Billy Bob Orchards

Bill Peixoto

Bill Peixoto’s parents bought 8 acres and a small house near Watsonville, CA in 1957. In 1965, they purchased the 2.5 acre apple orchard adjoining their property.
Watsonville is the site of one of the earliest known apple orchards in California, and it continues to be one of California’s primary apple growing regions to this day. When Bill’s father died in 1983, he and his brother Bob took over the small orchard adjacent to their parents’ property. They began tearing out older, unproductive trees and replanting with newer varieties a little bit every year. After 4 years, Bob had had enough of apple farming, and Bill continued on his own. In 1990, Bill
rented a larger orchard from a family friend and began renovating it a bit each year with newer varieties of apples. In 1996 he began to transition both of his orchards to organic production, and his entire operation received organic certification in 1999. Today, Bill grows over 10 varieties of organic apples on 15 acres. His main varieties are Fuji, Jonagold, and Pippin, with smaller amounts of Braeburn, Gala, Granny Smith, Empire, Cameo, Pink Lady, Orrin, Sonata, Mutsu, and Black Twig.

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Markets:South Berkeley (Tuesday)Downtown Berkeley (Saturday)Season:
August – FebruaryProduct: Over 10 varieties of apples, including heirloom varieties like Black Twig and CameoFarmer's Name: Bill PeixotoMailing Address: 911 Green Valley Rd
Watsonville, CA 95076
Phone: (831) 345-1850
Website: http://www.billyboborchards.comFarm Location:
Watsonville, Santa Cruz County, CADistance From Berkeley:
90 milesSoil Type: Clay LoamWater Source: Reservoir, WellAbout the Farm:
Billy Bob Orchards is owned and managed by Bill Peixoto, who does a majority of the work on the farm by himself. Bill hires crews to help with pruning and harvesting, and many of his crew members return to work on the farm year after year. At peak seaon the farm operates with fewer than 15 employees. Bill’s son, Zac, assists with farmers’ market sales.Organic Certification: Certified Organic by QAI since 1999Fertilizer: Cover CropsWeed Control: Hoeing and mechanical cultivation using tractor implements like the disc and weed badgerPest Management: Pheromone dispensers, insect traps, and use of dormant oil, which is any type of horticultural oil applied to the apple trees during their dormant season when they don’t have any foliage.Acreage: 15 acres