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A.V. Thomas Produce
A.V. Thomas Produce is one of America’s leading suppliers of fresh conventional and certified organic sweet potatoes and yams in the United States. The company was founded by Antonio Vieira Tomas, who immigrated to the United States from the Azores Island of Pico in Portugal in 1920 and settled in Livingston, California.
Livingston is one of the special places in the country with the warm climate and light, sandy soil necessary to grow sweet potatoes, and Mr. Tomas began growing them here in 1960. (Today more than 90 percent of California’s sweet potato crop is grown right in this area.) Mr. Tomas founded A.V. Thomas Produce with 10 acres in production and one small packing shed in downtown Livingston.
Twelve years later, his nephew, Manuel Eduardo Vieira, joined the business. Also from the Island of Pico in the Azores, Mr. Vieira had just spent 10 years in Rio de Janeiro, earning a degree in Business Administration. He would spend the next five years learning the sweet potato trade at his uncle’s side.
In 1977, Manuel E. Vieira bought A.V. Thomas Produce and began a new chapter in its history, investing in, growing and expanding the business into the industry leader it is today.
The legacy and tremendous contribution of Japanese American farmers is brilliantly recognized in a number of California families, one of which is Abe-El Produce.
Abe-El Produce is a successful full service farming, packing, shipping, cold storage and produce sales operation. Abe-El Produce grows numerous citrus varieties, table grapes and vegetables featuring zucchini, yellow squash and eggplant.
Brothers Franklin and Herbert Abe are joined by the third generation (sansei) of educated, creative and professional family members. The farming traditions and sacrifices made by Issei (Japanese-born) and Nisei (American-born) are honored in this vital family business.
Adobe Creek Orchards
Ken Barr made the decision to buy his own packing shed in 1989. He wanted to have better control over the growing, packing and shipping of his Lake County pears. He left the comfort zone of a grower cooperative and took on the responsibility of packing and shipping his pears.
A small shed owned by the Kelseyville Packing Company was purchased and Adobe Creek Orchards was born. Ken felt that by planting the orchards, raising the trees, taking care of the fruit, picking the fruit and then having control of the packing and shipping put him in a very special and unique position. He was and still is one of the very few who can lay claim to this farming accomplishment.
In 1990, Ken joined forces with his brother, John Barr and business partner, Broc Zoller and formed Adobe Creek Packing Co., Inc. They each came to the business with their own special talents. Ken controlled the orchards, John had the mechanical knowledge of running packing sheds, and Broc, (The Pear Doctor) is trained as a plant pathologist & pest control advisor. John Barr passed away in 1996 and Broc retired in 2007; Ken continues to grow, plant, harvest, pack and ship the best of Lake County pears. This includes Bartlett, Star Crimson, Rosi Red, Bosc and Golden Russet Bosc. Enjoy seasonal pears from Adobe Creek!
Andy Boy has a rich history as an industry trend-setter, not a follower. From the day the company was founded by Stephen and Andrew D’Arrigo, two immigrants from Messina, Sicily, innovation has been its hallmark. Andy Boy customers can confidently look to them for excellence in everything they do, from seed research and development to entirely new approaches to packaging, packing, and even shipping.
With third generation D’Arrigo family members at the helm of their West Coast operations, the traditions of being the very best in the business emanate from the top and are carried out by their dedicated family of almost 2000 employees.
Andy “Andy Boy” D’Arrigo is 92 years old and has retired but remains active by coming into the office from time to time. John D’Arrigo serves as President/CEO and Chairman of the Board for D’Arrigo Bros. Co., of CA.
Andy Boy Broccoli, Broccoli Rabe, Cauliflower, Fennel, Romaine Hearts, Cactus Pears and Nopalitos are the company’s mainstays, but Andy Boy is also able to provide a full scope of produce needs and consolidation opportunities with an extraordinary level of service.
Richard Bagdasarian Inc., was incorporated in 1952 and is located in the heart of the Coachella Valley’s agricultural growing community. They are a family owned and operated grower, shipper and marketer of California table grapes, citrus and vegetables.
As one of the larger growers of California table grapes and citrus in the Coachella Valley, Richard Bagdasarian Inc. is respected worldwide and has naturally established a national presence in the vegetable industry via Pasha Marketing, LLC. They apply the highest standards of production to every vine, tree, and plant they grow.
Committed to giving you the best tasting, highest quality table grapes, they grow, harvest, ship and market 12 different varieties of table grapes..
Enjoy local California table Grapes today!
Chuck Baker is a 5th generation family farmer who grows luscious California pears in the Sacramento River Delta region (Sutter Island). The Baker family has been farming on 700 acres of prime pear orchards (from Courtland to Ryde) since the early 1860s – the original land grant deed is dated 1854 (Hustler Ranch and Hustler pear label).
Many of the existing old growth trees are at least 140 years old and still producing some of the best eating fruit grown in the state. California Bartlett pears are the main crop for Baker Ranch with cherries and pear varietals like Bosc, Star Crimson, Seckels and Forelles balancing out the harvest.
In addition to overseeing his family farm, Chuck Baker also oversees many of the pear orchards that grow for AllState Packers, a premier fruit packer and shipper in Lodi. You know their fruit under the labels Rivermaid, McCormack, Golden Glow, Party and Hillside. Stewardship of the land and time honored growing practices by Chuck Baker and family are apparent in the wonderful fruit they lovingly produce!
The Baloian Family is a 4th generation farming family that has been in the produce business since 1917. Charles Baloian started the company’s first enterprise: Charles Baloian Company, Inc. in Fresno, California which was a full-service produce business. Charles’ two sons, James and Edward, returned to Fresno in 1945, after serving their country in the World War II, joining Charles as partners.
In 1965, Charles and his sons formed Pam Pak Distributors, Inc., which is Baloian Packing’s current #1 label, to package and market fresh vegetables from a large number of local growers who supplied Charles Baloian Company, Inc. In an effort to increase their annual business and to supply the rising local demand for their product, Pam Pak Distributors, Inc. began its own farming operations in 1968.
Today, they grow variety peppers, variety lettuces, variety squash, red onions and variety vegetables (turnips, beets, rutabagas, cucumbers, green beans, spinach, yams and more). Their fresh products can be found in both Pam Pak and Baloian Farms packaging.
Barsotti Family Juice
Freshly presssed juices are the Barsotti family’s passion! All juices are handcrafted in small batches at the family’s solar-powered Apple Hill Ranch, surrounded by orchards and pines in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains in Northern California. Their team is committed to pressing only the best fruits and vegetables in creating their tempting variety of juices, lemonades, and blends, each flash pasteurized with NO preservatives.
They freshly press top quality juice all year long at their production facility that rivals many small producers of freshly pressed juice. They’ve replaced the flatbed trucks loaded with cases of juice and piles of ice with refrigerated semi-trucks and vans. Barsotti juices are also flash pasteuized to ensure your safety.
Look for their trucks transporting juice to your local supermarkets and food establishments throughout Northern California.
“We hope you enjoy our juices and we guarantee that the quality is the best!” –Gael & Joan Barsotti
Blossom Hill Orchards
Blossom Hill Orchards has been family owned for over 90 years, with over 35 years growing and shipping apricots.
In 1917, Louis Lucich started growing apricots and prunes in the Santa Clara Valley. In 1959, his son moved the family to Patterson where they continue their business today. Today, the third generation keeps the family tradition growing.
