Los Angeles County, California, one of the most urban counties in the country, added more than 33-hundred acres of farmland last year. The growth was spurred by public demand for packaged baby carrots.
Most of the expansion occurred in the Antelope Valley, one of the fastest growing sections of Los Angeles County. At the same time, farmers began to irrigate the outlying land, where the loose, sandy soil is ideal for growing root crops like carrots and potatoes.
Officials say carrots and other root crops were a $28 million industry in the county last year, a more than fourfold increase from five years ago.