GRAPES FROM CALIFORNIA
(Category VEGETABLES & FRUITS)
Grapes have been around a long, long time – in fact, the first grape varieties date as far back as 6000 B.C. In California, the fresh grape boom hit in 1839 when a former trapper from Kentucky, William Wolfskill, planted the state’s first table grape vineyard in the Mexican colonial pueblo now known as Los Angeles. An agricultural entrepreneur, Wolfskill was the first farmer to ship fresh grapes to Northern California. R.B. Blowers expanded the idea and sent the first 22-pound box of California grapes to Chicago via the new transcontinental railroad in 1869.