Oct. 9) SAN JUAN BAUTISTA, Calif. — One of the country’s largest organic grower-shippers has teamed up with one of the country’s largest artichoke grower-shippers to market organic globe artichokes.

The alliance will allow Natural Selection Foods LLC to market organic artichokes grown by Castroville-based Ocean Mist Farms under Earthbound Farm brand.

Natural Selection began shipping the artichokes in October.

“Ocean Mist Farms has set the standard for high quality artichokes, first conventional and now organic,” said Drew Goodman, president of Natural Selection. “Our combined program will offer customers the best organic artichokes at the best prices packaged under the leading organic produce brand.”

Meanwhile, Ocean Mist is turning 75 years of growing experience toward organic agriculture as well as conventional. The company’s organic operations in Castroville and Coachella are certified by California Certified Organic Farmers.
“We’re excited about getting into the organic produce market, particularly with the organic produce leader, Natural Selection Foods,” said Maggie Bezart, vice president of sales and marketing for Ocean Mist.

Bezart said Ocean Mist was proud to offer an organic version of its thorned artichoke.