Fanaka Farms

At Tanaka Farms, we use sustainable farming practices to cultivate and harvest over sixty different types of fruits and vegetables year-round. Their goal is to provide you with the freshest and most flavorful food possible, so they pick and deliver it every day. Due to the fact that they solely focus on row crops, the farm relies on the quality product of other farms, including organic and conventionally grown apples, blueberries, limes, peaches, plums, cherries, and more. Nuts, honey, jams, snacks, breads, cakes, gifts, souvenirs, t-shirts, hats, and so much more will be available!

The Produce Market Stand is open daily from 9am to 5pm all year round, with the exception of a brief hiatus in December during the holiday season. The seasonal availability of fruits and vegetables varies. Tanaka’s luscious strawberries are typically available between March and June, and our delectable cantaloupes and watermelons are available between July and August, along with other vegetables that we farm.

Fanaka farm, located in Irvine, CA, is committed to using sustainable agriculture methods. In this establishment, customer safety comes first. In all that they do, they prioritize adhering to the safety regulations set forth by the EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency). All organic growing techniques, including crop rotation, companion planting, and the incorporation of compost and organic fertilizers, will be utilized whenever practical. To the best of their abilities, they adhere to what they call “organic farming rules,” yet they will deviate if it means saving a crop.

Great-grandfather Takeo, an Issei (first-generation Japanese American), founded Tanaka Farms in the early 1900s after coming to the United States from Hiroshima-ken, Japan. Farmer Grandpa George is a Nisei, the second generation of Japanese Americans, because he was born in Dinuba, California in 1922 after his father made the perilous trek to the state from the east coast. His parents were laborers on a modest farm.

The Tanaka family of Southern California has had to get inventive in order to keep farming despite the challenges posed by the industry’s rapid modernization. Current activities on the farm include a Produce Market Stand, a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program, instructive Farm Tours, a Pumpkin Patch, and a Christmas Tree Lot. Thousands of schoolchildren visit Tanaka Farms every year for guided tours and learn about the farm’s 60+ fruit and vegetable types. The Tanakas envision a long and fruitful future on their farm.

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