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

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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Coke Farm

Coke Farm has been pro­duc­ing organ­i­cally grown fruits and veg­eta­bles for over thirty years. In 1981, founder Dale Coke was prompted by a doubt­ing con­ven­tional farmer, who spec­u­lated that straw­ber­ries could not be grown organ­i­cally. Dale planted his first straw­ber­ries in August of 1981 on the home ranch near Aro­mas, Cal­i­for­nia. The plants pro­duced suc­cess­fully and a local nat­ural foods store became the first Coke Farm customer.

Dale started plant­ing more crops and joined the Santa Cruz chap­ter of C.C.O.F. (Cal­i­for­nia Cer­ti­fied Organic Farm­ers). By 1990, Coke Farm had grown to a 200+ acre farm, har­vest­ing over fifty crop vari­eties each year and ship­ping daily out of a cooler on site in San Juan Bautista.

Today, Coke Farm con­tin­ues to pro­vide its cus­tomers with organic, spe­cialty, top qual­ity, sea­sonal fruits and veg­eta­bles year-​round. In addi­tion to grow­ing and ship­ping their own pro­duce, Coke Farm cools, stores, and ships for sev­eral local organic farms.

Columbine Vineyards

In 1919 Marin Caratan selected the fer­tile ground of the San Joaquin Val­ley not only as home, but also as the place where he would pur­sue his life­long dream – the growth and prop­a­ga­tion of table grapes. From the day he arrived in Kern County, his dream began to grow into the legacy now known as Columbine Vine­yards.

Columbine grapes have been pro­duced exclu­sively by the Caratan fam­ily for three gen­er­a­tions. Today, Chris and Mar­tin Caratan, Marin’s grand­sons, over­see the com­pany oper­a­tions. To merit the Columbine label, all grape vari­eties are care­fully hand — selected from vines of vary­ing ages at the pre­cise peak of their matu­rity. All Columbine grapevines are sus­tained by water-​conserving drip irri­ga­tion. The grapes are hand-​picked and hand-​packed by work­ers that return for the har­vest year after year. These work­ers are trained to select the sweet­est and most fla­vor­ful berries their vines pro­duce. They take pride in han­dling the fruit with care from pick­ing to ship­ping to mar­ket in refrig­er­ated con­tain­ers.

Columbine Vine­yards pro­duces 11 vari­eties of pre­mium table grapes and has 3 exclu­sive vari­eties: Black Globe, Hol­i­day Seed­less and Majes­tic. Among the incom­pa­ra­ble sweet table grapes grown in California’s south­ern San Joaquin Val­ley, no label is more respected than Columbine. Enjoy Cal­i­for­nia Grapes grown by Cal­i­for­nia Grape farmers!

Cyma Orchids

As a boy grow­ing up on his par­ents’ farm, Farmer Ken Chung learned that only indi­vid­u­al­ized & cus­tomized care, nur­tur­ing and cul­ti­va­tion can pro­duce the high qual­ity, beau­ti­ful and lux­u­ri­ous orchids he came to love so much.

He trans­ferred that knowl­edge to his orchid farm and today, that is why Cyma Orchids farm­ers put their heart and soul into each and every plant on their 10.3 acre, fam­ily owned and oper­ated farm located in sunny Oxnard, Cal­i­for­nia. Each Cyma Orchids plant, whether it’s an orchid, suc­cu­lent, lucky bam­boo or planter is indi­vid­u­ally cared for and nur­tured to ensure that it will become beau­ti­ful, ele­gant, strong and pro­vide long-​lasting enjoyment.

Dalena Farms

Dalena Farms Inc. is a fam­ily owned and oper­ated busi­ness located in the heart of California’s sunny and boun­ti­ful Cen­tral Val­ley. Their prime farm­land is ide­ally suited for grow­ing excep­tional onions. Every­day, Joe Dalena and three gen­er­a­tions of his fam­ily work together to pro­duce the high­est qual­ity yel­low, red, white, and sweet onions available.

The Dalena family’s com­mit­ment is reflected in all aspects of their oper­a­tion. All of their onions are grown by them with per­sonal atten­tion on a daily basis. They start by select­ing pre­mium onion vari­eties and plant them through­out the fall and into the spring. This allows them to har­vest fresh onions every day. They hand har­vest each onion and take spe­cial care in the treat­ment of the onions from the field to their state-​of-​the-​art pack­ing and ship­ping facility.

