Our Story

Headquartered in Castroville, California, Ocean Mist Farms is the largest grower of fresh artichokes in North America. Farming artichokes year-round in three ideal California growing regions: Castroville, Oxnard and Coachella, in addition to southern growing regions including Baja, Mexico and Yuma, Arizona. Our growing areas are selected for their fertile ground and productive microclimates. Castroville is, in fact, known as "The Artichoke Capital of the World" and Artichokes were named the official state vegetable of California in 2013!

In addition to artichokes, Ocean Mist Farms grows and offers a full line of premium, fresh commodity vegetables as well as value-added options for those time-starved consumers who are looking for fresh vegetable options that are peeled/cored/chopped and ready to use and enjoy out-of-package.

Our fresh produce is grown using conventional methods and can be found in fine grocery stores across North America.

Our Mission: To provide the highest quality artichokes and fresh produce


Ocean Mist Farms' family farming roots took hold nearly 100 years ago when Daniel Pieri and cousins Amerigo and Angelo Del Chiaros launched the California Artichoke & Vegetable Growers Corporation in 1924. Together, they leased land south of Castroville and soon Alfred Tottino, a local vegetable grower, joined the three men in their new business venture.


Scroll through our legacy story below. 

Innovation &Expansion

Together, these families have led Ocean Mist Farms to become the largest grower of fresh artichokes in the U.S. Today, they grow artichokes plus 30 other fresh vegetables including the award winning Season & Steam convenience vegetable line.

The outstanding quality of our products and the continued success of our company comes down to one factor - our people. Ocean Mist Farms employees exemplify consistent hard work and dedication to our guiding values every day.

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