Missy Gotelli and her family
About 500 acres in Stockton and Acampo, California, about 73 and 80 miles to San Francisco
The Gotelli family emigrated from Italy in the early 1900s and planted cherries along the Calaveras River in San Joaquin County. Those orchards eventually grew into a family business. The Gotellis now offer many varieties during cherry season, including Golden, Rainier, and Brooks, which are all well-adapted to the hot climate of the San Joaquin Valley. Cherries have a short season and a healthy crop needs chillier winters and a ripening period without rain. Once this delicate crop is ready, Missy’s family organizes to harvest and get these cherries out into farmers markets across northern California, usually at the end of April through June.