What’s the connection between Boney’s, Henry’s, Sprouts, Frazier Farms, Whole Foods Market and Smart & Final?

Being 5 years new to the San Diego area, I heard rumors and tidbits, but never met anyone who could give me any definitive answers. So here is the timeline as best as I could piece it together:

1943: Henry and Jessie Boney start selling peaches at a fruit stand in La Mesa. The business later grows to include four more outlets with an expanded produce line.
1950: The first family store opens in Chula Vista. Henry Boney later sells the chain and founds Speedee Mart.
1964: Boney sells Speedee Mart to the company that operates the 7-Eleven chain.
1971: The first Frazier Farms store opened on Grand Avenue in Escondido.
1976: Son Steve Boney founds Windmill Farms. The family later sells 11 of the outlets and keeps three.
1978: Frazier Farms moves a short distance to a new location on Center City Parkway. The popular store eventually expanded to four locations.
1980: Brothers Stan and Scott Boney create a corporation named Boney & Boney, Inc., to operate a market in El Cajon, California, under the name “Windmill Farms.” They also create a partnership to operate a Windmill Farms market in Vista, California.  Stan and Scott later created Boney & Boney/Vista, Inc., and transferred to it the partnership’s interest in the Vista market.
Also in 1980, Whole Foods Market founded in Austin, Texas, by four local businesspeople who decided the natural foods industry was ready for a supermarket format. They were John Mackey and Renee Lawson Hardy, owners of Safer Way Natural Foods, and Craig Weller and Mark Skiles, owners of Clarksville Natural Grocery. At the time, there were less than half a dozen natural food supermarkets in the United States.
1982: Stan and Scott bought a market in Spring Valley, which they held through Boney & Boney, Inc., and operated as a “Windmill Farms” market.
1983: Stan and Scott decide to leave the Windmill Farms organization in order to have more quality and advertising control. They rename their three Windmill Farms markets as Boney’s MarketplaceMike Darr (the Boneys’ brother-in-law) and Farm Yard, Ltd., also rename Windmill Farms markets they own as Boney’s Marketplace. Stan and Scott enter into a written “cooperative advertising/operating agreement” authorizing Darr and Farm Yard to use the trade name Boney’s Marketplace and stating that Boney & Boney, Inc., owns all rights to the trade name. Stan and Scott continue to operate their three markets, maintaining the stores’ existing appearance, and to market foodstuffs and vitamins under the Boney’s Marketplace private label.
In that same year, Bill Frazier sells Frazier Farms in 1983 to Norman Frazier. Norman maintains the same standards for value along with a passion for food and regard for good health.
1985: Steve Boney opens a market in Pacific Beach.
In October, Stan and Scott (as Boney & Boney, Inc., and Boney & Boney/Vista, Inc.), Mike Darr, and Steve enter into a cooperative advertising agreement. This agreement contains the following provision:
All rights to use of the “Tradename” [Boney’s Marketplace] shall remain with Boney [Stan and Scott’s corporations], except that, Steve and Darr shall also have the right to use of the “Tradename” at locations that do not compete with any current or future locations of the Parties.  The right to the “Tradename” shall expire three calendar months after any of the parties sell their store(s) and/or stop contributing to the weekly advertising budget. Stan and Scott also retain the right to terminate any store’s right to use the trade name in response to delinquency or default in contributing to the advertising budget.
1986: Steve Boney opens another market in Escondido. Steve operates both of these markets under the name Boney’s Marketplace. Steve sells the Pacific Beach store in September, and in October, incorporates the Escondido store as Stephen W. Boney, Inc. (SWB)
: Stan and Scott restructure their corporate entities. Boney & Boney, Inc., sells the right to the trade name Boney’s Marketplace, including existing licensing agreements regarding that name, to a limited partnership called Boney’s Services, Ltd. Boney’s Services, Ltd., then enter into licensing agreements with Mike Darr (president of the El Cajon store) and Norman Frazier (president of the Vista store), granting them non-exclusive licenses to use the trade name Boney’s Marketplace.
1989: Steve opens a store in Denver, Colorado, to which he shipped goods bearing the Boney’s Marketplace trademark. He subsequently sells the Denver store. Steve has continuously owned and operated the Escondido store since 1986. He sells goods at that store bearing the Boney’s Marketplace trademark, including specialty breads baked from trade secret recipes.
1989 – 1994: Events that transpired between 1989 and 1994 are somewhat unclear. Immediately before and immediately after Stan and Scott’s 1988 corporate restructuring, four Boney’s Marketplace stores were associated with Stan and Scott and used the trade name with Stan and Scott’s permission. Steve owned and operated the Escondido store. Boney’s Services, Ltd., merged with Boney’s Services, Inc. (BSI)Steve, through SWB, opened two new stores in the San Diego area. Stan and Scott and their associates opened several new stores. Relations between Steve and his brothers deteriorated;  their conflict focused on their respective rights to the Boney’s Marketplace name.
1996: After that family rift*, the Boneys change the store names to Henry’s Marketplace.
1999: Boney Family sells 12 Henry’s Markets to Wild Oats Markets, Inc. and signs non-compete agreement. The Henry’s family includes 23 stores in Southern California. Henry’s in El Cajon continues to operate as a licensed store, owned by Mike and Darlene (Boney) Darr.
2001: A non-compete agreement between the Boneys and Wild Oats expires.
2002: Stan Boney and his grandson, Shon Boney, start a new health food venture in Phoenix called Sprouts in Chandler, Ariz. The company has since opened 19 additional units, and now operates 15 stores in Arizona, plus two in Texas.
2004Henry’s in El Cajon and Vista reunite with the Boney family and are renamed Sprouts Farmers Market.
2006: The Frazier family proudly returns the name of the Vista location to Frazier Farms and continues their family legacy of bringing value to the community with the highest possible quality at competitive prices.
2007: Wild Oats is acquired by Whole Foods Market following a highly debated merger in August.
In October, Whole Foods Market completes the sale of all 35 Henry’s Farmers Market and Sun Harvest Market stores to a subsidiary of Los Angeles grocer Smart & Final Inc. for $166 million. Smart & Final in turn was acquired by the private equity firm Apollo Management earlier in 2007.

