With growing locations in Deming, New Mexico and McAllen, Texas, Little Bear Produce is known for their Maroon Carrots and Honey Sweet onions. Now, because of their recent donation to the Navajo Nation, they’re also known for their generosity. "Little Bear Produce is proud to be one of many amazing growers in the beautiful state of New Mexico, our fellow farmers are first line responders helping to feed the nation,” says Jimmy Bassetti, owner of Little Bear Produce. “We are humbled to help ease hunger and support our local communities with healthy nutritious fresh produce during these tough times.”
The Navajo people have been particularly hard hit by the coronavirus. As of this writing, McKinley, Sandoval and San Juan counties combined have over 1,000 confirmed cases. When Chad Smith, New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau CEO received a call asking if farmers had available produce he checked with Don Hartman, a grower of chile, onions and small grains in Luna County. While produce wasn’t yet ready to harvest in Luna County, Don contacted Jody Gatto, Director of Facilities Operations for Little Bear Produce. From their McAllen farms Jody was able to source 12 and 2/3 bins of Maroon Sweet Carrots equaling, about 8,100 pounds and 5,600 five-pound bags of Honey Sweet Onions.
“At times like these we return to the basics and food is the most basic of all. We appreciate Mr. Bassetti’s generous donation and are grateful to all the farmers and ranchers who keep our food supply stocked,” says Chad Smith, NMF&LB CEO. The Bassetti family is shown top left to right: Danielle Bassetti, Daniella Bassetti (holding Stella Bassetti), Diane Bassetti and Jimmy Bassetti. Bottom left to right: James Bassetti and Stephen Bassetti.