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Your strawberries were grown in

Oxnard, CA


Your berries were grown in

Zamora, Mexico


Your strawberries were grown in

Salinas, CA


Your strawberries were grown in

Santa Maria, CA


Your Berries were grown in

Watsonville, CA


Your blackberries were grown in

Los Reyes, Mexico


Your strawberries were grown in

Plant City, Florida


Your strawberries were grown in

Maravatío, Mexico


Your blackberries were grown in

Ziracuaretiro, Mexico


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Your berries were grown in the beautiful Salinas Valley. Some say this is the 'Salad Bowl of the World', but we prefer to call it Berry Country. This lush valley is part of the central coast and boasts rich farmland and gorgeous mountain and ocean views complemented by a mild climate.

Salinas Valley berry fields will be harvested by hand every few days from March through November. The Salinas Valley is so large that there are several different micro climates that support the growth of not only our berries, but also many different varieties of lettuce, celery, Brussels sprouts, and more. Salinas reportedly grows more produce than any other city in the U.S.

This California Giant berry farming region of Salinas is next door to our office headquarters in Watsonville as well as our friends in Castroville that grow the majority of the nation's artichokes. Since this is a large rural farming region, we rotate our ranches every year with vegetable growers, replenishing vital nutrients in the soil. Next season the very ranch in Salinas that grew these delicious berries will most likely be growing lettuce and our farm will have moved next door!

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Meet Our Farmers

Your berries were grown in Watsonville, California. In addition to farming, Watsonville is also where our headquarters has been located since we opened our doors for business over 35 years ago. Watsonville is a rural farming town rich with our berry fields and apple trees, and surrounded by artichokes and Brussels sprouts in neighboring Castroville. Watsonville is located in the center of the Monterey Bay and enjoys a very mild climate with cool ocean breezes almost all year long. Some of our berry fields here actually enjoy a beautiful ocean view.

This region begins harvesting fresh berries in late March to early April every year and we continue to harvest the same plants every few days throughout the summer and until winter approaches in November. This region can claim the most acreage and the longest strawberry growing season in the state. We love it here and hope you enjoy our "home grown" berries.

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Meet Our Farmers

Your berries were grown in Oxnard, California which serves as our southern California hub for fresh strawberries. Just an hour north of Los Angeles, Oxnard seems more than a world away from the hustle and bustle of its southern neighbor. Our farmers in this region plant and harvest berries on large, flat ranches and enjoy very mild climate conditions as well as a welcome ocean breeze. Our berries share this farming region with lots of other fresh produce like citrus, tomatoes and avocados.

Due to its mild temperatures, this farming region begins harvesting fresh strawberries in early January. The harvesting continues every few days all the way through the end of May. Once the weather becomes too warm here, the plants begin to show the stress of summer and fruit size and shelf life begin to decline. During this time of year, many fields will send their fruit to processing facilities where those fresh berries are quick frozen and packaged for retail distribution or as ingredients, finding their way into ice cream, granola bars, yogurt, etc.

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Meet Our Farmers

Your berries were grown in Santa Maria, which is along California's beautiful, central coast. This farming region is considered a "cross-over region" which means that berries are harvested here from February (like our more southern farms) throughout the summer and into the fall (similar to our Northern California farms).

Santa Maria is just about an hour north of the beautiful tourist town of Santa Barbara, and is a very significant farming community within the state. When traveling down Highway 101 directly through the heart of Santa Maria you will see our strawberries stretching alongside the road sharing the rich farmland with wine grapes, broccoli and cauliflower. On a warm summer day you can roll the windows down and experience that sweet berry aroma right from the freeway.

We also have a state-of-the-art cooling facility in Santa Maria that cools over 6 million trays of strawberries per season (that's about 48 million one-pound packages)! All of our farming partners in Santa Maria drop their berries off daily at this facility where they are cooled down to 32 degrees and shipped out in large refrigerated trucks within 24 hours.

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Strawberries

Your strawberries were grown in Zamora, Mexico, which is located in the northwestern part of the state of Michoacán between the cities of Morelia and Guadalajara. This is a very important agricultural area located at a higher elevation within Mexico in the northwestern part of the state. We farm our strawberries in this area due to the perfect soil and climate conditions for growing strawberries during a time of the year when California has winter weather and limited availability. Our farming partners in this region help us to provide fresh strawberries during the December – March time period by growing under large plastic hoops which provides a consistent environment for the plants and fruit They are passionate about providing the best berries every day and adhere to our strict quality and safety standards at California Giant to ensure best flavor for you.

Zamora de Hidalgo is the third largest city in Michoacán, just after the capital – Morelia. Strawberries were first introduced in this region nearly 40 years ago and have been a popular commodity ever since. Before that, the area was heavily cultivated with corn, beans and onions. Since the 1990s, the strawberry category has expanded exponentially in Zamora - with the Albion, Festival, Fronteras, Fortuna and Camino varieties being the main strawberry varieties grown. Strawberry crops are generally planted between June and August.

