Underwood Family Farms
For more than 25 years, Ventura County’s freshest and most delicious fruits and vegetables have been available at Underwood Family Farms. That’s not surprising since the Underwood Family has been farming in Ventura County since 1867. The Underwood Family Farm loves being part of the community and throws local events all year long from Easter egg hunts to an annual Fall Harvest Festival where they have fun family activities like a corn maze and a pumpkin patch.
Ojai Friends Ranch
Ojai Friends Ranch family has been growing citrus in the Ojai Valley for over 100 years! They truly are a small family farm, operated by 4 family members, 4 employees, as well as the input of their fifth generation of tangerine eaters (little Matthew, Andrew, Marianna and Oliver)! They specialize in tangerines, growing over a dozen varieties from old-fashioned Dancys to new types such as the seedless Shasta gold. Here at Farm Box LA our favorite varieties are the Tahoe’s. Ojai has a very unique microclimate, resulting in suburb flavor development of citrus. They use organic practices such as the use of biocontrols for insect pests and composts to improve soil tilth. They also offer employees a living wage in high priced Southern California.
Fair Hills Apple
Fair Hills Farm began in 1992 when Nancy and David Rydell purchased 100+ acres of land in Paso Robles, California. Their first apple orchard was planted in May, 1992. The Estrella River basin offers a unique climate with hot sunny days and cool nights that are perfect for growing apples, stone fruit, and grapes. Certified Organic. Certified Delicious. Fair Hills Farm is committed to being the preferred supplier of organic produce. They offer 11 varieties of apples, apricots, cherries, peaches, nectarines, pears, pluots, wine grapes, and plums. Fair Hills has achieved the Certified Organic grower status for the past 10 years.
Papa Jaime has been cultivating the land for over 30 years. Their Family Farm now has 3 generations of the Jaime Family working together on the farm. They have always maintained organic growing practices. They use no pesticides on their fruits or vegetables. They have also incorporated sustainable farming methods.
Year Round: carrots, beets, lettuce, greens, celery, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, green onion, cilantro, parsley, radish, spinach, spring mix, turnips, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, strawberries.
Winter: winter squash.
Spring: spring onions, green beans, eggplant, squash, peppers (sweet and hot).
Summer: watermelon, cantaloupe, corn, okra.
Life’s a Choke
Is also known as Green Family Farms of Lompoc, CA. They produce the beautiful purple and green baby artichokes you find in your baskets. Their signature crops are artichokes, asparagus, broccoli and cauliflower.
Finley Farms Organic
They are a small family farm located in the Santa Ynez Valley. They are committed to offering the highest quality certified organic produce to our community. Christopher and Johanna both worked at Farmer's Markets throughout college at UCSB. A couple years after graduating they decided to begin farm of their own. They started with only 1 acre north of Goleta with only hand tools - no tractors!! They had a successful couple of years but needed more room to grow. To pursue farming whole-heartedly they moved to a larger farm in Los Olivos. “Farming is a tangible form of art and with every season there is room for improvement." Johanna Finley.
Winter: cabbage, kale (Black, Russian, and Green), chard, collards, carrots, beets, parsnips, rutabaga, lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, arugula, leeks, onions, winter squash.
Spring: peas (English and Sugarsnap), spinach, arugula, kales, chard, collards, beets, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, strawberry, flowers.
Summer: Sweet Corn, heirloom tomatoes, zucchini, cucumber, basil, lettuce, beans, peppers, melons, strawberries, raspberries, leeks, onions, garlic, herbs, lettuce.
Fall: greens, broccoli, cauliflower, herbs, beets, carrots, parsnips, rutabaga, lettuce, tomato, melon, peppers, fresh beans, winter squash, sweet corn, popcorn, onions, garlic, leeks.
Rod and Deborah Chamberlain are owners of Wong's Tomato Farms located in the Coachella Valley. They hydroponically grow their tomatoes in the desert so we can enjoy tomatoes year round. Deborah has been featured in Sunset magazine for growing mangoes, a rare treat in California!
Gloria’s Fruits and Vegetables
Gloria Tamai and her husband run this local farm from their land in Oxnard, California. Along with their daughter Julia. They have various types of produce such as tomatoes, strawberries, peppers, and zucchini. They always have the sweetest and most beautiful strawberries when at the Farmer’s markets. If you’re lucky to find them at the market, you’ll see their “strawberry menu” that resembles a wine menu with each varietal and their description. Our favorite: the chandler strawberry, as featured on KCRW’s Good Food Talk.
Weiser Family Farms
They began in 1977 when Sid Weiser, a chemistry teacher and counselor at Garfield High School in East Los Angeles decided to pack up the family and follow his dream of working off the land. Sidney and his wife Raquel laid down roots in Tehachapi, California. There, they learned to tend to the fruit trees . . . apples, peaches, and pears. In the ensuing years, they acquired farmland in other locations where they branched out into a variety of fruits, vegetables, and flowers. They have incredible varieties of potatoes and supply several of the restaurants in LA.
Weiser Family Farms is, and has always been, a family farming entity in the true sense of the word.