Customer Information Booklet
Northwest Pride For Over 30 Years
Alvarez Farms began in 1981, when Hilario Alvarez migrated from Mexico into Washington State with the dream of making a decent living out of his passion. Through hard work and dedication Hilario was able to rent a 30 acre plot of land in Mabton, WA,where he and his family settled. In the 90's after watching a news broadcast about the health hazards linked to Genetically Modified Foods, a disappointed Hilario decided he wanted better for his family and customers. So in 1992, Alvarez Farms became one of the few certified organic producers in the state. After certification and a slight increase in prices, Hilario's customers seemed to begin disappearing. In an effort to find a market for his under appreciated produce, he began traveling to the Seattle area and participating in as many farmers markets as one man could handle. Fortunately, his focus on diverse variety made him instantly popular in the Seattle farmers market scene. Over the years, Alvarez Farms has grown into one of the largest organic producers in the state. Our well-known peppers have had us featured in many Seattle Times and Yakima Herald articles. We are also proudly featured in Good Food, a movie production focused on sustainable Northwest farming. Today, Hilario continues his passion using the same simple, pure and effective farming techniques that he has formed into a family tradition.
Hilario Alvarez admiring his peppers
Photo Courtesy Of Ken Kailing©
Farm Direct Program
The Farm Direct Program is dedicated to connecting our farm fresh produce to premier chefs, CSA's, Grocers and Co-ops. We began with the idea of taking the worry out of buying from a produce broker and having no idea where your food will be coming from or how long its been sitting in a warehouse. Buying directly from a farmer means you get the peace of mind that your food comes from the same place every time and is consistently picked fresh just for you. By cutting out the middle man we are able to offer you higher quality produce at a more reasonable price. At Alvarez Farms, we believe vegetables need should be a health benefit not a health concern which is why we grow them free of all the pesticides and chemicals. We want to make sure you get the full natural flavor out of your dish because a good chef, like a good farmer knows freshness makes all the difference.
Early harvest peppers inside our tunnels
Row Of Peppers
Photo Courtesy Of Ken Kailing©
Alvarez Farms is located in Mabton, WA about 30 mins east of Yakima just off of I-82. We currently farm about 80 acres that are divided between four land parcels. Each land parcel is annually inspected and certified organic by the USDA. We recently added a state of the art irrigation drip system that has maximized our water efficiency tremendously. All of our harvesting and packing is done the old fashioned way, by hand. We choose to because its the way farming should be. It also ensures that we are able to provide the finest quality produce. Towards the end our season we hold an annual farm walk; where we encourage all our customers to make the trip to Yakima Valley to see the fields of nature and get to meet the farmers.
A farm worker among the dense pepper fields