I just returned from four days in California, where I toured citrus farms with our friends from Organically Grown Company and produce managers from various co-ops in the Pacific Northwest. We started in Los Angeles and snaked our way through Ojai, up to the San Joaquin Valley, and ended up in San José.
You know WHAT we do at Marlene’s: provide you the freshest, most delicious organic produce available from the most ethical farms. Well, we never forget WHY we do it. It’s because we care about our planet, the workers on the farms, our customers and their children, and people like Lisle and Mary Lou Babcock.
Lisle and Mary Lou Babcock are the primary growers for Buck Brand produce grown in the foothills of the San Joaquin Valley. The Babcocks grow a wide variety of oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit, pomelos, tangerines, kumquats, and more. As they proudly state on their website, they are organic growers who utilize processes unlike any other packing houses in the industry, yielding fruit “unlike anything you have ever sunk your teeth in.”
The first block of navel oranges grown in the San Joaquin Valley are still producing fruit on Lisle’s farm. They were planted in 1905!
I was impressed with the simple but thorough methods they use to process their amazingly delicious fruit. As Lisle told us, “Our packing house has all modern equipment: our bagging machine was modern in 1950 and our sorting machine was modern in 1915.”
Next month I’ll share more pictures and stories of my trip and the amazing farmers I met there.
Don’t BUCK this Trend!
by Joe McInnis