Frog Hollow Farm

Al Courchesne, Becky Smith, Sarah Coddington

Alfred and Becky Courchesne, and Sarah Coddington, have been at Frog Hollow Farm on the edge of the San Joaquin valley in Contra Costa County since 1976. The three partners run their business with the mission of stewarding the land, supporting the people who help them work the land, and contributing to the health of their local communities.

In 1976 the farm was comprised of 13 acres, and almost all of the fruit was sold through a roadside stand and u-pick operation. Since then the farm has grown to over 153 acres, and the fruit is marketed to the greater Bay Area at farmers’ markets, through a CSA program, through a growing mail-order business, and at a market and cafe inside San Francisco’s Ferry Building. The farm has not strayed from its commitment to picking truly tree-ripened fruit that is bursting with flavor.

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Markets:South Berkeley (Tuesday)North Berkeley (Thursday)Downtown Berkeley (Saturday)Season:
Year-RoundProduct: Nearly 100 varieties of stone and tree fruits, and a line of pastries featuring Frog Hollow fruitsFarmer's Name: Al Courchesne, Becky Smith, Sarah CoddingtonMailing Address: P.O. Box 2110
Brentwood, CA 94513
Phone: (925) 634-2845
Website: http://www.froghollow.comFarm Location:
Brentwood, Contra Costa County, CADistance From Berkeley:
60 milesSoil Type: Clay and LoamWater Source: Irrigation district, irrigation canalsAbout the Farm:
The three owners employ 35 year-round employees, and as many as 133 season employees.Organic Certification: CCOF certified since 1989Fertilizer: Compost, fish emulsion, and mined limestoneWeed Control: Weed wackers, hand hoeing, and use of cover cropsPest Management: Beneficial insects, pheromone disruptorsAcreage: 153 acres