Blossom Hill Packing/Lucich and Santos Farms have specialized in growing apricots for the past 35 years. Located in Patterson, CA, the family has been farming for more than 90 years and takes great pride in providing good-tasting, high-quality fruit to its customers. This grower-shipper has more than 15 apricot varieties planted for the fresh market, as well as conventional and organic peaches, nectarines, cherries, pluots and apriums. About 120 acres of the farms’ 800 acres are certified organic, and they are working to certify another 80 acres in the coming years. They also maintain a five-acre experimental block to test new varieties and hybrids of cherries, pluots, apriums and the peacotum, a cross between peach, apricot and plum.
Since 1983, Montana Monster Munchies has produced a wheat-free cookie with oats as the main attraction in its renowned cookie lines. The more we looked at the oats the more we were intrigued with its pure state qualities. It is a gluten-free (GF) grain in its pure state, and if it weren’t for the cross-contamination that occurs in the large/commercial oat growing, harvesting and milling process; oats would be at the top of the grain food chain of GF items.
It’s exotic, exciting, adventurous... It’s also warm, relaxing and friendly. Portuguese sailors discovered Mozambique on one of the many stops they made to replenish supplies while on their way to the spice-rich countries in the East and Far East. Its coastline is rich in tropical fruits, seafood and other staples needed for the long days and nights at sea...and it was here that they discovered a little known spice called Peri-Peri.
Naumes Inc. was established in 1946 by Joe Naumes and Steve Nye after both men returned from active duty in World War II. Joe, having served in the Pacific with the Navy and Steve in Europe with the Army. Originally established as a packing company called Nye and Naumes Co. Inc., it eventually acquired orchards and soon packed only its own product. The company was now farming nearly 7,500 acres.