It’s awesome to have you as part of our family.
You’re part of the team, true, but you’re definitely part of our family now. You might think that’s dramatic but it really isn’t. The average american spends about 49 hours a week sleeping, 28 at home, and 30 at work. That means a lot of your waking hours are spent at your place of work. We know that, and we appreciate it.
At our Barns (we have two, the Big Red Barn on the 58 Freeway and the Little Purple Barn on the I-5 Freeway) our mission is to provide a place for families to experience all the fun and delicious stuff that comes alongside real farming while making memories that last a lifetime. When you spend your time here, you help us introduce more people to a source of joy that city life has caused most to forget, and the flavors that you can’t find anywhere else.
You’re not excluded from that either. We want you to enjoy your time here, and learn awesome new things you’ll be excited to tell other people. You’re just as much who we opened our Barns for as the families who come visit us. Murray Family Farms started out as a little cut of acreage, but after becoming one of the most successful cherry farms in the state, we wanted to give back to our area. In opening The Big Red Barn, we could bring jobs and smiles to families in Kern county. By working together, we can grow the barn to have more fun for families, and more opportunities for staff.
The Farm Behind the Barn
Being employed at one of our Barns means you’re the face of our farm. While you may not find yourself picking fruit customers will look to you for information on our farm. You’re the last person who sees the fruit before they do, of course, so here’s a little bit about us.
We grow rare fruit from all over the world.
Steven Murray speaks 17 different languages, and constantly travels the world to find new varieties of produce to bring back to our farm. Introducing people to new flavors is half the fun of being a farm, and Steven makes that possible. He’s like our personal mix of Willy Wonka and Indiana Jones.
We give school tours.
It isn’t uncommon to see a whole flock of kids at Murray Family Farms. We want to provide an environment for learning about where food comes from. 2 out of 7 kids in America believe that produce is made at the grocery store. (3 out of 500 adults think chocolate milk comes from brown cows.)
We grow ALOT of different fruit.
While most farms will grow 4 kinds of peaches, we grow over 250 different types of fruit. Most people understand that Red and Green apples are pretty different, but every variety of fruit has their own differences just like apples do. Often times if you don’t like one variety of orange, you’ll find one that you do! It’s pretty common for newcomers to find they love fruit they used to dislike.
We’re first and foremost a cherry farm.
Murray family farms will harvest the first cherries in the entire world each year. Yeah, if you eat one of our cherries, you’re one of the first in the world to try one. (We tend to get pretty popular during cherry season. )
We’re an Organic, Sustainable, Non-GMO farm.
If you’re not familiar, being an organic farm means we stay away from synthetic pesticides and stick to using natural methods of pest control. Being sustainable means we practice our farming in a way that uses our natural resources in a responsible manner. Being a Non-GMO farm means we don’t carry any fruit that are genetically modified (Theres actually a lot of these!)