Ocean Mist Blog
If there is one thing I know about going back to school, it's that mornings go by infinitely faster than they do in the summer. Timing out the morning routine so that breakfast didn't actually add to the stress was always a...Read More
This summer went by in a blink of an eye, and I could hardly believe my eyes when I started seeing back-to-school supplies appearing in stores. It had me reminiscing of the days when my kids were growing up. We have always loved...
Employee Spotlight: Ten Things to Know About Francisco Castaneda, Production Manager of Sea Mist Farms
Francisco Castaneda started working as the Production Assistant for one of Ocean Mist Farms' branches, Sea Mist Farms, in September 2009 and has since become the Production Manager for all Sea Mist Farms production. Francisco's...Read More
In the height of summer the last place I want to be is standing over a hot stove in a cooped up kitchen when I can be enjoying al fresco dining out on the patio with my favorite no-cook dishes! I've been gravitating towards...
In the early 1960’s, it was revolutionary to field pack lettuce into a cellophane wrap. Revolutionary in field harvesting practices and in the store, providing branding of a commodity item, protection from over handling and...
If there's one thing we can all agree on, I think it's the fact that there's never a bad time for comfort food. Whether you're having a particularly stressful day or celebrating a special occasion, something carb-y, cheesy,...
Today marks day 1 of the Organic Produce Summit (OPS) in Monterey, CA, a two-day annual event that brings organic produce buyers and producers together. Not only is OPS the perfect opportunity to meet face-to-face with our...Read More
There's a lot of behind-the-scenes action that goes into getting our Ocean Mist Farms produce from our field to your table. Just ask Jacob Perez, the Harvest Commodity Manager who oversees our Brussels Sprouts and specialty crop...Read More
The summer season has officially started, and we are in full outdoor dinner-party mode! With the longer days and warmer summer nights, our friends are eager to come by and enjoy a slow meal on the deck. One of my favorite dishes...
School is out and the first day of summer is right around the corner. I hope that your schedules relax a bit and meal times become more casual, simple and hopefully outside! Here is a delicious and simple snack hack to answer...
I don't know about you, but the thought of eating chicken for dinner isn't always the most exciting. In fact, my family used to respond with an sigh of displeasure when they saw baked chicken on the menu.
But chicken is such an...
Entertaining is a long-standing tradition in our family. There are few things more rewarding than inviting family and friends in and making them feel right at home. Something that has always been very important to me is serving...
If you’ve seen our Instagram stories over the last month, you'll know that we’ve been out in the artichoke fields showing future ag leaders and chefs-in-training what the life of an Ocean Mist Farms artichoke looks like from seed...Read More
When my kids were in school, it seemed like May was always jam-packed with end of the year festivities. Between the parties, award ceremonies, studying for finals, and graduations to attend, the calendar filled up fast. With all...
Memorial Day is a special holiday as it gives us the opportunity to collectively pause and express gratitude for all servicemen and servicewomen, both past and present, who have chosen to give so much for our country. This...
I love keeping up with national food "holidays" because they bring me new ideas on what to make for dinner, which means less time and energy spent coming up with them on my own! With today being National Shrimp Day, I...
For me and my family, truly any day is a Barbecue Day. Fewer dishes to clean up and less commotion in the kitchen. Plus if the weather is cooperating, al fresco dining is just plain relaxing. May is National Barbecue Month, so...
Spring is in full bloom, and this warmer weather has me craving light, fresh salads with simple ingredients that can be put together in no time. This is not your average salad, and it proves that eating healthy doesn't mean...
Spring is an exciting season for so many with warmer weather, spring break, spring time produce, Easter egg hunts and the perfect spring time recipes of course, like the Instant Pot Lemon and White Wine Artichokes. It's also an...Read More
Dale Huss, our VP of Artichoke Production, has been working for the Ocean Mist Farms family of companies since 1986, which means he’s been instrumental in maintaining our Ocean Mist Farms artichoke’s Gold Standard for that last...Read More
Loreana joined Ocean Mist Farms in 2014. As our Senior Safety & Workers’ Compensation Manager, her role is to ensure regulatory compliance and oversee all of our safety management programs.
