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.

Christopher Ranch

Christo­pher Ranch

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

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