A Thanksgiving Message

There's a hustle and bustle going on about the Weiser household. Holiday decorations, stowed away for most of the year, are taken out of storage and placed about to transform our humble abode into an explosion of earth tones and symbols of bountiful harvests.  Soon, our extended family will gather together to celebrate all our good fortune over a traditional feast of turkey and fall crops.

It is good that we give thanks, to remind ourselves that none of us stand alone and that whether you pray to The Lord above or you put your faith in your fellow man, we are bound together and are all the better for it. 

There is a great debate raging between our National obsession with self sufficiency and the generous spirit that is seen to be part of our collective nature.  In my humble opinion, the balance has shifted to the former at the expense of the latter, at least in the political realm. In the face of mounting pressures to cut funding for programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), we would do well to consider those less fortunate than ourselves and recommit our efforts to lend them a hand. In doing so, we lift our own selves up and enrich our character.
So, today before partaking of our holiday meal, surrounded by those I love, I'll be thinking about how, in the year ahead, I can ease the burden of those having trouble finding their next meal.  As for Weiser Family Farms? We will continue our advocacy of a sustainable food policy and our food donation efforts to local food banks in the So. Cal region.
Happy Thanksgiving to one and all!
~ Farmer Dan 



Help! Vote for us to receive a Mission Main St Grant from Chase!

Fall is upon us.  The days are getting shorter and there is a definite chill in the air.  Though we still have crops to harvest, by circumstance and necessity, this is the time when we look back at what we've done to see what went right and what went wrong, what we should double down upon, and finally, what we can actually afford to do. As you can imagine, it's that last thing that trips you up, what you can actually afford to do.  

This year we have a secret weapon for all the high minded projects we would like to undertake. Enter, Chase's Mission Main Street Grant program. Chase is offering twelve $250 thousand grants and we're aiming to get ourselves one. We've already submitted our grant application which included 5 essay questions pertaining to our business; our mission, our challenges, and of course, what would we do with the money. Towards that last point, we are looking to upgrade our packing capabilities, upgrade our cultivation equipment, and pursue season extending opportunities where possible.

Now, we need to call upon you, our loyal customers and ask you to go to the Mission Main Street website and vote for us.  We need 250 of you to give us your vote so we can make it to the evaluation phase. By clicking here, you will be taken to our profile page where you'll be able to cast your vote. We hope you will take a few moments to get us over the hump.

Thanks so very much for your support.  See you at the market!



A few weeks back, I attended an event sponsored by Slow Money Southern California, a great group of people dedicated to building an environment where sustainable businesses can thrive, particularly those associated with our besieged food supply. Looking at my notes from that evening, I noticed repeated references to one particular and powerful word, COMMUNITY.


In this era of social media, my take is that our sense of community is being severely strained. The public discourse has, by and large, taken an "us versus them" mentality. I find that attitude very troubling. I'm from the camp that believes no man is an island and that we all benefit from the combined effort of an engaged populous. Take last week's FIG Santa Monica Farm Dinner for example. Chef Ray Garcia's dinners are all about reinforcing our sense of community. The success of these dinners is predicated on his guest's desire to feel a connection to the land, to those whose efforts produced the ingredients, and to the culinary expertise it takes to ultimately produce the delicious dishes that are presented to them. Community efforts benefit everyone involved. In this case, Weiser Family Farms benefits from this process through the direct feedback we get from conversing with our customers, food preparers and end users alike. How better to know what they like and understand what they do with our harvest?
It's our good fortune to be a member of the larger "foodie" community. We are a close, connected, and caring community. Next month's Alex's Lemonade Farm Dinner at our Tehachapi farm illustrates this point wonderfully. You can't overlook the selfless contribution of everyone connected to the event, including some of the leading chefs in the south land. It is as staggering as it is fulfilling. Alex's Lemonade bespeaks community. You can almost see little Alex Scott's smiling face as she offers her neighbors a cup of lemonade, the sales proceeds earmarked for children, like herself, fighting childhood cancer. Alex proved that one person can spark a movement. We expect, on Saturday September 21 in Tehachapi, to prove that it takes a community to pick up the torch and carry on the cause. We hope you can be part of it.
Thank you for indulging me and for your support of our farm and this cause. ~Dan Weiser

WFF Melons now at SoCal Whole Foods Markets


We are exciting to let you know that our melons will be available at Whole Foods Markets throughout southern California beginning immediately.  We are happy to expand the availability of our melons with a such a strong supporter of small local farms.


Now Summer is REALLY here!

Summertime means different things to different people.  For kids, a chance to socialize, hit the beach, and maybe crack open a good book (too small a percentage, unfortunately).  Nothing much changes for the adults in the room, except maybe a vacation with the kids, and a shift of cooking location to the great outdoors.  Up in the high desert, where Weiser Family Farms tends their crops, it's melon time, the culmination of many months of planning, planting, and praying.  Well, our prayers, and we hope yours, have been answered.  Our melon harvest has begun and the crop looks great! If all goes according to plan, we should have you stocked for months to come, all through summer and into the very early part of fall.  

We are often asked what makes our melons so delicious.  Is it our choice of seed varieties? Yes.  Is it our fantastically great growing area, So Cal's high desert region, with it's blazing hot days and remarkably cool nights? Yes.  Is it months of tender loving care? Why, of course.  It's all those things.  A wonderful combination of things that yield some of the tastiest and sweetest melons anyone could hope for.  We are so fortunate to be in the position to bring you what we've determined to be the best melons for our growing area and to be able to bring them to you direct at your local farmers' markets around the southland.  The only thing that rivals the pleasure we get from growing our crops is the satisfaction we get from seeing our customers enjoy them and telling us about it directly.  We can't be at every market every day so we are again fortunate to live in this age of social media.  Hopefully you are aware that you can interact with us not only on this site but also on Facebook (/weiserfamilyfarms), Twitter (@weiserfarms), and Instrgram (weiser farms).  Check us out, but more importantly, talk to us, let us know how you are enjoying this year's crop, and for gosh sake, take pictures and post the heck out of them!  You are part of the family, you should share our fun and excitement!  Tag your pictures with the hashtag, #wffmelons.

Thanks!  This Summer is going to be sweet!