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Boskovich Farms relies on relationships and quality

Boskovich Farms, a family-run company that originally started in 1915, has been growing organic produce for approximately 10 years, with the Oxnard, CA-based company devoting a real focus on the program over the last seven years.boz

“Here at Boskovich Farms, we currently handle a variety of organic produce items, such as kales, chards, celery, beets, carrots, baby bok choy, cilantro, collards, green onions, cabbage and spinach to name just a sample,” said Darrell Beyer, Boskovich Farms’ organic sales manager, who has been dealing with organics himself since 2004. “By 2020, if everything works out the way we plan, we will be adding quite a few more items such as red leaf, green leaf, romaine, romaine hearts, ginger, turmeric and a few varieties of squash.”

Beyer noted that success in organics could be summed up in two words: relationships and quality.

“Business continues to grow every year as do our product offerings,” he said. “The fact that we had an actual winter weather this season really changed a lot of things as far as availability, demand and pricing.”

So far in 2019, those at the farm like what they’re seeing from the organic crop.

“Our crops have overall been looking really nice,” Beyer said. “Spinach has been affected the most with the ups and downs that Mother Nature throws at us. We are looking forward to a great 2020 though.”

Looking ahead a year, there are some questions that those in the industry are asking and Beyer noted the answers to those questions will say a lot about what type of year it will be.

“Will we have another wet winter? Will we have summer for 12 months and over supply? Will people over plant hoping they one day will get an $80 celery market again?” he said. “These are the unknowns.”

But optimism is high and Boskovich Farms has been doing a great deal in recent years to grow its organic program with changes throughout the company.

“The buzz here is infectious,” Beyer said. “We all believe the 2019-2020 season is going to be a great year for us. We’re consistent, our food-safety is up at the top, which makes it easy for customers to sleep well and know they’re dealing with a big company that follows all the rules and procedures.”

The biggest challenge the company faces right now is just making sure they are doing things at the right pace so they take advantage of the opportunities out there. That’s why it has been increasing acreage steadily, but slowly, choosing particular new items and not oversaturating the market.

“There is a demand for organics but there’s still many that aren’t buying organic and it’s up to retailers to educate them and teach the consumers the health benefits of organically grown produce and help them understand how much better it is for our planet,” Beyer said.