Smit travels far and wide
You may have seen Smit Farms at various Farmers Markets throughout California. Smit Farms sells at markets around the farm in Linden, CA ranging from Sacramento to Berkeley and many town in between and all the way down to San Diego, CA.
This is the story of how and why Smit Farms is able to make ends meet
on opposite sides of the state. Smit's main goal is sell our one of
a kind apples to the good people throughout California.
Bay Area Farmers Markets
Smit Farms has been selling apples, blueberries, cherries and grapes in the Bay Area for the past 25 years. It all started when John Smit converted 10 acres of his dairy farm into our classic Fuji Apple trees, which at the time was a new apple emerging! Quickly, Smit Farms became known throughout the Bay Area for their apples at the markets. Slowly over the years, John started converting his farm from cows to apples, grapes and cherries with the help of his sons. Still to this day, Johns sons help run the farm and sell at various farmers markets in California. It was in 1995, when Paul Smit and his wife moved to San Diego where they continued the Smit Farmers Market life.
Southern California Farmers Markets
The difference between Northern California and Southern California Farmers Markets all comes down to the environment for growing. The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) know the difficulties at which growing in San Diego faces such as cost for land, water limitations and climate hinderance. These factors allow Southern California farmers market vendors the ability to partner with other farms depending on the Certified Producers Certificates.
When Paul Smit moved to San Diego, the cost to drive the fruit south caused a financial hiccup in his plan. After talking with CDFA, Paul partnered with two farmers he has been friend with for a long time, Pat Ramichi of PR Farms and Jesus Castellanos of Castellanos Farms. This partnership allowed Paul to continue the family business in the town he now called home: San Diego.
Smit Farms is working hard to provide the highest quality fruit picked fresh from the tree just days before to the people in the Bay Area and in San Diego County. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us on the last page or go out to your local farmers market and chat with one of our Smit Farms vendors. See you out there and enjoy!