In an ever changing market, the team at Blossom Hill has adapted and grown to meet the needs of their customers, with over 1000 acres of apricots, 200 of which are now organic. Although apricots are a very sensitive fruit, the team at Blossom Hill strives to grow, pack, and ship apricots so that customers will find them sweet and juicy.
They also make food safety an integral part of their operation. Their produce is delicious as well as safe and pathogen free. Blossom Hill Orchards has implemented a first-class Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) benchmarked food safety program and is working towards further certifications.
Bolthouse Farms is a 4th generation family farm, located in California’s fertile San Joaquin Valley. The Bolthouse family started commercial vegetable farming in western Michigan. They continually improved vegetable varietis and made advances from field packing celery to storing onions for off-season supply. The vegetables grown on the family farm were sold to local canneries, including companies like Gerber Products, The Campbell Soup Company, and H.J. Heinz.
By 1950, Bolthouse Farms was a leading supplier of carrots to Midwest processors. In 1990, William J. Bolthouse introduced Shortcuts, carrots that were cut, peeled and ready-to-eat. Demand soared and additional plants were added. The company added juices and juice mixtures to its lineup after demand by Japan. Additionally, Bolthouse packs organically grown carrots under the Earthbound Farm label.
In 2015, they developed a line of cold-pressed & organic juices called 1915. 1915 products are made only with high-pressure processing which helps preserve the nutrients of the juice. The name 1915 is a nod back to simpler times, proving that the Bolthouse Farms tradition continues today along with innovation, freshness, health, convenience, and value.
Booth Ranches, LLC is a family owned, fully integrated grower, packer and shipper of premium fresh citrus. They have been growing citrus for more than 50 years in the San Joaquin valley, and packing at two packinghouses near the headquarters in Orange Cove, California.
The late Otis Booth was a business executive when he inherited a 40-acre citrus grove in 1950. According to Loren Booth, Otis Booth’s daughter and current owner of the citrus company, that original grove is known simply as Ranch 40. Today, Ranch 40 is a small slice of the 8,500 acres of Booth Ranch navels, valencias and specialty citrus in the San Joaquin Valley from Fresno County south into Kern County.
As his investments skyrocketed Otis Booth’s wealth into the Forbes 400, oranges became a passion. “Land and a growing business and farming on the land is something rather more tangible than a securities portfolio,” Booth told Forbes magazine in 2005.
As some growers switched to other commodities, Booth remained committed to citrus, though he did add a cattle ranch in 1971. Adding acreage and marketing fruit grown only by the company helped make it a truly independent grower-shipper.
Boskovich Family Farms
In 1968, when Bob and Rod Grimm set up their first roadside produce stand, the brothers made a promise to always take care of the customers. More than 3 decades later, they are still honoring that promise. That has never been more evident than with Grimmway Farms’ organic division Cal-Organic.
Starting with a quarter acre of lettuce in 1983, and an idea of doing things differently, they have taken the business to include 60 different year-round vegetable items. Today the business has grown to thousands of certified organic acres. It still remains family owned and operated, while promoting family values and integrity every day.
Working hard to provide personal service and finding solutions for produce needs, Cal-O is constantly advancing the technology of organic agriculture to the highest levels. As one of the only farms in California’s southern San Joaquin Valley to convert to organic agriculture, they are very proud of their rich farming heritage.
California Endive Farms
Belgian Endive took the world by storm when it was introduced in Paris in 1872. It quickly became so popular that it was nicknamed “white gold”.
About a century later, a young American named Richard Collins, focused on becoming a specialty farmer, made his own discovery of endive while working in the kitchen at a California /French eatery called Restaurant La Salle. The owner, preparing braised endives, told the wide-eyed youth that he should consider growing endives as he had just paid four dollars a pound for them! Fascinated by the prospect of producing this elegant vegetable, Rich bought some seeds and planted them in the family vegetable garden.
By 1983, Rich had begun commercial production of locally grown endive in Vacaville, launching Rebel Farms and a new tradition, rich in history of this elegant vegetable. Rebel Farms was later renamed California Endive Farms and it remains the largest American producer.
A leading innovator in refining the complex process of growing the highest quality California endive (both red and white), California Endive Farms is dedicated to consistent production of the highest quality endive in the marketplace.
Chase National Kiwi Farms
Tom Schultz is a third generation family farmer in Marysville, California. Under his direct management, Chase National Kiwi Farms operates on approximately 155 acres and produces California Certified Organic kiwifruit. They also farm an additional 20 acres of conventional grown kiwifruit. The company also packs kiwifruit for 5 outside kiwifruit growers & is a major exporter of California kiwifruit to Japan.
After graduating from Chico State University in 1973, Tom then began in the California kiwifruit industry, staying in the Chico area. He has been dedicated and personally involved in kiwifruit nursery, growing, packing, cold storage and export segments of business, full time, since 1973.
As a proud graduate of Class 14 of the California Ag Leadership Program, Tom continues with his leadership role in the Kiwifruit industry. Currently, he serves on the Kiwifruit Marketing Order Board and is past President of the Kiwifruit Growers Association and past Chairman of the California Kiwifruit Commission.
Tom represented the California kiwifruit industry at the first International Kiwifruit Organization meeting in Paris, France and has represented California at other International meetings in Hong Kong, South Korea, Chile, Italy and France. His travels to most of the worlds’ major kiwifruit producing countries (New Zealand, Chile, France, Italy, Spain, Japan, South Korea) allows him to study their kiwifruit growing practices.
Chin Farms is the growing operation of Wong Potatoes, Inc., a family owned business which has been growing, packing, and shipping potatoes in the United States since 1930. Their potatoes are shipped throughout the United States and the Pacific Rim countries. Each year, Chin Farms grows and ships over 70 million pounds of the world’s favorite vegetable!
The owners are Dee Dee and Daniel Chin, third generation potato farmers in the Klamath Basin. The Klamath Basin is ideal for growing quality products because of its high elevation (4,100 ft.) and short growing season (115 days).
Their potatoes include red, yellow, russet, and specialty potatoes along with a full line of organically grown potatoes. Chin Farms grows about 2,400 acres of conventional potatoes, wheat, alfalfa hay, and dehydrated onions, and their organic division, Chin Family Farms Organic, LLC, grows about 2,500 acres of organic potatoes, wheat, and alfalfa hay.
A Rich Tradition in Garlic~ In the early 1890′s, Ole Christopher left Denmark for the long journey to America. Like many immigrants, Ole labored long and hard to make his dreams a reality, eventually purchasing a tract of land ideal for planting an orchard. For the next 20 years, the Christopher family continued to add to their holdings, until they became one of the largest growers of prunes in the Santa Clara Valley. Don Christopher, Ole’s grandson, grew up on that original ranch, working side by side with his father in the orchards. Then, in 1956, Don set out to create a ranch of his own.
Buying a plot of land in Gilroy – just ten miles south of where he was raised – Don and his brother Art decided to try their luck with a new kind of crop: Garlic. Experimenting with European varieties allowed them to carve out a unique niche in the world of Santa Clara Valley produce.
Over time, Don turned more of his holdings to garlic cultivation – in particular, French & Italian varieties, which produce bigger & more flavorful bulbs. Along the way he co-founded the Gilroy Garlic Festival, an annual event that has transformed Gilroy into the “Garlic Capital of the World”.