* Steve Boney (Stephen W. Boney, Inc. aka SWB) sued his brothers Stan and Scott Boney (Boney Services, Inc. aka BSI) for trademark, trade name, and trade dress infringement. The district court granted summary judgment to BSI, finding that Stan and Scott had continuously used and controlled the name “Boney’s Marketplace” since 1983 and therefore had priority over SWB’s use of the name. The district court subsequently denied BSI’s motion for attorney’s fees and reconsideration. BSI appeals the denial of attorney’s fees;  SWB cross-appeals the summary judgment entered against him. The district court having jurisdiction affirmed in part and reversed in part.

Works Cited

McMahon, Shannon. (2004, December 30). Boneys take root again in county. San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved July 22, 2010 from http://www.signonsandiego.com

Stephen Boney, Inc. v. Boney Services, Inc. (1997). Retrieved July 22, 2010 from Findlaw databases.

Tanner, Ron. (no date available). Sprouts Farmers Market. Specialty Food Magazine. Retrieved July 22, 2010 from http://www.signonsandiego.com/

Bargains for the week of July 21 – July 27th

I haven’t seen this price in a long time.  In fact, back when the price of gas shot up, I didnt’ think we’d ever see this happen again.  But thankfully Ralphs has THE  Bargain: Whole Grade A Chickens $0.59/lb.  Get the limit of 3, put 2 in the freezer.  Repeat.  See recipes below that incorporate the chicken and other ingredients that are bargains this week!

