Sunday 22 December 2002
City Nicknames, Take VIII
I guess I missed the city nicknames article that was apparently
in the September/October issue of the
Via Magazine. The current issue has some letters to
the editor that had me add a few cities to
my City Nicknames list:
- Petaluma, CA — Egg Basket of the World
- Kelseyville, CA and the Rogue River Valley, in southern
Oregon, both lay claim to being the "Pear Capital of the World".
However, my wife
that it's gotta be Ben Lomond.
- Lodi, CA — The [Tokay] Grape Capital of the World
It's probably more popularly known as the place where Creedence
Clearwater Reunion got stuck in once, in the 1960's.
stayed overnight there, a month ago.
The town has gotten nicer than it used to be.
Still gets into the 100's often in the summer, though.
- Oxnard, CA — Strawberry Capital of the World
But have a look at the website for
the Monterey Bay Strawberry Festival.
California produces 83% of the country's strawberry, and the
Monterey Bay Area (mostly the Pajaro Valley, surrounding
Watsonville) has almost half of the state's strawberry acreage.
A couple of decades ago, the SF and Monterey Bay Areas had an
outbreak of Mediterranean fruit flies ("medflies"). The powers
that be decided to quarantine various kinds of fruit in order
to prevent the flies from spreading. So, Watsonville's
enormous strawberry crop could not legally be taken out of the
county, and we were able to get the most luscious strawberries
for very low prices that year.
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