In 1848, the Peck family settled one of the first farms in the Delta. Some of their pear trees are more than 100 years old. Tim, Laura, Michael and Tara Neuharth are the 5th and 6th generations of a continuing family farm tradition on the same land.
The McDowell family has been farming on Grand Island since 1947, when Charles Sr. moved his family from Petaluma. Charles Sr. started farming 18 acres of pears, which are now over 100 years old, and 250 acres of row crops. Over the years, the family has grown pears, sugar beets, alfalfa, feed corn, wheat, tomatoes, dried beans, milo, and safflower.
Ron Kelley has been involved in agriculture in the Sacramento River Delta region since his family moved near Courtland in 1951 when he was three years old. His father drove trucks for agricultural companies. Kelley began working on neighboring farms when he was 15, hauling pear boxes, picking tomatoes and working with the hoeing crew to earn spending money.
It all began with a wish for roller skates. Since the 1950’s, Maggi’s Farm has solely featured delicious Bartlett pears. Ripened without commercial processing, the sweetness can’t be beat. The pear stand in the front yard sells fresh Bartlett pears grown in their own orchard.
David still cultivates his grandfather’s 2 acre garden plus 800 acres of specialty vegetables. His specialty items include pumpkins, 6 varieties of hard squash, Heirloom and slicing tomatoes, black seedless watermelons, yellow seedless watermelons, regular watermelons, heirloom and slicing tomatoes. In 1989, he founded his own wholesale division, BELLAJACE Produce, named after his three children, Isabella, Jace and Ayden.
Delta Farmers Market is owned by Ken and Laura Gregory Scheidegger. Ken and Laura also own Gregory Farm located on Twitchell Island. Fruit from Gregory Farm’s orchard has been enjoyed by California Delta and San Francisco Bay Area people for over two generations when Warren Gregory first planted fruit trees in 1985.