Our Dad, Pat Herbert, is a fourth generation farmer. He builds his soil with nutrient-rich compost. We offer his carrots, beets, red and yellow onions, sweet corn, and chili peppers which are all extra tasty thanks to his dedication to building top-quality soil for his crops. Visit his website to learn more about his composting, and how you can purchase some for your own gardening needs!
For over 25 years the Garrone family has been passionate about growing the tastiest mushrooms around. Their farm is located in Moss Landing which is about a quarter-mile from the ocean. The ocean breeze makes this the perfect location to yield not only a large supply of mushrooms but also have the deepest flavors we’ve ever tasted! Available year-round, we are pleased to offer their shiitake and oyster mushrooms most weeks of the CSA program.
“Our fruit is grown with the utmost attention to organic nutrition and pest management. Most of our trees are on standard rootstock in the fertile soils of Watsonville whose deep roots can nourish apples of superior quality and taste. We use Herbert Family’s compost in our orchards. We grow apples, avocados, blueberries, citrus, figs, lemons, pears, quince, and stone fruits.”
Phil Foster (Pinnacle Organically Grown Produce) is our prime source for vegetables due to his top-quality, always-fresh produce. He, too, makes his own compost and grows an array of fruits and veggies year round. Phil and Katherine Foster farm 250 acres of C.C.O.F. and I.F.O.A.M. certified organic fruit and vegetables on two ranches near San Juan Bautista and Hollister, California. They have a diverse range of crops, marketing up to 60 produce items at the peak of the season. They sell at the farm each Saturday, at farmers markets and local retail stores, and through local and national wholesalers. They strive to maintain the Pinnacle label’s high quality by treating workers, products, land, community and our planet with the utmost respect.
In May of 2000, Cindie & Phil White purchased the century old 14-acre historic “Jelich Ranch”, from the Jelich family. Rather than subdivide and turn the valuable Silicon Valley parcel into a residential development project, they have chosen to focus on the preservation of history and nature. Since 2000, they have been working hard to develop the orchard as an organic enterprise by cleaning up the property, restoring the orchard, replacing diseased trees and adding new fruit varieties. The ranch has been certified organic since October 2003. They also supply us with fantastic jams and preserves.
Lakeside is a family owned and operated business. The Peixotos have been farming in the Pajaro year-round. Our favorites include their spinach, cauliflower, and beets! Located in Watsonville.
Larry grows the biggest, sweetest blueberries in May and June we’ve ever had! He also grows very sweet grapes in late summer we can’t resist. His farm is located in Madera, and Larry adds Dad’s nutrient-rich compost to his soil which we believe is the secret ingredient to these savory fruits.
Andy Griffin grows interesting varieties of vegetables in Aromas, Hollister, and Corralitos for “people who love to cook in the Bay Area.” Be sure to check out their recipes, and sign up for their newsletter. Andy’s writings and Julia’s incredible attention to sourcing great recipes are great resources for home cooks and chefs alike.
Rodoni, a third generation farm, transitioned into the organic markets over the last 10 years. They have over 100 acres certified organic by CCOF and are growing Brussels sprouts, leeks, artichokes, beets, peas, beans and pumpkins.
The first generation began in 1920 when Dante Rodoni came from Italy to the USA. At age 16, he moved with his family to the Hoover Ranch on Waddell Creek and worked with his father in cattle. In 1935, Dante Rodoni went into farming Brussels sprouts with his brother-in-law, Pete Rinaldi. Dante retired in 1974 but continued his active interest in farming through his two sons until his death in 1989 at age 80. Mr. Rodoni turned the farm over to Mario, who still farms as M. Rodoni & Co. with his sons, Dan and Bill.
A wonderful raspberry, blueberry and strawberry grower in Las Lomos, he achieved his vision with the assistance of ALBA.
Tom and Denesse farm 75 acres in the Central San Joaquin Valley in Madera, California. They have been farming since 1980 and certified organic by California Certified Organic Farmers since 1987.
Watered by snow melt streams from the Sierra Nevada, the rich alluvial soils of this region make up the most productive farmscape on earth. They follow the four seasons of the mild Mediterranean climate to produce a year-round palette of bountiful vegetable production. Tom and a staff of ten grow everything from artichokes to rutabagas using the latest in biological fertility systems. Denesse manages the hand-harvest, sales and shipping with her permanent staff of 55 and sometimes the help of as many as 40 additional people.