Tunitas Creek Family Farm
About the Farmer
Tunitas Creek Family Farm was formed in 1998 By Joanne Andreotti and her Sons Richard & David Holtz. They have continuously farmed their property without the use of chemicals or synthetic pesticides, committing to growing quality produce in a natural way. Since then they have grown crops that include Pumpkins, Squash, Gourds, Corn, Peas, Beans, Garlic, and Herbs. Crops have been marketed to consumers directly through delivery, Farmers Markets, and on-farm sales. Wholesale purchases have been made by produce brokers, restaurants, small grocers and other farms. But to really appreciate how our farm came to be we have to honor our family's beginnings.
Joanne's father Dino Andreotti immigrated to Half Moon Bay in 1921 at the age of 17. He left his family in Molina di Quasa in the Tuscany region of Italy, to farm the fertile coast side. After 5 years of toil with partners, Dino set out on his own and began farming on Tunitas Creek Rd. He found much success with lettuce, peas, beans but especially his artichokes. He met Julia Benedetti and after a long courtship, they married and moved their farming operations to Kelly Ave. His son Dino E. Andreotti still runs the Andreotti Family Farm with wife Terry and their children.
Joanne and her sons always had an affinity for farm life. As children, Richard and David would sell pumpkins and gourds in front of their home on Main st during Pumpkin Festival weekend. When Joanne wed Gerald Marsh, they farmed and sold pumpkins and Fall decor at his Double M Farms pumpkin patch on Highway 92. Gerald had farmed pumpkins, hay, peas, and beans since he was a child. He took great care to teach and impart whatever knowledge he could to Richard and David.
In 1998, we were able to acquire a piece of family history when one of the Tunitas parcels Dino farmed so long ago, became available. Since then our family has worked together to preserve traditional farming and incorporate sustainable practices to produce fresh, healthy produce. We are proud to be Certified Organic by the California Certified Organic Farmers.