Del Mar attorney’s farm providing fresh produce to local restaurants
It was a no-brainer when Del Mar attorney Bing Bush was approached last summer by his long time friend, polo player and businessman Luis Rios, to help with the acquisition of what is now the Medallion Farm in San Diego.
Bush grew up on a small farm in Kentucky with horses, and jumped at the chance to partner with his fellow horseman. The 48-acre property is on Monument Road in San Diego near the Tijuana River Valley, and overlooks the Pacific Ocean with a view of Imperial Beach, Point Loma, Coronado, and downtown San Diego to the north, and the Mexican border to the south.
Bush is passionate about the farm. “I love going down to the farm in the early morning, picking up fresh produce, and dropping it off to my favorite local restaurants on the way to my office.”
Medallion Farm fresh produce is served at Crepes & Corks, En Fuego, Hotel Indigo Ocean View Bar and Grill, Poseidon, Sbicca, Curious Fork, Enoteca Cucina and Pamplemousse.
The farm was originally owned by George Yamamoto, a Japanese sharecropper who was interned with his family at Santa Anita during World War II. Yamamoto took great pride in owning the last piece of private property on the southwest corner of the United States, now a source of great pride for both Bush and Rios.
With rich soil and their own well, they are able to produce strawberries, various types of squash, shishito peppers, and an organic garden of various tomatoes, kale, and mixed lettuces.
About 40 horses are also kept on the property, including thoroughbreds from the race track, San Diego Polo Club ponies, and some trail horses. Trails on the property allow them access to the beach.
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