Since the ag industry "ranks among the...Read More
Nearly 100 years ago, the founders of Ocean Mist Farms set roots in Castroville, California with the goal of growing the very best quality vegetables for their families and surrounding community. And with that goal, came the the...Read More
In the middle of cold and flu season, chicken soup is one of those recipes you need to have ready to go at a moment’s notice. I’ve lost track of the amount of times I have whipped up a bowl for my family, and to be honest, I...
Jeff joined Ocean Mist Farms 27 years ago overseeing all production in our Yuma, Coachella, and Imperial Valley growing regions. In fact, Jeff actually pioneered these winter growing locations for our company by creating Desert...Read More
Dan Solomon is one of many expert growers here at Ocean Mist Farms. In fact, he’s the Organic Production Manager behind Ocean Mist Organic , which means he’s instrumental in getting a lot of the fresh veggies you love from our...Read More
Mother Nature doesn't always get the memo that we've had enough winter. However, it makes the perfect excuse for soup season to continue in your kitchen. For me, there's nothing quite like coming home from a long day to a steamy,...Read More
With National Cake Pop Day just a couple of days away, it's the perfect time to talk artichokes...for real! At Ocean Mist Farms we love our veggies, but we also love a little chocolate too. So when we have a chance to enjoy...Read More
Touring artichoke fields with Dale Huss, VP of Artichoke Production for Ocean Mist Farms, aka The Artichoke Whisperer, is a breath of fresh air in more ways than one. To hear his passion, conviction and depth of knowledge about...Read More
They may be small in size, but Brussels Sprouts are big on nutrition, flavor and versatility! Packed with vitamins, antioxidants and nutrients, Brussels Sprouts provide important health benefits to keep your body strong, and can...Read More
While quick, fresh and easy is often the theme of my weeknight dinner menu, on the weekends I enjoy time in the kitchen and the slower pace of a favorite meal coming together. During these cooler winter months, chili is a...Read More
With Christmas barely in the rear view mirror, it's already time to be putting together a party menu worthy of ringing in the new year with all your favorite people. One of the nice things about New Year's parties for me is that...Read More
This weekend we are invited to a holiday cocktail and appetizer party. This party is to celebrate our neighbor, Ted, who successfully opened his very own Christmas Tree Farm with a blockbuster turnout of over 3,000 tree cutters...Read More
Oscar started his journey with Ocean Mist Farms in 2018 when he was hired as The Safety and Compliance Specialist.Read More
The holidays are in full swing and with that comes family gatherings, great food and a whole lot of fun!
Our two-hundred-foot private sledding run is being groomed as I write this which means that my Southern California family is...Read More
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of year. It marks the first big college break when I enjoy some quality time with my kiddos and also gives me a great excuse to pull out some of my favorite recipes and cook to my heart's...Read More
Art started his journey at Valley Pride Inc, a sister company of Ocean Mist Farms in 1987. He worked in the fields cutting spinach until he became a foreman five years later. He is now working as the Mix/Romaine Commodity Manager...Read More
Today, I've got a game changer in the Brussels sprouts department. I mean, full on, game changer with both flavor AND with time-savings. I promised you'll be hooked with just one bite.Read More
Have you ever wondered how the artichokes on your table get there? Or why you see a certain brand of lettuce on the grocery store shelf?There’s an intricate buying and selling process that begins at industry conventions across... Read More
This is that special time of year when I begin pulling out my favorite family recipes for the upcoming holidays. We all have them! Maybe it’s grandma’s sausage stuffing recipe or the pumpkin muffins that your mom made every...Read More
Lupita started her journey with Ocean Mist Farms in 2008 as the Human Resources Benefits Specialist. In the past ten years, she has moved to Human Resources Benefits Manager, as well as the Wellness Program Chairwoman.Read More
Gary started his journey with Ocean Mist Farms in 1990 working as a fork lift driver in our cooler. He attended Chico State University and worked in Shipping, later transferring into the Sales Department.Read More
At the end of a long day, a nice relaxing meal is always in order. But if you're like me, you need the comfort of a home-cooked meal without a lot of hassle. My Instant Pot has been a life-saver so many nights when I needed the...Read More
At Ocean Mist Farms, we enjoy having our summer interns around. Their enthusiasm is contagious and their know-how impressive. We sadly bid farewell to our Marketing Intern, Baillie, but before she left, she shared some of her...Read More
