Category Archives: Farm Life

A taste of the farm, fields, products, and innovation that define the Southern Valley way.

Spring What-ifs

Each and every seed is brought to life the same way at the beginning of our Spring season, but we never truly know what the season will hold for those individual seeds. They are nurtured and nestled and nudged along until time for them to be transplanted into the soil anywhere from 7 to 60…
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Meet the Workers: Brenda

Brenda Palomares has been working at Southern Valley almost as long as it has been in existence. She references her time here with statements such as, “I came about 3 months after *Kirk passed” and “*Pam was pregnant with *Courtney when I first met her.” Those statements point not only to the length of her…
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Southern Valley Sales

The war room. The bullpen. The place where the magic happens. Each of these terms has been used to describe the sales office at Southern Valley over the years, and I’m certain many more which aren’t suitable to repeat in print.  Within the offices at Southern Valley, the sales office is in a league of…
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Two Words: Spring Season

Spring season. Those two words are spoken throughout the office all year long with layers of meaning delving far beneath the surface. Sometimes they are uttered with dread. Other times with a level of excitement or intensity.  No matter how the words “spring season” roll off the tongue, we spend all year bracing for it,…
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Southern Valley: The Chip Carter to My Joanna Gaines

I’m really not an HGTV kind of a girl. Too many options and possibilities in the design and housing world and too little money and know-how in my world. However, I’ve recently gotten sucked into the world of Chip and Joanna Gaines and their hit TV show, Fixer Upper. He’s funny and good looking. She’s…
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‘Tis the Season to Seed

We say often around the farm and on our social media platforms that we are a “seed to shelf” company – meaning that we literally handle every step in the life of our product, from the time it is planted as a seed until the vegetables are delivered to the store – or restaurant or wholesaler’s – shelf. Hence, “seed to shelf.” Generally, what we tend to talk about most in the seed to shelf concept is the span of time when the vegetables are in between the seed and the shelf – that is, the growing, picking, and packing of the vegetables.