Taking the dairy road less traveled. In an industry steeped in tradition, Clover Sonoma has frequently ignored convention and taken our marching orders directly from you, the consumer. Your expectations of how dairy products are produced and consumed have helped define us and continue to guide our business everyday.
Heirloom Beans are an ancient whole food that has enhanced and sustained the health and wellness of humans since 7000 B.C. Their high protein content makes them an excellent low-fat alternative and when combined with rice they have been quoted as “We have grown the world’s most perfect food.” Because of their high fiber and water content they also make you feel fuller, faster and help you cut calories without feeling deprived. Not surprisingly, in a recent study it was found that bean eaters weighed on average 7lbs less than those who did not eat beans. Adding in the fact that beans are high in antioxidants, its no wonder why so many have proclaimed beans to be the worlds most perfect food.
We at Castaneda Bros. Produce, grow over 90 percent of the items offered in our store, right on our 200 acre farm! We grow well over a dozen varieties of Peppers, from the sweetest bell to the incredible Diablo Chile! And that is just the beginning, we also grow Cucumbers, Summer Squash, Winter Squash, Sweet and Mexican Corn, Tomatillos, Eggplant, Okra, and more. But we still have the fruits left: red, yellow, orange Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Honeydew, Specialty melons, and over two dozen varietiesof tomatoes right on our farm!
Frank and Bernice Aguilar began their adventure in 1947 when they married and started a 50-acre farming operation in the small Placer County town of Penryn, California. At that time Placer County was known as the Fruit Basket of the Nation, so it made sense that initially the farm consisted of plum, pear and peach trees along with a few mandarin and other citrus trees that had been planted back in the 1880s by Welsh settlers.
In the spring of 1831 Jan Lammers returned from the Belgian War of Independence to his farm near Brussels where he had stored chicory roots in his cellar while he was away. He had intended to dry and then roast them for use as a coffee substitute. However, his chicory roots, having rested several months in the dark, damp confines of his cellar had achieved a different result. They had sprouted small, white, leafy shoots from the top of the root. Curious, he tried the leaves and found them to be tender, moist and crunchy with a pleasantly mild bitter taste. Thus, a new vegetable was discovered – endive!