Ole’s great grandson, Bill, is at the helm of Christopher Ranch, as a steward with the same purpose & dedication to quality that’s been the hallmark of the family business for over 50 years. Tending heirloom seed stock, Bill and his son Ken are focused on the next 50 years of family farming in the Santa Clara Valley
Coke Farm has been producing organically grown fruits and vegetables for over thirty years. In 1981, founder Dale Coke was prompted by a doubting conventional farmer, who speculated that strawberries could not be grown organically. Dale planted his first strawberries in August of 1981 on the home ranch near Aromas, California. The plants produced successfully and a local natural foods store became the first Coke Farm customer.
Dale started planting more crops and joined the Santa Cruz chapter of C.C.O.F. (California Certified Organic Farmers). By 1990, Coke Farm had grown to a 200+ acre farm, harvesting over fifty crop varieties each year and shipping daily out of a cooler on site in San Juan Bautista.
Today, Coke Farm continues to provide its customers with organic, specialty, top quality, seasonal fruits and vegetables year-round. In addition to growing and shipping their own produce, Coke Farm cools, stores, and ships for several local organic farms.
In 1919 Marin Caratan selected the fertile ground of the San Joaquin Valley not only as home, but also as the place where he would pursue his lifelong dream – the growth and propagation of table grapes. From the day he arrived in Kern County, his dream began to grow into the legacy now known as Columbine Vineyards.
Columbine grapes have been produced exclusively by the Caratan family for three generations. Today, Chris and Martin Caratan, Marin’s grandsons, oversee the company operations. To merit the Columbine label, all grape varieties are carefully hand — selected from vines of varying ages at the precise peak of their maturity. All Columbine grapevines are sustained by water-conserving drip irrigation. The grapes are hand-picked and hand-packed by workers that return for the harvest year after year. These workers are trained to select the sweetest and most flavorful berries their vines produce. They take pride in handling the fruit with care from picking to shipping to market in refrigerated containers.
Columbine Vineyards produces 11 varieties of premium table grapes and has 3 exclusive varieties: Black Globe, Holiday Seedless and Majestic. Among the incomparable sweet table grapes grown in California’s southern San Joaquin Valley, no label is more respected than Columbine. Enjoy California Grapes grown by California Grape farmers!
As a boy growing up on his parents’ farm, Farmer Ken Chung learned that only individualized & customized care, nurturing and cultivation can produce the high quality, beautiful and luxurious orchids he came to love so much.
He transferred that knowledge to his orchid farm and today, that is why Cyma Orchids farmers put their heart and soul into each and every plant on their 10.3 acre, family owned and operated farm located in sunny Oxnard, California. Each Cyma Orchids plant, whether it’s an orchid, succulent, lucky bamboo or planter is individually cared for and nurtured to ensure that it will become beautiful, elegant, strong and provide long-lasting enjoyment.
Dalena Farms Inc. is a family owned and operated business located in the heart of California’s sunny and bountiful Central Valley. Their prime farmland is ideally suited for growing exceptional onions. Everyday, Joe Dalena and three generations of his family work together to produce the highest quality yellow, red, white, and sweet onions available.
The Dalena family’s commitment is reflected in all aspects of their operation. All of their onions are grown by them with personal attention on a daily basis. They start by selecting premium onion varieties and plant them throughout the fall and into the spring. This allows them to harvest fresh onions every day. They hand harvest each onion and take special care in the treatment of the onions from the field to their state-of-the-art packing and shipping facility.
Following strict safety guidelines, Dalena Farms ensures that their onions are pesticide residue free and that their fields are NutriClean Certified by Scientific Certification Systems. They are participants in AIB International Food Safety Audits and have maintained a Superior rating. Additionally, they have a trace recall program that allows them to monitor their product from the field all the way to the customer.
Deardorff Family Farms
Deardorff Family Farms pays homage to their heritage by engaging in sustainable farming practices that use fewer chemicals, protect the environment and yield healthier, better-tasting produce for customers. Four generations of farming expertise have made them an authority on delivering produce to retail, foodservice and wholesale clients around the world. The farm is operated by Scott Deardorff and Tom Deardorff II from Ventura County, California.
Known for tomatoes, celery, red and green cabbage, mixed leafy lettuces and now organically grown celery and roma tomatoes, Deardorff Family Farms began growing certified organic crops in 2005. Numerous environmental and social components highlight the many facets of their farming operation. Innovators in farming, packaging and cooling, Deardorff is synonymous with quality!
Greek immigrant brothers Nicholas, Charles and William Decas started the company in 1934. Today, in their eighth decade, Decas is still a family owned business, selling cranberry products around the world.
They’ve built their reputation as The Cranberry Ingredient Experts. The Decas family has expertise in every aspect of cranberry growing, processing and marketing. With over 450 acres of cranberry bogs in Massachusetts and contracting with over 150 independent growers throughout the US and Canada, Decas is the second largest cranberry company in the world.
Over 60 million pounds of cranberries are now processed and sold by Decas in over 35 countries worldwide. Decas’ state of the art processing facilities in Carver, MA, produce a full line of cranberry products, including: cranberry concentrate, sweetened dried cranberries, and fresh whole cranberries.
DePalma Farms represents three generations of farming in Northern California, since 1951. Pat DePalma and his parents emigrated to the United States from Bitritto-Bart, Italy in 1947.
In search of the most fertile soil, the DePalma family moved to the fertile San Joaquin Valley in California. They purchased 23 acres in Escalon to grow peaches and grapes there.
Today, the DePalma family farms land from Modesto to Lodi and distributes its fine produce throughout the United States and Canada. In addition to peaches and wine and table grapes, they also farm cherries, olives, nectarines, corn, almonds, walnuts, pistachios and persimmons.
They can be found at various Farmer’s Markets in Northern California selling their farm to table fresh products.
Since 1938, the Nelson family has been producing superior quality potatoes from Northwestern Washington. The building blocks on which the company was founded still stand today with a commitment to “quality, consistency and service”.
The late founder, Norman W. Nelson (1916−1984) began farming in his early twenties. He started growing potatoes early in his farming career in the Skagit River Valley (one of the most fertile growing areas in the world with soils high in organic matter and a marine climate conducive to growing a wide variety of crops).
In the beginning, his potatoes were graded and packed by another packing shed in the near vicinity. Then in the middle 1940’s, at the site of the present warehouse, Norm Nelson acquired an old building and converted it to a packing shed to handle his own product. At that time, the Double-N label was born.
Today, this 3rd generation family farm grows, packs and ships under the Double-N (Premium US #1), Golden Seal (Value US #1) and Pedigree (US #2) labels. They proudly offer premium quality & variety Red, White, Yellow and Purple potatoes.
Family owned and operated for over 100 years, Driscoll’s is a shipping and marketing business that is passionate about growing premium fresh berries. Respected worldwide, Driscoll’s is one of the largest growers of California strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and organic berries.
Joseph “Ed” Reiter and R.O. Driscoll began growing the first Pajaro Valley Sweet Briar strawberries back in 1904! The family tradition continues as Driscoll’s berries are grown on family farms in some of the world’s premiere growing regions. These farmers share a commitment to growing the world’s best berries and to protecting their family land to hand down to future generations.
Before the berries are sent to the independent family farms, Driscoll’s research and development teams use natural breeding methods to create patented varieties. All of their berries are sweet, juicy and naturally wholesome. Packed with antioxidants, fiber and vitamins, they’re a healthy treat for any time of the day. Driscoll’s food safety program ensures the wholesomeness of the berries and the safety of their consumers, employees, and independent farmers throughout the entire process.
