“The Salinas Valley is in Northern California. It is a long and narrow swale between two mountain ranges, and the Salinas River winds and twists up the center until it falls at last into Monterey Bay.”
—East of Eden, John Steinbeck
I have lived in the Salinas Valley of California for most of my life. This is the place of John Steinbeck’s East of Eden. The bounty of this fertile valley includes an abundance of fresh vegetables and fruit—lettuces and radicchio, broccoli and cauliflower, artichokes and fennel, strawberries and raspberries, and more. In the warmer, southern parts of the valley there are wine grapes and wineries, lemon orchards and asparagus.There are greenhouses with orchids. Monterey Bay is nearby. The apple orchards and berry fields of the Pajaro Valley are just around the bay.