Aptos (May or June – November)
Specializing in dry-farmed tomatoes. Other produce may include onions, shallots, zucchini, broccoli, peppers and apples. They also offer a large variety of cut sunflowers (over 40 varieties are grown) and other cut flowers.
Judy Low, Joe Curry, co-owners
Molino Creek began participating at the Aptos Farmers Market in the early 1980s. The farm has specialized in growing certified organic, dry-farmed tomatoes since 1982. Dry farming utilizes soil moisture from the prior winter’s rain as the only irrigation. The fruit is smaller than that grown on irrigated farms, but the flavor is more concentrated, with a sugar/acid balance that people love. The soil in which the tomatoes grow is heavy clay with lots of organic matter, which retains much of the moisture from the winter rains.
Molino Creek is located on 136 acres several miles inland from the coast at Davenport. Five acres are dedicated to growing dry-farmed tomatoes, three acres to various produce, and one acre to sunflowers.
According to Joe Curry, one of the original eight owners of the farm, the philosophy of Molino Creek is to “support organic farming on this piece of paradise we have been able to call our own for some time,” and to make organic produce available to people. Molino Creek sells direct to several stores that are mostly local. The farm is now owned by 14 individuals who make decisions about the farm by consensus.
Molino Creek co-owner, Judy Low, has been selling the farm’s popular organic produce and vibrant sunflowers at the Aptos Farmers Market since 1984. For Judy, Molino Creek is more than a farm; it’s a way of life. She says that organic farming at Molino Creek over the years has allowed the owners to create a livelihood and a source of nourishing foods for their families and the community.
Want to learn how dry farming works? Watch this video about Molino Creek Farm. Joe Curry, farmer and founding member of the Molino Creek Farm collective in Davenport, CA discusses the farm’s water efficient method of raising crops—dry-farming—which does not utilize irrigation at all, but instead manages the field’s soil moisture prior to planting.