Ron Sanders and Susan O'Reilly own, operate and maintain Alta Cresta Olive Orchard. Leaving their corporate business lives behind, they planted the olive orchard in 2006 on their property about 6 miles east of Paso Robles with Italian variety olives (Coratina, Frantoio, Leccino and Pendolino).
Phone: (805) 227-4751
Web site: altacresta.com
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Apalonia and Manuel have farmed in Huasna Valley for 25 years. Their crops include cut flowers, vegetables, berries and strawberry and raspberry jam. They live on the farm with their family.
Mike dry farms in See Canyon and has been farming for 25 years. He's a graduate of Cal Poly, and grows 70 varieties of apples along with peaches, pears and sapote.
Rick is the owner/manager of 40 acres in the San Joaquin Valley. He is a 3rd generation farmer and a Cal Poly graduate in fruit science. He sells pecans, walnuts and almonds along with dried fruits. His specialty is stone fruits: peach and pluots.
Andy and Linda De La Cruz have farms in both Cayucos and Morro Bay. They grow a wide variety of vegetables and have been farming in this area for 40 years.
Mike and Carol Broadhurst farm off Santa Rita Creek Road in Cambria. They grow a wide variety of crops including blueberries, citrus and heirloom tomatoes.
Jack and his family have been farming in the Santa Rosa Creek valley of Cambria for 35 years. They grow avocados, citrus and apples. They do not use pesticides or herbicides.
Amelia Perez and her family have been farming in the Santa Maria Valley for seventeen years. The quality of their fruits and vegetables has made their stand at farmers’ markets a long-time favorite with locals.
Randy and Darla Kwiatkowski and their three children farm 20 acres. Their farm is a family affair. They grow asian pears concentrating on sustainable farm practices including cover crops, erosion control and hand weeding, picking and thinning.
Jack Martin has lived on the family farm in the Central Valley for 75 years. The farm produces stone fruit, citrus, grapes and apples. In addition to selling at farmers market Jack runs his own packing and shipping operation.
Greg, Lisa, Colton, Casey and Carson are the family who run the 30 acre Rocky Canyon Farms in Atascadero. The kids have always helped out with the chores around the farm and at the farmers' markets. They show in 4H and the family sells naturally raised beef and pork. They also sell eggs, eggplant, tomatoes, melons, watermelons, onions, apples and cucumbers. Chefs are always welcome!
Bob and Virginia Roos planted their first Mission Olive trees in 1998 at their 10 acre ranch on Homestead Road in Templeton. Asked why he planted olive trees, Bob says because everyone else was planting grapes, and besides, he loves olive oil. He enjoys olive oil on his toast with strawberry jam each morning.
Bob grows walnuts, garlic and sweet corn and sells them at the Atascadero market along with his Mission Olive Oil that has won awards at the Mid State Fair and the LA County Fair.
Phone: (805) 466-6561
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Thomas Hill Farms is a family, 10 acre organic farm in Dresser Ranch in the East hills of Paso Robles, growing 900 fruit and nut trees, a variety of vegetables and a small vineyard of Italian varietals. They are a CCOF certified organic farm specializing in unique varieties of various fruit trees, including 15 varieties of figs, 10 different varieties of pomegranates and 22 different plums, pluots and plumcots. That is just the beginning of their tree diversity.
"We pick our fruit at the peak of ripeness. It is usually the case that the day we pick it is the day you receive it!"
They also have a small bistro, Thomas Hill Organics in the heart of Paso Robles. It is open every day of the week except Tuesday.
Web site: thomashillorganics.com
Franciso Velazquez has been farming in Santa Maria for 40 years. Together with father and son, they plant 80 acres of fruits and vegetables. His specialty crops are in great demand by both customers and chefs.
I grew up in a large Italian family cooking along side my parents and grandparents. Artistic expression, healthy eating and my love of cooking is what drives me to create in the kitchen. When I started my business in 2009 my goal was to inspire and motivate others to cook healthy, be successful in the kitchen and to enjoy the process. It's important to me to use high quality, fresh spices and herbs in my custom spice blends and to create a balance that is versatile and easy to use.
Web site: pasospices.com
I am a sixth generation farmer and rancher, currently growing numerous varieties of fruits and vegetables, including the produce I use to prepare my salsa, vinegars and lemonade. I started making my salsa for the cowbays at my family's "Last Chance Ranch" in Arizona. My salsa won first prize in two categories at the Mid State Fair, as well as the Judge's Award for best salsa overall.