A family farm, Rico Farms is run by the Tapia family. Francisco Tapia, Sr., is an engineer by trade, and his son Francisco Tapia, Jr., has been educated stateside where he gained a degree in Industrial Process and Systems Engineering. That’s a lot of technical savvy for a farming family.
The farm is situated inland from the Sea of Cortez near Hermosillo. The Tapia family’s lands cover over 4,000 acres and more than 90% of this land has been set aside as a wildlife preserve. The production area is surrounded by this wilderness on three sides, which reduces the chance of pests or diseases affecting crops- great natural protection for an organic farm!
Francisco Sr. began farming organically 30 years ago, starting with grapes, and then expanding to other crops including many types of squash, both summer and winter varieties, and melons too.
Realizing that he needed to look after his labour force who come from the surrounding communities, and at our urging over several years, Francisco recently got certified Fairtrade. During harvest season, Rico Farms accommodates up to 400 farm workers.
Butternut squash is a fruit that can be roasted, toasted, or pureed for soups, casseroles, breads, and muffins. </br> </br> All squashes provide vitamin A and vitamin C, some of the B vitamins, and are a good source of fibre. They are also rich in carotenoids. The darker the flesh of the squash the higher the concentration of beta-carotene.
Considered one of the sweeter squashes, Delicata is very tasty and lends itself well to baking, roasting, and steaming. </br></br> Delicata squash is not as rich in beta-carotene as other winter squashes, but is a good source of dietary fiber and potassium, as well as smaller amounts of vitamins C and B, magnesium, and manganese.