John Galvez

Markon, Quality Assurance Director
“I grew up in California’s Central San Joaquin Valley, surrounded by acres and acres of oranges, grapes, and various other fruit and vegetable farms. I have vivid memories of those Saturday mornings when the workers would come and pick the oranges just outside my bedroom window. Sometimes I would be upset that my sleep was disturbed, but most of the time, I would open the blinds and watch them for a while. The work was fast and difficult. They filled their satchels and hustled down their ladders to empty them into large bins that were positioned in between the long rows of trees. Some of them sang songs or told jokes to make the day go by faster; all of them were drenched in sweat by the end of the day. I tried to pick up one of the full satchels one day and couldn’t believe how heavy it was. From then on, I’ve always held a deep respect for agricultural workers of any kind.”
“As a young child, my grandmother had a garden in our backyard and while she was cooking, she would ask me to go pick jalapenos, tomatoes, and squash. That garden made a big impression on me and my life. I believe that is where my passion for food and fellowship developed. On Sundays our family would gather at my grandparents’ home to eat and laugh. I believe that no matter what happens in life there is no better feeling than gathering around the dinner table with your family and friends.”