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.

Symms Fruit Ranch

In 1914, R.A. Symms came to Idaho from Kansas and founded Symms Fruit Ranch. The ranch began as an eighty acre home­stead 30 miles west of Boise in Sunny Slope. Eight acres of fruit trees were planted then.

Today, Symms Fruit Ranch is a 5,000 acre diver­si­fied farm man­aged by the fourth gen­er­a­tion of the Symms Fam­ily & located in the unique Sunny Slope area along the Snake River. Apples, pears, cher­ries, apri­cots, peaches, nec­tarines, plums, wine grapes, onions, for­age, seeds, grains, and cat­tle are pro­duced on the rich vol­canic soil over­look­ing the Snake River.

Symms Fruit Ranch is rec­og­nized as one of the Top 25 Grow­ers & Ship­pers of apples & stone fruits in the United States. Their prod­ucts are dis­trib­uted through­out the United States and exported to over 40 coun­tries worldwide.

Qual­ity, fla­vor, value and sus­tain­abil­ity are their hall­mark. The Symms fam­ily is proud to have sus­tained their oper­a­tion as grow­ers of the high­est qual­ity fruit in the world for 100+ years.

Terra Firma Farm

The seeds for Terra Firma Farm were planted in the late 1980’s when Paul Holmes began farm­ing a few acres in the hills west of Win­ters with a few friends under the name Sky High Farm. Paul devel­oped a fol­low­ing for his gar­lic, toma­toes, and other veg­eta­bles as one of the found­ing mem­bers of both the Davis Farm­ers Mar­ket and Berke­ley Farm­ers Mar­ket. Sky High Farm was also one of the orig­i­nal mem­bers of Cal­i­for­nia Cer­ti­fied Organic Farm­ers, prior to offi­cial state and fed­eral recog­ni­tion of organics.

In the early 1990s, Paul hired Hec­tor Melendez-​Lopez and Paul Under­hill (Pablito) as employ­ees. Pablito became a part­ner in 1993, when the name of the farm was changed to Terra Firma, and Hec­tor joined on in 2005.

Together, they farm a num­ber of sites along the north and south banks of Putah Creek total­ing about 200 acres. Micro cli­mates and dif­fer­ent soil types allow us to pro­duce almost 100 dif­fer­ent crops each year, includ­ing spring, sum­mer and win­ter veg­eta­bles as well as stone fruit, cit­rus and nuts (pis­ta­chios and walnuts).

Top Brass Marketing

As third gen­er­a­tion grow­ers, the Vig­nolo fam­ily has owned and oper­ated farm­ing land in Cen­tral Cal­i­for­nia since 1938. Ted Vig­nolo, the son of an Ital­ian immi­grant, started grow­ing cot­ton in 1938. Soon after, the fam­ily expanded the busi­ness to include con­ven­tional and organic table grapes, wine grapes, organic and con­ven­tional pota­toes, pis­ta­chios, alfalfa, and almonds.

To sup­port demand for the grow­ing busi­ness, an on-​site mar­ket­ing com­pany, Top Brass Mar­ket­ing, was estab­lished in 1999. Since that time, Top Brass Mar­ket­ing has been hon­ored to be the exclu­sive sales agent for Vig­nolo Farms, mar­ket­ing their fine grapes and pota­toes to retail, whole­sale, and food­ser­vice dis­tri­b­u­tion accounts worldwide.

The Top Brass sales team brings over 70 years of expe­ri­ence and are com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing indi­vid­u­al­ized ser­vice that cus­tomers can rely on. Many years have passed since Ted planted his first crop, but the Vig­nolo Farms phi­los­o­phy remains the same — hands-​on fam­ily farm­ing with a focus on grow­ing only pre­mium pro­duce. Cul­ti­vated with care­ful atten­tion in some of the most fer­tile soil in the coun­try, Top Brass Mar­ket­ing is known for its atten­tion to qual­ity from farm to table

Tur­lock Fruit Co.

