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Local Strawberry Growers

By Elena Baggot on May 3, 2016 11:26 AM

It’s local strawberry season—and at New Leaf Community Markets, we think that’s cause for celebration. Sweet treats, picked at their peak and delivered directly from the farm to you. Meet some of our fantastic local strawberry (among other produce) growers!

Swanton Berry Farm

Swanton Berry Farm, located right on Highway One in Davenport, is well known on the Central Coast and has been selling to New Leaf from the beginning. The farm was founded in 1983 by Jim Cochran and Mark Matze. In 1987, Swanton became the very first certified organic strawberry farm in California. The Chandler strawberry, is well known for its amazing complexity of flavor and it’s the main variety grown by Swanton. Traditionally, it only yields about 2/3 as much fruit, but it sure is delicious.

ALBA Organics

ALBA (Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association) is a unique local program that generates opportunities for farm workers and limited-resource, aspiring farmers to grow and sell crops from two organic farms in Monterey County. Historically they have had difficulty prospering because of language and cultural barriers, lack of resources, institutional exclusion and a historical lack of government support and engagement. ALBA works to help these farmers overcome these barriers and create opportunities for them to benefit from organic farming techniques and establish new markets.

Tomatero Organic Farm

Located in Watsonville, Tomatero Organic Farm has been certified organic by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) from the start in 2004. They grow many different varieties of fruit and veggies such as: tomatoes, strawberries, brassicas, greens, peppers, squash, melons and root vegetables. They use beneficial plants, insects and native hedgerows to increase their soil fertility and rotate their crops year-round because ‘good soil grows good vegetables’. This local farm also provides steady, year-round employment and exceeds fair wage requirements.

Live Earth Farms

Live Earth Farm is a small family farm in Green Valley nestled along the southern foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains near the Pacific Ocean. The moderate coastal climate of the Monterey Bay allows them to farm year-round. Since 1996 they have been a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Farm committed to growing the most delicious, beautiful, high quality organic vegetables and fruit the land has to offer. Live Earth treats their farm as a living organism, and believe in developing a deeper connection with the earth, the community, and environment around them.

JSM Organic Farms

This small, organic farm grows unique varieties of organically grown fruits, vegetables and flowers. They are well known for their berries—strawberries, blackberries and raspberries—but also grown ethnic produce varieties such as jicamas, verdolagas, papalo, and chilacayote. Javier Zamora, owner of JSM Organic Farms, focuses on addressing the absence of healthy local produce in his community of Watsonville by growing these ethnic produce varieties that would meet the food customs of Latino cultures. Javier trained at the Agriculture & Land-Based Training Association (ALBA) in Salinas and he is now a successful farm owner and sells his high quality organic produce all over the Central Coast.  

View our recipe page and discover new ways to use strawberries!

 

Note: due to the erratic Central Coast weather we’ve been experiencing lately, strawberries seasons is suffering slightly due to the rain. Stay tuned for more information!



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Every New Leaf Community Market has a Wellness Department chockfull of tried-and-true products to nourish you inside and out. You’ll find supplements, skincare, cosmetics, fragrances, yoga accessories and more. ​Take a look! 

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Every New Leaf Community Market has a Wellness Department chockfull of tried-and-true products to nourish you inside and out. You’ll find supplements, skincare, cosmetics, fragrances, yoga accessories and more. ​Take a look! 

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Every New Leaf Community Market has a Wellness Department chockfull of tried-and-true products to nourish you inside and out. You’ll find supplements, skincare, cosmetics, fragrances, yoga accessories and more. ​Take a look! 

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Every New Leaf Community Market has a Wellness Department chockfull of tried-and-true products to nourish you inside and out. You’ll find supplements, skincare, cosmetics, fragrances, yoga accessories and more. ​Take a look! 

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Every New Leaf Community Market has a Wellness Department chockfull of tried-and-true products to nourish you inside and out. You’ll find supplements, skincare, cosmetics, fragrances, yoga accessories and more. ​Take a look! 

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Every New Leaf Community Market has a Wellness Department chockfull of tried-and-true products to nourish you inside and out. You’ll find supplements, skincare, cosmetics, fragrances, yoga accessories and more. ​Take a look! 

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Every New Leaf Community Market has a Wellness Department chockfull of tried-and-true products to nourish you inside and out. You’ll find supplements, skincare, cosmetics, fragrances, yoga accessories and more. ​Take a look! 

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Every New Leaf Community Market has a Wellness Department chockfull of tried-and-true products to nourish you inside and out. You’ll find supplements, skincare, cosmetics, fragrances, yoga accessories and more. ​Take a look! 

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Every New Leaf Community Market has a Wellness Department chockfull of tried-and-true products to nourish you inside and out. You’ll find supplements, skincare, cosmetics, fragrances, yoga accessories and more. ​Take a look! 

