4.2.2012

Deardorff Family Farms – Locally Grown Strawberries

by John Savidan, Director of Produce Merchandising

deardorff farms locally grown strawberries handdeafdorff family farm oxnard californiaThis year for Easter, Bristol Farms has hopped right over to our own beautiful backyard of lovely Oxnard, California. We are partnered with Deardorff Family Farms, a fully sustainable, California grower that has been delivering Southern Californians great tasting, organic, family farmed fruits and vegetables for 75 years!   We are happy to feature their tasty, fresh-picked, ripe strawberries as a delicious springtime treat!

Oxnard, California, a sunny growing region along the coastal highway 101 just north of Los Angeles, is one of the strawberry capioals of the USA.  Due to a Mediterranean climate, and 350 cool, breezy, sunny days a year, this part of California’s “Golden Coast” is home to over 8500 acres of strawberries.  Oxnard even hosts an annual Strawberry Festival every June!

Adventurous travelers who drive through the Oxnard area in springtime will be treated to the aroma fresh berries ripening all along the various farm roads between the coastal mountains and the rolling waves of the Pacific Ocean.  We bring the berry patch right into our stores, offering farm stand fresh flavor from the fine folks at Deardorff Family Farms, one of Ventura County’s longest running family farming operations.

We like to take the biggest and plumpest of the strawberries and cover them in our favorite dark and milk chocolate, dip and design them in fun creative designs, and add them to the family’s Easter baskets.  Chocolate and strawberries just can’t be beat!  Beautifully decorated chocolate covered strawberries are the kind of Easter eggs you can really sink your teeth into!

Just like the fragrant flowering blooms and the accompanying cool breezy days, the sweet, locally grown strawberries of spring are a tempting treat not to be missed!  Come in and enjoy!

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