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Sep 29, 2005 11:57 PM

Farms in Fremont? J. E. Perry Organic Farming

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Today I finally had a chance to stop by J. E. Perry Farms, the small stand at the entrance to the Ardenwood preserve. It had a surprisingly diverse range of crops to sell that were supplemented by some produce from elsewhere. Most were organically grown here.

The photo below shows rworange's beloved Moon and Stars watermelon. This is one of NINE kinds of watermelon grown by the farm and available now. A cut sample of a seeded yellow watermelon was delicious, likewise what were called mini-strawberries. I bought a pint of the organic strawberries for two bucks and change and also some corn.

J. E. Perry Farms
34600 Ardenwood Boulevard
Fremont, CA 94555
Farm P (510) 791-0340
Farm F (510) 791-0128
Open 9am to 7pm until mid-November



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  1. Over they years, there have been so many good tips on Chowhound, but, to me, this was one of the best.

    I needed to go to San Jose today, and your post on a farm that had nine varieties of watermelon, warranted a detour. Fabulous organic produce. Workers were crossing the street from the fields with boxes of stellar just-picked lettuce. How good is that?

    The farm supplies organic groceries in California and throughout the SouthWest. Pearl’s restaurant in Fremont uses Perry’s seasonal produce. I am seriously considering doing regular shopping there or using Perry’s CSA. They drop off boxes at the Sunday Oakland Farmers market and the Pleasanton farmers market.

    It is just wonderful and so relaxing to shop there … no crowds at Berkeley Bowl … no beating the meter maids to beat back to the car from the city farmers markets. Just pull up the car to the two room farm stand. Gaze out to the fields of organic produce waiting their turn to be picked. Bunches of statice are hung from the walls to dry and colorful old fashioned aprons are for sale.

    The variety is wonderful, prices as low as you’ll find for organic produce and 90% of the produce is organic.

    There were 14 varieties of winter squash … again … all organic. Not a veggie, but they had the greatest decorative gourds – spoon, warted, crown of thorns and an amazing gourd I’ve never seen before – angel wings. Also picked up a tiny wee-be-little pumpkin which in addition to being decorative is supposed to be good for baking.

    There were varieties of apples I’ve never seen in addition to some lovely, fresh crab apples and lady apples. The onions with the stems still attached were great. All sorts of summer squash, tomatoes, baskets of different peppers, etc, etc. Huge organic sunflowers were for sale … Four for a dollar … makes Alemany look like Ferry Plaza, although not all prices were that good, however for organic great.

    I’m just disappointed I stayed in the area for a while and didn’t know it was there. I was at Ardenwood a long, long time ago and it really has changed for the better. Nice pumpkin patch and today was the last day of the corn maize … get it.

    Thanks again Melanie … seriously … nominate yourself for tip of the week.

    Oh yeah, I bought six watermelons …. Navajo, bambina, red ice box, yellow doll, red seedless and, of course, moon & stars. They were little watermelons.

    P.S. Melanie, did you check out any of the places in the strip mall across the street? It was too early and everything was still closed, but there was Chat Patta Corner (Indian cuisine and sweets), Roka Mexican/Salvadorian and Star Buffet which looked like a pretty Chinese buffet.

    Here’s an article from the Chronicle about Perry Farm. The Perry family came to the valley early in the 1900’s from the Azores.

    Picture of part of the back room of the stand are from what appears to be the blog of Joe Perry’s son-in-law. Lots of pictures of the farm and produce. If the picture doesn’t display, click on it.



    2 Replies
    1. re: rworange
      Melanie Wong

      Wanted to mention that the corn I bought was YELLOW, which is getting hard to find these days. The same afternoon I went to the farm, I did drive around the strip mall across the road. I went into the Indian place, as it used to be South Indian food. It's now a chaat place. . . not what I was looking for at the time, but it still looked good and I'll be back when I'm in the mood for that.

      1. re: Melanie Wong

        My watermelon orgy turned up some clunkers. I was really disappointed in the navajo watermelon as it looked the prettiest. While it was sweet, it had way too many seeds ... weird seeds ... a brownish red color. Another one, I'm not sure if it was the bambina or red ice box had even more seeds ... so many that there was no unseeded center section. The red seedless was the best, probably because after dealing with two very seedy melons, it was just a relief.

        Differnces in the melons, besides seeds were the thinkness of the rind, one was hard to cut through and the red seedless had a paper thin skin. Also there was a difference in the density of the flesh and sweetness. Moon and Stars continues to win, though it wasn't the best version, it wasn't ripe enough. It had stars, but no yellow moon spot, so maybe that's something to watch with this variety.