Welcome to my family farm. I am the grandson of Frank and Madeline (Ponti) Talarico. My grandfather began farming this land as a young boy with his parents, Pietro and Rosina Talarico. After Frank and Madeline were married, they acquired much of the land around the present day home. In 1957, they pastured the plow horses, Bill and Duke, and purchased the Ford tractor that continues to service the farm to this day. Over the years, the land has been planted in spinach, lettuce, carrots, beets, radishes and, of course, Walla Walla Sweet Onions®. The pastures and barn on the property have been the home to beef and dairy cattle, and horses roam the fields around us. It is currently rotated in wheat and alfalfa.
My mother, Bernice (Talarico) Elia was raised on this farm. The farm has always been a gathering place for the family, neighbors and friends. Over the years, my father and I worked in the fields, bucked bales, fixed fences and moved irrigation pipe in the summer and cattle in the winter. It continues to be a place for family celebrations and holidays, including my own.