Agriculture in the Central Valley
Agriculture in Stanislaus County covers everything from apricots to walnuts. Farmers in this county grow over 250 commodities and produce value added products, which are shipped worldwide. Agriculture represents over $1.3 billion gross dollars and one-third of the county's jobs. Stanislaus County is the number seven agricultural County in the state. Milk, almonds and poultry lead the county in gross farm revenue. Some locally made products and fruit stands are:
Blue Diamond Almond
4800 Sisk Road
Modesto, CA 95356
The Modesto plant, built in 1969, is the largest almond receiving facility in the world. More than 140 million pounds can be stored in the warehouses for processing and shipment. The store offers a 20-minute video about almond growing and processing, as well as almond tasting and a wide range of nut products.
Beekman & Beekman
5326 Geer Road
Beekman & Beekman offers limited quantities of honey wine (mead). Come visit our five-generation old farm/apiary on Geer Road in Hughson. Taste the unique flavors of our pure honeys and the wine that premium honey can create.
Classic Wine Vinegar Company
4110 Brewmaster Drive
Ceres, CA 95307
Classic Wine Vinegar, a family-owned business for 15 years by Walter and Donna Nicolau, bottle vinegar under 45 different labels. They manufacture wine vinegars by using an oak-barrel aged process called the “Orleans Method.” Take a tour, do some vinegar tasting, and browse the unique gift shop.
9001 North Lander Ave.
Hilmar, CA 95324
What began as a small cheese plant on the corner has now grown to be the largest producer of cheese on any one site in the world. Enjoy tasting the many varieties of cheese made on site, eat in their delicious deli and explore the many hands-on, interactive exhibits.
Modesto Farmers Market
16th Street between H & I Street
The Modesto Farmers Market has street vendors selling everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to flowers and baked breads. Every Thursday and Saturday morning, May thru November.
10040 Highway 120
Oakdale, CA 95361
Tour the Gouda making facility, taste the cheeses made on site, try a cheesecake in their bakery or feed the animals in the petting zoo. A picnic area with waterfall and ponds is a great place to have lunch.
2150 Yosemite Avenue
Modesto, CA 95354
Since 1936 the Sciabica Family has been making olive oil in California. Visit the Sciabica tasting room to try one of the many varieties of Award winning Extra Virgin Olive Oil made and grown here in Modesto. Light, medium and intensely flavored olive oils are available.
Stewart & Jasper
3500 Shiells Road
Newman, CA 95360
For over fifty years, Stewart & Jasper has been growing California Almonds. In the early 90’s peaches, nectarines, pluots and apricots were added along with many other fruits.
Sunshine Rafting Adventures
Knights Ferry, CA
Sunshine Rafting Adventures has been providing river rafting trips on the Stanislaus River out of Knights Ferry, CA for over 25 years. They specialize in low-risk, family oriented rafting trips that are perfect for inexperienced rafters, families, or those just looking to get away and relax along the beautiful Stanislaus River.