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What We Grow

Since 1933, Pappas Family Farms has been dedicated to growing and delivering safe, high quality produce with a commitment to customer service. With ranches in Mendota, California, the “Cantaloupe Capital of the World,” and a partnership with Mainas Farms in El Centro, California, Pappas Family Farms is your season long supply of fresh delicious produce.


Cantaloupe

Availability:

Our cantaloupes are available under the Golden Treat and Summer Treat labels from May through October.

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Sweet Corn

Availability:

Our sweet corn is available under the Sweet Treat label from May through November.

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Selecting the
Perfect Cantaloupe

Cantaloupes are great in salads, fruit platters or wrapped in prosciutto. Quality cantaloupes will have large webbing or netting on the skin and yellow-to-orange coloring. Seek a fresh cantaloupe aroma near the stem end (if it is not too cold) and look for a well-rounded cavity. Some cantaloupe will have a decidedly bleached side from resting on the soil – don’t worry, as this does not affect quality.

AVOID cantaloupes with a rough stem end or portions of the stem remaining – this means the melon was harvested too early. Melons with green coloring, soft or sunken spots, or dark and dirty spots are signs of poor quality.

Cantaloupes are low in saturated fat and sodium, and very low in cholesterol. They are a good source of dietary fiber, Niacin, Vitamin B6 and Folate, and a very good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Potassium.

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Selecting the
Perfect Sweet Corn

Sweet corn tastes great boiled, microwaved, roasted, and best of all, grilled! Look for corn that has full, evenly formed and filled ears, with straight rows of kernels. Husks should be fresh and bright green, with the silk ends free of decay or worm damage. Test the quality by pulling back the husk and poking at the kernels with your fingernail. If the juice is slightly cloudy then you have a winner! If the juice is non-existent, the corn is old.

AVOID corn that has shriveled, burnt looking husks or dark-colored slime in the tassel. Corn with large kernels, dry kernels, or dark yellow, dented or wrinkled kernels are signs of old corn.

White Corn is low in saturated fat, and very low in cholesterol and sodium. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Thiamin, Folate, Magnesium, and Phosphorus.

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Watermelon

Availability:

Our watermelons are available under the Sweet Treat label from May through October.

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Honeydew

Availability:

Our honeydews are available under the Golden Treat label from May through November.

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Selecting the
Perfect Watermelon

Watermelons should be firm, evenly shaped and have a deep-pitched tone when slapped with an open palm. One of the easiest methods is to simply turn the melon over. If the underside is yellow, and the rind overall has a healthy sheen, the melon is most likely ripe. Watermelons do not ripen any further once they are cut from the vine.

AVOID watermelons that are white or pale green, soft overall, have soft spots or are leaking a milky-white fluid. Melons shouldn’t have any dents, bruises or cuts, but marks left from insect bites will not affect the melon’s flavor. When using the open palm technique for ripeness, avoid melons with a high-pitched tone or a dead, thudding sound.

Seedless Watermelons are very low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium. They're also a good source of Potassium, and a very good source of Vitamin A and Vitamin C.

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Selecting the
Perfect Honeydew

Honeydew melons will turn a creamy yellow color, and the skin will have a slightly waxy feel when ripe. They will be firm with a small amount of softness at the stem, and will be fairly large – those weighing about 5 pounds have the best flavor. Sometimes the seeds of an especially juicy melon will rattle if the melon is shaken.

AVOID product that is too firm, too soft, has dark blemishes or the skin is green in color.

Honeydew melons are low in sodium, and are also very low in saturated fat and cholesterol. Honeydews are a good source of Vitamin B6, Folate and Potassium, and a very good source of Vitamin C.

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Broccoli

Availability:

Available under the Emerald Treat and Serena's Treat label from October through December and March through May.

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In addition to what we grow and pack under our own labels, we also grow...

  • Tomatoes
  • Onions
  • Almonds
  • Cotton

Selecting the
Perfect Broccoli

Good quality broccoli will be dark green to almost blue in color on the flower end and will also be tightly budded.

