A Field Trip to Chino Farms

We like to take our staff on field trips from time to time, to get up close and personal with our local purveyors. Given the significance of Chino Farms to our operation, we paid them a visit recently.

I arrived at the farm before the rest of the staff at around 10:00 a.m. and was greeted by Tom Chino and his humble smile. I thanked him for having us and he said, “I hope I’m not too boring, thank you for coming here.” He immediately walked me to the back and sliced an exotic French melon that was simply delicious.

When our staff arrived, Tom welcomed everyone with a story about how his family started farming in California in the 1910s. I felt really privileged to hear his story firsthand and we were excited to start the tour.

We hopped in the back of his old Toyota truck and headed to the fields. We tasted heirloom tomatoes, sweet corn, strawberries, raspberries, watermelon and more. At every stop, Tom would take his time to explain how to achieve the best quality using different farming techniques. He was also very kind in answering all types of questions from our staff.

Our tour ended at the roadside stand with another feast of the freshest, juiciest fruit provided by Tom and his assistants. The entire staff was thankful for the experience, and eager to give Tom a big hug on our way out. As we left, he turned and walked away, humble smile in tow.

Check out some pictures from our day at Chino Farms below. Also, be sure to take a look at what Chef Trey had to say about his history with the coveted farmstand which dates back to 1991.