Aptos and Monterey
Organic fresh cut seasonal flowers year-round. Potatoes, onions, elephant garlic, summer squash, tomatoes, peaches, plums, apples and winter squash, all certified organic by Global Culture.
Thomas Farm is unique for its rich history in the organic farming movement on the Central Coast as well as for the diversity of crops it grows. Organic farming was more or less a new idea when Jerry and Jean Thomas established the farm in Corralitos circa 1971. The couple started off growing apples (as the property was an orchard) and tomatoes followed by sunflowers, statice and strawflowers. All crops were grown sustainably, with no chemical pesticides or fertilizers utilized.
Though interest was expressed in the crops, it was difficult to find places to sell them. Jerry envisioned the farmers market as an ideal way to get fresh produce and flowers directly to potential customers. Eventually, he and five other organic growers founded CCOF. Next up, the growers started the first farmers market in Santa Cruz County, the market at Cabrillo College in Aptos, which would become the flagship market of the Monterey Bay Certified Farmers Markets. As farmers markets sprung up throughout the Monterey Bay area, the organic food movement caught on.
Today, Jerry’s son Josh and daughter-in-law Kari run Thomas Farm, which consists of 44 acres. The couple has four children: Lucy, Monty, Henry and Emma. Everything on the farm is grown using sustainable practices and is harvested fresh either the morning of market or the day before.
Certification: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Santa Clara, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties.
Soil: Sandy loam.
Weed Control: Hand weeding with hoes and tractor cultivation.
Pest Management: Insect damage is minimal due to crop biodiversity. Cinch traps for gophers are used and deer fencing for appropriate crops.
Water Use: Water Us: Drip irrigation, supplemented by sprinkler use when necessary.
Workers: We have 10 year-round farm workers and 10 year-round farmers marketeers.
Fun Fact: The farm’s producer’s certificate is nearly 10 pages long and reported to be the longest in the Santa Cruz County.
Planning a wedding? Be sure to visit their website for the extensive list of flowers the offer all year round.