by Tim Linden | November 12, 2015 | Produce News
Unlike many other Western vegetable producers, Boskovich Farms Inc. does not really go through a transition from its summer to winter production.
The company is headquartered in Oxnard, CA, in the heart of Ventura County. With its coastal and Southern California location, the area has mild temperatures 12 months of the year, which allows for year round production. “We don’t go through a transition like many of our competitors,” said Sales Manager Russell Widerburg. “We don’t have to move our equipment or switch packing or shipping locations. We package, process and ship from here [Oxnard] all year long.”
The company does have a diversified portfolio of growers and does produce in several different districts, including Mexico, but Oxnard remains the hub of its activity year round. For other year-round shippers headquartered in the Salinas Valley, a couple of hundred miles north, late October/early November typically includes moving day. That’s the day the harvesters are loaded up and trucked down to the desert districts in California and Arizona. A few days earlier, the winter packaging sheds and shipping offices and docks are opened up and made ready for the five month winter deal.
by Tim Linden | March 25, 2015 | Produce News
In 1915, Stephen Boskovich bought his first parcel of land in the Lankershim District near Los Angeles and began farming. One hundred years later, two of his grandchildren are running what became Boskovich Farms in nearby Oxnard, CA, and the fourth generation of the family is beginning to find its way in the family firm.
It has been a legacy of success and family succession that few companies in the produce industry, or in any business, have duplicated.
A well-known axiom in family business academia says that the first generation builds the company, the second generation struggles to maintain it and the third generation tends to destroy it. Not true with Boskovich Farms.
Each succeeding generation has grown the company to loftier heights, and while the job of the third generation isn’t yet complete, it has grown the company far beyond the capacity that existed when the first two generations gave up the reigns. And this current generation has no plans to abdicate any time soon.
by Maggie Giuffrida | March 23, 2015 | Produce News
Whether she’s roping cattle in a rodeo, hunting with her dad and brothers, or working for her family’s business, Boskovich Farms Inc. in Oxnard, CA, 23-year-old Bridget Boskovich isn’t afraid to call the shots.
As the company’s new head of marketing and advertising, the young, go-getting produce professional comes with quite the impressive résumé.
A 2013 graduate of Pepperdine University, Boskovich earned her degree in psychology with a minor in industrial/organizational psychology. But her accomplishments don’t just start and end with academics.She’s also an award-winning rodeo queen who’s been riding horses since the age of 5.
“I have won my fair share of blue ribbons as well as belt buckles and horse supplies,” she revealed. “I grew up competing in rodeos and riding in local competitions almost every weekend. I barrel raced with my sister and roped cattle with my brothers … sometimes roping them too!” she joked.
by Andy Nelson | February 25, 2015 | The Packer
Supplies of medium and large Mexican green onions could remain tight into spring.
Oxnard, Calif.-based Boskovich Farms Inc. expects to ship from the Mexicali and San Luis regions of Mexico before switching to coastal Mexico in mid-May, said Don Hobson, vice president of sales.
Barring unforeseen weather, Hobson expects an on-time transition. And prices will likely stay high until warmer weather brings on higher yields, probably in March.
“The market’s really good now,” he said Feb. 23. “It’s $13.95 today, which is pretty good for this time of year. Usually it’s $9-10. It would be great if it stayed high, but it will probably ease off.”
On Feb. 24, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported prices of $11.55-13.35 for cartons of medium bunched 48s from Mexico, up from $6-7 last year at the same time.
One reason for the high prices is a dearth of medium-size green onions in the market. Boskovich Farms doesn’t harvest until it’s fields yield 70% mediums, regardless of market pressures, but some growers have been harvesting early to take advantage of high prices, Hobson said.