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California is vegetable garden for the U.S.

California farms accounted for half the sales of fresh vegetables grown in the United States last year.

And the state also grew 70 percent of the processed vegetables produced in the nation, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The on-farm value of fresh market vegetables grown in the state last year totaled slightly more than $5 billion. That amounted to a decrease of nearly 7 percent from 2011.

Florida last year ranked second with $1.1 billion in sales, followed by Arizona with $697 million. Total U.S. fresh sales amounted to $10 billion.

— Compiled by Staff Writer Robert Digitale. Submit items to robert.digitale@pressdemocrat.com


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