Curtis and Priscilla Lucero had a dream that was a long time in the making. After working Curtis’ father’s land for many years, they were finally able to buy their own and chose the 20 acres on Hauschildt Road just off of Twin Cities to the north, and the Lucero Family Farm began.
One year ago, they took over their rolling fields that had nothing but hay growing. Today, that dirt is home to a wide variety of tomatoes, strawberries, peppers, squash, eggplant and even okra, just to mention a few of their crops.
While they make a good income by selling at Farmers Markets in the Bay Area, they wanted to reach out to the Galt community and sell their farm fresh produce on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 – 6 p.m.
It’s apparent their hard work is a labor of love. Curtis said he came by farming quite naturally. It was his father who taught him and passed on his love for growing things. He started a big garden while still in high school but began fulltime farming after 20 years of service to his country. One of the things his father gave him was a special variety of strawberries called Seascapes.
“My father grew them for years,” Curtis said. “UC Davis developed them back in the 1940s to tolerate the valley’s summer heat.”
Lucero Family Farm is certified organic by the Yolo County Department of Agriculture. Lucero Farm Manager Noe Sanchez is an integral team member, according to Curtis.
If you visit their produce stand, you’ll be greeted by Priscilla with a big smile and a welcome to try a taste of one of their many offerings. Their special varieties include both a pineapple and a purple tomatillo, dozens of heirloom tomato varieties, melons, figs and blackberries.
When not manning the stand or packing up for the Bay Area markets, you’ll find her out in the fields checking water lines.
“A lot of people don’t expect a lady farmer,” said Priscilla while checking water lines in the fields. “I get peace from being out here. I tell people, ‘This is my church.’ My mom always had a garden when I was growing up and I’ve always loved taking care or things – children or plants.”
Events that are planned include tours of the farm and a farm-to-fork dinner on Sept. 22, which will feature renowned chefs and farm fresh produce.
Plans are in the works for fruit orchards and developing a venue for weddings and other special events.
“We only sell the freshest produce,” Curtis said. “We pick every day.”
You can find more on facebook at Lucero Organic Farms and on the web at www.luceroorganicfarms.net.