K and J Farms

Vendor: Kalayada Ammatya and James Beutel
Location: Winters, CA


Jim and his stone fruits have been featured at the French Laundry time and again

Wife-and-husband team Kalayada and James ("K" and "J") have been farming the same land for over 17 years. Kalayada is a registered nurse, and was born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand. James is a retired Professor of Pomology (the branch of horticulture that is concerned with the study and cultivation of fruit) who grew up on an avocado orchard in Orange, California. Kalayada has 2 daughters -- Aomboon ("Booney") and Onanong ("Ona") who live with them on the farm in Yuba City. Members of their extended family help on the farm and with sales at farmers' markets.

Products:Apples, apricots, Asian pears, cherries, nectarines, pecans, peaches, persimmons, plums, jujubes, chestnuts, and some dried fruits.

SOIL: The farm's Yolo loam is amended with cover crops, manure, mowed sod, and organic fertilizers.

WEED CONTROL: Mowing and discing. Minimal synthetic herbicides are used to prevent weeds from competiting with trees for nutrients.

PEST MANAGEMENT: Integrated Pest Management including pheremone disruption. Minimal pesticides are also used. K and J use antibiotics in the spring to treat and prevent fire blight in their Asian pear orchards.