The Tur­lock Fruit Com­pany has been grow­ing and pack­ing mel­ons as a fam­ily owned oper­a­tion since 1918. Their fla­vor­ful mel­ons are a result of care­ful seed selec­tion, good farm­ing prac­tices, har­vest­ing mel­ons at matu­rity, and post-​harvest han­dling. To make things even sweeter, Tur­lock Fruit Com­pany mel­ons are cer­ti­fied pes­ti­cide residue free!

Tur­lock Fruit Com­pany has been syn­ony­mous with the can­taloupe indus­try for more than three-​quarters of a cen­tury. In fact, the founder of the firm, James H. Smith, was com­monly called by his nick­name, Can­taloupe Smith. He founded the firm in 1923 and it has been grow­ing can­taloupes, hon­ey­dews and mixed mel­ons ever since.

In recent years, the 4th gen­er­a­tion fam­ily com­pany has expanded its grow­ing oper­a­tions from its San Joaquin Val­ley roots to include pro­duc­tion in the Impe­r­ial Val­ley and Mex­ico. Look for labels Pea­cock, King O’ The West and Sycamore for sweet and won­der­ful sum­mer mel­ons from Tur­lock Fruit!

Van Gronin­gen & Sons

Van Gronin­gen & Sons, Inc. is a con­tin­u­a­tion of a farm­ing oper­a­tion that began in Cal­i­for­nia in 1922 by Henry Van Gronin­gen Sr. He camt to Amer­ica in 1910 from theNether­lands and first farmed in Min­nesota and then on the fer­tile grounds of Fresno/​Hanford, Cal­i­for­nia. There he started a dairy and also farmed some row crops. In 1929, the fam­ily and farm­ing busi­ness moved to Ripon, Cal­i­for­nia with the help of four sons.

Today, the cor­po­ra­tion is fam­ily owned and oper­ated by sons, grand­sons, in-​laws, and also by work­ers that have been with the fam­ily for over 45 years. This new gen­er­a­tion proves to fol­low in their fathers’ foot­steps, ensur­ing that the pro­duce they offer is of the high­est qual­ity while con­duct­ing busi­ness with hon­esty, integrity, and respon­si­bil­ity.

The farm­ing oper­a­tion now con­sists of grow­ing sweet corn, water­mel­ons, pump­kins, vari­ety win­ter squash, alfalfa, almonds and wal­nuts. For sum­mer water­melon (seeded and seed­less) and fall pump­kins, trust the Van Gronin­gen fam­ily to deliver over 70 years of exper­tise in grow­ing your favorite treats!

Vierra Farms

David Vierra says of his pas­sion for farm­ing, “It’s in my blood, I can’t help it.” David’s grand­fa­ther, Ellard Vierra, helped set­tle the Sacra­mento River Delta in the 1920’s, and farmed full time until the mid 60’s when he was offered a job with Recla­ma­tion Dis­trict 999. Ellard could not stop farm­ing, and in his spare time he main­tained a two acre gar­den on his prop­erty in West Sacra­mento. That same gar­den is the site of Dave’s Pump­kin Patch.

When David was in the 8th grade, he trav­eled to Apple Hill. It was that trip that inspired David to grow pump­kins. David’s mother couldn’t keep David out of their fam­ily gar­den. At the age of 13, David started grow­ing his first pump­kin patch. Five years later, at the age of 18, Vierra Farms was estab­lished. At that time, Vierra Farms had a com­mod­ity of grass hay and wheat yet David never lost sight of his pump­kin patch.

Today, David still cul­ti­vates his grandfather’s 2 acre gar­den plus 800 acres of spe­cialty veg­eta­bles. His spe­cialty items include pump­kins, 6 vari­eties of hard squash, Heir­loom and slic­ing toma­toes, black seed­less water­mel­ons, yel­low seed­less water­mel­ons and reg­u­lar water­mel­ons. David’s chil­dren: his daugh­ter, Isabella, and his two sons, Jace and Ayden — all live and work on the farm.

