Bernard Ranches

Market Days

Products

Contact

951.789.9440

People

Vince and Vicki Bernard along with one employee, Cesar Pascual, who sells at farmers markets.

Farmland

50 Acres in Riverside County, about 430 miles from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

Farm History

Vince and Vicki Bernard bought their first citrus grove in 1984. They pride themselves on the flavor and sweetness of their fruit, which they attribute to the combination of their rich soil and suitable southern California climate. They always pick the fruit within two days of bringing it to market.

The Bernards believe in paying careful attention to the planting and growing processes. They closely monitor the water needs of the trees, use beneficial insects to control pests, use seaweed and mulch to balance nutrients, and “constantly harass” large pests like gophers and squirrels. Vince also believes in placing flavor ahead of appearance and hand-selects rootstock that will produce the sweetest fruit.

Certification

None

Soil

The decomposed granite and clay soil is fertilized with seaweed and urea.

Water Use

Drip irrigation.

Weed Control

Hand weeding.

Pest Management

Release of beneficial insects (parasitic wasps, lady beetles and lace wings); hand-trapping gophers (the Bernards do not use synthetic pesticides).

Fun Fact

Before purchasing their first grove, Vince and Vicki tasted fruit from groves all along the coast of Southern California and then bought the grove with the sweetest fruit!

Location


Riverside, California

About CUESA

CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is dedicated to cultivating a sustainable food system through the operation of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and its educational programs. Learn More »