Inland farmer enjoys high demand for organic produce

By CAROL PARK
Special to The Press-Enterprise

Friday, June 3, 2011

Bad weather, bugs and a slow economy don't bother David Barnes that much. Business for the owner of Crows Pass Farm sprouted 65 percent last year, and 2011 is looking pretty green for the family-owned operation.

"I don't worry about the weather anymore," Barnes joked. "I just roll with it because it will worry you and eat your insides out."

Barnes carved out a spot in the organic food market and has been on a growth spurt since he planted his first crop in 1993. Barnes produces organic fruits and vegetables on 40 acres in Temecula Valley Wine Country with his wife, Tina, and their two young sons. Their business has flowered with the organic food movement.

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