John and Clazien Smit are Dutch immigrants who came to the United States in 1953. In 1964 they began farming cattle, which they continued until 1984 when they got serious about fruit trees.
They did some research and discovered that California apples were in short supply, so they planted an apple orchard. Since then they have expanded into cherries, pluots, grapes, and most recently, blueberries. Apples are still the primary crop and are the mainstay of the farm. After the passing of John Smit, Paul Smit has taken over ownership and management of all operations in 2016. Russ and Kristen Fritz also are critical partners in helping manage an ever-growing farm.
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Linden, CA 95236
https://www.smitfarms.comLinden, San Joaquin County, CA 85 miles Sandy loam Well Paul Smit owns and manages the farm along with Russ and Kristen Fritz. Smit Farms employ a dedicated and loyal crew who have been with them from 7-15 years. They have 7 year-round workers and 15 at peak season. Smit Farms has several other family members helping market fruit at local farmers’ markets. Certified Organic by CCOF since 2005, with the exception of their blueberries, which are not certified organic. Organic Sea Kelp fertilizers, organic nutrient dense fertilizers, nitrogen rich cover crops Weed eater, cover crops and Wonder Weeder Beneficial insects, ladybugs, and mechanical traps 160 acres