Paul and Kim Tao
156 Amaral Road
Castroville, CA 95012
Markets: MPC, Del Monte and Aptos
Products: Strawberries and blueberries
History/Philosophy: Established in 1994, P&K Farms is a family-run farm that grows its berries in two locations in Castroville on approximately 15 acres, all of which are planted by hand. Paul represents the third generation of the Tao family to farm in the Monterey Bay area. His grandfather Keitaro farmed vegetables, beginning in the early 1920s in Watsonville and then later on in Berryessa. Paul’s late father Akira began farming berries in the early 1950s in Watsonville.
P&K Farms harvests its strawberries as early as February up until as late as December. Its season for blueberries, which were first planted in 2006, typically begins at a slow pace in January and then wraps up in early September.
After a decade of farming conventionally, P&K Farms produced its first organic crop in 2005. By 2013, the Taos intend for P&K Farms to be 100-percent organic.