Yesterday, three members of our team traveled down to Fresno to visit Marian Farms, a biodynamic farm that specializes in grapes, raisins, and almonds. We’ve been using their raisins all summer and we absolutely love them! We wanted to get to know the farm better, so we took a road trip. Gleason gave us a tour of each of their vineyards and orchards, and afterwards we picked up 12 cases of raisins. Take a look at our trip, and stay tuned for more details about the farm and our entire sourcing process!
Almonds ready for picking
Fresh almonds on the tree
Up-close and personal with a fresh almond
Farm owner Gena Nonini
Gleason, our tour guide
Gleason in the almond orchard
Gleason in the Thompson grapes vineyard
Kate showing off a beautiful bunch of grapes
Gleason, Kate, and Syslee in the almond orchard
Marian Farms grows oranges and Meyer lemons, too! This orange looks a bit early!
These horns are used to make biodynamic preparations to nourish the soil.
Kate, Gleason, and Syslee in the almond orchard
Picking Thompson grapes
These Thompson grapes grow in huge bunches!
Leftover almond shells
Doug, Marian Farm’s distiller, talks about brandy barrels
Super cute grape packaging
Crates for grapes
Marian Farm’s still, which is used for everything from pisco to brandy
Close-up on the still
The muscat grapes vineyard
Check out the funny name of our Zipcar!
Assorted (and colorful) organic peppers!
We found some beautiful pomegranates growing next to their office!
Making sure each bunch is perfect 🙂
Syslee and Gleason sample more grapes
Syslee in the muscat vineyard
We didn’t bring a bag for our grapes, so we improvised!
Yrmis, Kate, Syslee, and Gleason