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.

Baloian Farms

Baloian Farms

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.