Durst Organic Growers
Since the early 80’s, Jim & Deborah Durst have been growing and distributing some of the best tasting organic produce under the brand name “Hungry Hollow” and “Durst Organic Growers.” Durst Organic Growers, Inc., strongly believes in farming techniques that build soil fertility while balancing wildlife and insect ecology. They do this by planting cover crops, proper crop rotation and soil amendments. The farm practices are based on the maxim “Feed the soil and the soil will feed the plants.”
Located in an area of California called “Hungry Hollow” at the mouth of the Capay Valley in Yolo County, this fourth generation farm benefits from a unique microclimate and soils that allow them to grow delicious tasting asparagus, melons, watermelons, cherries, heirloom tomatoes, peppers, and winter squash. All of these crops are picked in the cool morning hours and packed and refrigerated immediately. This allows Durst Organic Growers, Inc. to bring their products to your table in a “vine ripe” condition that provides superb flavor.
Farmington Fresh is the only fruit packing and distributing plant in the nation that sits next to an airport. They are located in Stockton, California, in the heart of the Central Valley, amidst the most fertile Agriculture Land in the World. With great pioneering spirit the grower partners have been able to grow with volume and diversity of product offering.
Their grower roster has expanded to include some of the most well regarded tree fruit farmers in the golden state. Since 1995, they have been operating one of the most state-of-the-art apple packing facilities in the west. The equipment is constantly being updated and improved as the fast paced produce industry dictates. With the addition of their Slice and Dice Room in 1997, they became innovators in Fresh Sliced Apple products.
Today, they have made further innovations in fresh snacking products. Their ready-to-eat BFFs (Bites of Fresh Fruits) are individually packed fruits, including: ripe pears, sweet oranges, firm grapes and crunchy apples. Other Farmington Fresh product lines are: Modi Apples, Just Enough potatoes, Home Grown onions, and Locally Grown brand packs.
Faurot Ranch is a small family-owned ranch located in Watsonville, California. They specialize in baby vegetables, lettuces, and greens and work diligently all year to maintain fresh, satisfying product. They perform as a family of growers, packers, and shippers to be one of the best specialty produce suppliers in the entire Monterey Bay area. Rod Faurot and Arturo Sanchez co-own and manage the farm.
The property was originally purchased by Rod’s mother in 1948. The farming operations began in 1984 with Arturo and just 2 acres of raspberries. Today, Faurot Ranch farms about 90 acres with over 30 varieties of specialty vegetables. Rod and Arturo are proud that they have run a successful business for so many years, providing quality products to customers all over the world.
Full Belly Farm
Full Belly Farm is a 400-acre certified organic farm located in the beautiful Capay Valley of Northern California, an hour northwest of Sacramento. Full Belly has been farmed using organic practices since 1985 and is certified by California Certified Organic Farmers. The farm owners are Andrew Brait, Paul Muller, Judith Redmond, and Dru Rivers.
With help from about 100+ valued employees, the farm produces an amazing diversity of vegetables, herbs, nuts, flowers, and fruits year-round. The farm also has a flock of chickens, a herd of sheep, and several milking cows.
Full Belly’s system includes: growing and marketing over 80 different crops; providing year-round employment for farm labor; using cover crops that fix nitrogen and provide organic matter for the soil; developing innovative marketing strategies; and planting habitat areas for beneficial insects and wildlife. This set of strategies allows the farm to integrate farm production with longer-term environmental goals. This is Sustainable Farming at its best!
G & S Farms
Emilio Ghiggeri planted the first sweet corn in Brentwood in the 1940’s when the area was known primarily for its production of lettuce, apricots, and melons. The farm became G&S (Ghiggeri and Stonebarger) Farms in the 1980’s when Glenn Stonebarger, who is a 3rd year-generation Brentwood farmer, married Emilio’s daughter, Jeannie. Today, Brentwood is famous for its sweet corn production, particularly a variety called Brentwood Diamonds, which G&S Farms was the first to grow in the 1990’s.
The farming operation continues today under the management of Glenn, with the help of his nephew, Joseph Ghiggeri, and two sons, Paul and Michael. G&S Farms is one of the few remaining farms in Brentwood. As a family, G&S Farms is proud to be farming all non-GMO produce. G&S Farm’s staple products consist of their Brentwood Diamond Sweet Corn, as well as their Brentwood Cherries. Among some of their other favorite crops to grow are onions, cherries, apples, and fresh market beans such as Blue Lake, French, Yellow Wax, and Romano.
Golden Bear Ranches
Golden Bear Ranches was founded in 2007 as a division of J.L. Gibson Inc. by its president and founder, John Gibson, a 6th generation Northern Californian. This well-respected company grows 5 varieties of sweet cherries and over 50 varieties of heirloom tomatoes at its three Lodi area ranches. They’re proud to produce some of Northern California’s best sweet cherries and heirloom tomatoes; the demand for Golden Bear heirloom tomatoes has led to the planting of 60,000 plants!
Golden Bear Ranches was established as a tribute to Gibson’s great grandmother, Elvezia Scolari Gibson, who farmed years ago with her husband in the Linden area . After the hard work and success experienced by Golden Bear Ranches, she would no doubt be proud.
The Grimm brothers began nurturing their family business in the fertile soil of Kern County more than 3 decades ago. Today, their roots run deep. Grimmway Farms has grown to become the largest grower, producer and shipper of carrots in the world; but the family still insists on walking the fields, visiting the processing facilities and performing their own brand of quality assurance — every single day. In 1968 when Rod and Bob Grimm set up their first roadside produce stand, the brothers made a promise: always take care of the customer.
Decades later, that promise has never been broken. Grimmway Farms’ dedication to consistent quality and dependable service has made them the global leader in their industry.
Acknowledging and responding to the issues important to their customers is important to them. To address the growing consumer demand for pesticide-free fruits and vegetables, Grimmway Farms is continuously developing new avenues of opportunity.
In 2001, they acquired Cal-Organics, a pioneer organic produce company providing more than 75 organic product offerings.
Hitchcock Farms is a recognized leader among California produce companies. Headquartered in the heart of the Salad Bowl of the World with the cool waters of the Monterey Bay as their backdrop. Their farms are seasonally located in the fertile Salinas Valley in the spring, summer and fall, then shift to the Imperial Valley of Southeastern California during the winter months.
In the 1880’s, the Hitchcock and Panziera families had a vision of growing and packing the highest quality vegetables for the produce industry. Since 1980. Hitchcock Farms has engaged and partnered with growers that carry that same vision and family heritage. Hitchcock Farms has been on the cutting edge of products, innovation and sustainability.
J. Marchini Farms
Founded by Larry Jacobs and Sandra Belin in 1980 as a small organic family farm, Jacobs Farm remains committed to benefitting people and the environment for generations to come. Their mission is to grow great tasting, healthy food in a socially and environmentally responsible manner.
They strive for a sustainable approach to agriculture, using sound business practices and organic farming methods. With their unwavering vision geared towards social change, they are proud to have helped many individuals and communities prosper.
Over sixty varieties of herbs and edible flowers grace their northern California coastal farmlands. The farm has pioneered organic growing practices and never used toxic, persistent pesticides or herbicides.
Founders Jacobs and Belin are deeply committed to sustainable, organic growing practices. In 2009, Jacobs and Belin received the Ecological Farming Association’s (Eco-Farm) “Stewards of Sustainable Agriculture” or “Sustie” award for their lifetime achievements in sustainable agriculture.
