Welcome to Sam Cobb Farms!  We Grow Good Dates!

WE GROW 7 VARIETIES OF DATES

At Sam Cobb Farms we grow and sell fresh Medjool dates and six other varieties of dates...direct from our farm to you...the consuming public!  Established in 2002, we are a family farm with ranches in central and eastern Riverside County (Sky Valley and Blythe).  Our primary emphasis is getting our wonderful great tasting dates into the hands of those who will enjoy them most!  We package our dates to be convenient... easy to eat, easy store and easy to share.  Our dates make a memorable and impressive desert gift...for friends, loved ones, associates
and...YOURSELF! 


FARM DIRECT RETAIL SALES ON WEEKENDS (SAT & SUN): From 9 AM to 4 PM and other times by arrangement.  We are open to the public six month of the year, from the first weekend in October to  April 19, 2014 this year.  Our farm is at 22325 Henry Rd, Sky Valley, CA 92241, North of Palm Desert, CA and east of Desert Hot Springs, CA.  Phone ahead if coming from out of the area, to be certain that we are open or available.    
Medjool Dates in a 12 oz stay-fresh container
                                       (shipped with lid)
SAM COBB FARMS
COME TO SAM COBB FARMS for Medjool Dates! Sample before you buy, take the photo tour, learn how dates grow...meet Sam!
  OPEN to the public on WEEKENDS (Sat & Sun) 9 am to 4 pm from October to April, 2015 ...and other times by arrangement!
WE GROW GOOD DATES! 
   Medjool Dates

Black Gold Dates 
beginning to ripen
PHONE ORDERS AVAILABLE...
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760-861-1664
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SAM & MAXINE COBB:  we employs more than 47 years 
of agricultural knowledge and experience, to produce
the highest quality and best tasting dates people have ever
enjoyed!  We grows seven delicious varieties in all, including Medjool, Barhi, and Black Gold Dates. 
samcobbfarms@gmail.com
Thanks for stopping by!
Candi, Kelly, LaJoy, Maxine, and Sam w/Kujo (not pictured is our son in-law:  Stefon Sykes)
Farm Address:
22325 Henry Rd
Sky Valley, CA  92241
760-861-1664
 PROFILE: BY SALLY HEDBERG
A PASSION FOR DATES
Sam Cobb’s ‘Black Gold’

After following the marked signs along Dillon Road to Sam Cobb Farms in Sky Valley, I not only discovered the freshest and most delicious dates, but I became fascinated with Sam Cobb’s passion for and knowledge of date farming. 

“I was three years old when I saw my first tractor from my parent’s porch in Fresno, CA. From that moment on, I wanted to be a farmer. My favorite TV show has always been “Green Acres,” recounts Sam. 

He started by obtaining two Agricultural degrees at Fresno State University in the 1980s. During this time, he met and fell in love with Maxine. He only had one prerequisite for marriage. “Would she be willing to be a farmer’s wife?” Her answer was yes, and they began farming vegetables in Fresno. 

Times were tough for farmers then, so when he was offered a job in 1996 with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture based in Indio, he took it and moved his family to La Quinta. Through his job in Soil Conservation, Cobb visited many date farms and started doing research on the process of cultivating dates. 

Ten years ago, the opportunity came to buy five acres of land in Sky Valley. Sam and Maxine decided to invest in their own date farm by planting date trees. They realized the process would take years, and that they would both still need to continue in their day jobs. Maxine is a fifth grade teacher at LB Johnson Elementary School in Indio. 

Sam’s education, research, years of experience, business skills, and careful long term planning made his dream possible. Ten years later, the Cobbs are realizing their first truly exceptional crop of dates. As Sam walked me through the 300 trees, consisting of seven different varieties, he spoke passionately about his dates. 

Here’s what I learned: Date trees grow from suckers and seeds. There are female trees which must be pollinated by the male trees. Sam’s farm has a ratio of 30 females to 1 male. If a sucker is planted then he knows for sure what variety of dates will be produced. It’s like cloning. If grown from a seed, no one is sure who’s the daddy and therefore one can’t be sure what variety will be produced. The dates must be covered with bags while maturing to keep away the birds. Date trees take 10 years to mature but live for 150 years. A healthy tree never stops producing. It’s a generational crop, and Cobb hopes his kids and their kids will continue the tradition of date farming. 

I sampled each one of his seven varieties, three of which have Sam’s trademark. They are Safari, Black Gold and Candi. These aren’t available anywhere else in the world and have distinct flavors. Safari tastes like a sugar cookie, Candi has a caramel aspect, and Black Gold, Sam’s favorite, has a mild nutty taste. Sam quipped, “I don’t grow anything I don’t like.” 

The farm starts harvesting the popular Medjool in September, and the rest, including the Barhi and Zahidi, are all picked by January. Dates can last for a long time depending on the care. All Cobb’s dates are fresh and organically farmed. 

Maxine and Sam are at their stand on weekends from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., October through April. They will mail dates, too. For more information go to samcobbfarms.com or call (760) 861-1664. The farm is located at 22-325 Safari Rd., Sky Valley, 92241. If using a GPS, put in Desert Hot Springs as the city. Make the trip and be in for a treat.

JANUARY 2013 PRIMETIME • 13

Sam Cobb works his dates.
Sally Hedberg Photo
Sam and Maxine Cobb in their weekend store in Sky Valley, CA.                      Sally Hedberg Photo
Sam Cobb and his Black Gold Dates.
Sally Hedberg Photo
Medjool Dates
Barhi Dates
Zehidi Dates
Safari Dates
Empress Dates
Black Gold Dates
Candi Dates
WE GROW 7 VARIETIES
Sam Cobb, Thinning a bunch of Medjool dates
760-861-1664
NOW OPEN!... EACH WEEKEND!