When it comes to getting healthy meals on kids' plates, creativity is always the name of the game. When my kids were small, I mastered the art of turning some of their favorite protein and carb-rich meals into works of...Read More
The month of August is HOT in Eastern Washington where I spend the summer months. You might have thought of Washington as always being cool and wet, but some guests have commented on how the weather reminds them of Egypt. Yes,...Read More
John started his journey with Ocean Mist Farms in 2014 when he was brought on as the Service Innovation and Project Manager. He is responsible for managing all phases of projects within the organization from conception through...Read More
One of the best things about spending summers at our Pacific Northwest cabin is enjoying mornings on the lake with my husband and then preparing dinners from our fresh catch of the day. Rainbow trout is one of our favorite fish...Read More
I'm a fan of the mantra that if it grows together, it goes together, so it made perfect sense to combine apples and Brussels sprouts with a little butter and cinnamon and call it delish! The key, though, it making sure your...Read More
Summertime calls for light, simple and refreshing. But sometimes you want something a little more filling than salads. That's when pesto becomes my best friend. I love the simple flavors of pesto on veggies and pasta.Read More
Now that it’s summertime here in Eastern Washington, we are spending a lot of time outdoors cooking our favorite summer meals. You name it - breakfast, lunch and dinner are all enjoyed under the Pacific Northwest sky every chance...Read More
Ryan started his journey with Ocean Mist Farm in 2005 when he was hired as a Grower Liaison. In the past 13 years Ryan has moved from the field, being a grower’s coach to the business side where he now manages planting and...Read More
I know some of us are already experiencing the first waves of the summer heat, but here in California, we are still having stretches of cooler temps and grey skies that let me enjoy my favorite soup recipes a little longer. One...Read More
Friends, I have a new obsession...with my Instant Pot! It literally helps me get dinner on the table in 30 minutes. My husband and I have tried out a ton of recipes in it, but one of our favorite discoveries was how easy it is...Read More
I'm telling you, friends. All my artichoke cooking anxiety has been steamed away now that I've discovered the amazing results I can get with my Instant Pot! It's so easy, in fact, that Ocean Mist Farms fresh artichokes have...Read More
Spring is a favorite season for many reasons, but at the top of that list are the amazing fruits and vegetables that this season brings with it. In particular, I love the bounty of artichokes we can find this time of year at our...Read More
Artichokes - Any which way and more! That is the unofficial theme of this festival that pulls out all the stops to entertain and educate about artichokes and where our favorite thorny thistle is the center of attention. This...Read More
Please tell me you have had cauliflower rice... the stuff is sweeping the nation!! I first heard about it and tried it back at the end of 2015 and it saved me during my first Whole30 in 2016. I actually was never a huge lover...Read More
I just held my first spring cooking retreat in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and since it was spring, my menu included the crowning glory of all spring vegetables, the “ARTICHOKE”!
Understand that my retreats draw attendees...Read More
Do you ever look in your fridge at the end of a long day and feel a lack of enthusiasm? Dinner prep boredom has put a damper on my cooking mood way too many times, so now I keep a variety of easy recipe ideas at the ready that...Read More
The frosty weather hit Castroville, California fields in early March and the Coachella, California fields right after. Then the rains came and it is still raining today. The vegetable growers and marketers that support them are...Read More
It is officially spring, which means beautiful flowers, sunny days, warmer weather and of course an abundance of artichokes! Several holidays worth celebrating also arrive with the onset of spring including Passover, Easter,...Read More
Every season is artichoke season at Ocean Mist Farms! However, our Artichoke Club members know that traditional artichoke season is spring time during March, April and May. This is when you can find your favorite vegetable...Read More
It was about time we made an incredibly easy dinner right?! Once you cook your spaghetti squash, artichoke hearts and chicken, all you have to do is mix them in a bowl with your favorite balsamic vinaigrette!Read More
February is that month where I get to celebrate the ones I love. And boy, am I a romantic! I love the traditional gifting of flowers, hearts, candlelit dinners & wine. It is also an absolute must that I put my very own creative...Read More
Who doesn’t love a good pizza every now and then? (Or as much as possible if we are being honest.) In fact, there is an ENTIRE DAY, right around the corner, dedicated to celebrating this amazing piece of pie. National Pizza Day...Read More
