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Who: HMC Farms acquired the first 40-acre ranch for farming in 1847. For almost 140-years this family-based company has made innovative advances while honoring the land, resources, and people of California’s Central Valley growing region.

Why: HMC has spent generations adapting their growing and handling practices to reliably provide safe, great tasting fruit, including practices in the following areas: renewable energy, water conservation, recyclable packaging, food safety, industry leadership, and community education.

Markon Products Packed by HMC Farms:

  • MFC Seedless Green & Red Grapes
  • MFC Lunch Bunch Grapes
  • ESS Seedless Grapes

Take a look at some of the ways HMC Farms is committed to their sustainability goals.

Markon’s sustainable partner HMC Farms developed the Burro: a self-driving cart that increases grape harvest efficiency while creating a better working environment for their employees.

Learn more about HMC Farms’ water conservation practices in this edition of their weekly video series, Farm Friday.


Diners are increasingly hyper-focused on high-protein and plant-based foods. Alongside all of the new-fangled, lab-based, cell-cultured options out there is the humble bean. A staple food for millenia, beans are being re-examined as a healthy, versatile ingredient worthy of menu inclusion.

  • Retro and heirloom recipes—like Southern succotash, French cassoulet, and Cajun red beans and rice—fit the bill for those in search of authenticity.
  • Most world cuisines incorporate some type of bean in their classic dishes. Think feijoada in Brazil, black beans and rice with plantains in Puerto Rico, and garbanzo beans in Israel. Modern interpretations of these recipes are packed with produce and herbs.
  • The creamy texture of mung beans is proving an ideal substitute for those that are eliminating soy from their diets.