$2.88/3 lb. bag Tangerines– This is good deal.  You might find a similar deal off the back of a truck, if you hit the right freeway on-ramps or off-ramps in LA/OC.
$.88 each – Cantaloupe  I’m only recommending this if you don’t have a Henry’s nearby. ($.77 each)  If you live near a Seafood City Market and took advantage of the lychee on sale, I have a recipe below that you can use with the cantaloupe.
$.99/dozen Large Eggs– You don’t see eggs cheaper than this.  If you do, tell me!
$1.99/48 oz. Breyer’s Ice Cream – selected varieties.

Stater Brothers
$.79/lb. – Red Seedless Grapes
– Best deal around for Red. If you want Green Seedless, you’ll have to go to Frazier Farms for a deal.
$2 lb./$3 – Black Seedless Grapes – good deal since Albertson is selling them for $1.99/lb.!
$1.97/lb. Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts– If you are one of those who will not eat dark meat or willing to pay upwards of $360 per year more to not cut up your own chicken, then this is a good deal. (This was calculated using the current Vons sale price of $4.99/lb. and a 2 lb. purchase every 10 days.)
$.99 each – Hunts Spaghetti Sauce 9 varieties

Frazier Farms (BOTH weeks’ ads are honored on Tues. & Wed.)
$.99/lb. – Green Seedless Grapes.
  This is a bargain because it’s ONE DOLLAR PER POUND LESS than everyone else!
6/$.99 – Super Sweet Corn (limit 18).  I never have been disappointed by the flavor of their corn. Always sweet!
$.88/lb. – Donut Peaches.  Big bargain! These unique hybrids are usually very expensive anywhere you go!

$3.99/lb. – Fresh not frozen Pacific Red Snapper Filets.  This is a good deal because it’s fresh and a dollar less per pound than the usual price you see for fresh.
$4.99/lb. Large Raw Shrimp – 2 lb. bag previously frozen 31-40 count.  This is a good price for a mainstream market, but not on par with the Asian markets, and I’ll tell you why.  Large Asian supermarkets offer the same price on a regular basis, you don’t have to buy a min., and the turnover is faster.  Don’t ever be put off by fresh frozen, because that is how we get most shrimp.
Note:  This is one of the few times that Vons beat Albertson in seafood prices.  Albertson has the same price, but their raw shrimp is 51-60 count.  (More shrimp per pound means smaller shrimp.)

Henrys (BOTH weeks’ ads are honored on Wed.)
$1.49/lb. – Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs.
  What makes this beyond a good deal is that their chicken is all natural, with no hormones and salt water added.
$.77/6 oz.  Fresh Blueberries
$.77/Cantaloupe– This is per cantaloupe NOT per pound, so get the biggest, heaviest one you can find! If you live near a Seafood City Market and took advantage of the lychee on sale, I have a recipe below that you can use with the cantaloupe.

Sprouts (BOTH weeks’ ads are honored on Wed.)
$.49/lb. – Cluster Tomatoes on the Vine Awesome bargain!
$.49 each Hass Avocados (I can’t say if this is a deal or a bargain until is see the size of them.)
3/$1 – Green Bell peppers.  Great deal!

4/$1 – Mangos.  This is a good deal because Sprouts is charging 3/$1.
Tangerine Chicken with Thyme

  • 1 whole 2 lb. chicken cut up into 8 pieces (2 thighs, 2 legs, 2 wings, 2 breasts)
  • 8 medium tangerines
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil or butter
  • ½ lb. brown or white mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
  • 4 Tbsp. Grand Marnier, Triple Sec, or other orange flavored liqueur
  • 1 1/3 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2 green onion, sliced

Instructions: (Makes 8 servings)

  • Grate 1 tsp. peel from 2 tangerines. Juice 4 tangerines to equal 2/3 cup juice. Peel and segment remaining 2 tangerines, removing any seeds; set aside.
  • Rinse chicken pieces and pat dry. Lightly sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper. In large non-stick skillet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray, heat 1 Tbs. Oil over medium heat.
  • Brown chicken for 5 minutes on each side or until just cooked though; remove. In skillet drippings and remaining oil, sauté mushrooms with thyme and grated tangerine peel for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Add tangerine juice and orange liqueur. Stir chicken broth into cornstarch and add to skillet. Bring to boil over medium heat, stirring until mixture starts to thicken. Return chicken; stir in tangerine segments and green onion.
  • Heat, stirring occasionally. Garnish with fresh thyme. Serve over polenta.

