TORRANCE — The Ishibashi family’s farm stand at Torrance Airport is holding a going-out-of-business sale on Saturday, March 10, at 8 a.m., according to blogger LA Farm Girl (

It is located at 24955 Crenshaw Blvd. in Torrance.

The last of the Japanese American families that farmed on and around the Palos Verdes Peninsula for more than a century, the Ishibashis closed the stand last October following the death of family patriarch Tom Ishibashi in May at age 82. His wife, Maya, died in November 2009.

In past years, the stand reopened every February, but its 62-year run has come to an end as the remaining family members do not want to continue the labor-intensive business.

According to the Daily Breeze, the Ishibashis were known for their zucchini, flowers, beets and strawberries in the spring; tomatoes, corn, cucumbers, green beans, raspberries and figs in the summer; and butternut squash, gourds and pumpkins in the fall.

Items for sale include farm equipment and supplies.

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  1. Yes, I saw Estate Sale sign. It is very sad that stand will be disappearing from South Bay. I always proudly looked at at the Ishibashi Family monument at Trump Golf Course. We need to find a way to keep the history of Japanese American farming in the Peninsula told generation to generation among Japanese American community and beyond. I think it can be said to Japanese American canary fishermen here in South Bay, etc. etc…