Catalino “Tito” Martinez, Chief Operations Officer was recently honored by being profiled on Cultivate California’s web site.
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It’s already been a very busy and unpredictable climate season since the change of the calendar to November, with the first real weather event coming on the heels of Halloween night. With all of the experts predicting significant systems to reach the area, and nearly a promise of the heavy rains that come with an El Nino, the times have rarely been this interesting with respect to the forecast. The curveballs from Mother Nature will make for a most interesting winter, as many farm related operations could be affected. Whatever circumstances might bring, there is no doubt that the hopeful snowpack in the Sierras will help alleviate drought issues throughout the Central Valley. We are all buckled up and ready for whatever this wild ride brings us.
The team at Val-Mar Farms continues to push forward with more items grown Certified Organic by the CCOF. We are proud to be back this winter with organic cauliflower (pictured) and will start to add a number of number of new winter veg items and leafy greens. “The time slot is a great compliment to our robust summer and fall programs, like sweet potatoes, onions and melons. This is our next frontier”, remarked Mike Valpredo. “We have such an ideal region and time slot for some of these items. It’s a matter of committing to the plan and understanding it will take a few years perhaps to learn how to get this really going in the right direction. Our farm team is ready to do all they can to make these new crops viable.”
The Bako Sweet brand has taken over the produce area at Sendik’s in Milwaukee, WI. This independent grocer carries Valpredo Farms onions, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, and steam bags. They even offer twice baked yams (actually Bako Sweet Potatoes) in their deli. Visit their website for locations.
As Duke Dodder surveys the 2015 sweet onion crop for Country Sweet Produce it’s important to take pride in our origins. The Valpredo family has been growing onions in this ground since 1964, when John and his two sons Don and Jon took the big first step into this eventual staple item for the company. We’ve expanded to having one of the most complete summer programs anywhere in the Central Valley, growing for many outside groups as well as ourselves. Today we grow, harvest, store pack and sell a bandwidth of summer onions that includes yellows, whites, reds, sweets and the new flat Italian red. All onions are grown both conventionally and certified organic. Once Memorial Day passes in late May they will be harvesting again, and we’ll be back in the fields with hopeful glances like the one Duke shows above.