Tutti Frutti Farms – Santa Ynez Valley, California
They’re a family business located in Central California. Owner Chris Cadwell is a fifth generation farmer, and they started farming on fourteen acres of hillside property in Carpinteria, planting a variety of fruit trees. They named the farm “Tutti Frutti” (Italian for “All Fruits”), and soon branched out into growing produce for the coastal communities of Southern California. From the start they believed in organic growing practices and have always followed those guidelines. In 1990, they moved family and farm to Santa Rosa Road, a more remote piece of land between Buellton and Lompoc. Over the years, their farming operation has grown to about 300 acres. Tutti Frutti Farms grows a variety of organic vegetables, from heirloom tomatoes and peppers to cool weather crops, like artichokes, peas and greens.
Finley Farms – Santa Ynez Valley, California
“Chris and Johanna Brown, owners of Finley Farms, are a young, enthusiastic couple growing gorgeous produce on their small farm in Los Olivos. We love their heirloom tomatoes, heirloom cucumbers and fresh flowers.”
Roots Organic Farm – Santa Ynez Valley, California
Jacob Grant, a 41-year-old California native, started Roots in 2002, and it’s small even for a small farm, with only 10-15 acres planted at one time. In a very short time, Roots gained favor for its sweet carrots, tomatoes, lettuce, and melons. On a bicycle tour across the U.S., Grant fully realized his passion for farming. While cycling through hundreds of miles of corn and soybean crops in the Midwest, he came upon a farmer, also on a bicycle, and they struck up a conversation. Right after he finished that bike trip is when he got back into hands-on farming. It was late 2002 when he rented a five-acre parcel and Los Olivos Organic Roots was born. By putting in 10-hour days, six days a week, with part-time help during the summer, he was able to make enough to support himself the first year. Each year he added another acre until he was leasing a 15-acre plot with a barn.