It's half past noon and Grace Teresi, 55, has just woken up from a nap in the front seat of her pickup truck at the Alemany Farmer's Market in Bernal Heights. The nap is well deserved, as she's been up since 4 a.m. preparing for a 90-minute drive to San Francisco from her small organic farm in San Juan Bautista.
Teresi has been farming since 1980, when she got her start growing snow peas on her parents' old cattle ranch in Castroville. As the years passed, her ability to grow more versatile vegetables showed, as she began growing baby lettuces to sell at markets with other small growers.
She's come a long way since then, now owning five acres of land that she calls Miramonte Farms. Teresi has become known for her tomatoes, early girl and heirloom, both dry-farmed.
"I'm trying to sell something that is uniquely produced, that people can't find in the store," says Teresi. "Dry-farmed heirlooms are hard to do. Typically, you don't get the full production for heirlooms, period. They scab and respond to stress, they can be tricky." More »