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Where We Grow

We grow our carrots in a variety of regions in California to ensure ideal growing conditions year round. Carrots thrive in the sandy, loamy soils of California. These soils, combined with the ideal California climate (75° to 85°days and cool nights 50° to 60°), provide the optimal growing conditions. As a result, we transition growing areas throughout Central and Southern California to ensure just-picked carrots are delivered to our customers for every season.

Central & Southern San Joaquin Valley

Spring harvest timeline
Fall harvest timeline

Bakersfield, CA and its surrounding areas (including areas such as Madera, Lost Hills, Wasco, and Shafter) define the Central & Southern San Joaquin Valley. This all-encompassing area is considered the “Mecca” of carrot production. The consistent mild weather of the spring and fall months, combined with its’ sandy loamy soils, is our only growing region that provides two harvest seasons: spring and fall. This just so happens to be why the major carrot companies choose Bakersfield, CA as the place to house their carrot production facilities.

Antelope Valley

Spring harvest timeline

The Antelope Valley is a valley located between Bakersfield, CA and Los Angeles, CA on the western tip of the Mojave Desert. It is situated between the Tehachapi and the San Gabriel Mountains. At 2,500 ft elevation, this growing region protects us from the extreme summertime heat experienced on the San Joaquin valley floor. Although the daytime temperatures reach the mid-90’s, the nighttime temperatures cool to the low 60’s due to the higher elevation, which allows the carrots to rejuvenate during the cooler nights. This environment provides us with a harvest time of July – November.

Central Coast

Summer harvest timeline

Our Central Coast growing region extends from Santa Maria to the southern Salinas Valley. This is the optimal summertime vegetable area as the coastal influence provides warm, sunny days and moist, cool nights. The carrots thrive in this environment during the peak summer months. Although the growing conditions are ideal in this area, the demand for this vegetable ground limits our carrot production acreage in this region.

Cuyama Valley

Summer harvest timeline

The Cuyama Valley is the “gem” of all carrot production areas. Nestled 65 miles west of Bakersfield in an area where northern Santa Barbara, southern San Luis Obispo, southwestern Kern, and northwestern Ventura counties intersect, is this sparsely inhabited area known as the Cuyama Valley. At 2,500 ft elevation, this valley is primarily composed of nutrient-rich soils that are perfect for carrot production. The warm, dry days and cool nights, which are influenced by the summertime coastal inversion, provide the optimal growing conditions for most vegetables. This area provides the perfect solution during the extreme heat of the summer months.

Coachella & Imperial Valleys

Summer harvest timeline

As our southern-most California growing regions, the Coachella and Imperial Valleys provide bountiful winter carrot crops. This is a desert area east of Los Angeles and extends southward to the Arizona border. Due to the mild winter temperatures in these regions, the area provides the ideal conditions throughout this September to May growing season. This region gives us the greatest percentage of both warmth and sun during the winter growing season. In fact, many people migrate from the colder northern regions during the winter months to experience this relatively mild weather.

California-grown Grimmway Farms Carrots

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