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Jacobs Farm expands its operations to the East Coast

by | June 21, 2010
PESCADERO, CA -- Jacobs Farm is expanding its operations to include a new facility in Boston in early June.

This new HAACP-approved packing and warehouse facility, the first on the East Coast for the organic grower and distributor, will allow more timely distribution of organic culinary herbs and edible flowers throughout the region. Currently, the company operates two California warehouse, packing and distribution facilities: in Vernon, near Los Angeles; and in South San Francisco.

"We're pleased, as we mark our 30th year growing organically, to be able to further solidify our presence on the East Coast," Kurt Jacobsen, vice president of Jacobs Farm, said in a June 21 press release. "Extending operations to Boston, Jacobs Farm is now ideally located to facilitate same-day order and delivery for our customers throughout the Eastern region."

Securing the new facility is the latest move by Jacobs Farm to increase production and distribution of high-quality, fresh organic culinary herbs throughout the United States. Responding to increasing demand for year- round availability of fresh herbs, Jacobs Farm recently expanded greenhouse production to 22 acres, to supplement its open-field production.

"We're excited to launch an East Coast presence," Erica Putnam, the company's East Coast sales manager, said in the release. "Having a warehouse and packing facility in Boston means we will be able to quickly serve our East Coast customers while retaining the high-quality organic herb line we're known for. Operating out of this new location will be a tremendous benefit during the holidays; customers can order fresh organic herbs every day in response to increases in demand."

Joining the company as warehouse manager at the new location will be David Yelmokas, whose industry experience includes a decade with Whole Foods as well as his most recent appointment as receiving supervisor at Kettle Cuisine.

Founded by Larry Jacobs and Sandra Belin in 1980, Jacobs Farm grows more than 60 organic fresh herbs and edible flower varieties on pristine farmland tucked in the verdant hills along the Northern California coastline. The farm has pioneered organic growing practices and never used toxic, persistent chemicals, the release noted.

In addition to more than 250 acres of open field and 22 acres of protected environment production in California, Mr. Jacobs and Ms. Belin oversee the Del Cabo organic farming collective in Baja California. Companywide, over 3,700 certified organic acres are available for production. Del Cabo farmers produce an expanding line of organic produce year round, including specialty cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, vegetables and fruits, which are distributed to stores throughout the United States and Canada.