THE FAMILY BUSINESS
CELEBRATING 85 YEARS!
B & R Farms has grown and processed the very special Blenheim apricots on their ranch in Hollister, California since 1929. The business is still family owned and operated business with 3rd generation Jim Rossi and his wife Mari and son Brian. You will also see their other sons, Philip and Scott helping on the farm.
The Rossi Family
Top left to right: Brian, Jim, Brittnee, Nicole, Philip & Ethan. Bottom left to right: Mari, Julie, Gavin. Not pictured: Scott
B & R Farms Family Tree
First Generation: Frank and Mary Bozzo
Second Generation: Elsie (Bozzo) & Emil Rossi
Third Generation: Jim & Mari Rossi
Fourth Generation: Philip, Scott & Brian Rossi
Fifth Generation: Ethan, Brittnee & Gavin
(Philip & Julie's children)
Pictured above: Left- Nana Elsie teaching her great grandchildren about cutting apricots during 2012 harvest. Right- The fifth generation after 2014 harvest.
THE BLENHEIM APRICOT
Frank Bozzo chose San Benito County for planting their orchards because of the ideal conditions available - its rich soil, cool mornings and warm afternoons. Located 45 minutes from the Monterey Bay, the coastal breezes cool the area well, especially during hot summer days.
While the trees are tended and the business is open year round, the harvest occurs mid summer where 100+ acres of Blenheim apricots makes this farm buzzing with daily activity!
The products B & R Farms offer are made from the dried Blenheim apricots, which produces a much more intense apricot flavor.
The family and staff of B & R Farms take great pride in their dried apricots, offering them to you and the world to enjoy.
“We Dry Our Best”… so you can enjoy the best!
SBC Chamber’s Ag Business of the Year- 2007 & 2011
Ag Against Hunger’s 2012 Ag Woman of the Year- Mari Rossi
Frank next to drying trays, Circa 1950s
Elsie in drying fields, 2012
Emil by drying trays, Circa 1950s
Jim & his mom Elise on the harvest production line, Circa 1970s
Jim & Mari in the drying fields, 2011
Below: Left- Scott & Philip on tractor Circa 1980s.
Right- Brian in warehouse Circa late 1980s
All prices are in USD.