Fol­low­ing strict safety guide­lines, Dalena Farms ensures that their onions are pes­ti­cide residue free and that their fields are Nutri­Clean Cer­ti­fied by Sci­en­tific Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Sys­tems. They are par­tic­i­pants in AIB Inter­na­tional Food Safety Audits and have main­tained a Supe­rior rat­ing. Addi­tion­ally, they have a trace recall pro­gram that allows them to mon­i­tor their prod­uct from the field all the way to the customer.

Dear­dorff Fam­ily Farms

Dear­dorff Fam­ily Farms pays homage to their her­itage by engag­ing in sus­tain­able farm­ing prac­tices that use fewer chem­i­cals, pro­tect the envi­ron­ment and yield health­ier, better-​tasting pro­duce for cus­tomers. Four gen­er­a­tions of farm­ing exper­tise have made them an author­ity on deliv­er­ing pro­duce to retail, food­ser­vice and whole­sale clients around the world. The farm is oper­ated by Scott Dear­dorff and Tom Dear­dorff II from Ven­tura County, California.

Known for toma­toes, cel­ery, red and green cab­bage, mixed leafy let­tuces and now organ­i­cally grown cel­ery and roma toma­toes, Dear­dorff Fam­ily Farms began grow­ing cer­ti­fied organic crops in 2005. Numer­ous envi­ron­men­tal and social com­po­nents high­light the many facets of their farm­ing oper­a­tion. Inno­va­tors in farm­ing, pack­ag­ing and cool­ing, Dear­dorff is syn­ony­mous with quality!


Greek immi­grant broth­ers Nicholas, Charles and William Decas started the com­pany in 1934. Today, in their eighth decade, Decas is still a fam­ily owned busi­ness, sell­ing cran­berry prod­ucts around the world.

They’ve built their rep­u­ta­tion as The Cran­berry Ingre­di­ent Experts. The Decas fam­ily has exper­tise in every aspect of cran­berry grow­ing, pro­cess­ing and mar­ket­ing. With over 450 acres of cran­berry bogs in Mass­a­chu­setts and con­tract­ing with over 150 inde­pen­dent grow­ers through­out the US and Canada, Decas is the sec­ond largest cran­berry com­pany in the world.

Over 60 mil­lion pounds of cran­ber­ries are now processed and sold by Decas in over 35 coun­tries world­wide. Decas’ state of the art pro­cess­ing facil­i­ties in Carver, MA, pro­duce a full line of cran­berry prod­ucts, includ­ing: cran­berry con­cen­trate, sweet­ened dried cran­ber­ries, and fresh whole cranberries.

DePalma Farms

DePalma Farms rep­re­sents three gen­er­a­tions of farm­ing in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia, since 1951. Pat DePalma and his par­ents emi­grated to the United States from Bitritto-​Bart, Italy in 1947.

In search of the most fer­tile soil, the DePalma fam­ily moved to the fer­tile San Joaquin Val­ley in Cal­i­for­nia. They pur­chased 23 acres in Escalon to grow peaches and grapes there.

Today, the DePalma fam­ily farms land from Modesto to Lodi and dis­trib­utes its fine pro­duce through­out the United States and Canada. In addi­tion to peaches and wine and table grapes, they also farm cher­ries, olives, nec­tarines, corn, almonds, wal­nuts, pis­ta­chios and persimmons.

They can be found at var­i­ous Farmer’s Mar­kets in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia sell­ing their farm to table fresh products.

Double-​N Potatoes

Since 1938, the Nel­son fam­ily has been pro­duc­ing supe­rior qual­ity pota­toes from North­west­ern Wash­ing­ton. The build­ing blocks on which the com­pany was founded still stand today with a com­mit­ment to “qual­ity, con­sis­tency and service”.

The late founder, Nor­man W. Nel­son (19161984) began farm­ing in his early twen­ties. He started grow­ing pota­toes early in his farm­ing career in the Skagit River Val­ley (one of the most fer­tile grow­ing areas in the world with soils high in organic mat­ter and a marine cli­mate con­ducive to grow­ing a wide vari­ety of crops).

