Welcome to Sam Cobb Farms We Grow Good Dates!

WE GROW 7 VARIETIES OF DATES

Date Farm and Tours. At Sam Cobb Farms we grow and sell fresh Medjool dates and six other varieties of dates and offer guided educational farm tours!  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 and sharing Sam's love of farming with each tour guest!  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! 



DATE FARM: FARM DIRECT RETAIL DATE SALES ON WEEKENDS (SAT & SUN): From 9 AM to 5 PM and other times by arrangement.  We are open to the public six month of the year, from a weekend in late October to a weekend in late April.  In the off season, call the farm for fruit availability.  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.  760-861-1664
SAM COBB FARMS
DATE FARM
WE GROW GOOD DATES! 

               COME TO SAM COBB FARMS for Medjool Dates! Sample before you buy.  Learn about dates.  Meet Sam!
            OPEN to the public on WEEKENDS (Sat & Sun) 9 am to 5 pm from October to April.  Order Dates Online 24/7
SAM & MAXINE COBB:  We employ more than 47 years 
of agricultural knowledge and experience, to produce
the highest quality and best tasting dates people have ever
enjoyed!  We grow seven delicious date varieties in all, including Medjool, Barhi, and our very own...Black Gold. 
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Sam Cobb Farms...We Grow Good Dates!
Farm Address:
22325 Henry Rd
Sky Valley, CA  92241
 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 chews like a cookie and has a mild nutty taste. Candi has a caramel aspect, and Black Gold, Sam says, has two textures and at least three amazing flavors, caramel, chocolate, dark cherry, and maybe more. 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 grown pesticide free . 

Maxine and Sam are at their stand on weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 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 Henry  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.


Medjool Dates
Barhi Dates
Zehidi Dates
Safari Dates
Empress Dates
Black Gold Dates
Candi Dates
WE GROW 7 VARIETIES
COME TO OUR DATE FARM AND PUT YOURSELF IN THE PICTURE!
760-861-1664
   On-Farm Date Sales & Tours    
         Open on Weekends 
  Or, Order Online Anytime 24/7
                Mid-Oct to Mid-April 

      Weekends Sat. & Sun. 9am to 5pm

          22325 Henry Rd. Sky Valley, CA  92241
                            
When you come to our date farm, just north of Palm Springs, CA to purchase Farm Fresh Dates, take time to view and photograph yourself with the beautiful date palms and create a lasting memory!

 Dates are a fascinating crop to grow! Come to 
 the farm and see for yourself.  It is an 
 experience like none other...you might even 
 meet the real Sam Cobb!

Profile Author: Sally Hedberg
Thanks for Stopping By
I Really Love Farming!
The Fortin Family, farm guest from Susanville, CA ...our date farm is a great place for families to gather and create a memory!
First Fruits from young Medjool date palms.

Septy and Cindy from Canada
We are Palm Springs and Coachella Valley's #1 location for Great local on-farm fresh dates. Come and see why!
Farm guest from Austin, Texas
Farm guests from Seattle, WA
Did You Know?
Sam has always wanted to be a farmer. Yes, always! - none stop and uninterrupted throughout life. Even, all the way back from the age of 3 or 4 years. Sam says he was "born to farm".  Sam loves talking with people about farm life and agriculture in general, regardless of the crop or the farm type. For Sam, farming is farming, and he loves farming for what it is...a way of life!

When you love what you do, it shows!
We love it when people enjoy life on the farm!
Farm guest from Oklahoma City, OK...thanks for stopping by!
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Mike, Sam and Josiah
        WELCOME to Sam Cobb Farms 
From our family to yours, thanks for stopping by!
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   New! Farm Tours

Not only can you purchase dates at our farm and see the date palm 
trees up-close for yourself, we now offer Guided Farm Tours.  Book your Farm Tour today and plan to spend some time this weekend with the real Sam Cobb and his real daughter LaJoy. Walking among the palms and learning first-hand how dates are grown and how new date varieties are developed (it may not be what you think), and have your questions answered. 

There is no better farm tour guide 
than Sam Cobb. Sam is established in many areas of life, including farming. He has paid the price to be, and he is, an absolute, 100%, no-holds-barred, real-deal farmer...and he loves it!  If you have ever wanted to spend time with a date farmer and talk agriculture and farming, Sam is the man! 

Sam understands that farming is farming and is passionate about all types of farming. In short, Sam knows his stuff! There is nothing like the real thing, and Sam is real! And, he's a nice guy too.

Schedule and Book Your Tour Today!

We currently offer two tours on Saturdays and two tours on Sundays, weather permitting. 
760-861-1664