California’s Santa Clara Valley was once called the “Valley of Heart’s Delight,” a nod to its abundant fruit orchards, fertile soil and Mediterranean climate. Today, farmers continue to make good use of the valley’s growing conditions, even as the region has become better known as Silicon Valley.
Spinaca Farms is a family produce operation based in Morgan Hill, about 20 miles southeast of San Jose. Founded by Rick and Jeannette Andrade in 2001, the business has become a year-round supplier for national produce brands such as Earthbound Farm, Fresh Express, Taylor Farms and Classic Salads. In 2004, the couple brought on their son Zack, and today he leads the company as its president.