|Mello-dy Ranch booth|
Also available from the Mello-dy booth are potatoes, lemons, and squash. While I was visiting the booth, many people came by to inquire about fresh chicken or duck eggs and to recycle their egg cartons. Although it was only about 9 am, the eggs were already gone. Kyle explained that there will be more eggs as the season progresses, and that the ranch has about 3,200 hens. These fresh eggs seem to be a very popular item, so if you want to sample them get to the market early!
Mello-dy also offers a delicious looking line of preserves, toppings and sauces. I noticed applesauce, strawberry-rhubarb preserve, and at least one sugar-free variety of raspberry preserve. These were priced very reasonably at $5-$6 each.
After checking out all of the delicious items available, I talked to Kyle about his family’s ranch. This is Mello-dy’s 28th year at the Cabrillo market, making them one of the older vendors. Although Mello-dy is not organic, they are pesticide-free. Kyle explained that his family has been working on the lengthy organic certification process, but that the ranch has a dedicated customer base that know and trust their products. Kyle is actually the sixth generation of this ranching family. His ancestors came from the Azores of Portugal in the 1800’s, and settled in the farm’s current location in what is now Watsonville.
this article from the Monterey Bay Certified Farmers Markets site.