Stone and Ritchie are partners in Valhalla Farms. They purchased the assets of Fowler-based Jungle King of California Inc., including farmland, field and packing line equipment and the rights to the Jungle King label.
Planting of eggplant, Italian sweet onions and assorted varieties of peppers and squash is scheduled to begin soon, Ritchie said.
“We’ll begin shipping limited supplies of vegetables in late June or early July,” he said.
The partners in Valhalla Farms already own acreage that will permit the company to expand production in coming years, Stone said.
A growing segment of Valhalla Sales & Marketing’s business is export, Stone said. The company ships stone fruit to Chile.
“We had a pretty good increase last year, and I think it’s going to increase even more this year,” Stone said.