Hidden Star Orchards has been an integral part of the local food community in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 20 years. With a unique mix of talents, Wendy Holm and Johann Smit have collaborated to bring their fruit grown in the Sierra Nevada Foothills to the Bay Area farmers' markets, restaurants and independent grocery stores. Hidden Star Orchards is the product of Johann's entrepreneurial spirit and love of farming combined with Wendy's financial sensibilities and eye for design. In 2002 Wendy and Johann saw the increasing demand for locally grown food and set about establishing a presence that allowed them to be a true part of the San Francisco Bay Area food community. By building an urban agricultural hub in San Leandro they have made their products widely accessible to their Bay Area customers and partners.
Over the past twenty years Hidden Star Orchards has grown into a multi-faceted business built on the foundation of organic and sustainably grown fruit. Apples, cherries, blueberries, stone fruit, citrus and pomegranates can be found at farmers markets and independent grocery stores across the Bay. In addition, their commitment to a zero-waste philosophy has driven the development of a line of innovative and delicious value added food products. These include apple ciders, one-of-a-kind blueberry jam, addictive apple chips and craft hard cider.
Hidden Star Orchards' newest project is the completion of their commercial kitchen and cidery in San Leandro. The kitchen is used to create and produce value added products and is also available for rent and mentorship to select Bay Area food makers and entrepreneurs. A hard cider tasting room is currently being developed .