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.

Okui Farms

Okui Farms

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!