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.


Farmington

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.