Wada Farms

Wada Farms has a 70+ year his­tory of pride, excel­lence and respect – and an obses­sion for pro­vid­ing things of intrin­sic value to their cus­tomers and partners.

Estab­lished in 1943, Wada Farms was founded by Frank Wada, who emi­grated to the U.S. from Japan in 1922 at the age of 13. He and his wife Agnes farmed in San Clemente, Cal­i­for­nia, until World War II broke out. They packed as many belong­ings as their 1934 Ford truck could hold, then moved inland dur­ing the war to avoid intern­ment when Japan­ese Amer­i­cans were forced to relo­cate from the west coast. After set­tling in Pin­gree, Idaho, the deci­sion was made to plant their fam­ily roots and first crop of pota­toes on 160 rented acres of farm­land in the spring of 1943.

By 1972, the Wada fam­ily farm had grown to approx­i­mately 400 acres when Frank’s youngest son, Albert, bought the fam­ily busi­ness from his father. Under his lead­er­ship, Wada Farms Inc. has grown into a suc­cess­ful Idaho-​based agribusi­ness, now farm­ing nearly 30,000 irri­gated acres of crops each and every year.

As a fully inte­grated grower-​shipper of Rus­set, red, gold and spe­cialty vari­eties, Wada Farms Pota­toes oper­ates one of the largest fresh potato pack­ing facil­i­ties in the coun­try. Albert and his wife Chris­tine have four chil­dren; the two boys, Bryan and Chris, are both active in the fam­ily oper­a­tion. In 2010, Bryan Wada was named com­pany president.

Wada Farms has a rep­u­ta­tion not just for qual­ity, but for lead­er­ship in new ways of doing things and under­stand­ing trends and opportunities.

Wawona Orchards

WAWONA ORCHARDS & PACK­ING is a third gen­er­a­tion tree fruit com­pany founded by the Smittcamp fam­ily in 1948. They are cur­rently farm­ing 6,000 acres in Cal­i­for­nia and pack just over four mil­lion boxes per year.

Their mis­sion is to pro­duce the most fla­vor­ful tree fruit in the indus­try, pack to the high­est stan­dards, and deliver on a con­sis­tent basis; ensur­ing cus­tomers the ulti­mate eat­ing expe­ri­ence. One indi­ca­tor is the gen­tle han­dling they give to tree-​fruit. The fruit is hand picked and packed into 23 lb. bins rather than the stan­dard 1000 lb. orchard bins.

Their pack­ing facil­ity was rebuilt in 2006, adding state-​of-​the-​art pack lines, pre-​coolers, and cold stor­age rooms. Con­trol­ling the con­ti­nu­ity of sup­ply, vari­etals, and qual­ity, Wawona does not have any out­side grow­ers or packers.

Wawona also grows and packs a full line up of organic tree fruit.

Yagi Brothers

Yagi Broth­ers Pro­duce, Inc. is a top grower, packer and ship­per of Yams and Sweet Pota­toes in Liv­ingston, Cal­i­for­nia. The com­pany was founded shortly after World War II by three broth­ers, George, Ken and Ben Yagi.

They grow Orange Flesh Yams (Beau­re­gard and Red Yams), White flesh Sweet Pota­toes (O’Henry), and Japan­ese Yams. They ship to all 50 states in the United States, with most sales west of the Rockies.

Today, the sec­ond gen­er­a­tion, Blaine Yagi and Duane Hut­ton, con­tin­ues the tra­di­tion of hard work and com­mit­ment to qual­ity and grow­ing exper­tise. Yagi Broth­ers packs and ships under the fol­low­ing famil­iar labels:
  • Gold N’ Honey
  • Kokuma
  • Sugar Dandy
  • Jumbo & Gold