Mark and Kimberly Sorensen and their daughters (Johannah, Elizabeth, and Olivia), along with 2 part-time and 30 seasonal employees.
20 acres in Caruthers, about 200 miles from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.
Triple Delight Blueberries is a family farm that works hard to grow the best quality and tasting blueberries possible. Mark, a fifth-generation farmer, started as a raisin farmer and in 1996 decided to diversify his business by starting Triple Delight Blueberries. Mark and Kimberly sell most of their blueberry harvest directly to consumers, and every spring the family looks forward to returning to the farmers market to connect with their customers.
Very sandy soil built up with mulching. Blueberries require acidic soil and the Sorensens create this environment adding acidic amendments and nitrogen through the drip irrigation system.
Blueberries require a lot of water. Water is obtained from on-site wells and drip irrigation is powered by electricity.
Herbicides are applied during the blueberry dormant season. During the growing season, the Sorensens weed by hand.
They have almost no pests and use scare deterrents such as flying metalic tape to protect the crops against birds and have installed owl boxes to control the gopher population.
Triple Delight Blueberries is named for Mark and Kimberly’s three daughters.
Listen and Learn
Swanton was the first strawberry farm in the U.S. to sign a contract with the United Farm Workers of America/AFL-CIO. In 2006, the farm began offering an Employee Stock Ownership Plan to employees, the first such program in production in U.S. agriculture. Swanton is certified by the Agricultural Justice Project as a fair farm and continues to work toward a more fair and equitable food system.
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 »