Jim Shanley initially began farming as part of his retirement plan. In 1998 he purchased Morro Canyon Ranch in Morro Bay, California. The first planting of avocados went in the next year. Soon after the avocados began producing in Morro Bay, Jim caught the farming bug. He purchased Venice Hill Ranch in Visalia, California in 2003. When Venice Hill Ranch was acquired it was already in production growing avocados, oranges, lemons, and kiwis. For several years various packing houses would manage all aspects of sales and marketing for Shanley Farms products.
In 2010 Jim decided he wasn't ready for retirement. He hired one of his daughters, Megan, to return home and develop a sales and marketing branch of the family farm. Today they work with a great team to grow and bring to market Finger Limes, Morro Bay Avocados, and Sierra Sweet Kiwis.
Jim Shanley, Owner, describes Shanley Farms philosophy as follows "We grow produce for people who care about what they eat." At Shanley Farms we pride ourselves on harvesting our products only once they have reached their peak maturity and flavor profile. In most cases this means holding fruit on our trees longer than traditionally done so that the fruit has the time to develop to its fullest potential. We harvest our fruit when it is in season, and not a day sooner. The care and patience that we take in managing our groves and harvest strategy help us reach our ultimate goal; we strive to provide our end consumers with the most delicious and enjoyable eating experiences possible.
Frequently asked questions are addressed at the bottom of "Our Products" page. For all retail and wholesale inquiries please call Megan Shanley at #805-234-8533. For all other inquiries please send your message to email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you and will respond as soon as possible!