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.


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.




Golden Bear Ranches

Golden Bear Ranches was founded in 2007 as a divi­sion of J.L. Gib­son Inc. by its pres­i­dent and founder, John Gib­son, a 6th gen­er­a­tion North­ern Cal­i­forn­ian. This well-​respected com­pany grows 5 vari­eties of sweet cher­ries and over 50 vari­eties of heir­loom toma­toes at its three Lodi area ranches. They’re proud to pro­duce some of North­ern California’s best sweet cher­ries and heir­loom toma­toes; the demand for Golden Bear heir­loom toma­toes has led to the plant­ing of 60,000 plants!

Golden Bear Ranches was estab­lished as a trib­ute to Gibson’s great grand­mother, Elvezia Sco­lari Gib­son, who farmed years ago with her hus­band in the Lin­den area . After the hard work and suc­cess expe­ri­enced by Golden Bear Ranches, she would no doubt be proud.




Grimmway Farms

The Grimm broth­ers began nur­tur­ing their fam­ily busi­ness in the fer­tile soil of Kern County more than 3 decades ago. Today, their roots run deep. Grimmway Farms has grown to become the largest grower, pro­ducer and ship­per of car­rots in the world; but the fam­ily still insists on walk­ing the fields, vis­it­ing the pro­cess­ing facil­i­ties and per­form­ing their own brand of qual­ity assur­ance — every sin­gle day. In 1968 when Rod and Bob Grimm set up their first road­side pro­duce stand, the broth­ers made a promise: always take care of the customer.

Decades later, that promise has never been bro­ken. Grimmway Farms’ ded­i­ca­tion to con­sis­tent qual­ity and depend­able ser­vice has made them the global leader in their industry.

Acknowl­edg­ing and respond­ing to the issues impor­tant to their cus­tomers is impor­tant to them. To address the grow­ing con­sumer demand for pesticide-​free fruits and veg­eta­bles, Grimmway Farms is con­tin­u­ously devel­op­ing new avenues of opportunity.

In 2001, they acquired Cal-​Organics, a pio­neer organic pro­duce com­pany pro­vid­ing more than 75 organic prod­uct offerings.




Jacobs Farm

Founded by Larry Jacobs and San­dra Belin in 1980 as a small organic fam­ily farm, Jacobs Farm remains com­mit­ted to ben­e­fit­ting peo­ple and the envi­ron­ment for gen­er­a­tions to come. Their mis­sion is to grow great tast­ing, healthy food in a socially and envi­ron­men­tally respon­si­ble manner.

They strive for a sus­tain­able approach to agri­cul­ture, using sound busi­ness prac­tices and organic farm­ing meth­ods. With their unwa­ver­ing vision geared towards social change, they are proud to have helped many indi­vid­u­als and com­mu­ni­ties prosper.

Over sixty vari­eties of herbs and edi­ble flow­ers grace their north­ern Cal­i­for­nia coastal farm­lands. The farm has pio­neered organic grow­ing prac­tices and never used toxic, per­sis­tent pes­ti­cides or herbicides.

Founders Jacobs and Belin are deeply com­mit­ted to sus­tain­able, organic grow­ing prac­tices. In 2009, Jacobs and Belin received the Eco­log­i­cal Farm­ing Association’s (Eco-​Farm) “Stew­ards of Sus­tain­able Agri­cul­ture” or “Sustie” award for their life­time achieve­ments in sus­tain­able agriculture.




Jayleaf

Founded in 2005, Jayleaf is a family-​run pro­cess­ing and dis­tri­b­u­tion busi­ness, sup­ply­ing cer­ti­fied organic salad mixes and greens to the whole­sale and food­ser­vice sec­tor. The fam­ily behind Jayleaf has more than 25 years’ expe­ri­ence in the indus­try although Jayleaf is still a young business.

As a ten year old boy, Jose Ornelas, now the owner of Jayleaf, rapidly learned the tricks of the trade. He grew up in the busi­ness and knows the indus­try by heart. By build­ing a nice and respect­ful work­place, the close com­mu­nity of Jayleaf was founded. The grass root begin­nings remain an essen­tial ele­ment of the Jayleaf cul­ture today. “We do not hold back on going the extra mile. The hard work­ing men­tal­ity, from top to bot­tom, is ever-​present,” says Henry Catalán, Chief Oper­a­tions Offi­cer at Jayleaf.

Today, Jayleaf pro­duces and processes around 5,000,000 lbs. (2,268,000 kg.) of spring mix, spinach, arugula, kale, endive and radic­chio a year.




Jeff Boldt Farms

Jeff Boldt and his fam­ily proudly grow Sum­meripe peaches, plums and nec­tarines. He and his fam­ily are one of a spe­cial group of grow­ers for Moun­tain View Fruit Sales and the Sum­mer­ripe fruit pro­gram.

