Peter Desales of Goleta Valley Farms

Small-Scale Organic Farming in the Goleta Valley

Peter Desales of Goleta Valley Farms
Rachel Hommel

Name: Peter Desales

Farm: Goleta Valley Farms

Location: Not open to the public.

What They Grow: Known for their juicy strawberries, they have a diverse selection of produce, from melons and tomatoes in the summertime to various peppers, greens, and cruciferous vegetables. Their salad mixes are also a popular item, a great addition for any dinner.

Where to Buy: All Santa Barbara Farmers Markets, including Tuesday in downtown Santa Barbara, Wednesday in Solvang, Thursday in Goleta and Carpinteria, Friday in Montecito, Saturday in downtown Santa Barbara, and Sunday in Goleta.

In Season Now: Squash, cucumbers, brussels sprouts, kale, chard, arugula, spinach, white and red onions, broccoli, scallions, cauliflower, beets, and various other row crops.

Their Story: Since the 1950s, the Desales family has been farming in the Goleta Valley. In the family for three generations, the small 10-acre farm is run by three brothers, all committed to fresh, organic produce.

“Organic practices are very important to our farm,” said Peter Desales. “We never use any sprays and use chicken manure as our main fertilizer. It’s great to provide healthy, pesticide-free produce to our community.”

With the valley’s temperate climate, the small farm is able to create farm-fresh produce year-round. Growing up on the farm, Desales is committed to growing the family business.

“I’ve done this all my life; I loved driving the tractor as a child,” said Desales. “Now that I work the markets, it’s fun to share my experiences with others. It’s very social!”


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