Five generations of the Casalegno Family have lived on this beautiful site in the hills of Soquel, and the farm has been family owned and in operation since 1916.
Matt and Marissa Casalegno have been running the show since 2005, planting young trees for the first time in decades, expanding row crops and bolstering production of a 75 year old garlic variety brought from the homeland. Matt, the oldest of six grandchildren, was pulled into farm work as a child. At harvest the entire extended family would spend weekends at the farm to sort and ready fruit for sale. In the late 1990s, Marissa spent a summer at farmers’ markets with Matt’s grandmother who was still working hard to maintain the farm. Inspired, she approached Matt about taking over the farm to keep it alive. And so Casalegno persists. While working day jobs and raising two kids, Marissa and Matt spend evenings and weekends working the farm. Find them at the Downtown, Scotts Valley and Felton Markets each summer and fall selling their famous Santa Rosa plums, persimmons, pears, garlic, apples and other organic produce.