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Pata Bros. Farming and Ranching has been continuously owned and operated by a single family for over a century. In 1912, Candido Pata, a Swiss immigrant, started with a twenty acres near Lompoc, California. Through the 1900's he and his two boys raised cattle and butterbeans. Now more than 100 years later, his two grandsons continue to work the family plot together and grow a variety of dry farmed beans. Although the machinery may have evolved a bit, not much else has changed. The beans are grown and harvested by my husband. Then they are sorted by the kids. And the packaging is designed, produced and marketed by me, the farmer's wife. It is truly a family business grown out of our backyard.

We dry farm our beans. That means the beans rely only on the residual moisture remaining in our soil from the previous winter's rain, and a thick fog that arrives every evening here on coastal California. It's been a huge gamble every year to dry land farm during a historic drought that has brought less than half our rainfall totals. But we continue to roll the dice because farmers are just cautious gamblers at heart.

People eager to eat more healthfully know that beans are rich in soluable fiber which helps eliminate cholesterol and are also full of protease inhibitors which fight cancerous cells. For $15 you get one pound of pesticide-free christmas limas, one pound of pesticide-free butterbeans, and one pound of babushka ... or any combination of your choice.

Jalama Valley Beans 3 one pound bags of christmas limas, russian beans, butterbeans