Steve Chinchiolo has grown a diversity of crops since he began farming in northern California 35 years ago, but of late, he’s bullish on apples, especially organic apples. Chinchiolo began farming in 1977. Through the years, he’s grown almonds, peaches, nectarines, and also wine grapes. But since the late 1980s, apples and cherries have been his main crops.
Chinchiolo grows organic apples, marketing both crops through commercial packing houses as well as selling a small portion of his crop at farmers’ markets. He farms a total of around 280 acres and has been a certified organic grower since 2003.
Apples represent about 60 percent of his crop mix and cherries 40 percent. Though cherries have been a popular crop to plant in California in recent years, when Chinchiolo looks to the future, he’s looking to expand the apple side of his business.