to food we like:
"Good fruits and vegetables in season"
Our philosophy is to run a village-based business
that supports both the local farmers as well as
the local community. We sell tasty and healthy
organic foods at great prices.
Our family has been growing citrus in the Ojai
Valley for over 100 years!
Think tasty, creamy, tangy, aromatic, tart, sweet,
crunchy and delectable. Within the 280,000 square
feet of the Melissa's/World Variety Produce, Inc.
warehouse, youre sure to find the freshest
fruits and vegetables quality products
with exceptional value and first-class service.
Pixie Growers Association
Some twenty different family-scale farmers are
growing Pixie tangerines in the Ojai Valley.
Variety Collection, University of California,
Field botany and biology is an endangered species
of science these days, with all the glamor and
money going into genetic engineering and microbiology.
The Citrus Variety Collection, an entity from
the glory days of both field research and California
citrus, is an astonishing resource for growers,
featuring upwards of 900 varieties of citrus from
all around the world. Here's their website; please
consider contributing to their upkeep as they
don't get more than the bare minimum of support
from the University.
Alliance with Family Farmers
Jim also works as a Field Representative in Ventura
County for CAFF, working primarily on projects
to introduce locally grown fresh produce into
the school lunch programs in the public schools
of Ventura County. Visit the CAFF website to learn
about this important organization fighting for
the future of family-scale growers and working
to build a healthier food system for farmers,
farmworkers and eaters.
Healthy Schools Project at Ventura Unified School
This is one of the salad bar projects Jim has
been working with for the past four years.
Edible Ojai is an award-winning quarterly newsletter
which promotes the abundance of local foods, season
by season we celebrate our small family
farmers, farmers market vendors and local chefs
for their dedication to producing the highest
quality, organic, fresh and seasonal foods. The
fruits, vegetables, fish, poultry, cheese and
other artisanally produced foods they bring to
the table are what makes our community an interesting
and healthy food community to live and work in.