Founded in 2005, Jayleaf is a family-run processing and distribution business, supplying certified organic salad mixes and greens to the wholesale and foodservice sector. The family behind Jayleaf has more than 25 years’ experience in the industry although Jayleaf is still a young business.
As a ten year old boy, Jose Ornelas, now the owner of Jayleaf, rapidly learned the tricks of the trade. He grew up in the business and knows the industry by heart. By building a nice and respectful workplace, the close community of Jayleaf was founded. The grass root beginnings remain an essential element of the Jayleaf culture today. “We do not hold back on going the extra mile. The hard working mentality, from top to bottom, is ever-present,” says Henry Catalán, Chief Operations Officer at Jayleaf.
Today, Jayleaf produces and processes around 5,000,000 lbs. (2,268,000 kg.) of spring mix, spinach, arugula, kale, endive and radicchio a year.
Jeff Boldt Farms
Jeff Boldt and his family proudly grow Summeripe peaches, plums and nectarines. He and his family are one of a special group of growers for Mountain View Fruit Sales and the Summerripe fruit program.
Jeff’s story of farming actually starts over 100 years ago. In 1907, Jeff’s family started farming the same ground they farm today. Jeff’s wife, Brenda, grew up on the land her family purchased in the early 1900’s. They started with about 25 acres of tree fruit, today they farm over 250 acres of peaches, plums and nectarines. Jeff appreciates farming because it’s a lifestyle and profession he can do alongside his family. He also enjoyed the fact, he could attend his daughters sporting events, and could be there while they grew up.
Jeff loves walking his fields during bloom, and loves the smell of fruit during harvest. His favorite fruit is nectarines, and his favorite varieties are Honey Blaze and Spring Bright. He hopes that you can see, feel, and taste the passion he and his family put into their farming. They have spent many years perfecting what they do today. That culminates in California grown, Summeripe fresh stone fruit.
Jacobs, Malcolm & Burtt (JMB) has been in business for more than 125 years. The company started out selling produce wholesale in the Produce Markets of San Francisco. Leo Rolandelli purchased JMB in 1963 and has sold produce for the past 50 years. During the 70’s Leo started working with asparagus growers to develop the asparagus industry. Since then, asparagus has become the majority of JMB’s business.
In 2012, JMB sold its wholesale produce business in the San Francisco Produce Market to concentrate on its brokerage business. It currently sells asparagus, melons, and pomegranates.
JMB and the success of its growers has been built on a partnership based on what each is good at: the grower producing a quality crop and JMB selling at a price that provides the most money back to the grower. JMB provides growers with funds to enable them to develop and plant fields, build packing sheds and cold storage facilities and buy equipment. By partnering with growers, instead of growing, JMB is able to return money back to the local economy of the grower.
Johnston Farms is a fourth generation family farm, founded shortly after World War II by John C. Johnston when he moved his family from Oregon to Bakersfield to grow potatoes in the Edison area of Kern County, California.
In 1963, he added Citrus fruits to the farm, starting with Navel oranges and then Satsuma Mandarins in the 1970’s. Red Grapefruit were added in the 1980’s.
Enjoy their high quality products under these great labels: Blue Jay, Top Jay, Victor, Renegade & Comanche.
King Fresh Produce
King Fresh Produce traces its roots to 1933, when a 17 year old Dee Wilson left Oklahoma in search of a better life for his family in California. After finding steady work, Dee was able to buy land in Shafter, California. Three generations later, Dee Wilson would remain proud of his family that retains his unwavering commitment to hard work and honesty.
The King Fresh farming interests in the San Joaquin Valley of Central California represent over 3,000 acres of Table Grape Vineyards, Cherry Orchards and Citrus Groves. Their farms are located in the Southern and Central San Joaquin Valley of California, with a concentration of property near the Kings River that runs through the small farming town of Kingsburg.
King Fresh Produce is the marketing arm of Wilson Farms, and now in its third generation of Wilsons spearheading the company. Wilson Farms was founded by Keith’s father, Woodrow Wilson, following in the farming tradition of Keith’s grandfather, Dee. Keith himself heads King Fresh, where his children are now beginning to break into the family business.
King Fresh, grown and packed with pride.
Over the past two decades, Kingsburg Orchards has emerged as one of the premier growers, shippers and packers in California’s Central Valley.
Apples and stone fruit are the cornerstone of their business. They are an industry leader in the production of over 200 varieties of fruits, including Asian Apple Pears, White Flesh Peaches, White Flesh Nectarines & patented “DINOSAUR BRAND®” Pluots. They pride themselves on their ability to adapt to customer needs and respond to market trends.
Kingsburg Orchards is a 5th generation, family owned and operated company. With over 7500 acres in production, they handle approximately 7 million cases of California fresh fruit offered from May until February.
This summer, enjoy tasty Pluots with names like Flavor Grenade, Tropical Treat or Dinosaur Egg from Kingsburg Orchards!
A young Stanford graduate seeking employment in Salinas, H.W. “Cy” Mann began his career trimming fruit and lettuce and loading grain onto boxcars for 40¢ an hour in the late 1930s. As a result of his hard work and dedication, he became foreman of a produce shed. It was 1939 when he opened a fresh carrot packing operation called, H.W. Mann. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Mann found his claim to fame in the fresh vegetable industry, namely broccoli. It was in those early days that Mr. Mann built a reputation for honesty and integrity — one that remains with the company today.
In 1976, Bill Ramsey and Don Nucci joined Mr. Mann as partners in the company. Today, the Nucci & Ramsey families lead the firm which now spans three generations. Mann Packing is a majority women-owned and operated business, and one of the country’s leading suppliers of fresh vegetables, including washed and ready to use fresh-cut veggies, snack packs and party trays, and washed and trimmed lettuce products for foodservice. They are best known for their proprietary Broccolini® product and award-winning Stringless Sugar Snap Peas.
Bob Steinacher bought the land for Maywood Farms in 1981, and he has come a long way since then. In 1983, he handpicked, packed, and delivered his first small harvest of figs himself; in 1990, the first twenty-five acres were certified organic and he began to move all the acreage to organic certification as demand for organic figs increased annually.
One of only a few certified organic packer farms in the state, Maywood Farms grows five varieties (Mission, Adriatic, Brown Turkey, Kadota, & Excel) of figs that they pick, sort, pack, and ship.
The California Fig Advisory Board identifies 9,300 fig-producing acres in the state. Bob Steinacher figures that 172 of those acres are under his care at Maywood Farms in Corning, California. His is a “mid-sized” farm.
Maywood Farms’ entire operation is located in one site. This includes the orchard, packing shed, cooler, and Bob and Karen’s home. This set up allows them to start cooling the figs within 20 minutes of picking, to carefully monitor production, and to adjust their volume according to sales. As a result, the figs are shipped immediately after being fully cooled.
McCahon Floral is a third generation nursery business that grows plants for indoor and outdoor enjoyment in greenhouses and fields on 30 acres in Watsonville. Laurie and Andy McCahon own and operate the nursery with the help of all six of their children and 50 employees.
The nursery was founded in 1947 by Andy McCahon’s grandparents, who emigrated from Northern Ireland in search of job opportunities. After arriving at Ellis Island, Andy’s grandfather followed his sister to San Francisco. There he found a job at a greenhouse and met his future wife. The rest is history!
“Having our children help us at the farmers markets has been a great experience for our family. The kids have gained a healthy work ethic, and learned about running a business,” said Laurie. It’s also just wonderful to have our children with us as much as possible,” she added.