February is the month of love, which often starts with a little crush. However, we are crushing hard… on artichokes (it’s almost artichoke season!), and on our amazing food and lifestyle blogger friends who inspire us daily to...Read More
What a magical holiday season we had at our log home in the beautiful Pacific Northwest! Beside the hallmark snow fall that seemed to come on command, the food, fellowship and festivities with family and friends ranked in the top...Read More
Calling all cheese enthusiasts! This Saturday is National Cheese Lover’s Day, a day of celebration for people across the country to enjoy their favorite food group. Here at Ocean Mist Farms, we like to celebrate our fondness of...Read More
Our sustainability story, much like our recipes, includes a few important ingredients that are essential to who Ocean Mist Farms is as a company. Without these key ingredients and our loyal consumers just like yourself holding us...Read More
January brings more than just a new year. It brings resolve to improve our lives and to try new things! This is what we love most, more people trying a tasty veggie-filled dish or perhaps even a vegetable you've always thought...Read More
Something about Brussels sprouts and Bacon just go together like PB & J! The delicious flavor of bacon makes anyone - even the veggie afraid - LOVE their brussels sprouts. The perfect occasion to enjoy this recipe is none other...Read More
There are many romantic qualities of working the land as a grower of fresh vegetables. A few of my personal favorites are watching the beautiful sun rise over the artichoke fields in the morning, or watching the wind blowing...Read More
Saturday, December 16th is National Chocolate Covered Anything Day! You may be thinking, “How in the world can Ocean Mist Farms contribute to this day? They only sell veggies!” Well, you haven’t lived until you have tried our...Read More
As a professional recipe developer, I taste a lot of my recipes as I am creating them, and at times my taste buds go numb. However, there is one recipe that makes my mouth water every time I write about it or see a photo of it....Read More
Ocean Mist Farms is excited to announce the launch of our new website! Our goal is to bring you into our fields and kitchen and make it feel like home. Created with you in mind, our new website is full of recipe inspiration, fun...Read More
It’s cranberry season - aka - one of the best times of the year! I like to make all kinds of cranberry sauces around November, not only to enjoy on Thanksgiving but on any day of the week! I love to make a big batch and keep it...Read More
Integrity, Quality, Passion Success. Compelling words that are the guiding values behind what we do every day. These four descriptive words describe our farming methods all the way to the design of our office building, right down...Read More
I received an unexpected phone call last evening from a dear friend that reached out to invite my family and me for Thanksgiving. This may seem like a common gesture of kindness but for most of my friends, it’s daunting to...Read More
With Halloween only 7 days away, you may be daydreaming of all the treats you will be eating to satisfy your sweet tooth. Our personal favorite is anything with chocolate and caramel. But, what happens after this spooky holiday...Read More
It is chili season and I am going all in! Chili can take many shapes depending on what you love to add to the classic meat, beans and tomatoes. This edition of adding artichoke hearts takes the flavor to a whole ‘nother level....Read More
“And into the field I go to lose my mind and find my soul.” – Unknown
You must be a true optimist if you are a true farmer. Always hoping for the best and preparing for the worst, and sometimes having to literally dig deep to get...Read More
There’s nothing more calming and beautiful to me than a sea of artichokes. Strategically grown near the Monterey Bay in California, artichokes LOVE the mist from the ocean. The mild, cool-coastal climate creates perfect growing...Read More
Parents, take a break from the kitchen and let your kids show you what they’ve got. Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day is a chance for your young chefs to show off their skills and whip up some of their favorite foods. Have some fun...Read More
It’s time for the ultimate appetizer for any occasion! This artichoke guacamole has a 3 way green factor with artichoke hearts, avocado and salsa verde. 3 greens and 3 amazing flavors that come together perfectly. I love how this...Read More
Does stepping into your pool feel like getting into warm bath water? Is your air conditioning just not cutting it for you anymore? There comes a point during the summer when you just can’t escape the hot. Trust me, I’ve been...Read More
The busy school year is upon us yet again, for students and parents alike! From soccer practice and football games to band rehearsal and tutoring, the list can seem endless on some days, right?Read More
Can we get a cohesive “all hail Julia Child”?? That women was amazing and knew her way around a kitchen - not because she was classically trained, but because she loved food! One of my favorite quotes from her is “People who...Read More