Marcie Jimenez was born in Santa Monica, California and grew up in Santa Monica Canyon with her parents and two brothers. The family were involved with horses and Marcie’s passion for horses and all things equestrian kept her busy throughout her childhood and high school years. She competed in horse shows, trail rides and endurance racing.
In 1976 she graduated from Pacific Palisades High School and then took off on the adventure of a lifetime. Marcie was the youngest rider in the Bicentennial event, “The Great American Horse Race.” The race began in upstate New York on Memorial Day of 1976 and ended in Sacramento on Labor Day weekend. Marcie was one of the 55 finishers out of the 110 riders who began the trek across our nation. “We saw the country, we learned life lessons; it was an experience with no comparison. Our country is vast and varied, and at speeds of no more than a fast trot we saw the real America!”
Marcie came to the Santa Ynez Valley first during summers of her high school years spending time on horse farms and riding and training for shows and endurance. In 1976 her family bought the small farm where she still lives. The family kept a small herd of dairy sheep and goats and had originally intended to make cheese. After attending Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo with a major in Animal science, Marcie moved back to the Valley. She worked at the family farm with her parents and also operated the “GreekDeli” in Solvang. From the restaurant the idea for Marcie’s Pies was first conceived and pies were made and sold through out the southland from both the restaurant and to many prestigious stores including Lazy Acres Market, El Rancho Market, Jorgensen’s, and Trader Joes among others.
The farm is where Marcie first met her husband Gustavo who was helping her father with the farming operations. Gustavo grew up in a farming family near Guadalajara, Mexico. He studied agriculture at the University of Guadalajara and brings his vast experience to the operation.
In 2001 Marcie and Gustavo purchased the family farm and began growing their specialty fruits and vegetables for farmer’s markets. Today the farming operation consists of over 25 acres sales at 9 weekly certified farmers’ markets farmer’s markets a week. Their daughter, Christie, is well known at the farmers’ markets and an integral part of the family business. The array of products offered include beautiful and sustainably raised fruits and vegetables, handmade jams, preserves, farm raised pork, rabbit, fresh eggs and chicken and grass fed lamb and goat, and of course the famous handmade Marcie’s Pies.
We hope you will watch and enjoy the video of our farm, courtesy of KCET.org.