“What we love about this business is that our plants bring happiness to others — it’s as simple as that! We have met many nice people at the farmers markets and made new friends there too,” exclaimed Laurie
Natural Trading Co.
Natural Trading Company’s beautiful 40 acre farm is located in Newcastle, California. Family-owned and operated, they are a certified organic farm and CSA in Newcastle, CA. They grow their produce using techniques that maintain and replenish the soil for the benefit of current and future generations
The Natural Trading Company grows a diverse selection of fruits and vegetables, including 5 different varieties of kale, 30 varieties of tomatoes, and persimmons on their 50+ year old trees. Their greenhouse supports the community with wheatgrass, pea shoots, and sunflower greens.
North Shore Living Herbs
Dan and Barbara O’Connell have been farming for 30+ years along the scenic Sacramento River in Colusa, California.
O’Connell Ranch is a family farming and cattle ranch operation that proudly grows an assortment of beautiful, seasonal, locally grown, high quality fruits including: Fuyu Persimmons, Asian Pears, Yellow and White Peaches, Yellow and White Nectarines, Pluots and European Pear varieties (including Taylor’s Gold).
Dan and Barbara are very “hands on” in all aspects of the farming operation, offering farm fresh, healthy fruits. The ranch features a “FRESH” produce stand, “ Barb’s Produce” where pre-school classes, 4-H Clubs and adult groups enjoy learning the important lessons of a real working family ranch.
Ocean Mist Farms
Since 1924, Ocean Mist Farms has provided multiple generations of customers with the freshest Artichokes and vegetables, and is still family owned.
Called the California Artichoke & Vegetable Growers Corporation until 1995, Ocean Mist Farms is headquartered in Castroville, California — “The Artichoke Capitol of the World” and home of the annual Castroville Artichoke Festival.
Today Ocean Mist Farms is the largest grower of fresh artichokes in the country as well as 30 other fresh vegetables. An organic line of fresh vegetables, Ocean Mist Organic, was introduced in 2015.
Ocean Mist artichokes are grown year-round in three ideal Artichoke growing areas of California: Castroville, Oxnard and Coachella. The full line of Ocean Mist premium, fresh vegetables are also grown year-round in multiple growing regions with the most fertile ground and productive microclimates throughout California, Arizona and in Mexico.
In 1948, just after WWII ended, Charlie Sakamoto started growing berries on five acres. Since then, the farm has grown to 30 acres of strawberries along with 150 acres of mixed vegetables. Today, Charles Okui, his grandson, manages the farm and grows strawberries with his sister, Joan Okui. As third generation, Japanese-American farmers, they are continuing a tradition of raising premium tasting strawberries that was carried out by many Japanese farmers and their families who grew and sold the crop.
Charles believes that the micro climate & coastal fog of Grover Beach, California (San Luis Obispo County) contribute to the sweetness of his Albion variety berries. The practice of keeping the fruit on the vine as long as possible, for ripeness, makes for great tasting, full flavor fruit.
Charles says that strawberries are more fun and exciting to grow than mixed vegetables and that in the 25+ years that he has been growing strawberries; no two years are ever the same. He also says his little son Jack may be the 4 th generation Okui berry farmer in the future!
Orchard View Farms
Orchard View Cherries are some of the world’s most sought after fresh fruit. Their fresh cherries are enjoyed around the globe.
Walter Bailey and Mabel Bailey established Orchard View Farms in 1923. The initial business base was processing cherries (Maraschino Cherries). According to records kept by Grandpa, the farm produced 18 tons of white cherries and six tons of black cherries during its first season.
Walter’s son, Don and his wife Edwina, joined the business prior to 1940. Don and Edwina, with sons Bob, Ken, Tom and Jon, planted additional orchard acreage and in the 1980’s and oversaw the construction of a cold storage and packing facility for apples. In the mid 1990’s, the facility was converted to a fresh cherry packing line.
Today, Don’s granddaughter, Brenda Thomas and grandson, David Ortega, along with a management team, oversee 3,300 acres of apples, cherries and pears. The facility packs more than 10,000 tons of cherries a year.
Located in the Columbia River Gorge, Orchard View is an excellent place to grow light and dark sweet cherries. Each cherry variety they grow is selected for its premium flavor, size and harvest timing to create a seamless supply of top quality cherries from the Pacific Northwest.
Peri & Sons
Stemming from a family-farming heritage, David Peri has grown Peri & Sons Farms far beyond what his grandfather could have imagined when he emigrated from Italy to farm in America back in 1902. Building on what he learned from his father and grandfather, today David farms thousands of acres of red, white, yellow, sweet and organic onions.
Peri & Sons Farms is dedicated to creating a healthy farming business that meets the needs of the present without compromising the future. Their dedication to being Non-GMO, USDA Certified Organic, Pesticide Residue Free and to Food Safety has earned them the GFSI/GlobalGAP certification ─ a level of certification not many farms are able to achieve. They are also proud to be the first recipient of SCS Global’s Sustainably Grown certification for domestic onions.
Premier Mushrooms is located in Northern California and is one of Colusa County’s fastest growing agricultural businesses. In fifteen short years, the farm has expanded from 16 to 64 growing rooms and grown production to 300,000 pounds a week. We contribute our continuous growth to loyal business partnerships and strong locally grown marketing programs.
At Premier Mushrooms, we compost, grow, process and distribute our product all in one location. This vertically integrated system allows for greater consistency and quality control. Along with producing fresh, great tasting mushrooms, Premier has been actively involved in the local community and has been making efforts to reduce the environmental impacts of operation.
Premier Mushrooms has been the local mushroom supplier for General Produce since their first harvest in 2006.
From farm to table, enjoy locally grown , California mushrooms!
Since 1905, Ratto Bros. has been owned and operated in the family tradition started by Antone L. Ratto. The son of Italian immigrants, Antone grew his own vegetables on Bay Farm Island near Oakland and personally delivered his vegetables to his customers in a horse-drawn cart.
Antone was blessed with five sons who followed in their father’s footsteps to become farmers themselves. Collectively, the brothers formed the Ratto Bros. partnership in 1957. Looking to expand their operations in 1962, Ratto Bros. gravitated to the fertile San Joaquin Valley near Modesto, where they added several hundred acres of prime farmland to their operations.
One hundred years and several generations later, the Ratto family still grows their own vegetables and cultivates personal relationships with each of their customers. Ratto Bros. offers more than 70 varieties of delicious herbs, leafy greens, fruits, and other vegetables throughout the year.
Riverdog Farm is a 450 acre diversified family farm that grows vegetables, fruits, nuts, and raises chickens and pigs.
They are certified by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) and are located in the beautiful Capay Valley where rich creek-bottom soil, intense summer heat and winter frost make exceptionally tasty fruits and vegetables. Since 1990, Riverdog Farm has used a system of compost, crop rotation, cover cropping and hedgerow planting to keep their soil healthy and to promote a healthy ecosystem around their farm.
Partners Tim Mueller and Trini Campbell, along with their daughter and 50 full time employees, keep the farm going year-round. Their seasonal, organic produce reflects the best in California locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables.
From their fields to your table, Riverdog Farm offers you freshly harvested produce, every week, all year round.
Sage Fruit Company
The origins of the Sage Fruit Company are rooted in the history of immigrant families who came to the fertile Yakima Valley to farm. They found the climate ideally suited to growing tree fruits. In the 1900’s, these families took the operations to the next level, building packing facilities to complement the orchard businesses.