AVOID broccoli with a flower end that is soft enough to easily part with your fingertips. Avoid broccoli that is even slightly limp. Product that has yellow buds (blooming) is over-mature.

Broccoli is low-calorie, low-fat, low-sodium, high in fiber, a good source of Vitamin A, extremely high in Vitamin C, and Cholesterol-free.

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Selecting the
Perfect Cantaloupe

Cantaloupes are great in salads, fruit platters or wrapped in prosciutto. Quality cantaloupes will have large webbing or netting on the skin and yellow-to-orange coloring. Seek a fresh cantaloupe aroma near the stem end (if it is not too cold) and look for a well-rounded cavity. Some cantaloupe will have a decidedly bleached side from resting on the soil – don’t worry, as this does not affect quality.

AVOID cantaloupes with a rough stem end or portions of the stem remaining – this means the melon was harvested too early. Melons with green coloring, soft or sunken spots, or dark and dirty spots are signs of poor quality.

Cantaloupes are low in saturated fat and sodium, and very low in cholesterol. They are a good source of dietary fiber, Niacin, Vitamin B6 and Folate, and a very good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Potassium.

Click here for delicious recipes and more!
Look for these labels:
close

Selecting the
Perfect Sweet Corn

Sweet corn tastes great boiled, microwaved, roasted, and best of all, grilled! Look for corn that has full, evenly formed and filled ears, with straight rows of kernels. Husks should be fresh and bright green, with the silk ends free of decay or worm damage. Test the quality by pulling back the husk and poking at the kernels with your fingernail. If the juice is slightly cloudy then you have a winner! If the juice is non-existent, the corn is old.

AVOID corn that has shriveled, burnt looking husks or dark-colored slime in the tassel. Corn with large kernels, dry kernels, or dark yellow, dented or wrinkled kernels are signs of old corn.

White Corn is low in saturated fat, and very low in cholesterol and sodium. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Thiamin, Folate, Magnesium, and Phosphorus.

Click here for delicious recipes and more!
Look for these labels:
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Selecting the
Perfect Watermelon

Watermelons should be firm, evenly shaped and have a deep-pitched tone when slapped with an open palm. One of the easiest methods is to simply turn the melon over. If the underside is yellow, and the rind overall has a healthy sheen, the melon is most likely ripe. Watermelons do not ripen any further once they are cut from the vine.

AVOID watermelons that are white or pale green, soft overall, have soft spots or are leaking a milky-white fluid. Melons shouldn’t have any dents, bruises or cuts, but marks left from insect bites will not affect the melon’s flavor. When using the open palm technique for ripeness, avoid melons with a high-pitched tone or a dead, thudding sound.

Seedless Watermelons are very low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium. They're also a good source of Potassium, and a very good source of Vitamin A and Vitamin C.

Click here for delicious recipes and more!
Look for these labels:
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Selecting the
Perfect Honeydew

Honeydew melons will turn a creamy yellow color, and the skin will have a slightly waxy feel when ripe. They will be firm with a small amount of softness at the stem, and will be fairly large – those weighing about 5 pounds have the best flavor. Sometimes the seeds of an especially juicy melon will rattle if the melon is shaken.

AVOID product that is too firm, too soft, has dark blemishes or the skin is green in color.

Honeydew melons are low in sodium, and are also very low in saturated fat and cholesterol. Honeydews are a good source of Vitamin B6, Folate and Potassium, and a very good source of Vitamin C.

Click here for delicious recipes and more!
Look for these labels:
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Selecting the
Perfect Broccoli

Good quality broccoli will be dark green to almost blue in color on the flower end and will also be tightly budded.

AVOID broccoli with a flower end that is soft enough to easily part with your fingertips. Avoid broccoli that is even slightly limp. Product that has yellow buds (blooming) is over-mature.

Broccoli is low-calorie, low-fat, low-sodium, high in fiber, a good source of Vitamin A, extremely high in Vitamin C, and Cholesterol-free.

Click here for delicious recipes and more!
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