Jeff’s story of farm­ing actu­ally starts over 100 years ago. In 1907, Jeff’s fam­ily started farm­ing the same ground they farm today. Jeff’s wife, Brenda, grew up on the land her fam­ily pur­chased in the early 1900’s. They started with about 25 acres of tree fruit, today they farm over 250 acres of peaches, plums and nec­tarines. Jeff appre­ci­ates farm­ing because it’s a lifestyle and pro­fes­sion he can do along­side his fam­ily. He also enjoyed the fact, he could attend his daugh­ters sport­ing events, and could be there while they grew up.

Jeff loves walk­ing his fields dur­ing bloom, and loves the smell of fruit dur­ing har­vest. His favorite fruit is nec­tarines, and his favorite vari­eties are Honey Blaze and Spring Bright. He hopes that you can see, feel, and taste the pas­sion he and his fam­ily put into their farm­ing. They have spent many years per­fect­ing what they do today. That cul­mi­nates in Cal­i­for­nia grown, Sum­meripe fresh stone fruit.




JMB

Jacobs, Mal­colm & Burtt (JMB) has been in busi­ness for more than 125 years. The com­pany started out sell­ing pro­duce whole­sale in the Pro­duce Mar­kets of San Fran­cisco. Leo Rolan­delli pur­chased JMB in 1963 and has sold pro­duce for the past 50 years. Dur­ing the 70’s Leo started work­ing with aspara­gus grow­ers to develop the aspara­gus indus­try. Since then, aspara­gus has become the major­ity of JMB’s business.

In 2012, JMB sold its whole­sale pro­duce busi­ness in the San Fran­cisco Pro­duce Mar­ket to con­cen­trate on its bro­ker­age busi­ness. It cur­rently sells aspara­gus, mel­ons, and pome­gran­ates.

JMB and the suc­cess of its grow­ers has been built on a part­ner­ship based on what each is good at: the grower pro­duc­ing a qual­ity crop and JMB sell­ing at a price that pro­vides the most money back to the grower. JMB pro­vides grow­ers with funds to enable them to develop and plant fields, build pack­ing sheds and cold stor­age facil­i­ties and buy equip­ment. By part­ner­ing with grow­ers, instead of grow­ing, JMB is able to return money back to the local econ­omy of the grower.




John­ston Farms

John­ston Farms is a fourth gen­er­a­tion fam­ily farm, founded shortly after World War II by John C. John­ston when he moved his fam­ily from Ore­gon to Bak­ers­field to grow pota­toes in the Edi­son area of Kern County, California.

In 1963, he added Cit­rus fruits to the farm, start­ing with Navel oranges and then Sat­suma Man­darins in the 1970’s. Red Grape­fruit were added in the 1980’s.

Enjoy their high qual­ity prod­ucts under these great labels: Blue Jay, Top Jay, Vic­tor, Rene­gade & Comanche.




King Fresh Produce

King Fresh Pro­duce traces its roots to 1933, when a 17 year old Dee Wil­son left Okla­homa in search of a bet­ter life for his fam­ily in Cal­i­for­nia. After find­ing steady work, Dee was able to buy land in Shafter, Cal­i­for­nia. Three gen­er­a­tions later, Dee Wil­son would remain proud of his fam­ily that retains his unwa­ver­ing com­mit­ment to hard work and hon­esty.

The King Fresh farm­ing inter­ests in the San Joaquin Val­ley of Cen­tral Cal­i­for­nia rep­re­sent over 3,000 acres of Table Grape Vine­yards, Cherry Orchards and Cit­rus Groves. Their farms are located in the South­ern and Cen­tral San Joaquin Val­ley of Cal­i­for­nia, with a con­cen­tra­tion of prop­erty near the Kings River that runs through the small farm­ing town of Kings­burg.

King Fresh Pro­duce is the mar­ket­ing arm of Wil­son Farms, and now in its third gen­er­a­tion of Wilsons spear­head­ing the com­pany. Wil­son Farms was founded by Keith’s father, Woodrow Wil­son, fol­low­ing in the farm­ing tra­di­tion of Keith’s grand­fa­ther, Dee. Keith him­self heads King Fresh, where his chil­dren are now begin­ning to break into the fam­ily busi­ness.

King Fresh, grown and packed with pride.




Kings­burg Orchards

Over the past two decades, Kings­burg Orchards has emerged as one of the pre­mier grow­ers, ship­pers and pack­ers in California’s Cen­tral Val­ley.

Apples and stone fruit are the cor­ner­stone of their busi­ness. They are an indus­try leader in the pro­duc­tion of over 200 vari­eties of fruits, includ­ing Asian Apple Pears, White Flesh Peaches, White Flesh Nec­tarines & patented “DINOSAUR BRAND®” Plu­ots. They pride them­selves on their abil­ity to adapt to cus­tomer needs and respond to mar­ket trends.

