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Fresh. Clean. Tasty.

 SUSTAINABLE Farming Practices for Clean LEAFY GREENS

Sundial Farm is a family owned and operated farm in beautiful Vista, California.

We provide local, authentic, healthy and sustainable vegetables to the Southern California area.

805 Mar Vista Dr. Vista Ca 92081

Email: [email protected]

760-940-8000

 
 
Welcome to Sundial Farm. Our greenhouses sit on a lovely sloping property in the hills of Vista, CA. Known for its Mediterranean like climate, we able to authentically grow the freshest, cleanest produce right in our Southern California backyards.

Welcome to Sundial Farm. Our greenhouses sit on a lovely sloping property in the hills of Vista, CA.

Known for its Mediterranean like climate, we able to authentically grow the freshest, cleanest produce right in our Southern California backyards.

Greenhouse Grown Hydroponic Veggies

We grow in Vista, North County San Diego, and source to our local Southern California Area. 

Our Philosophy

FRESH   Our produce is "picked" with the roots still attached.  That means the plant is still alive, rich and full of nutrients when it gets to your plate. We are passionate about growing the finest quality, best tasting, and most nutritious leafy green you can find. 

CLEAN Our greenhouses provide the ideal year round Mediterranean climate for growing plants, allowing them to grow to their full potential without soil borne contaminates. Eliminating the need for the use of harmful chemicals. We promote Integrated Pest Management (IPM) principles so that our plants have fewer pests.  We cultivate "good" bugs and beneficial bacterias within the greenhouse to manage the "bad" bugs  and slow down the growth rate of problem pests.  

TASTY  Our love for food has lead us to grow the crisp, delicate flavor desired by so many in the food community. We are proud to grow produce that backs our beliefs of preserving our resources, promoting biodiversity, providing fair treatment to workers, and spending our dollars closer to home.

Overhead Drone shot of our Greenhouses and the land surrounding in Vista, Ca

Sundial Farm Produce Varieties

We specialize in the production of the highest quality leafy greens, including Basil, Butter Leaf, and Kale. Specialty varieties are also available on request, such as Tatsoi, Sorrel and Bok Choy.  

 

We are highly selective in our choice of seeds for their nutritional value and quality of flavor.  We use only  NON-GMO seeds from small, employee owned seed companies.  Using our hydroponic growing systems, we nurture our produce to outstanding results.  

Living Italian Genovese Basil is strong in stature and rich in color.  This basil has long, lush leaves and a wonderful fragrance. Its authentic Italian flavor warms your taste buds and is ideal for creating traditional Basil Pesto.  It is also delicious in a salad, sauces or as a seasoning.

Living Italian Genovese Basil is strong in stature and rich in color.  This basil has long, lush leaves and a wonderful fragrance. Its authentic Italian flavor warms your taste buds and is ideal for creating traditional Basil Pesto.  It is also delicious in a salad, sauces or as a seasoning.

Our living Butter Lettuce is everyone’s favorite.  The bouquet of curly loose leaves allow for maximum exposure to the sun that makes for maximum nutrition.  Its crisp leaves are perfect for lettuce wraps or as a main ingredient in a salad.  

Our living Butter Lettuce is everyone’s favorite.  The bouquet of curly loose leaves allow for maximum exposure to the sun that makes for maximum nutrition.  Its crisp leaves are perfect for lettuce wraps or as a main ingredient in a salad.  

Our Dino Kale, also known as Black Kale, is selected for its extra-dark green leaves, which yield the highest nutritional value.  The techniques we use make this variety extra soft and tender, which can be enjoyed as the perfect kale for a raw salad. No kneading necessary.  When juiced or in a smoothie, our kale adds fantastic health benefits.  It is also versatile. Great cooked, baked, sautéed, or stir-fried.

Our Dino Kale, also known as Black Kale, is selected for its extra-dark green leaves, which yield the highest nutritional value.  The techniques we use make this variety extra soft and tender, which can be enjoyed as the perfect kale for a raw salad. No kneading necessary.  When juiced or in a smoothie, our kale adds fantastic health benefits.  It is also versatile. Great cooked, baked, sautéed, or stir-fried.

