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.

Ocean Mist Farms

Since 1924, Ocean Mist Farms has pro­vided mul­ti­ple gen­er­a­tions of cus­tomers with the fresh­est Arti­chokes and veg­eta­bles, and is still fam­ily owned.

Called the Cal­i­for­nia Arti­choke & Veg­etable Grow­ers Cor­po­ra­tion until 1995, Ocean Mist Farms is head­quar­tered in Cas­tro­ville, Cal­i­for­nia — “The Arti­choke Capi­tol of the World” and home of the annual Cas­tro­ville Arti­choke Festival.

Today Ocean Mist Farms is the largest grower of fresh arti­chokes in the coun­try as well as 30 other fresh veg­eta­bles. An organic line of fresh veg­eta­bles, Ocean Mist Organic, was intro­duced in 2015.

Ocean Mist arti­chokes are grown year-​round in three ideal Arti­choke grow­ing areas of Cal­i­for­nia: Cas­tro­ville, Oxnard and Coachella. The full line of Ocean Mist pre­mium, fresh veg­eta­bles are also grown year-​round in mul­ti­ple grow­ing regions with the most fer­tile ground and pro­duc­tive micro­cli­mates through­out Cal­i­for­nia, Ari­zona and in Mexico.

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!

Orchard View Farms

Orchard View Cher­ries are some of the world’s most sought after fresh fruit. Their fresh cher­ries are enjoyed around the globe.

Wal­ter Bai­ley and Mabel Bai­ley estab­lished Orchard View Farms in 1923. The ini­tial busi­ness base was pro­cess­ing cher­ries (Maraschino Cher­ries). Accord­ing to records kept by Grandpa, the farm pro­duced 18 tons of white cher­ries and six tons of black cher­ries dur­ing its first sea­son.

Walter’s son, Don and his wife Edwina, joined the busi­ness prior to 1940. Don and Edwina, with sons Bob, Ken, Tom and Jon, planted addi­tional orchard acreage and in the 1980’s and over­saw the con­struc­tion of a cold stor­age and pack­ing facil­ity for apples. In the mid 1990’s, the facil­ity was con­verted to a fresh cherry pack­ing line.

Today, Don’s grand­daugh­ter, Brenda Thomas and grand­son, David Ortega, along with a man­age­ment team, over­see 3,300 acres of apples, cher­ries and pears. The facil­ity packs more than 10,000 tons of cher­ries a year.

Located in the Colum­bia River Gorge, Orchard View is an excel­lent place to grow light and dark sweet cher­ries. Each cherry vari­ety they grow is selected for its pre­mium fla­vor, size and har­vest tim­ing to cre­ate a seam­less sup­ply of top qual­ity cher­ries from the Pacific Northwest.

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Peri & Sons

Stem­ming from a family-​farming her­itage, David Peri has grown Peri & Sons Farms far beyond what his grand­fa­ther could have imag­ined when he emi­grated from Italy to farm in Amer­ica back in 1902. Build­ing on what he learned from his father and grand­fa­ther, today David farms thou­sands of acres of red, white, yel­low, sweet and organic onions.

Peri & Sons Farms is ded­i­cated to cre­at­ing a healthy farm­ing busi­ness that meets the needs of the present with­out com­pro­mis­ing the future. Their ded­i­ca­tion to being Non-​GMO, USDA Cer­ti­fied Organic, Pes­ti­cide Residue Free and to Food Safety has earned them the GFSI/​GlobalGAP cer­ti­fi­ca­tion ─ a level of cer­ti­fi­ca­tion not many farms are able to achieve. They are also proud to be the first recip­i­ent of SCS Global’s Sus­tain­ably Grown cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for domes­tic onions.

Pre­mier Mushrooms

Pre­mier Mush­rooms is located in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia and is one of Colusa County’s fastest grow­ing agri­cul­tural busi­nesses. In fif­teen short years, the farm has expanded from 16 to 64 grow­ing rooms and grown pro­duc­tion to 300,000 pounds a week. We con­tribute our con­tin­u­ous growth to loyal busi­ness part­ner­ships and strong locally grown mar­ket­ing pro­grams.

