Fresh Gardens is a family owned and operated farm by the Petrucci Family - in the historic Redland growing area in Dade County, Florida. They have over 1000 tropical trees on their farm.
Robert Petrucci, "Farmer Bob" as he prefers to be called, says it is his job to introduce you to and get you excited about exotic tropical fruits. Fresh Gardens specializes in golden passion fruit, longans, lychees, guava, carambola, and dragon fruit - though they have other unique tropical fruit varieties in addition to these.
So if you buy cherries from Glacier Farms, how fresh is fresh? Within 48 hours of being hand-picked every cherry has made its way from the tree to its prospective market in Italy, France, Canada, United States, Germany, England or China. Currently they bring to your market 35 acres worth of Lapins, Sweetheart, and Rainier cherries. Soon though, they will also carry later varieties which will be available in 2012. Since their primary focus is on the largest and sweetest cherries, every June Herring will have half of the crop hand-thinned to allow the remaining cherries more room to grow and less competition for nutrients and sunlight for optimal growth and sweetness. Is your mouth watering yet? Mine is!
Spread over 3,500 acres of lush, fertile farmlands in California and Oregon, each of the 40-plus USDA organic-certified growers brings something different to the table at Homegrown Organic Farms (HGO). Local growers who are as diverse as the various fruits and vegetables they harvest, they also have unique stories to tell of why each switched to organic farming—whether for health, economic or environmental reasons. A fundamental philosophical shift to grow natural, tasty food without using chemicals HGO’s goal to provide food safety and transparency to consumers requires: 1) USDA organic certification for all produce and 2) welcoming unannounced third-party organic certifiers to visit their farms.