Location: Watsonville, CA
Tomatero Farm is located just south of Santa Cruz, and only about five miles from the California coast. Their farm has been certified organic since its start in 2004. The ranch is owned and managed by Chris and Adriana, who got started when they were in their early twenties. They had a youthful dream to be inspired by what they did for a living, and several years later their aspiration has blossomed into a thriving farm providing fresh, organic produce to food lovers all over the Bay Area.
The name "Tomatero" means "tomato picker" in Spanish and comes from a nickname Adriana’s Nicaraguan Grandmother bestowed on Chris during a sampling of how certain tomatoes tasted with the several different growing methods. The name just seemed to embody their farm's spirit: to learn how to grow wonderfully-flavored tomatoes. Adriana and Chris now try to bring that same spirit into everything they grow and do with their farm.
Tomatero Farm currently grows heirloom, dry-farmed early girl, green zebra, and cherry tomatoes, as well as greens, carrots, strawberries, brassicas, peppers, squash, melons, and root vegetables. They also raise chickens for eggs on several acres of rotating pasture.
Delicata squash are available at Tomatero Farm and Blue House Farm! These striped beauties are sometimes referred to as sweet potato squash because they taste sweet and creamy. As the name suggests, Delicata squash have delicate, edible skin making them very easy to prepare. No need to remove a thick skin like other squash varieties. Simply slice in half lengthwise, scoop out the seeds, roast with the skin on, and enjoy! The simplest preparation for Delicata is to slice each … →
Chef William and sous chef Connie from nearby Mission patisserie Craftsman and Wolves were spotted shopping at the Mission Community Market last Thursday. They are big fans of the market and can be found shopping at several vendor stalls almost every week. Last week they filled their cart with a variety of seasonal produce: kale and watermelon radishes from Tomatero Farm, apples from Hale Apple Farm, and quince from Arata Farm. Right now as the seasons are changing there are … →
To celebrate the beginning of summer and the start of the most delicious season, we made Agua Fresca. When the summer heat comes this transformable beverage is fantastic to sip on a warm afternoon or as a fresh accompaniment with a weekend breakfast. Easy to make and simply delicious, you can use just about any fruit you have on hand to make Agua Fresca and you can make it as sweet as you like by controlling the amount of sugar that … →
Strawberries may possibly be the most plentiful summer fruit at the market these days. Many people don’t know that there are actually several varieties of strawberries, and those of you who do might wonder how to choose between them! Well, you can’t really go wrong with any of these delicious offerings, but, there are indeed a couple key differences amongst them. Thank you to Spencer from Tomatero Farms, Minnie from Blue House, and Sylvia and Justice from Yerena Farms for breaking … →