Farms We Work With

We at Market Hall Produce strive to provide our customers with the freshest, most delicious produce we can, daily. In additon to buying from local Bay Area produce markets, we also buy direct from 15-20 different farms within a 150 mile radius.

We work off and on with these farms, because of the seasonality of their produce, and after working with these farms for many years, we trust their opinions on the quality of their current crops and make our decisions from there. Many of these farms are family-owned and operated, so in the interest of supporting small farming and the local economy, we'd like to tell you a little bit about them.

Blue Heron Farms

Watsonville, CA - 85 miles from Oakland
Certified Organic by CCOF
Member CAFF (Community Alliance with Family Farmers)

Blue Heron Farms grows produce and flowers in rotation on their farm. They also utilize drop and overhead irrigation from a well on the property, which conserves water and boosts flavor. Owners Lori Perry and Dennis Tamura work the farm along with a dedicated crew of fifteen employees.

Year-round Produce: Green onions, green kale, dino kale and red radishes.
Seasonal Produce: Basil, broccoli, collard greens, fennel, gem lettuces, red & green butter lettuce and red & green leaf lettuce.

Devoto's Gardens

Devoto Gardens Logo 1Sebastopol, CA - 59 miles from Oakland
Founded in 1976, Certified Organic by CCOF

Stan and Susan Devoto are both from El Cerrito, CA and farm with their three daughters. The Devoto family shares a passion for slow food, sustainability and the beauty and preservation of heirloom apple varieties. They run a "DTC" (direct to customer) business, Stan Devoto delivers their product personally to stores, farmers markets and restaurants. He wants to make the connection with his customers to be their grower and not just any grower and to put a face on his product.

Seasonal Apple Varieties: Arkansas Black, Gala, Gravenstein, Hawaiian, Ida Red, Jonagold, Jonathan, Mutsu, Pink Flush, Pippin and Winter Banana.

Full Belly Farms

Full Belly Farm Logo 1Guinda, CA - 92 miles from Oakland
Certified Organic by CCOF
Member CAFF (Community Alliance with Family Farmers)

Full Belly Farms participates in many outreach activities including educational tours, school group visits and their annual "Hoes Down Harvest Festival." These activites stress the importance of empowered decisions made by family farmers and the essentual role of small family farms in supporting the local economy.

Year-round Produce: Broccoli, chard and spinach.
Seasonal Produce: Cayenne pepper, green garlic, leeks, sierra lettuce and spring onions.

Gabriel Farms

Sebastopol, CA - 59 miles from Oakland
Member CAFF (Community Alliance with Family Farmers)

Gabriel Farms is a traditional family farm in the truest sense: the owners live, work and raise their family on the farm. Because the Gabriel Family is dedicated to sharing the process of growing their fruit with the folks who ultimately enjoy it, they encourage everyone who eats their fruit to visit the farm at least once.

Seasonal Produce: Asian pears.

Goldbud Farms

Goldbud Farms Logo 2Placerville, CA - 123 miles from Oakland

Ron Mansfield, owner of Goldbud Farms, attributes the size and flavor of his fruit to: 1 - Farming in high elevation provides a day to night climate variation that causes the fruit to grown more slowly and be sweeter, 2 - He carefully selects each variety of fruit to be planted at specific altitudes that will best foster their particular growing cycle and 3 - The volcanic soil of the foothills is rich in minerals that accentuates the fruit and gives it a noticeable glow.

Seasonal Produce: Fuji apples, Mutsu apples, French butter pears, white peaches, yellow peaches, Indian peaches, Friar plums, Rosemary plums, Elephant Heart plums, white nectarines and yellow nectarines.

Happy Boy Farms

Happy Boy Farm Logo 1Plots in Watsonville, CA (85 miles from Oakland), Chowchilla, CA (137 miles from Oakland) and Hollister, CA (86 miles from Oakland)
Certified Organic by CCOF
Member CAFF (Community Alliance with Family Farmers)

Happy Boy Farms uses their own organic compost, produced on-site, to nourish their plants. Most weeding and harvesting is done by hand, to ensure gentle handling and to keep vegetables free from harmful pesticides that are used on larger conventional farms. Greg Biccio, owner, expresses Happy Boy Farms' farming beliefs and practices: "We enjoy the challenge of farming, including the interaction and satisfaction of working with the consumers concerned with our produce, who are aware of how and where their food is produced. We believe in producing food free from pesticides and caring for the environment."