Raspberries

Your raspberries were grown in Zamora de Hidalgo, Mexico - one of our many Mexico growing regions located in the northwestern part of the state of Michoacán, between the cities of Morelia and Guadalajara. Zamora de Hidalgo is also the third largest city in Michoacán, just after the capital – Morelia. Strawberries and bushberries have adapted well to this area, at 5,100 ft. above sea level and surrounded by mountains, there is a steady and confined microclimate that allows our berries to be consistently well-nourished. The raspberry variety we grow in this region is the Adelita variety by PLANASA. What is so innovative about the Adelita is that it is the first low chilling primo cane variety, which does not require a winter pause and is extremely flexible in planting - making it possible to produce during winter months. In Zamora, growers can produce continuously between October and May with this variety. With Zamora being our largest growing region in Central Mexico – we have over 100 growers tending to our strawberries and bushberries to ensure strict quality, sweet flavor and consistent safety standards.

Blackberries

Your blackberries were grown in Zamora de Hidalgo, Mexico – one of our many Mexican growing regions located in the northwestern part of the state of Michoacán. Zamora de Hidalgo is the third largest city in Michoacán, just after the capital – Morelia. Blackberries, being a perennial crop allow us flexibility in our planting schedules. The main blackberry variety we grow is the Tupy – this variety has a well-balanced flavor, with sweetness and acidity both in harmony. This berry is delicate but firm, with an overall unrivalled appearance. The year-round planting of the Tupy provides consumers with fresh berries through all seasons. Following the planting of our crops, they are generally ready for harvest at the end of October through early March. With Zamora being our largest growing region in Central Mexico – we have over 100 growers tending to our strawberries and bushberries to ensure strict quality, sweet flavor and consistent safety standards.

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Your blackberries were grown in Los Reyes, Mexico - located 3,900 ft. above sea level and next to the highest mountain of Michoacán – Tancitaro – standing at nearly 13,000 ft. Los Reyes has a suitable microclimate for growing blackberries, raspberries and blueberries. With the rich soil and plentiful water found in this region, commodities such as avocados and sugar cane are also in abundance. Over the last few years, this region began facing an increase in harsh weather conditions from time to time, resulting in severe hail storms that would bring damage to the region’s agriculture. With that, growers have taken precautions and have since started using plastic covers to protect the crops – resulting in outstanding quality among our crops. The blackberry harvest season in this region typically begins in November – December, and then spikes in volume again in March-April, thus producing fruit consistently from winter – spring. The main blackberry variety we grow here is the Tupy – which is rich in balanced flavor, delicate yet firm, with an unrivalled appearance.

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Your strawberries were grown in sunny Plant City, Florida which is near Tampa and the center of the state. This is the perfect growing region for early fruit in December during the California winter that stretches into March just as California production begins to expand with Spring. Berries from Florida are sweet and delicious as they benefit from the same sunny climate that produces wonderful winter citrus we all enjoy every year.

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Your strawberries are from Maravatío, Mexico – a municipality in the Mexican state of Michoacán located 6,000 ft. above sea level. Maravatío has sandy soils and cooler weather than our other Mexico growing regions, where it’s suitable to grow both strawberries and raspberries. With these cooler conditions, it is possible to have an earlier planting date to harvest good volume during the start of the Mexico season. In Maravatío, we begin planting our strawberries from March to May, and with cooler temperatures comes good size and volume for harvest come September – October. As for strawberry varieties – we grow Albion, Camino, Monterey and San Andreas. Aside from strawberries, this region is also known for cultivating corn, beans, potatoes, and wheat. With nearly 30 growers in this region, we have a passionate team of farmers that are dedicated to providing only the best quality strawberries.

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Your blackberries were grown in Ziracuaretiro - located on the central part of the state of Michoacán and about 75 miles from the state capital of Morelia. Ziracuaretiro can be found on the east side of the mountain Tancitaro – which stands at a whopping 13,000 ft. Being that this region lies on the east side of Tancitaro – temperatures are milder when compared to Los Reyes. Here, there is no record of frosts with an average of 48 degree lows. Average highs fluctuate from 70-80 degrees, making this area a warm and temperature climate to grow blackberries – specifically the Tupy variety – which has excellent size, flavor, and unrivalled appearance. Ziracuaretiro means “the place where the warmth ends and the cold starts” and was settled on years before the arrival of the Spanish people because of the thriving nature and ease to plant fruits. With a tropical summer climate and ecosystem dominated by mixed forest species such as pine, oak and tropical deciduous plants – this region proves itself to be the perfect place to grow fresh berries. Aside from being known for growing blackberries –Ziracuaretiro also produces exotic fruits, sugar cane and avocados, as this region neighbors Uruapan, where much of the world’s avocado production comes from. While we currently have an abundance of small-acreage growers in this region, they are coming together in groups to eventually increase our blackberry volume.

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