downtown Soledad, phone number is (831) 204-7208.

For information, call the California Welcome Center at (831) 757-8687.

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