Our vendor partners mean a lot to us so we make sure that everyone earns a living wage for the good, hard work they do. With a rich variety of agriculture, viticulture, and culinary innovation throughout Santa Cruz County, we’re proud of our long-term partnerships with many of your favorite local food producers and pioneers. We are connected with the people who grow our food. We honor our farm-to-table cultural heritage by working with them.
Pinnacle Organically Grown Produce
We look up to all of the solid, sustainable work that Phil and Katherine Foster have done over the years to constantly improve upon their 250-acre ranches near San Juan Bautista and Hollister. We’ve been sourcing Pinnacle produce since 2001. Biodiesel trucks & tractors, 4 acres dedicated to compost production for the farm, drip irrigation to conserve water, solar energy power, and a robust recycling program are all ways that Pinnacle leads by example.
Lakeside Organic Gardens
The Peixoto family has been farming in the Pajaro Valley since the late 1800s and in 1996 we began carrying their produce. That’s when they committed to all-organic. Since then Lakeside has become the largest family-owned and operated 100% organic vegetable grower/shipper in the country. They operate 50 ranches and farms throughout the Central Coast and employ more than 250 in our community. We love that Dick Peixoto, a pioneer in the California growing scene, continues to walk his fields daily ensuring that his organic veggies get everything they need.
Homeless Garden Project
This nonprofit, 3-acre farm on the Westside of Santa Cruz is a haven for those experiencing homelessness in our community. The organization provides much-needed job training and paid transitional employment to those who need it. We’ve partnered with Homeless Garden Project for more than 25 years and we are so grateful to all of the good work that they do in our community. We carry their candles, bath teas, hand salves, herbs and spices and more — all made with certified organic crops from their farm. Through our Envirotoken program and sponsorships, we’ve donated more than $100,000 to Homeless Garden Project over the years.
Oregon Country Beef
All Oregon Country Beef is raised on sustainable, family-owned rangeland without antibiotics or added hormones. That’s because this co-op of 80 salt-of-the-earth family ranchers, founded in 1986, is dedicated to progressive ranching. All co-op members, throughout the Western U.S. including California, strive to leave their land better than they found it. We get behind that and we’re proud to be a grocer partner. Oregon Country Beef is Non-GMO Project Verified and all ranchers follow rigorous standards on everything from responsible grazing, grasses management, and maintaining healthy soil and water quality, to good vegetarian feed and clean energy facilities.
The Bargetto family has been producing bold and flavorful wines in the Santa Cruz Mountains on the banks of Soquel Creek since the 1930s. We partnered up with the third generation of Bargettos, now running the vineyard, to bring you our high-quality, affordable Common Vines wine line, featuring a 2017 Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, both made from Monterey County grapes. The mountainous, cool climate of the Santa Cruz wine appellation is what defines Bargetto’s low-yielding vineyards and their rich, intense wines that we love.