We’re a small farm located in Arroyo Hondo, New Mexico, a village so small we only have three stop signs! Here at Charybda Farms we are committed to quality in everything we sell. We grow using organic practices, and have done so since day one. We grow using harvested rainwater high atop a plateau overlooking the Taos valley, nestled up against the Carson National Forest. You can really taste the difference in our produce, and you can see the vitality in our plants. With over ten years experience in high altitude agriculture, we have learned to grow great plants and produce that both sustains the environment and truly nurtures people. To learn more about our how we got to where we are today, you can read on about our early beginnings.
We got our start in 1998, as Charybda Farms, when founder Paul Cross saw a need for organic plant starts for farmers and home gardeners. We rented a greenhouse in downtown Taos, New Mexico to grow our plants. By 1999, we achieved certified organic status with the New Mexico Organic Commodity Commission. This was before there was a national standard for organics. Like many small farms, we got our start by selling at farmers markets. But increasing demand for our top-quality plants led us to expand into supplying independent garden centers and natural grocers in New Mexico.
In 2002 we built our first greenhouse in the village of Arroyo Hondo near Taos. Since we are committed to environmental stewardship, we developed a rainwater harvesting system to grow with the purest possible water. We want our plants to get the best possible start. Also in 2002 we grew our first tomato crop. We didn’t realize what we had until we brought them to the Santa Fe Farmers Market and near riots broke out as people were jostling to get some of our limited supply. We’ve learned some crowd control strategies since then! By 2004 we developed a line of premium microgreens popular with the Taos chefs. When we started to gain interest from chefs in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, we looked to find ways to get our microgreens further away from the farm. Through some national food distributors, we now have microgreens distribution throughout New Mexico. As people began noticing our produce in restaurants, people began to ask how they could get it at home. So in 2007 we launched the Chef’s Edition brand, with our first products being Chef’s Edition Mega Greens, a line of microgreens available year-round for your personal kitchen. Now our newest product Sweet Gems, a delicious blend of cherry tomatoes, is also found seasonally in natural grocery stores.
In the past few years we started finding demand for our plants in a larger region. So if you are lucky, you might find our plants at natural grocers in Utah, Colorado, Kansas, and of course throughout New Mexico. Just look for our chef with the heart hat, and you know you’re getting plants grown with the utmost care.