Schmidt Farm

Jim Schmidt & Frances Leon

Jim Schmidt and his family have been growing grapes for 35 years. They do most of the farm labor, sales and marketing themselves, and they enjoy selling their product to customers at farmers’ markets in Northern California. Many Berkeley Farmers’ Market customers attest that Schmidt’s raisins are “the best they’ve ever had,” and chefs agree. You’ll find Schmidt raisins in Eduardo Morell’s scones down the street at the Saturday Berkeley Farmers’ Market. The Red Flame and Thompson seedless grapes at Schmidt’s stand are smaller than many of the those you see in the grocery store because they are not treated with the growth hormone gibberellic acid, commonly used in the commercial grape growing industry to increase grape and bunch size at the expense of flavor. In contrast, Schmidt’s grapes are small, sweet, and extremely flavorful.


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Markets:Downtown Berkeley (Saturday)Season:
Year-RoundProduct: Grapes, raisinsFarmer's Name: Jim Schmidt & Frances LeonMailing Address: 13370 East Nebraska
Selma, CA 93662
Email: francessleon@yahoo.com
Phone: 408-691-6580
Website: www.fearlessfoods.comFarm Location:
Selma, Fresno County, CADistance From Berkeley:
205 milesSoil Type: Sandy loamWater Source: WellAbout the Farm:
Schmidt farm is owned and operated by Jim Schmidt. He employs 1 year-round worker and 4 workers during peak season.Organic Certification: Certified Organic by COFA since 1998Fertilizer: Bat GuanoWeed Control: MechanicalPest Management: The Schmidts release beneficial insects in their fields, such as parasitic Trichogramma wasps and lacewings, to control numerous pests.Acreage: 20 acres