Balakian Farms of Reedley, CA is run by 3 generations of the Balakian family—Amber Balakian, her father Clarence, and grandmother Stella, and was started by Amber’s grandfather John, the son of an Armenian immigrant who was born and raised on the property. Reedley has an ideal climate for the many varieties of tomatoes and delicious stone fruits they grow. Balakian is Certified Organic, and has been incredibly generous to ExtraFood at the the Thursday and Sunday Civic Center Markets as well as the Friday Farmers’ Market in Mill Valley. We’re grateful for the generous donations of heirloom tomatoes, peaches, plums, pluots, and nectarines.
Cathy and Ron
Cathy and Ron are a husband-and-wife team and have been with us for over a year. This week their grocery store pickup was twice the normal size, but they handed it gracefully as always. With 160 food trips to date, they have made an enormous difference to ExtraFood and our partners. We are so grateful to have Cathy & Ron on our team!
Ritter Center offers critically-needed services to the homeless and very low income residents of our county: food and clothing, health care, psychotherapy and substance abuse counseling, showers, laundry, restroom facilities, and more—all provided free of charge. Because Ritter does not serve food onsite, they need food donations that can be easily picked up by their clients—what we call “takeaways”. This week, ExtraFood organized the delivery of 50 boxes of emergency food kits and 25 boxes of high protein “full meal” bars to Ritter Center.