Local Grow­ers

Fresh fruits and veg­eta­bles have a per­sonal and dis­tinc­tive place of ori­gin.

Inde­pen­dent & small scale fam­ily farms con­tribute to our regional abun­dance and land­scape with a wide vari­ety of fresh, peak of sea­son pro­duce.

Check out some of our notable farmer pro­files to see who’s grow­ing your food.

Vierra Farms

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.