Founded in August, 1999, Sage Fruit Company has become a premier grower-shipper of apples, pears, and cherries. Located in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, they take great pride in a commitment to quality, innovation, and service. Sage growers farm several thousand acres of orchards throughout the state of Washington, as well as parts of Oregon. They offer many variety of apples, and pears throughout the year. During the summer months, they pack Dark Sweet and Rainier cherries.
Three family businesses from Central Washington own Sage Fruit Company. These include Valley Fruit in Wapato, Olympic Fruit in Moxee, and Larson Fruit in Selah.
Toshio Nakada began his family company in 1948 in Japan. He began growing bean sprouts in 1955. His son, Masahiro Nakada, opened the USA facility in Dixon, CA in 1998, and mixed great family traditions by growing and supplying the freshest and healthiest product available.
Salad Cosmo offers the highest quality product using the latest available technology. It is a trusted producer of Variety Bean Sprouts: Mung, Alfalfa, Broccoli, Clover, Kaiware/Daikon, Onion, Sunflower and Spicy Sprouts.
Salad Cosmo is environmentally friendly, food safe and organically certified. They grow their products using only sparkling pure water from their wells and pride themselves on never using additives or other harmful chemicals. The company’s waste water is tested daily, weekly, and monthly before it is used to irrigate Alfalfa fields on its land and is reused once it re-charges the aquifer below. A lot of its packaging is recyclable and the sprouts that are returned or become waste products are composted and incorporated into the fields.
Enjoy their healthy products with the confidence of Science, Chemistry and Family Tradition!
Over 2 decades ago, farmers Nicholas and Billie Jean Salle bought a deteriorating 60-year old walnut orchard. They knew it required a costly investment of effort and resources to bring it up to peak production, but they also knew that the fertile soil under the trees – a nutrient-rich river bottom – had the potential to grow abundant, high-quality fruits and vegetables.
Today, Salle Orchards is a family owned and operated farm located on 70 acres in Sutter and Yuba Counties. With approximately 3,500 trees, Salle Orchards is one of the smallest farms in the Wheatland, California area. The acreage is planted with 4 varieties of English walnuts and the orchard contains an expansive variety of fruit.
Produce grown by the Salle family can be found at farmers’ markets in Placer, Sacramento and Nevada Counties as well as at their own onsite fruit stand.
The neglected, rundown orchard is now thriving, thanks to the strenuous, yet rewarding, work of Nick, Billie Jean and their children.
San Miguel Produce
The Nishimori family came to America to pursue the “American Dream” in 1906. They began their new life as farm workers following seasonal harvests up and down the west coast. A few years later, they saved enough money to start their own farm in Southern California.
Roy Nishimori established San Miguel Produce in 1977 with family and friends, becoming the third generation to continue the family tradition of farming. Over the years, San Miguel has become well known for growing quality leafy greens.
In the mid 1990’s, the company created “Cut ‘N Clean Greens” product line with the goal and vision of providing people with an easy solution for adding healthy greens to their diet more by eliminating the long and messy task of preparing fresh greens.
Today, the “Cut ‘N Clean” product line has grown into 12 diverse and delicious varieties. As a specialist in fresh, leafy cooking greens and with an eye toward the future, they look forward to expanding and innovating exciting new varieties of nutritious greens for a hungry world.
Sarabian Farms is a multi– generational farm, now in its fourth generation as a family grower– shipper specializing in a variety of fruits and vegetables. Its operations all take place in the Central Valley of California in Sanger.
They grow a variety of row crops, including onions, fava beans, sunchokes, Asian vegetables such as lemon grass, Asian eggplants, okra, daikon, and numerous other seasonal items that vary from year to year. In addition to the row crops, Sarabian Farms has numerous permanent crops under its direct control, including, grapes, watermelon, peaches, plums, and nectarines.
As a complement to their farming operation, they have become pioneers in packaging. This combination of growing and packing provides them the unique ability to custom tailor specific packing styles for the products they grow. Sarabian Farms can handle both organic and conventional product. Their mission statement: “Serving our customers with the finest, natural, Sunshine Fresh produce in the Central Valley.”
SGS (Scattaglia Growers & Shippers)
Scattaglia Farms, a million-box shipper of stone fruits, was established years ago in Littlerock, CA. Scattaglia Farms owners Louis Scattaglia, John Blalock, Sam Perricone and Bob Witt joined with Bryan Large, Anthony Martino, Derald Rager and Craig Calandra as partners to form SGS (Scattaglia Growers & Shippers). Also joining the company at its founding were Dave Parker, Steve Rusca and Gary Gerner.
The philosophy of SGS is ‘to deliver premium-quality product to the consumer through the best customers possible to enhance the return to the grower”. SGS seeks to achieve that goal by bringing together a small group of selected growers who share that philosophy. They grow, pack and ship California Stone Fruits and Table Grapes under labels Sun Joy, Sun Disk. Peak Value and Scattaglia Farms.
At SGS, based on each individual variety, they wait until optimum brix and pressure levels are present in the fruit before it is harvested. Only by harvesting fruit in this manner can customers be assured of having a great eating experience every time they pick up a piece of SGS fruit. Be it stone fruit or table grapes this strategy has proven itself for over 50 years.
Stillwater Orchards, or David J. Elliot & Son, is a grower, packer, and shipper of fresh pears, apples, kiwifruit, and cherries. Since 1860, they have kept up the tradition of growing pears in California.
The Elliot family members are the descendants of David Osburn. Right on the heels of the Gold Rush, David Osburn came to California in the 1850s. Recognizing the area’s prime growing conditions, he ordered pear trees from the nearest available supplier: France. They arrived in 1860, and Stillwater Orchards was born.
Word of the magnificent fruit from those trees soon spread. It is said that sternwheel riverboats full of miners would pull up to Stillwater Landing, where they would start bidding for pears before the paddles stopped turning. Gold may have been plentiful, but pears were rare!
In 1951, David J. Elliot Sr. and his son, David J. Elliot Jr. started David J. Elliot and Son. Today, the Elliot family still packs a premium box of fruit.
The Sunnyside Packing Co. was founded in 1948 by three men: Fred Hirasuna, Minoru Omata and Morris Cocola.
They created the company, originally located in Fresno, in an effort to share the high quality product from local farmers with non-local buyers. Sunnyside quickly grew, and needing more space, moved their operation to Selma, California in 1977.
Today, the business is still family owned. Sunnyside Packing prides itself on the same founding values. They are best known for their supreme strawberries and wide variety of interesting and delicious vegetables.
Sunnyside aims to remain a positive influence in the community, industry, and environment in which they reside. They have become more than simply a booming business, they are an active community partner winning trust and wide customer loyalty.
Symms Fruit Ranch
In 1914, R.A. Symms came to Idaho from Kansas and founded Symms Fruit Ranch. The ranch began as an eighty acre homestead 30 miles west of Boise in Sunny Slope. Eight acres of fruit trees were planted then.
Today, Symms Fruit Ranch is a 5,000 acre diversified farm managed by the fourth generation of the Symms Family & located in the unique Sunny Slope area along the Snake River. Apples, pears, cherries, apricots, peaches, nectarines, plums, wine grapes, onions, forage, seeds, grains, and cattle are produced on the rich volcanic soil overlooking the Snake River.
Symms Fruit Ranch is recognized as one of the Top 25 Growers & Shippers of apples & stone fruits in the United States. Their products are distributed throughout the United States and exported to over 40 countries worldwide.
Quality, flavor, value and sustainability are their hallmark. The Symms family is proud to have sustained their operation as growers of the highest quality fruit in the world for 100+ years.
