The name “Oceanside, California” will bring thoughts of perfect weather, warm sandy beaches, a magnificent Harbor and the historic Mission San Luis Rey. However, there is another important element to Oceanside that has been key to our community since the beginning... and that’s agriculture.
While Oceanside has been known for a wide variety of crops, most recently coffee is becoming an important part of Oceanside’s farming community.
Oceanside resident, Christopher Rodriguez and his wife Denise are proud owners of Puerta de Lomas Exotic Farms, home to one of Oceanside’s coffee farms. Located in the South Morro Hills area of Oceanside, the farm features a variety of crops including guava, passion fruit, avocado, citrus and coffee.
Having recently purchased a home in South Morro Hills, Rodriquez describes himself as a “city boy turned farmer overnight.” He adds, “There is nothing like working your own land to provide for your family and produce good quality fruits for others to enjoy”.
Christopher’s wife Denise, a native Puerto Rican feels right at home on the farm! “I was born in Puerto Rico and when we first saw this property, I had a vision to make it my home and to raise my family here.” Their newest crop, coffee was planted early Spring 2015 is expected to produce its first fruits in the summer of 2017.
The Rodriguez farm, now turned plantation currently has 1,000 coffee trees with seven Arabican varieties. Their main coffee variety is of course, the “Puerto Rican Bourbon.” They plan to sell locally and eventually open a roastery and coffee retail location to offer their specialty grade coffee.
In addition to the farming, they also manage several bee colonies that produce
rich infused honey varieties. They have six school aged children ranging in age from 6 to 17.
For more information about their farm visit www.PuertaDeLomasExoticFarms.com and for more information about growing coffee in California visit www.cacoffeegrowers.com