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Every New Leaf Community Market has a Wellness Department chockfull of tried-and-true products to nourish you inside and out. You’ll find supplements, skincare, cosmetics, fragrances, yoga accessories and more. ​Take a look! 

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Every New Leaf Community Market has a Wellness Department chockfull of tried-and-true products to nourish you inside and out. You’ll find supplements, skincare, cosmetics, fragrances, yoga accessories and more. ​Take a look! 

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Every New Leaf Community Market has a Wellness Department chockfull of tried-and-true products to nourish you inside and out. You’ll find supplements, skincare, cosmetics, fragrances, yoga accessories and more. ​Take a look! 

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Every New Leaf Community Market has a Wellness Department chockfull of tried-and-true products to nourish you inside and out. You’ll find supplements, skincare, cosmetics, fragrances, yoga accessories and more. ​Take a look! 

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Every New Leaf Community Market has a Wellness Department chockfull of tried-and-true products to nourish you inside and out. You’ll find supplements, skincare, cosmetics, fragrances, yoga accessories and more. ​Take a look! 

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Every New Leaf Community Market has a Wellness Department chockfull of tried-and-true products to nourish you inside and out. You’ll find supplements, skincare, cosmetics, fragrances, yoga accessories and more. ​Take a look! 

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Every New Leaf Community Market has a Wellness Department chockfull of tried-and-true products to nourish you inside and out. You’ll find supplements, skincare, cosmetics, fragrances, yoga accessories and more. ​Take a look! 

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Every New Leaf Community Market has a Wellness Department chockfull of tried-and-true products to nourish you inside and out. You’ll find supplements, skincare, cosmetics, fragrances, yoga accessories and more. ​Take a look! 

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Every New Leaf Community Market has a Wellness Department chockfull of tried-and-true products to nourish you inside and out. You’ll find supplements, skincare, cosmetics, fragrances, yoga accessories and more. ​Take a look! 

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Every New Leaf Community Market has a Wellness Department chockfull of tried-and-true products to nourish you inside and out. You’ll find supplements, skincare, cosmetics, fragrances, yoga accessories and more. ​Take a look! 

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Every New Leaf Community Market has a Wellness Department chockfull of tried-and-true products to nourish you inside and out. You’ll find supplements, skincare, cosmetics, fragrances, yoga accessories and more. ​Take a look! 

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Every New Leaf Community Market has a Wellness Department chockfull of tried-and-true products to nourish you inside and out. You’ll find supplements, skincare, cosmetics, fragrances, yoga accessories and more. ​Take a look! 

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Every New Leaf Community Market has a Wellness Department chockfull of tried-and-true products to nourish you inside and out. You’ll find supplements, skincare, cosmetics, fragrances, yoga accessories and more. ​Take a look! 

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Every New Leaf Community Market has a Wellness Department chockfull of tried-and-true products to nourish you inside and out. You’ll find supplements, skincare, cosmetics, fragrances, yoga accessories and more. ​Take a look! 

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Every New Leaf Community Market has a Wellness Department chockfull of tried-and-true products to nourish you inside and out. You’ll find supplements, skincare, cosmetics, fragrances, yoga accessories and more. ​Take a look! 

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Every New Leaf Community Market has a Wellness Department chockfull of tried-and-true products to nourish you inside and out. You’ll find supplements, skincare, cosmetics, fragrances, yoga accessories and more. ​Take a look! 

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Every New Leaf Community Market has a Wellness Department chockfull of tried-and-true products to nourish you inside and out. You’ll find supplements, skincare, cosmetics, fragrances, yoga accessories and more. ​Take a look! 

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Every New Leaf Community Market has a Wellness Department chockfull of tried-and-true products to nourish you inside and out. You’ll find supplements, skincare, cosmetics, fragrances, yoga accessories and more. ​Take a look! 

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Every New Leaf Community Market has a Wellness Department chockfull of tried-and-true products to nourish you inside and out. You’ll find supplements, skincare, cosmetics, fragrances, yoga accessories and more. ​Take a look! 

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Every New Leaf Community Market has a Wellness Department chockfull of tried-and-true products to nourish you inside and out. You’ll find supplements, skincare, cosmetics, fragrances, yoga accessories and more. ​Take a look! 

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Every New Leaf Community Market has a Wellness Department chockfull of tried-and-true products to nourish you inside and out. You’ll find supplements, skincare, cosmetics, fragrances, yoga accessories and more. ​Take a look! 

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Every New Leaf Community Market has a Wellness Department chockfull of tried-and-true products to nourish you inside and out. You’ll find supplements, skincare, cosmetics, fragrances, yoga accessories and more. ​Take a look!