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Deardorff Family Farms adds to its lineup

Deardorff Family Farms is adding kales and collards (in all colors) as well as butter lettuces to its lineup of organic items currently being offered from the Salinas Valley.  The new program adds to an already strong partnership between the Deardorff family and the Bunn family — both are fourth-generation growers with more than 70 years of farming experience.  The full lineup of items now includes Romaine, green leaf, red leaf, red butter lettuce, green butter lettuce, celery, cauliflower, broccoli and the new bunching items.tom2Tom Deardorff II

This week in Salinas kicked off the first harvest of bunch items, including red, green and black kales, as well as red, green and rainbow chards. 

“We’ve had tremendously great success with the addition of organic kales and chards," Luke Patruno of Deardorff's organics sales said in a press release. "These increased offerings in Salinas along with continuing in full swing at our Oxnard location allows our customers flexibility and convenience.”

Organic cauliflower and broccoli are in its third week of harvest, with steady production and quality. The cauliflower is offered in nine-, 12-, and 16-count packs, while the broccoli is offered in 14-count packs. These items will be available through June, taking a summer break and starting up again from September through November.

Red and green butter lettuce are two new offers joining the leaf items in Salinas this year. Harvest will begin early May, along with the Romaine, green and red leaf lettuces. Lettuces will be available from early May through September.

"Our celery season in Ventura County runs from November through June, just in time for the beginning of the Salinas season," the company said in the release. "The Salinas celery season will run from June through November, allowing us to offer celery to our customers year-round as this continues to be our biggest demand."

“Organics continues to be a growth segment for our company and having the opportunity to work with outstanding growers like the Bunns allows us to meet our customer’s demand for high quality, consistent supply of Deardorff organics products,” Tom Deardorff II added in the release.