Our Crops

CANTALOUPES:

  • We farm in one of the best growing areas of cantaloupes in the world. Our harvest season spans the months of July, August, September, and early October. Cantaloupe seeds are planted beginning in late March. We plant different fields weekly, and we are often times still planting when harvest begins in the early fields in July.  It takes anywhere from seventy to one hundred days from planting to harvest.  Cantaloupes are picked, packed and palletized for shipment, all on a moving platform right in the field.  This allows for maximum freshness and minimizes handling. The boxes of fruit are then taken to a cold storage plant where they are chilled and loaded for shipment on refrigerated trucks.  They can be found in many of the best grocery stores across the nation.  Look for the Peacock label and decal of our sales agent, Turlock Fruit Company:

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ORGANIC CANTALOUPES AND HONEYDEWS

  • We have been growing organic cantaloupes and honey dews since 2004.  Crops and products that are certified organic must conform to strict rules.  First, the land to be planted must not have any applications of restricted pesticides or synthetic fertilizers for at least three years prior to certification.  A detailed organic system plan must be designed and implemented.  Inputs for fertility and pest control must be natural, approved organic products.  An organic farmer must take many precautions to prevent contamination from outside sources, and also in transit to market.  All products must be able to be tracked from field to buyer or buyer to field.  Yearly our farm is registered with the State of California, and it is certified by California Certified Organic Farmers http://www.ccof.org We take extreme care in adhering to all these practices so that our organic melons are purely organic.  We are very proud of our organic melons and we know that you will enjoy them.  Our organic cantaloupes are packed in the Peacock label, and our organic honeydews will be packed in the Sycamore label, both of our sales agents, Turlock Fruit Company.
  • Interested wholesale buyers of our organic melons please contact Dan Kerrigan of Turlock Fruit Company @ (209).634.7207

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ASPARAGUS

  • While our area is not the major asparagus growing region of California, it produces some of the best in the country.  Asparagus, a member of the lily family, is a perennial plant, meaning that it has a long life span of multiple years.  Our fields produce for about 10 years. There are three stages of growth. The plants thrive as a bush, or “fern” from late spring until fall.  When the plants senesce (turn color and dry like leaves in the fall), we shred the above ground brush, for the next three or more months during winter, and the ground is bare, with the crowns, underground parts of the plant that store carbohydrates, in dormancy. As the ground warms in spring, the crowns initiate their shoots that emerge through the soil as spears.  When the spears attain a length of more than nine inches above the soil, they are harvested.  Harvesting is done by hand, with a worker cutting the spears below the ground levels with a knife and collecting them in bins.  The crowns continually push spears from beneath the solid for the next two or more months, usually March through may.  Harvesting continues every day during that season. Spears can grow up to two or more inches in a day. At some time in the late spring when the temperatures are very warm, we terminate harvesting.  The spears are allowed to grow and they again become the fern, beginning another cycle.
  • Our asparagus is packed R&N Packing in Firebaugh.  The products in from the field in bins. It is washed, sorted by size, trimmed and packed in many different types of boxes as preferred by our many customers.  Most of our asparagus is shipped domestically, but some is exported to Europe and the Far East.
  • Click on the link, California Asparagus Commission: http://www.calasparagus.com for more information and some great recipes for this delicious vegetable.

 

ALMONDS

  • Almonds grow on trees that can produce for over twenty years.  the trees bloom in the spring. Each flower grows into a fruit.  The fruit is actually a hull, or thick skin covering a hard shell within which is the nut, or meat.  The trees are mechanically harvested in the late summer.  First a shaker grabs the trunk of the tree and gives it a vigorous shake for a few seconds until the nuts fall to the ground. The nuts loaded in trailers are taken to a “huller” where the hulls and shells are removed, leaving the bare nuts. In the fall, the almond trees, being deciduous, their leaves.  They are dormant until spring when the cycle starts over again.
  • Almond are a very important crop for California.  About 70% of the state’s production is exported, making almonds California’s number one agricultural export crop.  The value of almond exports is greater than the next three agricultural exports combined.
  • Almond have been proven to be a very healthy food. The American Heart Association has come out with interesting research to support this.  For nutritional information, click on the link, Almonds Are In!  http://almondsarein.com