At Pre­mier Mush­rooms, we com­post, grow, process and dis­trib­ute our prod­uct all in one loca­tion. This ver­ti­cally inte­grated sys­tem allows for greater con­sis­tency and qual­ity con­trol. Along with pro­duc­ing fresh, great tast­ing mush­rooms, Pre­mier has been actively involved in the local com­mu­nity and has been mak­ing efforts to reduce the envi­ron­men­tal impacts of oper­a­tion.

Pre­mier Mush­rooms has been the local mush­room sup­plier for Gen­eral Pro­duce since their first har­vest in 2006.

From farm to table, enjoy locally grown , Cal­i­for­nia mushrooms!

Check out this ABC news link on Pre­mier Mushroooms’ use of sus­tain­able power alter­na­tives here.

Ratto Bros.

Since 1905, Ratto Bros. has been owned and oper­ated in the fam­ily tra­di­tion started by Antone L. Ratto. The son of Ital­ian immi­grants, Antone grew his own veg­eta­bles on Bay Farm Island near Oak­land and per­son­ally deliv­ered his veg­eta­bles to his cus­tomers in a horse-​drawn cart.

Antone was blessed with five sons who fol­lowed in their father’s foot­steps to become farm­ers them­selves. Col­lec­tively, the broth­ers formed the Ratto Bros. part­ner­ship in 1957. Look­ing to expand their oper­a­tions in 1962, Ratto Bros. grav­i­tated to the fer­tile San Joaquin Val­ley near Modesto, where they added sev­eral hun­dred acres of prime farm­land to their operations.

One hun­dred years and sev­eral gen­er­a­tions later, the Ratto fam­ily still grows their own veg­eta­bles and cul­ti­vates per­sonal rela­tion­ships with each of their cus­tomers. Ratto Bros. offers more than 70 vari­eties of deli­cious herbs, leafy greens, fruits, and other veg­eta­bles through­out the year.

River­dog Farm

River­dog Farm is a 450 acre diver­si­fied fam­ily farm that grows veg­eta­bles, fruits, nuts, and raises chick­ens and pigs.

They are cer­ti­fied by Cal­i­for­nia Cer­ti­fied Organic Farm­ers (CCOF) and are located in the beau­ti­ful Capay Val­ley where rich creek-​bottom soil, intense sum­mer heat and win­ter frost make excep­tion­ally tasty fruits and veg­eta­bles. Since 1990, River­dog Farm has used a sys­tem of com­post, crop rota­tion, cover crop­ping and hedgerow plant­ing to keep their soil healthy and to pro­mote a healthy ecosys­tem around their farm.

Part­ners Tim Mueller and Trini Camp­bell, along with their daugh­ter and 50 full time employ­ees, keep the farm going year-​round. Their sea­sonal, organic pro­duce reflects the best in Cal­i­for­nia locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables.

From their fields to your table, River­dog Farm offers you freshly har­vested pro­duce, every week, all year round.

Sage Fruit Company

The ori­gins of the Sage Fruit Com­pany are rooted in the his­tory of immi­grant fam­i­lies who came to the fer­tile Yakima Val­ley to farm. They found the cli­mate ide­ally suited to grow­ing tree fruits. In the 1900’s, these fam­i­lies took the oper­a­tions to the next level, build­ing pack­ing facil­i­ties to com­ple­ment the orchard businesses.

Founded in August, 1999, Sage Fruit Com­pany has become a pre­mier grower-​shipper of apples, pears, and cher­ries. Located in the heart of the Pacific North­west, they take great pride in a com­mit­ment to qual­ity, inno­va­tion, and ser­vice. Sage grow­ers farm sev­eral thou­sand acres of orchards through­out the state of Wash­ing­ton, as well as parts of Ore­gon. They offer many vari­ety of apples, and pears through­out the year. Dur­ing the sum­mer months, they pack Dark Sweet and Rainier cherries.

Three fam­ily busi­nesses from Cen­tral Wash­ing­ton own Sage Fruit Com­pany. These include Val­ley Fruit in Wap­ato, Olympic Fruit in Moxee, and Lar­son Fruit in Selah.

