Herbs, LLC. grows, packs and ships fresh herbs, edible flowers, baby
lettuce, and specialty produce. We also pack dried mushrooms, dried chili
peppers and sun-dried tomatoes. Quail Mountain Herbs has been farming
herbs, baby lettuce and specialty produce since 1979. We ship throughout
the United States and Canada, as well as export to the Far East.
In order to take advantage of local microclimates and soil
characteristics, we have assembled a series of farms and greenhouses at
several locations. This variety of locations provides us with the options
needed to assure the finest quality flavorful herbs, baby lettuce and
specialty greens from season to season.
Quail Mountain Herbs grows all the major culinary herbs (20 varieties
shipped daily) and over 150 specimen herbs. Our herbs are marketed with
recipes, back room handling instructions, and fun colorful posters to
stimulate interest in specialty produce. Quail Mountainís herbs are grown
in the Watsonville/Monterey Bay area and Californiaís Coachella Valley in
over 1,950,000 square feet of greenhouses and 200 field acres to assure
our customers an uninterrupted supply of safe, high quality herbs
throughout the year.
Quail Mountain Herbs is the largest producer of edible flowers nationally.
We have shipped herbs and edible flowers to the White House, meetings of
NATO ministers, and our edible flowers were featured on ABC Good Morning
America and Martha Stewart.
Quail Mountain operates 9 farms in California. Each farm and greenhouse
was selected for its unique characteristics, climate and soil type. Each
variety of fresh herb has individual growing requirements and Quail
Mountain is the only grower shipper of fresh herbs to have assembled the
diversity of locations required to deliver excellent quality year round.
In the Watsonville/Monterey Bay area we have 7 ranches, which include 5
greenhouse ranges, totaling over 1,440,000 square feet and over 140 acres
of field crops. Three of the farms are on sandy slopes overlooking
Monterey Bay and the Elkhorn Slough Sanctuary. The predominant marine
influence creates cool summers and moderate winters, where temperatures
seldom approach freezing in the winter. Four additional farms are located
on alluvial soil of the Pajaro Valley.
Quail Mountain has greenhouses south of Palm Springs, California, in the
Coachella Valley. The greenhouses cover over 510,000 square feet, with 47
acres of surrounding farmland. Winters are warm, summers are beyond hot,
perfect for basil, tarragon and other warm weather herbs and specialty
produce. The greenhouses are heated in the winter with geothermal water
from our own wells, eliminating the need for fossil fuel based heating.
Quail Mountain Herbs grows herbs during the summer in Gilroy, south of
Silicon Valley, from the late spring until early winter on rich warm
alluvial soil, perfect for flavorful basil, mint, and sage.
We have the best integrated cooling and packing facility for fresh herbs
anywhere in the country. Herbs are brought from the various farms and
cooled before processing. The herbs are all packed, after inspection, by
our staff in a 55ļ cooler and moved to an adjoining cold room to await
shipment. The actual packing of airfreight and FedEx shipments takes place
in a fourth cooler, again at 55ļ.
Quail Mountain has worked with the University of California, Davis, for
over 12 years to perfect our packaging and post harvest handling. We
incorporated breathable bags 14 years ago and have matched our packaging
to the herbsí respiration rates to give the longest shelf life available.
Quail Mountain Herbs has been dedicated to growing and shipping only the
highest quality since our inception in 1979. Quail Mountain Herbs assures
food safety and freshness each step from harvest to shipment. Each farm
has refrigerated coolers to quickly chill the harvested produce. Our
packing and shipping facility in Watsonville maintains a HACCP sanitation
program, and our herbs are packed in a refrigerated room. Our attention to
quality and food safety has earned our herbs and lettuces Kosher
certification. Each step, from planting to shipment to our customers, is
designed to maximize quality, freshness, and flavor, while keeping the
herbs, lettuce, and greens cool to maintain shelf life.
Quail Mountain Herbs has comprehensive GMPís and food safety procedures in
our herb receiving and packing, resulting in a complete HACCP program.
While our fresh herbs are not washed or physically altered during packing,
we recognize that packing room sanitation is important to assure food
safety. Our HACCP program looks back to include harvesting, receiving,
employee training, sanitation, and processing room procedures in a
comprehensive system of post harvest handling.
Well before our customers sought assurance that Quail Mountainís herbs
were grown on farms that raised produce in a safe environment, Quail
Mountain exceeded all safety and sanitation standards. Due to our
reputation, we were invited to farm property owned by the Nature
Conservancy. Members of our company give lectures on farm management,
erosion control, watershed management, and integrated pest management
Quail Mountain Herbs has retained PrimusLabs to audit our field sanitation
procedures. The results were EXCELLENT. Their audit involves review of our
written procedures and actual field audits of each of our farms and
greenhouses. The results are available, to the trade, on the PrimusLabs
We welcome tours and inspections by our customers. As part of our
commitment to quality and food safety, several of our accounts conduct
periodic audits of our Watsonville facility. Our farms also conduct tours
for our customers and your consumers. Quail Mountainís facilities and
farms have been visited by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, California
Secretaries of Agriculture, Congressmen, Legislators, EPA Washington
staff, and chefs from throughout the United States.
Quail Mountain Herbs has been certified as KOSHER Parve by the Orthodox
Rabbinical Council of San Francisco. All of our HERBS, SALADS, LETTUCES,
dried CHILI PEPPERS and sun-dried TOMATOES are kosher.
Kosher means fit and proper. Food can be certified as kosher only if it
Packaged, prepared and
processed in a facility that maintains strict
sanitation consistent with requirements of Jewish Law
The ingredients, fresh
herbs, lettuces, and specialty produce, are kosher
varieties of food without any other additives.
Quail Mountain Herbs was certified after an inspection by a Rabbi
representing the Orthodox Rabbinical Council of San Francisco. They make
periodic inspections of our packing and processing to assure our customers
that Quail Mountain continues to maintain the highest sanitation and
All of Quail Mountainís kosher items are also Parve, a status of kosher
food which may be eaten with all other varieties of food, including meat