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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Apricot Lane Farms

Moorpark, California

Apricot Lane Farms is a 234-acre organic- and biodynamic-certified farm in Moorpark, California. Farmers John and Molly Chester brought their farm’s soil back to life, and now they grow more than 200 varieties of fruits and vegetables! You can learn more about their farm in the documentary The Biggest Little Farm.

Bernard Ranch

Riverside, California

Husband-wife duo Vince and Vicki Bernard are true family farmers, and they planted their first citrus trees at Bernard Ranch in 1984. Their orchards produce mouthwatering Frost Valencia oranges, Kishu mandarins, Star Ruby grapefruits, and more! The Bernards use easy-on-the-land organic farming practices without organic certification.

Farmer in hoop house

Better Produce

Santa Maria, California

Better Produce is an organic-certified, family-owned fruit and vegetable grower, shipper, and distributor. Juan Cisneros and his family partner with independent growers to farm conventional and organic produce like berries, peppers, and squash in Santa Maria, California.

Bonita Farms

Multiple sites in San Bernardino County, California

Farmer Leo Diaz grew up in Mexico and now grows sweet fruit and delicious vegetables in San Bernardino County alongside his brother and cousins. They supply The FruitGuys with beautiful strawberries, bell peppers, broccoli, carrots, and more.

Double Date

Coachella, California

Date farmer Steven Gilfenbain founded Double Date so that he could pack and ship his farm’s Medjool dates to customers in a more efficient and eco-friendly way. Today, Double Date grows conventional and organic dates and packs them at its facility in Coachella, California.

Friend’s Ranches

Ojai, California

At Friend’s Ranches, fourth-generation farmer Emily Ayala’s family grows Ojai Pixie tangerines so delicious they’ve been served at the White House three times! Emily has provided Ojai Pixies to The FruitGuys for more than two decades through Ojai Pixie Packers.

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