Our Farmers

We proudly source more than 40 percent of the produce for our Farm-to-School Program from local California farms! Many of our farm partners are from multi-generation farming families, and several are women, BIPOC, or from other marginalized communities. 

The FruitGuys has been building long-term relationships with California farms since 1998. 

Below, you’ll find the stories of just a few of our many farm partners. We’re proud to call these folks our friends, and to work with them to bring your students the freshest, healthiest, most beautiful fruits and veggies around.

Farm Stories

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Sweet Valley Produce

Merced, California

Sweet Valley Produce is a woman- and BIPOC-owned farm that also sells produce for other small family farms. Founder Angelica Estrada and her team grow a rainbow of sweet potatoes and source local apples, strawberries, and more from their friends.

Shanley farms team in the trees

Shanley Farms

Morro Bay and Visalia, California

Jim Shanley started farming in 1998 with a plot of avocados in Morro Bay, California. Today, he runs Shanley Farms with his daughter, Megan Shanley Warren! They grow unique and delicious finger limes, avocados, goji berries, passion fruit, and more on two sites—one in Morro Bay and one in Visalia.

Homegrown Organic Farms

Porterville, California

Homegrown Organic Farms is a cooperative company representing over 100 organic farmers. Its farms span more than 7,000 acres in California’s San Joaquin Valley and grow organic blueberries, citrus, stone fruit, pomegranates, persimmons, grapes, and more.

Rocking Chair Farm Markets

Kingsburg, California

Blake and Lisa Carlson have grown stone fruit on their family farm in Kingsburg since 1984, and many of their workers have been with them since the beginning. They’ve supplied The FruitGuys with juicy nectarines, peaches, and plums since 2007.

Olson Family Farms

Kingsburg, California

The Olson family has farmed in Kingsburg, California, for an impressively long time—since 1889! The Olsons have used organic practices since day one (since before we even used the word organic!) and today their farm grows at least seventy-five varieties of certified organic stone fruit, including peaches, plums, apricots, and nectarines.

Family in the orange groves, kids holding fruit

Kings River Packing

Sanger, California

Kings River Packing dates back to 1853 when farmers William and Mary Hazelton settled in California’s Central Valley. Eight generations on, the family is still growing, packing, and shipping organic and conventional citrus, including fun varieties like Raspberry Oranges ® and Minneola tangelos.

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