Vendors: Mo Yang and Chia Thao
Location: Sanger, CA
Products: Asian and Western vegetables including beans, squash, peppers, herbs, eggplant, tomatoes, sugar snaps
C Farm, with its amazing variety of Asian and Western vegetables, is result of the hard work of Mo Yang and Chia Thao. Mo and Chia started the farm in 1992 on five acres of land in Sanger, California. Since then, C Farm has expanded to 10 acres and has expanded production to include tomatoes, green beans, okra, peanuts, peppers, cucumbers, as well as their signature products: long beans, bok choy, and seven varieties of eggplant from around the world.
Mo is the one you see on Saturday mornings. She has farming in her blood — her father was a farmer, and she married a farmer (and his family are all farmers, too). Mo is driven by the desire “to bring fresh produce to the customer.” She travels 280 miles from Sanger, leaving home at 2:30 a.m. to get to the Market each Saturday morning.
“I love this market,” she says. “People are so nice. Many customers come back every week.” Of course they do! With dazzling piles of fresh produce, and Mo’s uncanny ability to cheerfully help several customers at once, who could stay away?
Mo also appreciates that PAFM supports its farmers by ensuring that each vendor keeps a core niche market. C Farm’s niche is Asian vegetables. If you walk around the Market, you’ll notice each stand has a core set of unique products.
Ask Mo about ways to prepare her Chinese long beans. Her favorite is stir-fried with bell peppers in oyster sauce and olive oil. Use a wok and make sure the oil is really hot!