Chicken Veronique


  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. dried tarragon leaves
  • 1/2 tsp. dried marjoram leaves
  • 1 whole 2 lb. chicken cut up into 8 pieces (2 thighs, 2 legs, 2 wings, 2 breasts)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 3/4 cup chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup vermouth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cup red and/or green grapes, cut in half
On shallow plate, combine flour, salt, pepper, tarragon and marjoram. Coat chicken pieces in this mixture. In heavy skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Add chicken pieces and cook for 7 minutes. Turn chicken over and cook 5-8 minutes longer until chicken is just done. Remove chicken from pan and cover with foil to keep warm. Add stock and vermouth to pan and bring to a boil, scraping up pan drippings. Boil over high heat for 6-8 minutes until sauce is reduced and thickened. Return chicken to pan along with cream plus red &/or green grapes, and cook over low heat for 4-6 minutes until sauce had thickened and chicken is tender. Serve over steamed rice.
Melon & Lychee Salad


  • 3 large or 4 small cantaloupes, peeled and seeded
  • 1 1/3 cup lychee, peeled and seeded
  • 1 – 2 Tbsp. finely shredded mint leaves
  • 100 ml sweet white wine
  • Put melon, lychees and mint in a bowl.  Pour wine over fruit and toss well.  Chill until ready to serve.

Bargains for the week of July 14th – 21st

Lychees have been making guest appearances at trendy Asian restaurants on the rims of the exotic-flavored martinis, saketinis, and the rare dessert as garnish.  Most places have been using canned lychees in syrup.  When fresh lychees do appear at your neighborhood Asian market, they normally sell for $3.99/lb. or more.  Right now,  you can get FRESH Lychees $1.49/lb. (limit 5 lbs.) at Seafood City!
Additional Seafood City deals include:  Chicken Leg Quarters 2 lbs./$1 (Limit 5 lbs.),
flash frozen  Half Shell Mussels in 2 lb packs $3.99/pack (limit 2), Chinese Eggplant 2 lbs./$1, and green cabbage 5 lbs./$1.
Here’s a link for recipes that call for lychee: http://www.ifood.tv/network/benefit_lychee_fruit/recipes

Bargains for the week of July 7 – July 13th

Grocery Outlet has SO many bargains:  Samuel Adams 12 bottle variety pack of 6 kinds of Summer Brews for only $11.99.  They also have a 2 lb. bag of 60/80 count shrimp for only $6.99!  Marie Callender’s Cornbread Mix is normally $2.99 at most markets, but at Grocery Outlet they are only $1.79!  Acai juice has sold for $7.99 or more for Acai mixed with another fruit juice.  G.O. has a large 1/2 gallon bottle with Acai puree as the #1 listed ingredient for only $2.99!  A 1 lb. pkg. of lean, thinly sliced pancetta was only $3.99!  Keep a wary eye on their meat section prices because I found that other supermarkets’ sales usually have them beat.  Their regular price for many cheeses was on par with many supermarkets’ sale prices though!

FREE 4-Pack of Muffins Coupon

Experience “Pandamonium” with a Thai Twist at Panda Express!

Visit a Panda Express and get a FREE single entree serving of Thai Cashew Chicken Breast. This offer is good for one day only on Wednesday, 7/14 at participating locations. Get your coupon now!


The Longest Running Culinary Demo Series in the entire USA is in San Diego!

The nation’s longest culinary demo series has been at the San Diego Fair June 11th – July 5th by the Chefs de Cuisine Association of San Diego!  Come out to watch, taste, & participate!  They’ve been pulling members of the audience (your truly included) to do 10-minute  “Iron Chef” competitions AND to be tasting judges!

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