Salad Cosmo

Toshio Nakada began his fam­ily com­pany in 1948 in Japan. He began grow­ing bean sprouts in 1955. His son, Masahiro Nakada, opened the USA facil­ity in Dixon, CA in 1998, and mixed great fam­ily tra­di­tions by grow­ing and sup­ply­ing the fresh­est and health­i­est prod­uct avail­able.

Salad Cosmo offers the high­est qual­ity prod­uct using the lat­est avail­able tech­nol­ogy. It is a trusted pro­ducer of Vari­ety Bean Sprouts: Mung, Alfalfa, Broc­coli, Clover, Kaiware/​Daikon, Onion, Sun­flower and Spicy Sprouts.

Salad Cosmo is envi­ron­men­tally friendly, food safe and organ­i­cally cer­ti­fied. They grow their prod­ucts using only sparkling pure water from their wells and pride them­selves on never using addi­tives or other harm­ful chem­i­cals. The company’s waste water is tested daily, weekly, and monthly before it is used to irri­gate Alfalfa fields on its land and is reused once it re-​charges the aquifer below. A lot of its pack­ag­ing is recy­clable and the sprouts that are returned or become waste prod­ucts are com­posted and incor­po­rated into the fields.

Enjoy their healthy prod­ucts with the con­fi­dence of Sci­ence, Chem­istry and Fam­ily Tradition!

Salle Orchards

Over 2 decades ago, farm­ers Nicholas and Bil­lie Jean Salle bought a dete­ri­o­rat­ing 60-​year old wal­nut orchard. They knew it required a costly invest­ment of effort and resources to bring it up to peak pro­duc­tion, but they also knew that the fer­tile soil under the trees – a nutrient-​rich river bot­tom – had the poten­tial to grow abun­dant, high-​quality fruits and vegetables.

Today, Salle Orchards is a fam­ily owned and oper­ated farm located on 70 acres in Sut­ter and Yuba Coun­ties. With approx­i­mately 3,500 trees, Salle Orchards is one of the small­est farms in the Wheat­land, Cal­i­for­nia area. The acreage is planted with 4 vari­eties of Eng­lish wal­nuts and the orchard con­tains an expan­sive vari­ety of fruit.

Pro­duce grown by the Salle fam­ily can be found at farm­ers’ mar­kets in Placer, Sacra­mento and Nevada Coun­ties as well as at their own onsite fruit stand.

The neglected, run­down orchard is now thriv­ing, thanks to the stren­u­ous, yet reward­ing, work of Nick, Bil­lie Jean and their children.

San Miguel Produce

The Nishi­mori fam­ily came to Amer­ica to pur­sue the “Amer­i­can Dream” in 1906. They began their new life as farm work­ers fol­low­ing sea­sonal har­vests up and down the west coast. A few years later, they saved enough money to start their own farm in South­ern California.

Roy Nishi­mori estab­lished San Miguel Pro­duce in 1977 with fam­ily and friends, becom­ing the third gen­er­a­tion to con­tinue the fam­ily tra­di­tion of farm­ing. Over the years, San Miguel has become well known for grow­ing qual­ity leafy greens.

In the mid 1990’s, the com­pany cre­ated “Cut ‘N Clean Greens” prod­uct line with the goal and vision of pro­vid­ing peo­ple with an easy solu­tion for adding healthy greens to their diet more by elim­i­nat­ing the long and messy task of prepar­ing fresh greens.

Today, the “Cut ‘N Clean” prod­uct line has grown into 12 diverse and deli­cious vari­eties. As a spe­cial­ist in fresh, leafy cook­ing greens and with an eye toward the future, they look for­ward to expand­ing and inno­vat­ing excit­ing new vari­eties of nutri­tious greens for a hun­gry world.

Sara­bian Farms

Sara­bian Farms is a multi– gen­er­a­tional farm, now in its fourth gen­er­a­tion as a fam­ily grower– ship­per spe­cial­iz­ing in a vari­ety of fruits and veg­eta­bles. Its oper­a­tions all take place in the Cen­tral Val­ley of Cal­i­for­nia in Sanger.

They grow a vari­ety of row crops, includ­ing onions, fava beans, sun­chokes, Asian veg­eta­bles such as lemon grass, Asian egg­plants, okra, daikon, and numer­ous other sea­sonal items that vary from year to year. In addi­tion to the row crops, Sara­bian Farms has numer­ous per­ma­nent crops under its direct con­trol, includ­ing, grapes, water­melon, peaches, plums, and nectarines.

