by Lorie Lewis Ham
One of the wonderful things that the San Joaquin Valley has to offer is fresh fruit and vegetables–the City of Reedley is actually known as The World’s Fruit Basket. One way to obtain some of that delicious produce is from fruit stands in the area. Recently, we chatted with Reedley farmer and the operator of one of these stands, Liset Garcia, from Sweet Girl Farms. Sweet Girl Farms is a family business.
KRL: What is your background in farming?
Liset: Experience in farming vegetables and flowers for 2.5 years, but I have been in the Ag industry since I was a little girl. I would help my parents in the fields. My parents have been farming for roughly 15 years.
KRL: How and when did Sweet Girl Farms come to be?
Liset: Two years ago, Sweet Girl Farms surged after life-changing circumstances brought me back to the farm. Coincidently, my family was building a farm stand, which is now known as “Sweet Girl Farms” and is how the adventure started. There was no intention for me to follow my parent’s footsteps and become a farmer. It simply happened accidentally and has been a fulfilling career.
KRL: Do you grow what you sell?
KRL: What all do you sell?
Liset: Fruit, veggies, herbs, flowers, eggs, honey, jams & jellies, seasonal citrus juice, homemade salsas, handmade Thanksgiving flower centerpieces, handcrafted and fresh Christmas wreaths & garlands.
KRL: Wow that’s a lot! What is the mission of Sweet Girl Farms?
Liset: To provide local communities and visitors with direct farm fresh fruit and veggies.
KRL: What makes Sweet Girl Farms different from the other farms/stands?
Liset: Open year-round, videos/ tutorials on TikTok, Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook, occasional night markets at the farm stand, custom flower centerpieces, bridal bouquets with farm fresh flowers, seasonal artisan holiday décor, and honey shipments.
KRL: Can you give us an idea of your prices?
Liset: Prices depend on commodity. You can check Sweetgirlfarms.com to see what is available and for purchase and pricing.
KRL: What do you like best about what you do?
Liset: Everything, but mostly growing and doing all the arduous work in the fields to ensure we have delicious crops. I enjoy seeing the changes that occur as seasons progress, and I continue to dial in on growing great vegetables, flowers and herbs.
KRL: What has been the most challenging?
Liset: The most challenging is dealing with the unexpected. Late spring, we didn’t anticipate one of our wells to go dry. Obviously, without water we can’t grow crops, so this year many vegetables were not grown or simply were roasted with the summer sun.
KRL: What are your future goals?
Liset: To continue being of service and benefit to the community by providing fresh produce.
Sweet Girl Farms
8358 S. Alta Ave.
sweetgirlfarms.com (you can now also order online)
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