Blossom Bluff Orchards

People

Ted and Fran Loewen, their children, Bryce and Renata, along with 1 year-round farm managers and 30 seasonal employees.

Farmland

75 acres in Reedley, about 200 miles from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

Farm History

Fran’s grandparents, Daniel and Babette Lichti, bought the land that has become Blossom Bluff Orchards in the 1930s. Fran’s father, Herb Lichti, farmed with his parents, married, and raised his family on the farm.

Fran, Ted, and their children, Bryce and Renata, moved back to the farm shortly after they married and Ted, a lawyer by training, began farming full-time while Fran taught elementary school. Fran recently retired from teaching and is now farming full-time.

In addition to being certified organic, Blossom Bluff Orchards is a member of California Clean, an organization started in the early 1980’s by Central Valley small family farmers committed to environmentally responsible farming. Fran and Ted’s main criteria for selecting new varieties is flavor, and most fruit is picked at the highest maturity, so what you buy is ready to eat.

Certificaton

California Certified Organic Farmer since 2006

Soil

Sandy loam, built with aged manure, compost, and legumes as cover crops.

Water Use

Water for flood irrigation and some drip irrigation is pumped from the nearby King’s River.

Weed Control

Mowing (including a berm mower) and discing (also for rodent control).

Pest Management

Creates habitat for beneficial insects often by leaving the “weeds” in the orchard, uses pheremone disruption, applies Bacillus thuringiensis at bloom time, and coats dormant trees with oil to smother pests.

Fun Fact

Blossom Bluff Orchards grows over 175 varieties of fruit.

Location

17564 E. Clayton
Parlier, 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 »