Name: Mark Maashoff
Farm: Tutti Frutti Farms
Location: 5645 Santa Rosa Road, Lompoc, California 93436
What They Grow: Artichokes, onions, beets, butternut squash, peas, green beans, cabbage, parsnips, peppers, heirloom carrots, snap peas, zucchini, spinach, basil, cilantro, parsley, cherry tomatoes, strawberries, and more tasty year-round selections.
Where to Buy: Farmers Markets including Tuesday in downtown Santa Barbara, Saturday in downtown Santa Barbara, and Sunday in Ojai. Additionally, Tutti Frutti supplies directly to Restaurant Roy, Coast, Wine Cask, Hungry Cat, Pane E Vino, and Farmer Direct Produce.
In Season Now: Poblano peppers, purple and green bell peppers, serrano chilies, cucumbers, kale, broccoli, beets, leeks, fennel, torpedo onions, elephant garlic, acorn squash, red/yellow potatoes, and more than 10 varieties of heirloom tomatoes (including Cherokee purple, brandywine, and green zebras).
Their Story: Since 1988, fifth-generation farmer Chris Cadwell has been farming organically in Santa Barbara County. While specializing in peppers, heirloom tomatoes, and summer and winter squash, Tutti Frutti offers a wide variety of “all fruits,” which is the Italian translation of the farm’s name.
Mark Maashoff loves working the markets, citing the importance of selling organic produce to market goers. “Working for Tutti Frutti is great because I’m essentially selling a product I care about,” said Maashoff. “With all organic produce, it’s a philosophy you can truly believe in. It’s why we all love it.”
Offering its own CSA program, the farm hopes to educate consumers (and its coworkers) about the benefits of organic growing and healthy living. “I’ve always been involved in eating healthy, but it was really the practice of farming for food that changed everything,” said Maashoff. “Learning how it all works is a very healing process, connecting you back to the earth. Lessons in life are tied to lessons in farming.”