John Steinbeck country

MONTEREY, Calif.  — As Highway 1 dips from Santa Cruz toward Monterey, makeshift signs hawking avocados and artichokes line the shoulder. In the shadow of the Gabilan Range, bursts of water arc across fields, creating rainbows above pickers harvesting a day’s wages. This is Salinas Valley. A convergence of sea breezes and black soil, it …

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