Larry Balestra is a fourth generation farmer who followed in the footsteps of his great grandfather who originally migrated from Italy and settled in Green Valley where he farmed cherries and peaches.
Larry and his wife Lisa both attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where Larry was a crop science major and Lisa studied Ag Business. Following their graduation and marriage in 1985, the two decided to open a roadside produce stand in the summer of 1986 at their current location on Suisun Valley Rd. near Fairfield, CA.
With only themselves and a single employee, the trio farmed about 40 acres to start. After years of hard work and by developing some innovative business techniques, they now farm over 1,200 acres including various fruits and vegetables sold at the stand as well as wheat, safflower, garbanzo beans and canario beans.
The initially small fruit stand has also grown substantially and has turned into a busy hub for both local shoppers and businesses as well as visitors from adjacent cities and counties.
The Balestras employ approximately 80 people during the peak season. In addition to selling the large variety of fruits and vegetables they grow, they also augment their selection by purchasing products from the San Francisco terminal market. These are generally fruits and vegetables that they are unable to grow themselves due to climate and soil restrictions. By further serving their customers in this way, Larry’s has become a one-stop shopping stand for fresh produce and one of the largest in Solano County.