Fowler, CA – Raisins
If Raisins had a Kingpin, his name would be Bob Martin. Bob’s pressed clothes, finely combed hair, and natural sense of charisma are a testament to his timeless, genteel demeanor. A perfectionist, Bob is particular, and so are his standards for growing. Through a meticulous process of irrigation and cultivation, pruning and picking, Bob takes the utmost pride in his product.
Bob’s seeds were sown at an early age when his family emigrated from Andalusia, Spain in 1910, eventually making their way to San Francisco and settling in Fowler, CA to found the Martin Ranch. Bob places a unique emphasis on family, and the importance of “being raised in agriculture.” His mother and father were huge influences in his life, and paramount to his success as a grower. A third-generation farmer, Bob has capitalized on the opportunity to work alongside those who came before him, and attain exposure to various industry challenges, enabling him to adopt contemporary twists on a classic process. Some roots run deeper than the vine.
Agriculture aside, Bob Martin’s passions aren’t restricted to the ranch. He’s an automobile aficionado— restoring, preserving, and showing off old American classics at car shows. Affirming the age-old adage, “Chrome gets you home,” Bob’s equipment gleams as lustrously as the rims on his trucks, not to mention the 1959 Cadillac Eldorado. (He doesn’t like to boast.) Even his tractor, rumored to be among the oldest in the valley, is a sight for sore eyes. The only rival to his love for family and dedication to cars is his passion for America’s greatest pastime: Baseball. When Bob’s not pruning the vineyards or embellishing the garage with a fresh coat of varnish, you’ll find him donning an array of bright-orange fan gear as he roots on the San Francisco Giants. Careful, Dodgers fans.
Bob Martin strives to uphold the family’s impeccable legacy through the relentless pursuit of collaboration and community, upholding the entrepreneurial heritage central to California’s Raisin industry.