Kings­burg Orchards is a 5th gen­er­a­tion, fam­ily owned and oper­ated com­pany. With over 7500 acres in pro­duc­tion, they han­dle approx­i­mately 7 mil­lion cases of Cal­i­for­nia fresh fruit offered from May until Feb­ru­ary.

This sum­mer, enjoy tasty Plu­ots with names like Fla­vor Grenade, Trop­i­cal Treat or Dinosaur Egg from Kings­burg Orchards!




Mann Packing

A young Stan­ford grad­u­ate seek­ing employ­ment in Sali­nas, H.W. “Cy” Mann began his career trim­ming fruit and let­tuce and load­ing grain onto box­cars for 40¢ an hour in the late 1930s. As a result of his hard work and ded­i­ca­tion, he became fore­man of a pro­duce shed. It was 1939 when he opened a fresh car­rot pack­ing oper­a­tion called, H.W. Mann. Shortly there­after, Mr. Mann found his claim to fame in the fresh veg­etable indus­try, namely broc­coli. It was in those early days that Mr. Mann built a rep­u­ta­tion for hon­esty and integrity — one that remains with the com­pany today.

In 1976, Bill Ram­sey and Don Nucci joined Mr. Mann as part­ners in the com­pany. Today, the Nucci & Ram­sey fam­i­lies lead the firm which now spans three gen­er­a­tions. Mann Pack­ing is a major­ity women-​owned and oper­ated busi­ness, and one of the country’s lead­ing sup­pli­ers of fresh veg­eta­bles, includ­ing washed and ready to use fresh-​cut veg­gies, snack packs and party trays, and washed and trimmed let­tuce prod­ucts for food­ser­vice. They are best known for their pro­pri­etary Broc­col­ini® prod­uct and award-​winning String­less Sugar Snap Peas.




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.




McC­a­hon Floral

McC­a­hon Flo­ral is a third gen­er­a­tion nurs­ery busi­ness that grows plants for indoor and out­door enjoy­ment in green­houses and fields on 30 acres in Wat­sonville. Lau­rie and Andy McC­a­hon own and oper­ate the nurs­ery with the help of all six of their chil­dren and 50 employees.

The nurs­ery was founded in 1947 by Andy McCahon’s grand­par­ents, who emi­grated from North­ern Ire­land in search of job oppor­tu­ni­ties. After arriv­ing at Ellis Island, Andy’s grand­fa­ther fol­lowed his sis­ter to San Fran­cisco. There he found a job at a green­house and met his future wife. The rest is history!

“Hav­ing our chil­dren help us at the farm­ers mar­kets has been a great expe­ri­ence for our fam­ily. The kids have gained a healthy work ethic, and learned about run­ning a busi­ness,” said Lau­rie. It’s also just won­der­ful to have our chil­dren with us as much as pos­si­ble,” she added.

“What we love about this busi­ness is that our plants bring hap­pi­ness to oth­ers — it’s as sim­ple as that! We have met many nice peo­ple at the farm­ers mar­kets and made new friends there too,” exclaimed Laurie




Nat­ural Trad­ing Co.

Nat­ural Trad­ing Company’s beau­ti­ful 40 acre farm is located in New­cas­tle, Cal­i­for­nia. Family-​owned and oper­ated, they are a cer­ti­fied organic farm and CSA in New­cas­tle, CA. They grow their pro­duce using tech­niques that main­tain and replen­ish the soil for the ben­e­fit of cur­rent and future generations

The Nat­ural Trad­ing Com­pany grows a diverse selec­tion of fruits and veg­eta­bles, includ­ing 5 dif­fer­ent vari­eties of kale, 30 vari­eties of toma­toes, and per­sim­mons on their 50+ year old trees. Their green­house sup­ports the com­mu­nity with wheat­grass, pea shoots, and sun­flower greens.




O’Connell Ranch

Dan and Bar­bara O’Connell have been farm­ing for 30+ years along the scenic Sacra­mento River in Colusa, California.

O’Connell Ranch is a fam­ily farm­ing and cat­tle ranch oper­a­tion that proudly grows an assort­ment of beau­ti­ful, sea­sonal, locally grown, high qual­ity fruits includ­ing: Fuyu Per­sim­mons, Asian Pears, Yel­low and White Peaches, Yel­low and White Nec­tarines, Plu­ots and Euro­pean Pear vari­eties (includ­ing Taylor’s Gold).

Dan and Bar­bara are very “hands on” in all aspects of the farm­ing oper­a­tion, offer­ing farm fresh, healthy fruits. The ranch fea­tures a “FRESH” pro­duce stand, “ Barb’s Pro­duce” where pre-​school classes, 4-​H Clubs and adult groups enjoy learn­ing the impor­tant lessons of a real work­ing fam­ily ranch.