Tatsoi has its roots in Japan and here is known as “Asian Spinach” because of its similarity to familiar green.  Its teacup shaped, dark green leaves are tender, buttery and high in nutritional value.  Tatsoi is versatile and can be used in soups, salads and smoothies.

Tatsoi has its roots in Japan and here is known as “Asian Spinach” because of its similarity to familiar green.  Its teacup shaped, dark green leaves are tender, buttery and high in nutritional value.  Tatsoi is versatile and can be used in soups, salads and smoothies.

Our French Sorrel is a popular flavoring in salads, soups, sauces, and especially with fish.  With its refreshing lemony taste, sorrel often substitutes for fresh lemon or arugula. 

Our French Sorrel is a popular flavoring in salads, soups, sauces, and especially with fish.  With its refreshing lemony taste, sorrel often substitutes for fresh lemon or arugula. 

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Farmers' Markets

FARMERS' MARKETS

Leucadia
Farmers' Market

     Sunday: 10 am -2 pm
     Paul Ecke Elementary-185 Union St
     Encinitas, California 92024 Map
     Website: leucadiafarmersmarket.com

Vista Farmers' Market
     Saturday: 8 am - 1 pm
     Vista Courthouse Complex  
     825 South Melrose Drive
     Vista, California 92081
     Website: vistafarmersmarket.com

Carlsbad Village Farmers' Market
     Wednesday: 3-7 pm (Summer), 
                            3-6 pm (Winter)
     State St. (Carlsbad Village Dr. & Grand)
     Carlsbad, CA  92008
     Website: http://www.carlsbad-village.com/events/farmers-market

Testimonials From Farmers Market Shoppers:

"I LOVE the produce from this place. And the staff are very friendly!" -Cecil Brown
"Just so happened to stop by the Carlsbad Farmer's Market and stumbled upon this gem.
Fresh lettuce! I think butter lettuce is my new fave."- QC BE
"Perfect lettuce period!" -Stefany Alvarado
"Great produce, doesn't get any better than this!" -Ronda Heaton Ussery
"Just left their stand at Vista farmer's market. Such fresh and delish veggies at a super price! The basil lasted me two weeks!"- Jennifer Lambycakes
"Fresh! The best." -Hank Stelzl

 

FARM STANDS

  La Costa Farm Stand
   
   1911 Saxony Drive
      Encinitas, CA

  The Farm Stand West
       2115 Miller Ave.
       Escondido, CA 92025

 

 

  

PRESS

 

Sundial Farm was featured on the KUSI Farming show California Bountiful!!!

Click the link to watch Sean and Tarek give a tour of our farm and enjoy some of our butter lettuce in an original recipe served at:

Thai Society in Encinitas, CA.

California Bountiful TV Appearance

Our story has also been featured in online publications such as

Seedstock.com

Korduroy.tv

Inside Grower Magazine

We have also been spotted in local print magazine features.  Below is an article from 92011 Magazine featuring Sundial Farm Basil:

Sundial Family Story

 

Sundial Farm began as an idea to grow fresh, healthy produce in our family-owned orchid nursery in north San Diego.  We chose hydroponic growing because of the imperative need for water conservation in Southern California.  Growing hydroponic vegetables in our greenhouses fulfilled both our deep-rooted commitment to good food with low water use while having as little impact on the environment as possible.

We believe in:  SUSTAINABLE FOOD, which means being authentic in our growing methods so that food can be grown to conserve all of our important resources.

As a family business, we take pride in our endeavor to grow beautiful and delicious produce. 

Sean Keany wears many hats as any small business owner.  Sean is very hands-on and is involved in every aspect of the greenhouse, from growing the vegetables to growing the business.  He has a love for painting and has earned an art degree from University of California, Santa Barbara.  Sean has set up an art studio in one greenhouse to peruse this creative outlet. Growing up in the beach community of Carlsbad, Sean also loves to surf and practice yoga.

