| OUR HISTORY
Tunitas Creek Family Farm was formed in 1998 By Joanne
Andreotti and her Sons Richard & David Holtz. They have
continuously farmed their property without use of chemicals
or synthetic pesticides, committing to growing quality
produce in a natural way. Since then they have grown crops
that include Pumpkins, Squash, Gourds, Corn, Peas, Beans,
Garlic and Herbs. Crops have been marketed to consumers
directly through delivery, Farmers Markets and on-farm
sales. Wholesale purchases have been made by produce
brokers, restaurants, small grocers and other farms. But to
really appreciate how our farm came to be we have to honor
our family's beginnings.
Joanne's father Dino Andreotti immigrated to Half Moon Bay
in 1921 at the age of 17. He left his family in Molina di Quasa
in the Tuscany region of Italy, to farm the fertile coastside.
After 5 years of toil with partners, Dino set out on his own
and began farming on Tunitas Creek Rd. He found much
success with lettuce, peas, beans but especially his
artichokes. He met Julia Benedetti and after a long courtship
they married and moved their farming operations to Kelly
Ave. His son Dino E. Andreotti still runs the Andreotti Family
Farm with wife Terry and their children.
Joanne and her sons always had an affinity for the farm life.
As children, Richard and David would sell pumpkins and
gourds in front of their home on Main st during Pumpkin
Festival weekend. When Joanne wed Gerald Marsh, they
farmed and sold pumpkins and Fall decor at his Double M
Farms pumpkin patch on Highway 92. Gerald had farmed
pumpkins, hay, peas, and beans since he was child. He took
great care to teach and impart whatever knowledge he could
to Richard and David.
In 1998, we were able to acquire a piece of family history
when one of the Tunitas parcels Dino farmed so long ago,
became available. Since then our family has worked together
to preserve traditional farming and incorporate sustainable
practices to produce fresh, healthy produce. We are proud
to be Certified Organic by the California Certified Organic