Castoldi Family Farms
The Castoldi farm’s first crop of Walla Walla Sweet Onions was produced in 1926 by Italian immigrant Andrea Castoldi. Andrea and two of his sons, Angelo and Guy, worked to develop their own strain of an earlier maturing sweet onion. Still working on the same farm purchased in 1924 are his grandchildren Robert and Paul alongside Robert’s son Nathan, a fourth-generation farmer.
Luke Hamada is a 3rd generation Walla Walla Sweet Onion farmer; he's been growing onions for the last 6 seasons. He grew up helping out his family on their onion farm, moving sprinklers, weeding, and driving tractor from the age of 11. His favorite part of growing onions is honoring a family and Walla Walla tradition and continuing to grow high quality Walla Walla Sweet Onions for the community and public to enjoy.
Vidal started growing onions in 1999 while he was working for a local farmer. In 2007 his employer, at the time, allowed him to grow a few acres of Walla Walla Sweet Onions of his own. In 2016 he was presented with the great opportunity to purchase part of the farm. He loves farming and nothing reminds him more of summer than seeing those Walla Walla Sweet Onions growing in his fields.
His favorite way to eat a Walla Walla Sweet Onion is raw, he loves the crunch and mild/ sweet taste it brings to any
Fernando Enriquez JR.
Fernando Enriquez JR grew up helping his father farm these sweet onions & always held the same passion for agriculture like his father. After graduating with a finance degree from Eastern Washington University he worked in the banking industry for 12 years. Soon Jr. felt his calling was drawing him back to the farm and decided to trade his tie in for boots, becoming the 3rd generation of farmers in his family. Knowing how important education is, JR enrolled himself in an agronomy program at a local college before he officially returned to the farm. Jr finished the agronomy program at the top of his class with a first place placement in a State soils competition.
JR. is now in his 6th crop season and has gone from 15 acres in his first year to over 40 acres of onions in 2019. His passion and determination for quality has been passed on from his father and he plans to continue to grow his families farming legacy with pride.
Michael J. Locati is the fourth generation Walla Walla Sweet Onion grower for Locati Farms. The farm was started by his great
grandfather Joe Locati in 1905. After arriving in the United States, Joe worked for Pete Pieri, a French solider, who brought the heirloom seed over from the island of Corsica. Michael attended Washington State University before returning to take over the family farm in 2014. He now operates the farm with his partners in Pacific Agra Farms to bring to you the best quality Walla Walla Sweet Onions the valley has to offer. Onions are ready to ship
mid-June through mid-August.
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Dave and Lisa grew up in Walla Walla Valley and knew each other for many years before getting married and having 7 children. More than a decade ago Dave and his brother Jeff started the onion business D&J Sweets. The kids grew up on the farm listening to their dad’s stories of when he was a teenager and grew Walla Walla Sweets. When the kids were old enough, they were excited to follow in his footsteps and started Countryside Acres. It was founded in 2017, and today they have 4 acres of Walla Walla Sweets for sale under the brand names D&J Sweets and Countryside Acres. Their onion fields are located off Valley Chapel Road in Walla Walla.
Fernando Enriquez SR.
Fernando Enriquez SR. started his farming operation 40 years ago after he and his wife, Lourdes, moved to the Walla Walla Valley from Mexico City, Mexico. Fernando SR. became a labor contractor, supplying labor for asparagus and onion farmers. Agricultural labor contracting and small farm management led SR. to venture into learning about other local crops. He soon learned he held a passion for growing the Walla Walla Sweet Onion. With guidance from other Sweet Onion farmers in the Walla Walla Valley SR quickly perfected his craft of growing sweet onions. SR. began with 5 acres of Walla Walla Sweet Onions, which has grown to over 50 acres today.
Dan and Sarah McClure
Walla Walla Organics is the only grower of certified organic Walla Walla Sweet Onion. Dan and Sarah McClure have been farming organically since 2003 on a 100-year old farm south of Lowden, WA. The McClure’s are passionate about using sustainable organic farming methods to grow healthy, tasty – and very sweet! - onions in a safe, vibrant soil. The organic onion fields are hand weeded, primarily hand transplanted and
manually harvested, to assure the highest quality premium sweet onion for the end consumer. Our over-winter (fall seeded) Walla Walla Sweet Onions will be the first crop to be harvested, in late June.