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.


May­wood Farms

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.