Your were grown in Salinas, CA
Your were grown in Watsonville, CA
Your were grown in Jocotopec
Your were grown in Sayula
Your were grown in San Felipe, Mexico
Your were grown in Oxnard, CA
Your were grown in Santa Maria, CA
Your were grown in Zamora, Mexico
Your were grown in Los Reyes, Mexico
Your were grown in Plant City, FL
Your were grown in Maravatío, Mexico
Your were grown in Ziracuaretiro
Your were grown in Oregon
Your were grown in British Columbia
Your were grown in CA Valley
Your were grown in Homerville, GA
Your were grown in Irapuato
Some say this is the ‘Salad Bowl of the World’, but we prefer to call it Berry Country.
In addition to farming, Watsonville is also where our headquarters has been located since we opened our doors for business over 35 years ago. 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.
This small Mexican town originated as early as 100 BC when nomadic bands of Indians passed through Lake Chapala Valley just bordering the city. Some moved onward, and others settled on shore, with ancestors still there today. Jocotepec began as a small fishing village on the western end of the lake that welcomed Indian villages with an abundance of greenery and vegetation that interested early settlers. Jocotepec has a large variety of plants and trees – with vegetation mostly made up of pine, mesquite, and fruit trees such as mango, avocado, lime, lemon, oranges, and of course, berries! This central-western geographical location in Mexico allows for mild, temperature weather year-round, with temperatures typically in the 70s-80s, with nights in the 50s-60s – perfect growing weather for California Giant berries.
Sayula is a traditional Mexican town with a population of nearly 45,000; it has a plaza that holds many festivities and events for holidays and celebrations, and is surrounded by many smaller towns such as San Andres, El Raparo and Amacueca. This growing region is known for many attributes including gorgeous cathedrals, chapels, and festivals held within the city, but also lush greenery and agriculture surrounding the town. Both California Giant blueberries and strawberries prosper here, with temperatures averaging in the 80s-low 90s year-round, and nighttime temperatures in the 50s-60s so berries can ripen up to their very sweetest at night.
This region is close to the ocean and serves as the entrance to Southern California. Oxnard has an early spring season to enjoy the Southern California sun long before the rest of the state heats up. We grow both conventional and organic berries in this region during the spring and appreciate the hard work of our farming partners. Be sure to check out the video and sign up to receive free coupon offers, recipes and more using the links on this page. Enjoy!
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, like 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. 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!
We farm our strawberries in this area due to the perfect soil and climate conditions during a time of the year when California has winter weather and limited availability.
The blackberry harvest season in this region typically begins in November or December, and then spikes in volume again in March through April, producing fruit consistently from winter to spring. Growing areas in Zamora require hoops for bushberries due to potential for extreme climate fluctuations, like heat and hail.
California’s winter stretches into March, making Florida the perfect growing region to bring you fruit in December up until California harvest begins in the Spring.
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. As for strawberry varieties – we grow Albion, Camino, Monterey and San Andreas. For raspberries we grow the Adelita variety by Planada. Aside from berries, this region is also known for cultivating corn, beans, potatoes, and wheat.
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. 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.
These summer berries enjoy the mild summer climate and breezes coming in off the Pacific Ocean. You can enjoy these delicious berries all summer long as the season begins right around the first day of Summer and will last until Labor Day. Look for our organic or conventional blueberries from Oregon.
The season begins for these late summer berries in July and runs through September. These blueberries enjoy the mild summer climate and breezes coming in off the Pacific Ocean. Sometimes our shoppers wonder why our brand says California Giant, but the berries are from Canada. Our roots are here in California but the climate doesn’t always support berries on a year-round basis in the state, so we partner with farmers in other regions to provide year-round delicious fresh blueberries. Enjoy!
This farming region that stretches inland for miles within the state is the California heartland. The rich soil produces delicious fresh blueberries along with many other fresh summer fruits that love the dry heat of summer to provide that extra sweetening we love to experience when biting into fresh summer berries.
For more information about our farming partners in the Central Valley of California, feel free to watch this video and check out the farm. Be sure to sign up to receive free coupon offers, recipes and more using the links on this page. Enjoy!
This growing region has a very small population of 2,456. This quaint, beautiful town offers southern hospitality at its finest. Homerville is known for its lush, fields and sweet honey-bee honey. Not only that, it’s home to one of our many blueberry growing regions – some of our varieties grown here include the Snowchaser, Rabbiteye, Jewel, Emerald, Star, Farthing, and KeyCrisp. Each variety varies in flavor, color and size – but all are as delicious as can be to fit all our consumers preferences. Our Georgia season begins in April and extends through to June, right before our Pacific Northwest season kicks off for the summer. We love growing in Georgia as we transition seasons, as it provides optimum blueberry-growing weather – warm, humid and little rainfall so our mighty blues can flourish. Enjoy!
At California Giant Berry Farms, our adage is People, Planet and Profit. Our commitment to sustainability spans from our fields to our main office headquarters – and beyond.
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