We respect the environment in which we grow our products. All of our fresh vegetable products are natural, containing no genetically modified organisms.
Bengard Ranch is a diverse growing company with several partnerships and interests in different commodities and growing areas.
The Bengard family has been farming in the Salinas Valley in California since the late 1850s. This rich legacy is the foundation for Bengard Ranch, one of the largest grower-shippers of vegetables in the United States. The company prides itself on being a consistent, reliable year-round supplier. Between California, Arizona and Florida, Bengard Ranch farms more than 11,000 acres. The company has been Mann’s growing partner for 50 years.
In addition, to broccoli, Bengard Ranch grows several other commodities including lettuce, peas, parsley, cilantro, green onions, spinach, kale, garlic, strawberries, raspberries, prunes, almonds, avocados, walnuts, tomatoes, melons, cotton and grain. The company is also a major beef producer.
Vessey & Company, Inc.
Vessey and Company, Inc. is a fourth generation produce grower and shipper, located in the Imperial Valley of California. The Vessey family grows 25 different kinds of fruits, vegetables, along with hay and grain.
Sustainability is not just a buzz word. At Vessey and Company it is practiced daily through land and water management programs. Vessey and Company is a family company. The family’s great hope is that it can leave its land and earth to future generations in the same or better condition than it was given to the family.
Vessey and Company does not believe in merely meeting industry standards relative to food safety, they strive to exceed expectations. They are proud of the company’s ongoing commitment to the health and welfare of the people who consume the products it grows.
California farmers have banded together to form the California Leafy Greens Products Handler Marketing Agreement (LGMA). The stringent requirements set forth in this agreement have been developed by people within the industry, university scientists and food safety experts. Vessey and Company is proud to be a signatory of the LGMA and that company vice-president, Jack Vessey, is a current board member.
Costa Farms California
Stemming three generations, the Costa family has been farming in the Salinas Valley of California for over 55 years. Anthony Costa moved from Wakefield, MA to Los Banos, CA in 1939, when he was 11 years old. In 1956, Anthony started Costa Farms growing sugar beets. In the late 1950s, Mr. Costa expanded the business, and began farming leaf lettuce as well as green onions. Anthony and his wife Elsie were always dedicated to the family business. Their children, Mike Costa, David Costa and Joanne (Costa) Moline, as well as grandchildren Colby Rubbo and Peter Dossche carry on the family farming tradition today.
For over twenty five years, Costa Farms and Mann Packing Co., Inc. have partnered to grow thirty-five different field commodities including broccoli, cauliflower, multiple lettuce varieties, celery, bok choy, cabbage, kale, parsley, cilantro and the one and only, Broccolini®.
In 2005, Costa Farms revolutionized lettuce harvesting, with the invention and manufacturing of a whole leaf lettuce machine. An integral step in eliminating waste, the machine mechanically de-leafs an entire head of leaf lettuce into individual leaves. Always looking towards the future, in 2009, Costa Farms invented and manufactured a broccoli floret machine that mechanically takes the harvested broccoli crowns, and cuts them into individual florets.
Today, Costa Farms employs more than seventy people. Their staff is dedicated to quality, innovation and food safety.
Costa Farms is a signatory in good standing of both the California and Arizona Leafy Green Marketing Agreement (LGMA).