Heinke Family FarmParadise, California
Located in the northern California town of Paradise, Heinke Family Farm dates back to the 1900s. The farm has been in the Heinke family for several generations and is currently owned by Terran Heinke. Terran runs the farm with his wife, children and up to 14 local seasonal workers.
The Heinke family has long been associated with fruits and juices. Terran’s, great-grandfather, Carl Heinke produced fruit products including apple butter, apple jelly, Concord grape jelly, fig jam, canned figs and apple cider vinegar. Heinke’s farm also became the first commercial grower of kiwi fruit in California. Today, the farm focuses mainly on growing and selling their organic Concord grapes nationwide while expanding their local business which includes kiwi, feijoa and persimmon.
The farm is considered an integral part of the Paradise community. In addition to a farmstand, the farm offers a U-Pick program on weekends and also allows local residents to drop off their pine needles and leaves which can be used to keep weeds down and help provide nutrients to the plants.
After nearly a century in business, Heinke’s Family Farm has survived the Depression, Recession, World Wars and most recently the Camp Fire. A miracle that the orchards were not destroyed, every person associated with Heinke Farm lost their homes in 2018. Through it all, the farm continues to show their dedication and passion for what they do: growing delicious organic fruit.
Concord Grape, Kiwi, Feijoa, Persimmon