In 2012, the Monroe family chose to remember and honor their home landscape by naming their family business - the Valley of Hearts Delight. Vestiges still remain of the fertile valley that blossomed each springtime with vast orchards planted in a cornucopia of fruit trees - prunes, apricots, cherries, peaches, grapes, and walnuts. And ranchlands still crown the hillsides with grazing cattle feasting on the lush grasses made abundant by our Mediterranean climate.
Our desire is to pass on the "sense of place" that we treasure so much. You will be able to immediately recognize our enthusiasm and passion for our home landscapes. We invite both locals and visitors to explore with us the oak woodlands, redwood canyons and valley farms that we so readily enjoy. We hope to capture with you the fleeting beauty and casual pace of our backyard and set aside the noise and hurry of our modern, urban culture. To share the peace and joy of quiet interludes with family and friends is surely the goal of healthy living.
We arrange natural history talks and tours with a number of associate organizations. Most are small businesses or non-profits which we wholeheartedly support - they are our neighbors.
It's all about sustainability and simplification of lifestyle - to share and keep alive the bounty and beauty of the Valley of Heart's Delight.
Our growing list of friends include:
santaclarawines.com - our local winery and vineyard association
andysorchard.com - a slice of our tree fruit heritage
ljbfarms.com - San Martin farmers market
sccgov.org/sites/parks - our favorites Mt. Madonna and Harvey Bear
penspaceauthority.org - our local land trust
sempervirens.org - dedicated to protecting our redwood forests
californiaoaks.org - a coalition of groups conserving oak habitats