In the begin­ning, his pota­toes were graded and packed by another pack­ing shed in the near vicin­ity. Then in the mid­dle 1940’s, at the site of the present ware­house, Norm Nel­son acquired an old build­ing and con­verted it to a pack­ing shed to han­dle his own prod­uct. At that time, the Double-​N label was born.

Today, this 3rd gen­er­a­tion fam­ily farm grows, packs and ships under the Double-​N (Pre­mium US #1), Golden Seal (Value US #1) and Pedi­gree (US #2) labels. They proudly offer pre­mium qual­ity & vari­ety Red, White, Yel­low and Pur­ple potatoes.

Driscoll’s Berries

Fam­ily owned and oper­ated for over 100 years, Driscoll’s is a ship­ping and mar­ket­ing busi­ness that is pas­sion­ate about grow­ing pre­mium fresh berries. Respected world­wide, Driscoll’s is one of the largest grow­ers of Cal­i­for­nia straw­ber­ries, rasp­ber­ries, blue­ber­ries, black­ber­ries and organic berries.

Joseph “Ed” Reiter and R.O. Driscoll began grow­ing the first Pajaro Val­ley Sweet Briar straw­ber­ries back in 1904! The fam­ily tra­di­tion con­tin­ues as Driscoll’s berries are grown on fam­ily farms in some of the world’s pre­miere grow­ing regions. These farm­ers share a com­mit­ment to grow­ing the world’s best berries and to pro­tect­ing their fam­ily land to hand down to future gen­er­a­tions.

Before the berries are sent to the inde­pen­dent fam­ily farms, Driscoll’s research and devel­op­ment teams use nat­ural breed­ing meth­ods to cre­ate patented vari­eties. All of their berries are sweet, juicy and nat­u­rally whole­some. Packed with antiox­i­dants, fiber and vit­a­mins, they’re a healthy treat for any time of the day. Driscoll’s food safety pro­gram ensures the whole­some­ness of the berries and the safety of their con­sumers, employ­ees, and inde­pen­dent farm­ers through­out the entire process.

Durst Organic Growers

Since the early 80’s, Jim & Deb­o­rah Durst have been grow­ing and dis­trib­ut­ing some of the best tast­ing organic pro­duce under the brand name “Hun­gry Hol­low” and “Durst Organic Grow­ers.” Durst Organic Grow­ers, Inc., strongly believes in farm­ing tech­niques that build soil fer­til­ity while bal­anc­ing wildlife and insect ecol­ogy. They do this by plant­ing cover crops, proper crop rota­tion and soil amend­ments. The farm prac­tices are based on the maxim “Feed the soil and the soil will feed the plants.”

Located in an area of Cal­i­for­nia called “Hun­gry Hol­low” at the mouth of the Capay Val­ley in Yolo County, this fourth gen­er­a­tion farm ben­e­fits from a unique micro­cli­mate and soils that allow them to grow deli­cious tast­ing aspara­gus, mel­ons, water­mel­ons, cher­ries, heir­loom toma­toes, pep­pers, and win­ter squash. All of these crops are picked in the cool morn­ing hours and packed and refrig­er­ated imme­di­ately. This allows Durst Organic Grow­ers, Inc. to bring their prod­ucts to your table in a “vine ripe” con­di­tion that pro­vides superb flavor.

Farm­ing­ton Fresh

Farm­ing­ton Fresh is the only fruit pack­ing and dis­trib­ut­ing plant in the nation that sits next to an air­port. They are located in Stock­ton, Cal­i­for­nia, in the heart of the Cen­tral Val­ley, amidst the most fer­tile Agri­cul­ture Land in the World. With great pio­neer­ing spirit the grower part­ners have been able to grow with vol­ume and diver­sity of prod­uct offering.

Their grower ros­ter has expanded to include some of the most well regarded tree fruit farm­ers in the golden state. Since 1995, they have been oper­at­ing one of the most state-​of-​the-​art apple pack­ing facil­i­ties in the west. The equip­ment is con­stantly being updated and improved as the fast paced pro­duce indus­try dic­tates. With the addi­tion of their Slice and Dice Room in 1997, they became inno­va­tors in Fresh Sliced Apple products.