Terra Firma Farm
The seeds for Terra Firma Farm were planted in the late 1980’s when Paul Holmes began farming a few acres in the hills west of Winters with a few friends under the name Sky High Farm. Paul developed a following for his garlic, tomatoes, and other vegetables as one of the founding members of both the Davis Farmers Market and Berkeley Farmers Market. Sky High Farm was also one of the original members of California Certified Organic Farmers, prior to official state and federal recognition of organics.
In the early 1990s, Paul hired Hector Melendez-Lopez and Paul Underhill (Pablito) as employees. Pablito became a partner in 1993, when the name of the farm was changed to Terra Firma, and Hector joined on in 2005.
Together, they farm a number of sites along the north and south banks of Putah Creek totaling about 200 acres. Micro climates and different soil types allow us to produce almost 100 different crops each year, including spring, summer and winter vegetables as well as stone fruit, citrus and nuts (pistachios and walnuts).
Top Brass Marketing
As third generation growers, the Vignolo family has owned and operated farming land in Central California since 1938. Ted Vignolo, the son of an Italian immigrant, started growing cotton in 1938. Soon after, the family expanded the business to include conventional and organic table grapes, wine grapes, organic and conventional potatoes, pistachios, alfalfa, and almonds.
To support demand for the growing business, an on-site marketing company, Top Brass Marketing, was established in 1999. Since that time, Top Brass Marketing has been honored to be the exclusive sales agent for Vignolo Farms, marketing their fine grapes and potatoes to retail, wholesale, and foodservice distribution accounts worldwide.
The Top Brass sales team brings over 70 years of experience and are committed to providing individualized service that customers can rely on. Many years have passed since Ted planted his first crop, but the Vignolo Farms philosophy remains the same — hands-on family farming with a focus on growing only premium produce. Cultivated with careful attention in some of the most fertile soil in the country, Top Brass Marketing is known for its attention to quality from farm to table
Turlock Fruit Co.
The Turlock Fruit Company has been growing and packing melons as a family owned operation since 1918. Their flavorful melons are a result of careful seed selection, good farming practices, harvesting melons at maturity, and post-harvest handling. To make things even sweeter, Turlock Fruit Company melons are certified pesticide residue free!
Turlock Fruit Company has been synonymous with the cantaloupe industry for more than three-quarters of a century. In fact, the founder of the firm, James H. Smith, was commonly called by his nickname, Cantaloupe Smith. He founded the firm in 1923 and it has been growing cantaloupes, honeydews and mixed melons ever since.
In recent years, the 4th generation family company has expanded its growing operations from its San Joaquin Valley roots to include production in the Imperial Valley and Mexico. Look for labels Peacock, King O’ The West and Sycamore for sweet and wonderful summer melons from Turlock Fruit!
Van Groningen & Sons
Van Groningen & Sons, Inc. is a continuation of a farming operation that began in California in 1922 by Henry Van Groningen Sr. He camt to America in 1910 from theNetherlands and first farmed in Minnesota and then on the fertile grounds of Fresno/Hanford, California. There he started a dairy and also farmed some row crops. In 1929, the family and farming business moved to Ripon, California with the help of four sons.
Today, the corporation is family owned and operated by sons, grandsons, in-laws, and also by workers that have been with the family for over 45 years. This new generation proves to follow in their fathers’ footsteps, ensuring that the produce they offer is of the highest quality while conducting business with honesty, integrity, and responsibility.
The farming operation now consists of growing sweet corn, watermelons, pumpkins, variety winter squash, alfalfa, almonds and walnuts. For summer watermelon (seeded and seedless) and fall pumpkins, trust the Van Groningen family to deliver over 70 years of expertise in growing your favorite treats!
David Vierra says of his passion for farming, “It’s in my blood, I can’t help it.” David’s grandfather, Ellard Vierra, helped settle the Sacramento River Delta in the 1920’s, and farmed full time until the mid 60’s when he was offered a job with Reclamation District 999. Ellard could not stop farming, and in his spare time he maintained a two acre garden on his property in West Sacramento. That same garden is the site of Dave’s Pumpkin Patch.
When David was in the 8th grade, he traveled to Apple Hill. It was that trip that inspired David to grow pumpkins. David’s mother couldn’t keep David out of their family garden. At the age of 13, David started growing his first pumpkin patch. Five years later, at the age of 18, Vierra Farms was established. At that time, Vierra Farms had a commodity of grass hay and wheat yet David never lost sight of his pumpkin patch.
Today, David still cultivates his grandfather’s 2 acre garden plus 800 acres of specialty vegetables. His specialty items include pumpkins, 6 varieties of hard squash, Heirloom and slicing tomatoes, black seedless watermelons, yellow seedless watermelons and regular watermelons. David’s children: his daughter, Isabella, and his two sons, Jace and Ayden — all live and work on the farm.
Wada Farms has a 70+ year history of pride, excellence and respect – and an obsession for providing things of intrinsic value to their customers and partners.
Established in 1943, Wada Farms was founded by Frank Wada, who emigrated to the U.S. from Japan in 1922 at the age of 13. He and his wife Agnes farmed in San Clemente, California, until World War II broke out. They packed as many belongings as their 1934 Ford truck could hold, then moved inland during the war to avoid internment when Japanese Americans were forced to relocate from the west coast. After settling in Pingree, Idaho, the decision was made to plant their family roots and first crop of potatoes on 160 rented acres of farmland in the spring of 1943.
By 1972, the Wada family farm had grown to approximately 400 acres when Frank’s youngest son, Albert, bought the family business from his father. Under his leadership, Wada Farms Inc. has grown into a successful Idaho-based agribusiness, now farming nearly 30,000 irrigated acres of crops each and every year.
As a fully integrated grower-shipper of Russet, red, gold and specialty varieties, Wada Farms Potatoes operates one of the largest fresh potato packing facilities in the country. Albert and his wife Christine have four children; the two boys, Bryan and Chris, are both active in the family operation. In 2010, Bryan Wada was named company president.
Wada Farms has a reputation not just for quality, but for leadership in new ways of doing things and understanding trends and opportunities.
WAWONA ORCHARDS & PACKING is a third generation tree fruit company founded by the Smittcamp family in 1948. They are currently farming 6,000 acres in California and pack just over four million boxes per year.
Their mission is to produce the most flavorful tree fruit in the industry, pack to the highest standards, and deliver on a consistent basis; ensuring customers the ultimate eating experience. One indicator is the gentle handling they give to tree-fruit. The fruit is hand picked and packed into 23 lb. bins rather than the standard 1000 lb. orchard bins.
Their packing facility was rebuilt in 2006, adding state-of-the-art pack lines, pre-coolers, and cold storage rooms. Controlling the continuity of supply, varietals, and quality, Wawona does not have any outside growers or packers.
Wawona also grows and packs a full line up of organic tree fruit.
Yagi Brothers Produce, Inc. is a top grower, packer and shipper of Yams and Sweet Potatoes in Livingston, California. The company was founded shortly after World War II by three brothers, George, Ken and Ben Yagi.
They grow Orange Flesh Yams (Beauregard and Red Yams), White flesh Sweet Potatoes (O’Henry), and Japanese Yams. They ship to all 50 states in the United States, with most sales west of the Rockies.
Today, the second generation, Blaine Yagi and Duane Hutton, continues the tradition of hard work and commitment to quality and growing expertise. Yagi Brothers packs and ships under the following familiar labels: