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Coke Farm

In 1981, a conventional farmer bet Dale Coke that he couldn’t grow organic strawberries. He has now been growing organic fruits and vegetables in Northern California for more than two decades. With a strong commitment to sustainability and good agricultural practices, Coke Farm prides itself in the quality produce, customer satisfaction, and the year-round employment that it provides to the local community. The planting and harvesting of dozens of crop varieties, seed crops, and the growing of specialty produce are a few of the examples of what Coke Farm does.

Originally started as a small planting of strawberries and snow peas, Coke Farm has evolved to a full-scale vegetable farm with over fifty crop varieties harvested each year. From Amaranth to Zucchini, Coke Farm’s produce can be found in local markets, renowned restaurants, and specialty stores throughout North America. Christine, Dale’s partner, focuses on helping smaller local farms with limited production sell their crops commercially, bringing a variety of rare West Coast specialties into Canada.

Today, in addition to growing and shipping their own produce, Coke Farm also cools, stores, and ships for several local organic farms.

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Crops

Lemons, Raspberries, Beans, Beets, Broccoflower, Burdock, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Daikon, Fennel, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Onions, Peas, Hot Peppers, Radishes, Rutabaga, Zucchini, Sunchokes, Turnips, Oranges, Nettles, Potatoes, Peppers, Squash, Artichokes, Asparagus, Brussels Sprouts, Leeks, Persimmons, Parsnips, Dandelions, Burdock, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Dill, Rapini, Tomatoes & Watercress

Location:

California, USA

Certification

CCOF

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Creekside Organics

Creekside Organics, Inc. is a licensed commission merchant specializing in exclusively marketing organic produce. Creekside is committed to aiding serious, well-established organic farmers bring their produce to market. Located in Bakersfield, CA, Creekside markets produce grown in the San Joaquin, Coachella and Salinas Valleys of California.

In 1999, Brenda began marketing organic fruits and vegetables for Pavich Family Farms.  A couple years later Brenda left Pavich Family Farms and brought with her a few of the vegetable growers that Pavich was no longer able to service and began working with Sierra Heights Marketing, now known as Homegrown Organic Farms. It was during her time working for Pavich Family Farms and Homegrown Organic Farms that Brenda began to develop relationships with organic farmers, wholesalers and retailers. After years of working for these companies, Brenda realized she could better fulfill the needs of organic farmers and her growing family by starting her own company. It was with this principle in mind that she and her business partner, Dennis Maul, created Creekside Organics, Inc. in the spring of 2011.  Creekside Organics, Inc. represents organic produce growers in the marketplace, facilitating the sales of organic produce between the farm and retailers, wholesalers and distributors, as a licensed commission merchant.

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Crops

Melons, Green Beans, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Celery, Eggplant, Bell Peppers, Zucchini & Squash

Location:

California, USA

Certification

CCOF

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Jacobs Farm – Del Cabo Organic

Having already created Jacobs Farm, a successful organic farming operation, and with a knack for developing niche markets, longtime organic farmers Larry Jacobs and Sandra Belin were confident in their vision for their next venture. In 1985, they encountered a community of struggling, subsistence-level farmers in Mexico, and the Del Cabo cooperative was conceived.

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Forstbauer Family Farms

Forstbauer Farm is a large Certified Organic vegetable producer, supplying three wholesalers with beets, sugar pumpkins, cucumbers, zucchini, beans, chard and a wide variety of other vegetables. Mary and her husband Hans have managed to run it and also raise twelve children, an accomplishment in and of itself.

The farm is certified organic with the Biodynamic Association of BC, which Mary is very involved with. She is also the driving force behind the BC Certified Organic check mark logo. The check mark is used by farms that are certified by a BC certifying body as a way of distinguishing homegrown produce on store shelves.

If that wasn’t enough, Mary also runs farm stands at several Lower Mainland farmers’ markets, bringing early spring greens and over-winter crops in June and maintaining the booth all the way into October with potatoes, pickling cukes, freshly dug carrots and bunch beets, rainbow chard and Asian greens.

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Crops

Green Beans, Cucumbers, Kohlrabi, Zucchini, Squash & Frozen Blueberries

Location:

Chilliwack, BC

Certification

BCARA

BCARA

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Harker’s Organics

“That’s my brothers in our first fruit stand right here on this spot…that must have been in the 50’s…see they’ve got a tomato, an oversized cucumber and three apples for sale,” Bruce laughs at the now faded black and white blow up hanging in the rafters of their landmark roadside stand. Bruce and Kathy Harker were some of the first in the Similkameen Valley to turn to organics. The area is now the Organic Capital of Canada, with over 80 certified organic orchardists, ground-croppers and vineyards. Both the Harkers and their neighbors the Nugterens are conservation partners with The Land Conservancy, getting involved in restoring native vegetation and protecting their part of the incredible valley.

Bruce and Kathy lived in Vancouver until they moved to Cawston to work the land that Bruce’s grandparents had worked. Fourth generation Harkers are now busy harvesting heirloom tomatoes, hot peppers, specialty squash and bins and bins of apples and pears. The Harker’s coordinate the packing and handling of tree fruit for many other area farmers, who pack, market and ship to markets in Canada and the U.S. in their “Harvest Moon” boxes.

Troy and Sara Harker now run the day-to-day operations overseeing the farm and the wholesale operations. They work with many of the growers in the Similkameen and Okanagan insuring high quality and superb service with everything they do.

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Crops

Apples, Apricots, Cherries, Gooseberries, Melons, Nectarines, Peaches, Pears, Plums, Green Beans, Eggplant, Basil, Onions, Bell Peppers, Hot Peppers, Zucchini, Squash & Tomatoes

Location:

Cawston, BC

Certification

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 Salmon Safe

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Heger Organic Farms

During the winter months, the Imperial Valley in Southern California grows an estimated 80% of the US’ vegetable supply. Heger Farms was the first organic farm in the region and today produces over 50 kinds of fruits and veggies. In the winter they grow a variety of winter vegetables including broccoli, cauliflower and greens. Their spring crop includes corn, melons, onions and peppers.

Crops

Melons, Arugula, Beets, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Cabbages, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Cilantro, Collards, Corn, Fennel, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Onions, Parsley & Zucchini

Location:

California, USA

Certification

QAI

QAI

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J.W. Produce

JW Produce is a 100 acre farm located just outside of Watsonville, California. They started with little more than a garden, selling from a small farm stand by the roadside and from these humble beginnings, have become a favorite local supplier within their own community and abroad. At JW Produce they believe in eliminating toxic loads from our fruits, farms, and bodies. They want to build strong, healthy soil to help produce better, richer, more natural tasting food.

JW Produce is a major sponsor of Amatitenses LV, an organization in Jalisco, Mexico. Amatitense is a shelter that helps women seek an escape from violence and gives them shelter, food, guidance, and counseling. JW Produce donates funds on a monthly basis and are seeking new ways to create revenue to donate to the Amatitense shelter. You can also directly visit the Amatitense website at http://amatitenseslv.com/

Crops

Melons, Raspberries, Strawberries, Green Beans, Cabbages, Carrots, Celery Root, Cucumbers, Fennel, Peas, Hot Peppers, Zucchini, Squash, Turnips & Sweet Potatoes

Location:

California, USA

Certification

ASCO

ASCO

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Secrest Organics – Covert Farms

Some laughed when George Covert bought this desert-like piece of land back in 1959 – but he, his son, and eventually grandson have grown Covert Farms into a cornerstone in organic farming. The family name is well known across numerous provinces with restaurateurs and grocers alike.

After three generations of Coverts managing 130+ acres of ground crops, in 2014 Gene Covert (third generation farmer) turned his focus on winemaking and leased organic food growing to Secrest Organics at Covert Farms. Terry, owner of Secrest Organics, has been leading our organics production for a number of years; we consider Terry and his family to be part of the extended Covert family.

Today Covert Farms remains a leader in quality organic fruit and vegetable growing in the Okanagan through Secrest Organics – a major shipper of fresh field tomatoes, sweet onions, sweet corn, muskmelons and table grapes. Secrest Organics at Covert Farms supplies fruit stands and major wholesalers in western Canada, while continuing the tradition of offering fresh produce to the retail public. Our goal is to support a healthy community and help grow agri-tourism in the South Okanagan.

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Crops

Grapes, Melons, Nectarines, Peaches, Strawberries, Beets, Carrots, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Amaranth, Purslane, Onions, Bell Peppers, Hot Peppers, Potatoes, Zucchini, Squash, Tomatoes & Tomatillos

Location:

Oliver, BC

Certification

PACS

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Salmon Safe

 

 

 

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Something Good / John Givens Farm

John Givens’ coastal community’s unique climate helps their farm maintain vibrant, sustainable lands which support animals and insects and provide open breathing space. Along with the wonderful climate, they are blessed with rich soil and gentle topography, all of which contribute to consistently excellent growing years.

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Crops

Strawberries, Green Beans, Beets, Carrots, Celery, Cilantro, Cucumbers, Dandelions, Dill, Fennel, Kohlrabi, Mustard, Onions, Parsley, Peas, Bell Peppers, Radishes, Squash, Zucchini & Tomatoes

Location:

California, USA

Certification

CCOF

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