Reflecting with Gratitude on the Past Year

This certainly has been a unique year putting it mildly. All the overwhelming information about the Pandemic, limited gatherings with friends & family, and new ways to attend school, etc., it can pile up! So, I’ve taken to keeping a list of Silver Linings. Here are a few...Working from home and not traveling as much has given me time with family, and a chance to do some household projects I didn’t make enough time for before; working in an essential business that allows me to sing the praises of healthy fresh vegetables as we all strive to maintain our mental and physical well-being; spending more time with my mom (socially distanced of course), the list goes on.

Keeping track of the positive is a healthy brain exercise- the power of positive thinking, seeing the glass half full, putting on a happy face, call it what you will- and routinely asking "What are you grateful for?" during these unique times is important now more than ever. With Thanksgiving around the corner, we asked this very question at work. Keep reading to see what others at Ocean Mist Farms had to say:

FranciscoCastaneda-ThanksgivingFrancisco Castaneda, Production Manager- "Today, so many families are facing difficult times due to COVID-19. First, I’m grateful because my family has remained healthy during these unprecedented times we live in. Second, I’m grateful that I work in the Ag industry, an essential industry, and that I’m able to continue to support my family and other families across the country by producing healthy, nutritious food."



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Ismael Hernandez, Harvest Commodity Manager- "First of all, I grateful that my family and I are doing well despite the pandemic. Second, I grateful the Broccoli and Celery season here in Castroville will end very well and the transitions to Coachella, Oxnard, Imperial Valley and Yuma are going smoothly. Lastly, I'm grateful for the very good summer vacation my family was still able to have spending time together. Grateful for continued health as we head into the holiday season at home."


Katie Tossie- Thanksgiving- OMF

Katie Tossie, Organic Product Manager- "I’m thankful and practice gratitude daily for my family, my friends, my furry animals, the list goes on. During these uncertain times, I’m particularly thankful that we get to continue working and functioning as an essential company to bring fresh vegetables to families across the country."



Lupita Renteria-Galvan- OMF

Lupita Renteria-Galvan, Human Resources Benefits Manager- "This year, I am grateful for my health and the health of my family and friends.  I’m am proud and grateful for being an essential worker of Ocean Mist Farms and doing my part to help keep my coworkers and I safe while at work. I’m also grateful that 2020 is almost over and looking forward to positive changes in the new year."



OscarCervantes- OMF

Oscar Cervantes, Occupational Health and Safety Manager- "COVID-19 has impacted our lives in many ways, but I'm grateful for the opportunity to have an impactful job that I enjoy, a loving family, and the ability to find new, creative ways to still share memorable experiences with friends and family through this global pandemic."



Rene Cardona- OMF

Rene Cardona, Shipping Manager- "I'm grateful that everyone here at Ocean Mist Farms is doing well despite this pandemic as an essential business. What the world is experiencing right now is very serious and following procedures like wearing a mask and maintaining the 6 feet away social distancing from each other are essential. I'm grateful to work for a company that takes this seriously."  

We at Ocean Mist Farms are incredibly grateful to continue bringing our quality produce to you and to other dinner tables across the country night after night. As we roll into the holiday season, and Thanksgiving in particular, we ask that you too, reflect on how gratitude has touched you and those you love.

What are you grateful for?

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Diana McClean
Growing up on California's central coast, I enjoyed delicious artichokes around the family dinner table and always on Christmas Eve! It is beyond perfection that I now market artichokes for a living and get to share the Ocean Mist Farms story and my love of all things fresh.
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