Happy Boy Farms

Photo courtesy of robinjolin.com

Location: Freedom, CA

http://www.happyboyfarms.com/

Happy Boy Farms is located near Watsonville and also tends to multiple plots of land located in neighboring counties. Farm owner Greg Beccio has been growing organically for over 20 years in the central coast region of northern California. Each field has a unique microclimate and soil structure, creating a multitude of growing conditions for their wide array of row crops chosen and planted specifically for each region and the changing seasons. The achievements and prolonged existence of the farm are directly due to the dedication and enthusiasm of the Happy Boy employees, some of whom have been with the farm since its beginning, well over a decade ago.

All of Happy Boy's crops are harvested, washed and packed by hand. They personally deliver this produce to farmers' markets, local restaurants, and grocery locations throughout the greater bay area, always at the peak of freshness. Signature crops include pre-washed baby mixed salad greens with edible flowers, tender leafy greens, juicy specialty melons, flavorful heirloom and dry-farmed tomatoes as well as potatoes, sweet potatoes, specialty peppers and many unique varieties of summer squash and bunched herbs.

A Happy Farm Makes Happy Produce: Farm Profile Featuring Happy Boy Farms

Happy Boy Farms returned to Mission Community Market two weeks ago, bringing their bags of lettuce, buckets of tomatoes, and fresh stance on organic produce with them. The farm is remarkable because of its variety––in the summertime, Happy Boy sells from over 200 acres worth of production. These acres vary in climate and geography; because the farm grows on multiple fields in multiple counties, some of Happy Boy’s fields are hot and dry, while others get coastal breezes even in …

Mercado Kitchen: Mushroom Quiche

Stop by the Far West Fungi stall at the market to explore an amazing array of organic mushrooms. They are happy to share recipe ideas and give advice for how to use their more exotic mushroom varieties. For this week’s mushroom quiche, they recommended creamy, buttery king trumpets and firm, crunchy maitakes. To round out the mushroom flavor, we also tossed in some earthy crimini mushrooms. The mushrooms in this quiche are complemented by mild, creamy Broncha cheese from Achadinha Cheese …

Mercado Kitchen: Creamy Greens Soup

The market is a great place to stock up on organic greens! Grab a variety of healthy greens, from kale and chard to collards and dandelion greens, available by the bunch from Blue House Farm and Happy Boy Farms. And at 3 bunches for $5, it’s a great deal! These farms also frequently sell spinach, lettuces, and beets, which usually contain free greens as an added bonus! Wondering what to do with all those greens? Here is a simple recipe for a …

Spotted at MCM: Three Babes Bakeshop

The sassy duo behind the organic, seasonal pies from Three Babes Bakeshop were spotted shopping at the market last Thursday. They picked up delicious berries from Yerena Farms (above) and sugar pie pumpkins from Blue House Farm (below). Anna and Lenore can be found shopping at Mission Community Market every week – both for their pie business and to buy groceries for their apartment. They love that they get to see many of their friends from the SF food community there. They have been …