Local, Sustainable Practices, Organic
Buying the best tasting produce is intrinsically bound with where and how the food is grown. By using small, local farms, we have not only a better understanding of where your food comes from because of our personal relationship with each and every farm, but we are also able to get you the most recently picked produce available. This means it's going to be picked ripe and still be fresh by the time it gets to you. We buy Organic produce whenever possible, but always try and find farmers who are farming mindfully and sustainably not only because it's better for your health and better for the environment, but we also feel that it tastes better.
We feel that being part of your greater community begins at home with your food, in your kitchen. Buying local produce, you can help support your community, local economy and environment all while enriching your own life and taking care of your health. This is a worthy cause but what does it mean exactly? Where do all those products come from? In the spirt of transparency we have done our best to provide you with the information you need in order to feel secure about your consumption choices. We have included an interactive Farm Map for reference.
Below is a complete list of all the farmers who supply Ceceilia's Gardens Farm Stand and the fruit and vegetables we use in our preserves. Our goal is to get all of our pickles, kimchi, jam and preserves certified organic. To that end we source from organic farms for the ingredients whenever possible. Some small farms have a tough time becoming Certified, so we do make exceptions with farmers who are offering a quality product that is grown in a sustainable manner.
Most of the Farms we source from are less than 100 miles away.
All farms are within 500 miles.
Josh has spent the past eight years personally getting to know and cultivating relationships with each one of our suppliers. Here is a little information about them.
Located in Watsonville/Castroville, CA. CERTIFIED ORGANIC (MCCO)
Apolinar (Poli) Yerena, born in Mexico to a four generation family of farmers. His family came to the United States in 1968 to work as strawberry pickers for Driscoll Farms. After working for Driscoll’s for 12 yeas, a portion of that time as share croppers, Poli and his brother Gilberto saved up money to lease their own land in Watsonville. They began growing their own strawberries conventionally in 1982. In response to market demand they began experimenting with organic growing in 2004 and had such good success that they fully transitioned their 17 acre farm to grow organic. Today Yerena farms is a family run farm, with Poli’s wife Silvia, their children all who are involved, along with a small dedicated staff, in the success of the business. For two decades they have been selling certified organic produce directly to consumers at farmer’s markets.
Farming Practices: Poli and his family truly love the land and the work that they do, which comes through in the sustainable practices they use to grow their produce. They use drip irrigation (a water saving system), beneficial insects for weed control, and hand weeding, black plastic and propane flame torches for weed control.
Ceceilia’s Gardens buys organic strawberries, blackberries, tayberries, snap beans, summer squash, and squash blossoms to use in our preserves and to sell at our farm stand.
Located in Linden, CA. CCOF & USDA CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Ferrari Farms is a 300 acre family run organic farm, located in the San Joaquin Valley. Wayne and his father started the farm together in 1963, growing organically for 25 years and getting certified organic by CCOF over 18 years ago. They were one of the originators in the organic movement, farming sustainably long before it became in style. Today Wayne, his wife Irene, and their two sons continue the family business. They take pride in their work, offering high quality and tasty peaches, nectarines, apples, apricots, plums, pluots, cherries, and walnuts. They actively put effort into making sure the consumer gets the best tasting, freshest fruit they can offer.
The Ferrari family has a hands on approach, from planting to harvest to processing, in order to ensure they provide the freshest fruit and nuts possible. Their commitment to quality and flavor over size and color can only be tasted. Their goal is to offer naturally wholesome fruits and nuts, while helping restore the land to its natural balance. They believe that by farming organically they are offering a natural healthy product, as well as doing their part to contribute to a more healthy environment.
Farming Practices: Ferrari Farms builds healthy soil though composting and the use of cover crops. Rich living soil is essential to the success of organic and sustainable farming. They also encourage natural predators and beneficial insects by providing habitat and introducing them to the farm. Black light traps and pheromone mating disruption are employed as pest control methods rather than chemical pesticides. Weed control is manual; includes mowing, discing, pulling and hoeing.
Ceceilia’s Gardens buys Apricots, Peaches, Nectarines, Plums, Pluots, Pomegranates, Persimmons (Fuyu), Apples, Almonds, Red & White Walnuts which we use in our preserves and sell at our farm stand.
Newcastle, CA. Sustainably Growing Practices
Started in 1912 by Japanese immigrants Yoshichika and Tomeo Nakae, Twin Peaks Orchards is located in Sierra Foothills in Newcastle. The area has been producing quality fruit since the late 1800’s. Once known as the fruit basket of the world, this area is an ideal climate for producing premium full flavored stone fruit. This family farm has managed to stay in business through generations and many challenges for over one hundred years by having a diversity of fruit tree and passion for farming and quality produce.
Farming Practices: Placer county has a climate naturally ideal for growing fruit trees. The variation in temperature and fast drainage from the hilly landscape produces fruit that is beautiful, firm and high in sugar content. All which account for delicious long lasting fruit. All the fruit is ripened on the tree then hand picked and hand sorted.
Ceceilia’s Gardens buys Apricots, Peaches, Nectarines, Plums, Pluots, Persimmons (Fuyu & Chocolate), Mandarines, Meyer Lemons, Blood Oranges, Kumquats, Mellow Gold Grapefruit which we use in our preserves and sell at our farm stand.
Located in San Juan Batista, CA. CCOF CERTIFIED ORGANIC.
Farming since 1980 on her parents cattle ranch, Grace Teresi now owns a small organic farm in San Juan Bautista. She offers a variety of vegetables and fruit in order to stay profitable year round. But her specialty are dry-farmed heirloom tomatoes. A method which requires growing tomatoes once the plant is developed without water. This produces smaller but much more flavorful tomatoes. Her goal is to offer produce for all different types of customers. At the end of a market day (Farmers Market), she will donate the excess fruit and salad mix to local churches.
Farming Practices: She works the farm every day, likening it to practicing and instrument. She says its a constant growing experience requiring the diligence to work every day and the reward is that you will learn a little more and get a little better at it each day.
Ceceilia’s Gardens buys Artichokes, Fava Beans, Summer Squash, Cauliflower, Heirloom Tomatoes, Dry Farmed Tomatoes, Blenheim Apricots, Fuyu Persimmons, Peppers, Flowers, Mandarines, Blood Oranges which we use in our preserves and sell at our farm stand.
Located in San Juan Batista, CA. CCOF CERTIFIED ORGANIC.
Two Dog Farm is practically the definition of a small family-run farm. Mark and Nibby Bartle started two Two Dog Farm in 2001. They are Certified Organic and have their farm of 19 acres in Davenport, a small seaside town in Santa Cruz County. Dedicated to high quality and delicious produce it is clear that Mark and Nibby have a passion for farming sustainably and for providing delicious produce to the public.
Unlike many of their competitors, Two Dog Farm never irrigates their tomatoes. They are able to do this because of a combination of the the farm’s proximity to the coast as well as its rich soil. Farming this way yields smaller fruit, but the taste makes up for the limits this method requires. Using the tomato variety called Early Girls have gotten the best results with dry farming, so Two Dog grows this variety exclusively. They let the tomatoes ripen on the vine which allows the tomato to developed the best, most complex flavor.
Farming Practices: Two Dog farm is certified organic through CCOF. They are proponents of growing food in a ecologically sustainable way. They grow a winter cover crop and rotate summer crops to improve soil fertility, using only natural fertilizers. They grow a variety of crops believing that crop diversity lends itself to healthier organic farm. They don’t use any GMO seeding and tractor and hand-weed their fields.
Ceceilia’s Gardens buys dry farm tomatoes which we use in our preserves and sell at our farm stand.