As a com­ple­ment to their farm­ing oper­a­tion, they have become pio­neers in pack­ag­ing. This com­bi­na­tion of grow­ing and pack­ing pro­vides them the unique abil­ity to cus­tom tai­lor spe­cific pack­ing styles for the prod­ucts they grow. Sara­bian Farms can han­dle both organic and con­ven­tional prod­uct. Their mis­sion state­ment: “Serv­ing our cus­tomers with the finest, nat­ural, Sun­shine Fresh pro­duce in the Cen­tral Valley.”

SGS (Scattaglia Grow­ers & Shippers)

Scattaglia Farms, a million-​box ship­per of stone fruits, was estab­lished years ago in Lit­tle­rock, CA. Scattaglia Farms own­ers Louis Scattaglia, John Blalock, Sam Per­ri­cone and Bob Witt joined with Bryan Large, Anthony Mar­tino, Der­ald Rager and Craig Calan­dra as part­ners to form SGS (Scattaglia Grow­ers & Ship­pers). Also join­ing the com­pany at its found­ing were Dave Parker, Steve Rusca and Gary Gerner.

The phi­los­o­phy of SGS is ‘to deliver premium-​quality prod­uct to the con­sumer through the best cus­tomers pos­si­ble to enhance the return to the grower”. SGS seeks to achieve that goal by bring­ing together a small group of selected grow­ers who share that phi­los­o­phy. They grow, pack and ship Cal­i­for­nia Stone Fruits and Table Grapes under labels Sun Joy, Sun Disk. Peak Value and Scattaglia Farms.

At SGS, based on each indi­vid­ual vari­ety, they wait until opti­mum brix and pres­sure lev­els are present in the fruit before it is har­vested. Only by har­vest­ing fruit in this man­ner can cus­tomers be assured of hav­ing a great eat­ing expe­ri­ence every time they pick up a piece of SGS fruit. Be it stone fruit or table grapes this strat­egy has proven itself for over 50 years.

Still­wa­ter Orchards

Still­wa­ter Orchards, or David J. Elliot & Son, is a grower, packer, and ship­per of fresh pears, apples, kiwifruit, and cher­ries. Since 1860, they have kept up the tra­di­tion of grow­ing pears in California.

The Elliot fam­ily mem­bers are the descen­dants of David Osburn. Right on the heels of the Gold Rush, David Osburn came to Cal­i­for­nia in the 1850s. Rec­og­niz­ing the area’s prime grow­ing con­di­tions, he ordered pear trees from the near­est avail­able sup­plier: France. They arrived in 1860, and Still­wa­ter Orchards was born.

Word of the mag­nif­i­cent fruit from those trees soon spread. It is said that stern­wheel river­boats full of min­ers would pull up to Still­wa­ter Land­ing, where they would start bid­ding for pears before the pad­dles stopped turn­ing. Gold may have been plen­ti­ful, but pears were rare!

In 1951, David J. Elliot Sr. and his son, David J. Elliot Jr. started David J. Elliot and Son. Today, the Elliot fam­ily still packs a pre­mium box of fruit.

Sun­ny­side Packing

The Sun­ny­side Pack­ing Co. was founded in 1948 by three men: Fred Hira­suna, Minoru Omata and Mor­ris Cocola.

They cre­ated the com­pany, orig­i­nally located in Fresno, in an effort to share the high qual­ity prod­uct from local farm­ers with non-​local buy­ers. Sun­ny­side quickly grew, and need­ing more space, moved their oper­a­tion to Selma, Cal­i­for­nia in 1977.

Today, the busi­ness is still fam­ily owned. Sun­ny­side Pack­ing prides itself on the same found­ing val­ues. They are best known for their supreme straw­ber­ries and wide vari­ety of inter­est­ing and deli­cious vegetables.

Sun­ny­side aims to remain a pos­i­tive influ­ence in the com­mu­nity, indus­try, and envi­ron­ment in which they reside. They have become more than sim­ply a boom­ing busi­ness, they are an active com­mu­nity part­ner win­ning trust and wide cus­tomer loyalty.