Farms

Savor the Local has a comprehensive list of local farms that grow produce organically.  Below is some information and insight into the farms that make up the roster for Savor the Local.


Savor the Local farm locations

Mariquita Farm is a small family farm located near Watsonville, California. The farm grows heirloom and specialty vegetables, greens, fruit, and herbs to provide high-quality and interesting ingredients for the best seasonal chefs in the Monterey Peninsula, Silicon Valley, the Peninsula, San Francisco and the East Bay.  Mariquita grows in a few greenhouses as well as  fields in Hollister, for a broad range of delicate and heat-loving plants. Mariquita means 'ladybug' in Spanish. (information taken from www.mariquita.com)


Mariquita Greenhouse tour:


Mariquita Field: after the winter storms (below)

 

Marsalisi Farm (another neighbor of Mariquita Farms) is owned by two brothers, who have citrus orchards, in which they grow Buddha's Hand Citron, bearss limes, Meyer lemons and Yuzu fruit.

 
Photo of Buddha's Hand Citron orchard

 

Blue Heron Farms is a small family farm in Corralitos, (near Watsonville) specializing in amazing lettuces and beautiful, organically-grown flowers, for bouquets or edible petals.  The farm sells in farmers markets as well as to restaurants and stores.  Lori Perry and Dennis Tamura are the owners, and started Blue Heron Farm together many years back.

“Farming at Blue Heron is a labor of love. “Having meaningful work like farming is a luxury, but you pay with your life’s blood, said Lori. Especially during the summer, leisure time doesn’t exist — not at the level of quality and care we put into the farm. But providing local families with fresh, nutritious food is very satisfying; so is the harmony we feel with the support of our dedicated crew of 20 employees,” she added.”(info from the Monterey Bay Certified Farmers Markets webpage)

 

Blue Heron farm field:


Coke Farm is a family farm in San Juan Batista, with a wide range of produce, and they also bring in, sell, store and ship produce from forty other smaller family farms in the area.  Coke Farm has been producing a variety of organically grown fruits and vegetables for over thirty years, and now farms over 200 acres.  A few years ago, Coke Farm purchased a stone mill, to grind their own grains.  The stone ground  polenta, cornmeal, and various types of wheat that have fantastic flavor and unparalled freshness (only a few weeks old, instead of the typical few years old).  Coke Farm grows and dries  beans, providing a comprehensive range of products.

 

Happy Boy Farms is a family owned farm on the East side of Watsonville, with five different fields covering a range of microclimates.  Happy Boy is especially known for its lovely, long-lasting salad mix.

 

Everlasting Gardens is a tiny family farm in Aromas, with green-house grown wild arugula, (great flavor, long-lasting, perfect sized leaves, & great quality) baby carrots and specialty basils.

 
Lonely Mountain Farms is a neighbor of Mariquita Farm, which is a small, diverse farm with hard-to-find items such as shelling beans, and super amazing sweet ripe strawberries for much of the year.

 

Ground Cover Farm is a tiny one person farm,  also a neighbor of Mariquita Farm, growing only two items for your cooking pleasure: turmeric and persian cucumbers. (photo of three types of turmeric below:)


Prevedelli Farm is located near Mariquita Farm and Lonely Mountain Farm.  It is a family-run fruit business, specializing in berries, pears and apples.  The Prevedelli family primarily sells in nearby farmers' markets.  Prevedelli Farms is a fourth-generation certified organic, family run farm; it has been operating in Watsonville since 1945.

“In June, Silvia Prevedelli of Prevedelli Farms and a longtime member of the Monterey Bay Certified Farmers Markets was selected by the Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau for the 2016 “Farmer of the Year” award. This annual award is presented to farmer(s) in Santa Cruz County who have contributed beyond their normal farming duties to help the community.” (info from the Monterey Bay Certified Farmers Markets webpage)


Far West Fungi is a family run farm, with an organic mushroom-growing operation in Moss Landing.  They also are a nexus for other foraged mushrooms and mushroom & gourmet products through their San Francisco location (ferry plaza).  The family also produces in-house dried and powdered mushrooms.  (photo of pink tree oyster mushrooms)


 

Brians Ranch is run by Grant Brians, his family, and 20 full-time employees. The farm has 310 acres in the Hollister area and Panoche Valley.

A farmer since age 14, Grant has experience in both small-scale agriculture and corporate agribusiness.  The farm uses a combination of organic and Biodynamic practices to grow over 100 varieties of vegetables, fruits, edible flowers, and herbs. Grant is committed to flavor, freshness, organics, and genetic preservation. The farm primarily grows open-pollinated varieties that have been passed down through generations (heirlooms). Grant is constantly expanding his repertoire of such varieties.  (information taken from http://www.cuesa.org/seller/heirloom-organic-gardens)