AombooN Deasy

Aomboon “Boonie” Deasy is a second-generation farmer. She and her husband Tim operate K & J Orchards, which was started in 1982 by her parents Kalayada Ammatya and James Beutel, Ph.D. (the “K” & “J” of the farm's name). K&J Orchards grows more than 180 varieties of fruits and nuts on a few plots in Winters and Yuba City and sells its tree-ripened fruits at farmers' markets and to more than 150 restaurants. In addition to farm operations, attending farmers markets on the weekends, and making deliveries to chefs all around the Bay Area, Deasy has a full-time job consulting with businesses about their sourcing and manufacturing. Her first food memory is durian fruit, and she still loves it.