My great-grandfather, an immigrant from Armenia, first planted a vineyard in Reedley over 80 years ago. In 1999, we began planting heirloom tomatoes in an effort to expand our product line and to try something new: Share these unique flavors everywhere!
While I was away at school, I discovered a fondness and comfort that came in a delectable jar of my Grandma Stella’s Blended Tomatoes. It was an easy, healthy way to bring the flavor of our farm to my kitchen over 3,000 miles away. This was the concept behind the creation of my line of Organic Blended Heirloom Tomatoes. I wanted each sauce to embody a distinct flavor, smell and texture that is reminiscent of my family farm. It is a simple way to create fresh, organic, homemade meals.
Creativity has been one of the key ingredients in sustaining Balakian Farms. As a fourth generation farmer, I am committed to continuing our fusion of family values, innovation and tradition. Our goal is to reach beyond the short-term to create a sustainable, and, healthy internal and external environment that fosters ongoing learning, communication and trust. Tradition serves as our foundation, and extends throughout all our channels of distribution, big and small.
However, we cannot do it alone. Our employees are our most important asset in our business. Together we are aiding in the creation of a roadmap that will meet the needs of populations nationwide. Balakian Farms has developed a reputation for letting our produce-products-speak for itself, while our voice is heard regarding accountability, integrity and providing the opportunities for growth in our community and around the world.
I visited Haiti in 2010 and left with a keen love for the country’s people and culture. While I was in Haiti, I visited the Good Samaritan Orphanage in Croix de Bouquets. I will never forget what I saw. Although the earthquake had damaged the building and its surroundings, the children had a spirit of joy and enthusiasm. This was the true character of humanity that we all strive for. A portion of the profits from my Organic Blended Heirloom Tomatoes will go towards restoring the building and grounds, along with supplying clean water, school supplies, food and other basic needs for the children and staff. If you would like more information please visit their website or contact me.