Our flagship labels – Palo Alto and Palo Alto Organics – are grown by La Perlet, located in the eye-catching Sonoran Desert. Agustín Baranzini runs La Perlet with his two sons – Agustín (Jr.) and Gustavo. Agustín’s father immigrated to Mexico in 1920 from the Lombardy region of Northern Italy, with the goal of pursuing his passion for farming. He contributed to the agricultural development of the region, with a focus on grape vineyards, leaving a legacy for his children to carry forward. Over the years, the Baranzini family has cultivated a variety of crops, applying innovation, insight, and intuition to grow top-notch produce and preserve their labels that are known for excellence.
Agropecuaria Puerto de Guaymas is the family-run farm behind our soft squash program. The Sonora-based operation is run by brothers Juan Pedro and Luis Fernando Padilla and is 100% certified organic. The squash are grown in shade houses, which provides protection to their delicate skins. The Padilla family has successfully run a conglomerate of businesses in the Guaymas area since 1940 when Alejandro Padilla arrived from Sinaloa with big ideas and no money to his name. The family honors him today by featuring a label with the same name: Don Alejandro.
The Sonoran Desert region includes southern Arizona, the state of Sonora, Mexico, and parts of California. We consider our neighbors just a short drive south of the international border to be an important part of what makes this region what it is. The squash and watermelon from these farms are well-suited for the high desert region. In fact, scientists have traced the origins of squash to Mexico and other parts of Central America.
Our grower-partners work hard to grow produce the right way.
Drip irrigation systems deliver water directly to plants’ roots
Farming methods ensure produce is free of pesticide residues
Risk-based strategies are always a priority to eliminate any hazards
Minimize unnecessary waste and recycle crop residues into the soil
Advanced systems mean greater efficiency and reduced inputs
Use of varieties appropriate to the region’s climate with lower water needs
Organic practices reduce inputs and environmental impact
Policies ensure safe and healthy working conditions for farmworkers
That’s easy – there are no commercial seeds for the crops we grow