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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Stehly Farms Organics

Valley Center, California

Stehley Farms Organics is a 278-acre organic farm that has been in the Stehley family since 1964. Brothers Jerome and Noel Stehly run the orchards today, and they supply The FruitGuys with delicious organic citrus including pucker-you-up lemons and sweet Valencia oranges.

Rancho Charada

Redlands, California

Rancho Charanda is a three-acre farm in Redlands, California. Farmer Paul Rodriguez grows citrus, avocados, sugarcane, and chile peppers, plus Native foods like cactus paddles, prickly pear, and cholla. The farm received a sustainability project grant from The FruitGuys Community Fund in 2020.

Ojai Pixie Packers

Ojai, California

Ojai Pixie Packers is a family-owned cooperative representing about forty farms in California’s Ojai Valley, including Friend’s Ranches and Churchill Orchard. Its members grow, pack, and ship Ojai Pixie tangerines. These special fruits have an extra-sweet flavor and acidic top note thanks to the Ojai Valley’s unique microclimate. Every winter, we count down the days until their harvest!

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.

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.

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.

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