Year-round Produce: Breakfast radishes, Cipollini onions, rainbow chard, red & gold beets and yellow & red onions
Seasonal Produce: Dry-farmed tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, Padrone peppers, snap peas and summer squash.

Happy Quail Farms

Happy Quail Farms Logo 1East Palo Alto, CA - 31 miles from Oakland

David Winsberg, owner of Happy Quail Farms, farms all of his crops on only two acres of land. Winsberg is resonsible for bringing the flavorful Pimientos de Padron from Spain to the California market. Happy Quail is one of the only commercial farms left on the Peninsula, which was once home to a rich agricultural and chicken cooperative tradition prior to the Silicon Valley tech boom.

Seasonal Produce: Pimientos de Padron.

Kaki Farm

Gridley, CA - 128 miles from Oakland
Certified Organic by CCOF

Kaki Farms employs four people year-round and an additional five family members work on the farm including the owner, Nicaso Soria, his sister, nieces and nephews. It is this small-knit operation to which they attribute the flavor and high quality of their produce. A flock of about 600 chickens are pastured on the farm and they use their manure to fertilize their crops. They also supplement their chickens’ food with fruit and vegetable scraps from the farm.

Seasonal Produce: Blood oranges, grapefruit, Fuyu persimmons, Hachiya persimmons and walnuts.

Knoll's Farms

Knoll Organics Logo 1Brentwood, CA - 45 miles from Oakland
Member CAFF (Community Alliance with Family Farmers)

Knoll's Farms is located in Brentwood, where the weather allows a 12-month growing season. This means they can keep their farm in production year-round and employ eight to ten field hands plus one delivery driver full time. This kind of stable employment is rare on most farms.

Seasonal Produce: Bulk wild arugula, Black Mission figs, Kadota figs, Brown Turkey figs, Adriatic figs and green garlic.

Medina's Berry Farm

Watsonville, CA - 85 miles away from Oakland
Certified Organic by CCOF

Medina Berry Farms stretches across twenty-eight acres, with seven of those acred being dedicated to organic farming. Having grown berries for more than 30 years, the farm is now run by the second and third generation of Medinas, who are hoping to pass on the family legacy to the fourth generation.

Seasonal Berry Varieties: Blackberries, golden raspberries, strawberries and raspberries.

Miyashita Nursery

Watsonville, CA - 85 miles from Oakland
Member CAFF (Community Alliance with Family Farmers)

The Miyashita family started out growing greenhouse roses, but after the decline of domestic flower cultivation (when demand grew for cheaper, imported flowers), the Miyashita family changed gears. They now grow some of the finest, fresh greenhouse tomatoes in California.

Seasonal Produce: Heirloom tomatoes, Odoriko tomatoes and pink cherry tomatoes.

Molino Creek Farms

Davenport, CA - 75 miles from Oakland
Certified Organic by CCOF

Molino Creek Farms was founded by a close-knit network of several families to preserve traditional family farming practices that are so essential to local economies. They define and practice organic farming as a "long-term, long-sighted process" and have famous, wonderfully flavorful dry-farmed tomatoes to show for it. 

Seasonal Produce: Molino Creek Dry-farmed Tomatoes

Taylor Brother Farms

Taylor Brothers Farms Logo 1Yuba City, CA - 113 miles from Oakland
Certified Organic by CCOF

The Earl family started farming in 1916 and passed down the farm from generation to generation. To keep current with agricultural practices and be environmentally conscious, Taylor Brother Farms minimizes the use of equipment to travel through the orchards. This reduces soil compaction and preserves fuel, which lowers greenhouse gas emissions. The farm also uses solar panel power to reduce their dependence on commercial power.

Year-round Produce: Prunes and prune juice.

Terra Firma Farms

Terra Firma Farms Logo 1Winters, CA - 63 miles from Oakaland
Certified Organic by CCOF
Member CAFF (Community Alliance with Family Farmers)

Terra Firma Farms is committed to providing sustainable employment: they provide year-round, full-time employment for their workers and employ roughly ten times as many people per acres as most farms in their region. Terra Firma Farms is as much about its people as it is its produce: they support dozens of employees (some of whom have been with them since the beginning) and their people become a part of their farm and their personalities come to define their jobs.

Year-round Produce: Broccoli, yellow onions, potatoes, beets and sweet peppers.
Seasonal Produce: Corn, mandarins, Sharlyn melons, Orange Honeydew melons, Galia melons, Goddess melons, Early Girl tomatoes, Sun Gold cherry tomatoes and heirloom tomatoes.

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