Today, they have made fur­ther inno­va­tions in fresh snack­ing prod­ucts. Their ready-​to-​eat BFFs (Bites of Fresh Fruits) are indi­vid­u­ally packed fruits, includ­ing: ripe pears, sweet oranges, firm grapes and crunchy apples. Other Farm­ing­ton Fresh prod­uct lines are: Modi Apples, Just Enough pota­toes, Home Grown onions, and Locally Grown brand packs.

Fau­rot Ranch

Fau­rot Ranch is a small family-​owned ranch located in Wat­sonville, Cal­i­for­nia. They spe­cial­ize in baby veg­eta­bles, let­tuces, and greens and work dili­gently all year to main­tain fresh, sat­is­fy­ing prod­uct. They per­form as a fam­ily of grow­ers, pack­ers, and ship­pers to be one of the best spe­cialty pro­duce sup­pli­ers in the entire Mon­terey Bay area. Rod Fau­rot and Arturo Sanchez co-​own and man­age the farm.

The prop­erty was orig­i­nally pur­chased by Rod’s mother in 1948. The farm­ing oper­a­tions began in 1984 with Arturo and just 2 acres of rasp­ber­ries. Today, Fau­rot Ranch farms about 90 acres with over 30 vari­eties of spe­cialty veg­eta­bles. Rod and Arturo are proud that they have run a suc­cess­ful busi­ness for so many years, pro­vid­ing qual­ity prod­ucts to cus­tomers all over the world.

Full Belly Farm

Full Belly Farm is a 400-​acre cer­ti­fied organic farm located in the beau­ti­ful Capay Val­ley of North­ern Cal­i­for­nia, an hour north­west of Sacra­mento. Full Belly has been farmed using organic prac­tices since 1985 and is cer­ti­fied by Cal­i­for­nia Cer­ti­fied Organic Farm­ers. The farm own­ers are Andrew Brait, Paul Muller, Judith Red­mond, and Dru Rivers.

With help from about 100+ val­ued employ­ees, the farm pro­duces an amaz­ing diver­sity of veg­eta­bles, herbs, nuts, flow­ers, and fruits year-​round. The farm also has a flock of chick­ens, a herd of sheep, and sev­eral milk­ing cows.

Full Belly’s sys­tem includes: grow­ing and mar­ket­ing over 80 dif­fer­ent crops; pro­vid­ing year-​round employ­ment for farm labor; using cover crops that fix nitro­gen and pro­vide organic mat­ter for the soil; devel­op­ing inno­v­a­tive mar­ket­ing strate­gies; and plant­ing habi­tat areas for ben­e­fi­cial insects and wildlife. This set of strate­gies allows the farm to inte­grate farm pro­duc­tion with longer-​term envi­ron­men­tal goals. This is Sus­tain­able Farm­ing at its best!

G & S Farms

Emilio Ghig­geri planted the first sweet corn in Brent­wood in the 1940’s when the area was known pri­mar­ily for its pro­duc­tion of let­tuce, apri­cots, and mel­ons. The farm became G&S (Ghig­geri and Stonebarger) Farms in the 1980’s when Glenn Stonebarger, who is a 3rd year-​generation Brent­wood farmer, mar­ried Emilio’s daugh­ter, Jean­nie. Today, Brent­wood is famous for its sweet corn pro­duc­tion, par­tic­u­larly a vari­ety called Brent­wood Dia­monds, which G&S Farms was the first to grow in the 1990’s.

The farm­ing oper­a­tion con­tin­ues today under the man­age­ment of Glenn, with the help of his nephew, Joseph Ghig­geri, and two sons, Paul and Michael. G&S Farms is one of the few remain­ing farms in Brent­wood. As a fam­ily, G&S Farms is proud to be farm­ing all non-​GMO pro­duce. G&S Farm’s sta­ple prod­ucts con­sist of their Brent­wood Dia­mond Sweet Corn, as well as their Brent­wood Cher­ries. Among some of their other favorite crops to grow are onions, cher­ries, apples, and fresh mar­ket beans such as Blue Lake, French, Yel­low Wax, and Romano.