Four Seasons of Chino Farm

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Clouds gather over recently planted fields on the Chino family farm in Rancho Santa Fe, California March 7, 2013. The gravitational pull of Chino Farm is legendary. Since they don’t ship, everyone – whether a top chef or a traveling foodie or a local resident – comes to the farm stand, simply called “Vegetable Shop”, on a dusty corner of this affluent San Diego County town, hemmed in by sprawling housing estates. Long before farmers’ markets and heirloom vegetables popped up across the country, Tom Chino’s parents bought the 45-acre (18.2-hectare) farm after World War Two and forged their independence from wholesalers and supermarkets, setting their prices and cultivating a diverse offering of crops. (Photo by Mike Blake/Reuters)

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Farmer Tom Chino works in the field of his family’s farm as spring onions grow under cloudy skies in Rancho Santa Fe, California March 7, 2013. (Photo by Mike Blake/Reuters)

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Farmer Tom Chino jumps off a growing rack, in the green house of his family’s farm, during spring planting in Rancho Santa Fe, California March 4, 2013. (Photo by Mike Blake/Reuters)

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Farmer Tom Chino plants Yuchoi Sun transplants on his family farm in Rancho Santa Fe, California March 4, 2013. (Photo by Mike Blake/Reuters)

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Makoto Chino (R) organises the morning harvest on his family’s farm in Rancho Santa Fe, California August 13, 2014. (Photo by Mike Blake/Reuters)

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Vegetable seedlings are planted on the Chino family farm in Rancho Santa Fe, California March 4, 2013. (Photo by Mike Blake/Reuters)

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Farmer Tom Chino (L) poses for a photograph with chef, author and restaurateur Alice Waters, at his family’s farm in Rancho Santa Fe, California December 7, 2013. (Photo by Mike Blake/Reuters)

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Albion strawberries grow on the Chino family farm in Rancho Santa Fe, California March 7, 2013. (Photo by Mike Blake/Reuters)

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Makoto Chino eats a purple haze carrot as he works harvesting the morning’s vegetables and fruit from his family’s farm in Rancho Santa Fe, California August 12, 2014. (Photo by Mike Blake/Reuters)

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Young lettuce is seen in the morning light on Chino Farm in Rancho Santa Fe, California March 4, 2013. (Photo by Mike Blake/Reuters)

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Makoto Chino looks out over his family’s farm at dusk in Rancho Santa Fe, California August 14, 2014. In keeping with Japanese tradition, the lanterns guide family ancestors to the home, welcoming them to visit during the Obon Festival. (Photo by Mike Blake/Reuters)

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A Japanese cucumber flower grows on the Chino family farm in Rancho Santa Fe, California August 12, 2014. (Photo by Mike Blake/Reuters)

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Lettuce transplants grow in a green house on the Chino family farm in Rancho Santa Fe, California April 23, 2013. (Photo by Mike Blake/Reuters)

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Radishes are bundled for sale after being harvested from the Chino family farm in Rancho Santa Fe, California April 23, 2013. (Photo by Mike Blake/Reuters)

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Red Chard grows on the Chino family farm in Rancho Santa Fe, California April 23, 2013. (Photo by Mike Blake/Reuters)

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Makoto Chino picks cucumbers on his family’s farm in Rancho Santa Fe, California August 12, 2014. (Photo by Mike Blake/Reuters)

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Makoto Chino stands over freshly picked and washed carrots at his family’s farm in Rancho Santa Fe, California August 13, 2014. (Photo by Mike Blake/Reuters)

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Makoto Chino (L) and his father Tom wash off freshly picked vegetables on their family’s farm in Rancho Santa Fe, California August 12, 2014. (Photo by Mike Blake/Reuters)

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Makoto Chino (R) pulls freshly picked vegetables with an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) on his family’s farm in Rancho Santa Fe, California August 12, 2014. (Photo by Mike Blake/Reuters)

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Farmer Tom Chino (L) looks at tattoos of vegetables on the arm of southern cuisine Chef Sean Brock as Brock visits the Chino family farm in Rancho Santa Fe, California November 16, 2014. (Photo by Mike Blake/Reuters)

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Farmer Tom Chino works at the Chino family farm vegetable stand in Rancho Santa Fe, California November 16, 2014. (Photo by Mike Blake/Reuters)

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Farmer Tom Chino (L) and his son Makoto head off to work on the family’s farm in Rancho Santa Fe, California August 12, 2014. (Photo by Mike Blake/Reuters)

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Yellow and green zucchini are seen on sale at Chino Farm in Rancho Santa Fe, California May 15, 2012. (Photo by Mike Blake/Reuters)

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