In the early 1990’s – long before sushi became popular in the United States – Chris Isbell began producing Japan’s most prized sushi rice here in the United States. Before being produced here on Isbell Farms, it was a belief of almost legendary degree that Koshihikari could not be produced outside of Japan. When it was successfully produced here on Isbell Farms, the media outlets in Japan took great interest. Over the coming years, dozens of Japanese media crews descended on Isbell Farms, including every major national television station and newspaper. In subsequent years, Isbell farms would become the destination of multiple Japanese tour groups. Read more about Our Japanese Rice.
Building on years of experience with Japanese Rice varieties, Isbell Farms has in recent years shifted focus to even more unique varieties – rice varieties grown specifically for the making of sake. Sake production is an art that has been honed over centuries, and quality sake requires quality ingredients. Read more about our Sake Rice.
Long Grain Rice
In addition to our specialty varieties, Isbell Farms also grows a large quantity of Long Grain Rice. In recent years we have focused on naturally cross-pollinated (hybrid) rice. These provide us with the ability to produce more grain with fewer inputs of water and fertilizer, all while releasing less greenhouse gas than varieties that were available in the past. Read more about our Long Grain Rice.