Sean Keany wears many hats as any small business owner.  Sean is very hands-on and is involved in every aspect of the greenhouse, from growing the vegetables to growing the business.  He has a love for painting and has earned an art degree from University of California, Santa Barbara.  Sean has set up an art studio in one greenhouse to peruse this creative outlet. Growing up in the beach community of Carlsbad, Sean also loves to surf and practice yoga.

Laura and Dennis Keany have owned and operated South Coast Orchids for over 30 years and now are contributing their vast farming knowledge to Sundial Farm. Laura is a breast cancer survivor since 2011. Her passion for this business is fueled from her belief that we need to keep our food and environment clean from chemicals and pesticides. Both Dennis and Laura have art degrees and enjoy living by the beach and a healthy life style including yoga, gardening, walking and eating well.

Laura and Dennis Keany have owned and operated South Coast Orchids for over 30 years and now are contributing their vast farming knowledge to Sundial Farm. Laura is a breast cancer survivor since 2011. Her passion for this business is fueled from her belief that we need to keep our food and environment clean from chemicals and pesticides. Both Dennis and Laura have art degrees and enjoy living by the beach and a healthy life style including yoga, gardening, walking and eating well.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about Sundial Farms' Living Leafy Greens.
If you have other questions don’t hesitate to Contact us at: [email protected]

How should I Store my living leafy greens?

If you purchased a Sundial Farm Living plant in a plastic sleeve you should store all varieties, except basil, in your refrigerator (the ideal temperature is between 38°F and 45°F). The refrigerator is too cold for basil, which is best stored at temperatures between 50°F and 55°F. When storing basil choose an environment that is warm with access to partial sunlight. The kitchen can be an ideal place. The Living Plant you purchased comes with water in the sleeve, however, you will want to check the water ever day or so to replenish as necessary. 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch of water should be sufficient. Remember less is more. No need to over hydrate your plant. Snip off what you need and continue to store properly.

Can you plant Sundial Farm Living Leafy Greens?

Our products are intended for immediate culinary use and we suggest that you use them to create an instant herb garden in your kitchen. However, you can certainly try to replant our greens, but we don’t guarantee that they’ll transplant successfully. Sundial Farm varieties are grown hydroponically in a climate-controlled environment and many of our greens simply cannot survive the transition to a home garden. If you do attempt to replant them, here are some tips that may help in the transition:

Leave a few leaves on the plant to keep it alive, but pruning the top of the plant is ideal. This allows the plant to refocus its energy into root establishment.

Place the plant inside a pot with fresh soil and proper drainage.

Water once a day.

Since the plant was grown in a greenhouse, it’s best to keep it inside until it produces new leaves.

Avoid extreme temperature changes.

Why are the roots attached?

Sundial Farm Living Leafy Greens are packaged with the roots intact so you get the freshest greens possible. Since they are still alive they last much longer than traditional cut greens. When you use Sundial Farm Living Leafy Greens you are utilizing these plants in their freshest state which enables you to experience their rich flavor as intended.

How long should Sundial Farm Living Leafy Greens last?

Some varieties are heartier than others but, on average, our plants should last between 6 and 10 days from the time they are harvested at our greenhouse facility. Following proper storage guidelines is essential to extending the life on all plants.

What is the “dirt” in the container?

It’s not dirt! We grow our plants in a soilless media called peat moss, which is a natural growing medium that is harmless to your health. Simply remove the plant from the root ball when you are ready to use them. 

Are Sundial Farm Living Leafy Greens organic?

Not currently. Since we eat this produce as well we follow as many of the organic regulations but some do not apply to the hydroponic growing methods.

All Sundial Farm Living Leafy Green products are ethically grown without the use of any harmful chemical pesticides, insecticides or herbicides.

We employ integrated pest management solutions, including biological controls such as using beneficial insects to prey on harmful pests.