Brian Violini, a third generation farmer has been growing organic asparagus in Gonzales, located in the Salinas Valley, for over 40 years. Their grandfather, a Swiss Immigrant, worked on a dairy farm in Salinas Valley back in 1918 when he was just 20 years old. “I can remember being 10 years old and pulling weeds and moving sprinklers for my grandfather,” says Violini, who now runs Coastal View Produce with his brother. “The main thing we’re known for is asparagus,” says Violini. “We started with organic asparagus, when I was in high school.” Violini attributes the consistent high quality of his crop to the mild Salinas weather in the winter and spring. “It’s not too hot, not too cold—it stays around 65–75 degrees."