Alvarez Organic Farms, Mabton WA

Alvarez Organic Farms is not your ordinary Yakima valley vegetable farm! After realizing that he couldn’t compete in the market for the usual assortment of vegetables, Hilario Alvarez took steps that showed he was an intuitive marketing genius. How did he do it?

Step One – Be unique:
Alvarez Farms grows 200+ varieties of peppers, 50+ varieties of tomatoes, 20+ varieties of egg plant, 13 kinds of zucchini, and summer and winter squash, melons, and peanuts.

Step Two – Add value:
Offering produce at farmers markets – in the face of pretty tough competition – meant that a lot of Alvarez’ peppers didn’t sell. Rather than toos the peppers, Hilario and his family now produce rainbow-colored fresh pepper “rings and strings.”

Step Three – Make it easy to buy:
Alvarez Farms sells at every farmers market within a 200-mile radius and will ship pepper rings and strings if requested through their website.

For more information go to Alvarez Farms Facebook page.

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13 comments to Alvarez Organic Farms, Mabton WA

  • Tina C

    Hi,
    I bought one of the fresh chili wreaths at Pikes Market Place about 6 weeks ago and LOVE IT.
    I would like to buy 2 more but I need to know if:
    1. Will the vendors selling these be a Pikes Market EVERY Saturday until
    the end of 2015?
    2. What other options can I use to get these to mail them across country?
    Do you have an actual website I can order them from and also view the
    variety you currently have on hand?

    Thank you and I look forward to your reply as I want to send these as
    Christmas gifts.

  • Kay Cuddeabck

    Hi :-)),

    In reference to the “organic” comment above and the answer given…does that mean your ENTIRE farm and crop are ALL organic?

    By listing “what” is certified organic, I am now wondering if you actually have items that you are selling at the markets that might NOT be organic?

    Please verify is your ENTIRE farm is organic?

    Thank you so much for your products and your reply to my question – Sincerely, Kay :-))

    • Kay,

      Alvarez’ farm is certified by the Washington State Department of Agriculture
      Certification #780
      Hilario Alvarez Alvarez Farms
      300 Murray Rd., Mabton, WA 98935
      Phone: 509-837-2381
      Email: alvarez002000@yahoo.com
      Products certified: Grains And Dry Beans, Vegetables

      At all the farmers markets where I’ve seen Alvarez’ products sold, they are all organic. If you are ever in doubt, ask.

      Gail N-K
      Co-Publisher, GoodFood World

  • Carol Bersch

    I purchased a chili pepper ristra from Alvarez Farms at Pike Place Market on October 1st and now it has mold growing all over the ristra. This makes me sad 20 days later not to be able to use my peppers. It was $35.00 wasted!

  • Dora

    Do you grow fresh chick peas (garbanzo beans)? If so, when will they be at the Bellevue Farmers Market?

  • Thomas Bonin

    Is this farm certified organic? Or does it just call itself “organic”?

    Thanks.

    • Thomas,

      They are absolutely certified organic. Here is the listing from the National Organic Program Database:

      Certified by Washington State Department of Agriculture
      Alvarez Farms – Mabton WA
      Certificate Number 780
      Products certified:
      Grains And Dry Beans, Mixed Dry Beans Vegetables, Asparagus, Beets, Corn, Eggplant, Garlic, Green Beans, Mixed Vegetables, Onions, Peanuts, Peppers, Potatoes, Squash, Tomatoes

      Gail N-K
      Co-Publisher
      GoodFood World

  • Susan O'Shea

    1) The ‘link’ to Alvarez Farms is a link to an all-Chinese site.

    2) When are the cayenne peppers plump and green?

    • Susan,

      I’ve linked this page to Alvarez Farms Facebook page since their website is gone. You can find them at many farmers markets in Puget Sound every week during the season.

      You can reach them via the phone number on their FB page to find out when the peppers are ready.

      Thanks for reading!

      Gail N-K
      Co-Publisher
      GoodFood World

  • Ted Rutherford

    I am looking for padron peppers. Do you have any? Do you take them to any farmer market in Bellevue, WA. If you do, please tell me where.

    • Ted,

      I know Alvarez Organic Farms is at many, many farmers markets every week. Check at your local market. I do know they are at the Ballard Farmers Market as well as others.

      Good luck!

      Gail N-K
      Co-Publisher
      GoodFood World

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