Local Goods & Where to Find Them
By Noel Daniel
When you live in Stanislaus County, there’s almost no excuse not to pick up local goods.
In Stanislaus County, you can find everything from soaps and oils to homemade bread, granola, and produce. Been planning a diet for months? Try cutting down to only local foods, even if just for a month. And if you don’t have any idea where to start, we’ve got quite the list for living good by living local.
Alchemy Bread Co.
Alchemy Bread is a one-woman cottage micro bakery. Run by Bonnie Ohara, a self-taught sourdough bread baker, this enchanted bakery offers handcrafted small batches of
slow-fermented, wild yeast cultured sourdough bread in the old world tradition. She whips up her one-of-a-kind breads with stone ground flours, water, sea salt, and “a bit of magic.” And we can’t get over Alchemy Bread’s unique visual style and story.
12th St., Modesto
Greens Market has always been known for their gorgeous displays of edible, artisan foods. Always fresh and bright fruits, soups, salads,
and sandwiches with local and wholesome ingredients. But it’s not just their fare that has high visual appeal. Walking through the rest of Greens on Tenth, there is no lack of inventive, expressive spaces. From the main entry hall with its sophisticated marble and colored glass, to the rich, earthy tones that run throughout the massive building, Greens on Tenth is definitely the place to be to have a Grilled Fiscalini Cheddar and soak in the atmosphere. It tastes good to eat local!
953 10TH ST., MODESTO
Open Space Meats
Greens has also sold local, grass-fed beef from Open Space Meats. In fact, Open Space Meats sells to consumers all over the country. Their grass-fed goodness and pastured poultry can also be found at Village Fresh Market in Turlock or at O’Brien’s Market in Modesto. It’s been served in LaMo Cafe in Turlock as well.
Want a little jam with your fresh bread? Try out Jammin Jams’ jams, jellies, and pickled products that use only the finest fruit and produce from the San Joaquin Valley. In fact, they offer over 80 jams and jellies so there’s sure to be something perfect for everyone.
Stewart & Jasper
What started as a service to neighbors and growers became a California legacy—the Stewart & Jasper Company Store. The store features the finest selection of natural and in-shell almonds walnuts and pistachios, roasted and confectionary almonds, dried fruit and preserves, almond butter, spreads and sauces, syrups, and nut oils. Sold alone or in gift packs, their packaging is widely admired for its elegance and sense of tradition. For your convenience, you can order online, or visit their stores in Modesto, Monterey, Patterson at I-5, or the headquarters store a few miles west of Newman.
3500 SHIELLS RD., NEWMAN
1700 MCHENRY AVE., STE. 58, MODESTO
2985 RENZO LN., STE. D, PATTERSON
Tyson Hill Farms
Growing the best of old favorites and new varieties since 1951, Tyson Hill Farms is a family-owned farm, growing 331 varieties of peaches, plums and grapes. They also grow a variety of other crops such as persimmons, tomatoes, berries, herbs, flowers and so much more. The Tyson family was one of the founding members of the Modesto Certified Farmers Market and can be located there to this day.
Roberts Ferry Nut Company
Roberts Ferry Nut Company has been hand-making delicious caramel corn products since 1983. Both handcrafted and made in small batches, their recipe uses California almonds and caramel made from scratch. Their varieties of popcorn include a spectrum of nut combinations, including almonds, pecans, macadamias, and dried cranberries, white and milk chocolate, and swirled chocolate.
Visit their store in Roberts Ferry, along the Tuolumne River outside of Waterford, to experience their 15 handmade, flavorful caramel corns; hand-dipped chocolate covered apricots; almond brittle; and their small batch almond butter made with just two ingredients. And make sure to try an almond butter milkshake while you’re there!
20493 YOSEMITE BLVD., WATERFORD
Gypsy Cowgirl Kitchen Co
If you’ve ever wanted to preserve some type of food, chances are the Gypsy Cowgirl—aka Bambi Porter—can teach you. That’s because Porter, owner of Gypsy Cowgirl Kitchen Co., is enamored with all types of food preservation and eager to share her knowledge and passion. The Gypsy Cowgirl offers workshops in canning basics, making jams and jellies, pickling vegetables, preparing pie fillings to enjoy throughout the year, dehydrating foods in a dehydrator and outdoors, and creating custom nut butters. She also holds workshops for making fermented foods like sauerkraut and kimchi and fermented beverages like kombucha, and making fresh mozzarella cheese and spreadable ricotta cheese.
VanderHelm Farms is a family owned U-pick blueberry farm just east of Modesto. They take pride in growing high quality, sustainably-grown blueberries. Head on out to the farm and pick your own blueberries for some family fun and the freshest blueberries possible. They also offer blueberries already picked for your convenience. Just look for the sign on Albers Road!
1678 ALBERS RD., MODESTO
Pageo Lavender Farm
Pageo Lavender Farm is a small family farm nestled in the heart of California’s San Joaquin Valley. Pageo grows and harvests over an acre of lavender by hand every season and distills the pure essential oils for use in their quality lavender products. Head to Pageo to wander through the lavender fields, take a tour of the farm, or enjoy lunch under the redwoods. Their gift shop is full of handmade lavender products, decorative pieces for your home and garden, and fresh lavender plants ready to take home.
11573 GOLF RD., TURLOCK
Rodin Farms is a family-owned farming operation that provides a large selection of fresh fruits and vegetables such as: peaches, nectarines, apricots, plums, cherries, tomatoes, raw almonds, flavored almonds, dried fruits, pistachios and more! Rodin Farms is also a certified farmers’ market and offers a seasonal Christmas tree lot and pumpkin patch. Pick up some of Rodin Farms’ produce at the Oakdale Farmers’ Market.
CORNER OF CLARIBEL & OAKDALE RD., MODESTO
Rodin Ranch Farmers’ Market
Building off a rich tradition of family farming, Rodin Ranch Farmers’ Market opened in downtown Modesto in 2014. This centrally located indoor farmers’ market offers local fresh and dried fruit, nuts, nut butters, treats and gifts. If you want to sample the market’s goods, visit the address listed above or buy online.
1001 J ST., MODESTO
Rising Sun Farm & Garden
The Rising Sun Farm & Garden is part of the Transition to Success Program Life Skills Development Program. The program serves young adults ages 18-22 who have moderate to severe disabilities from the Patterson and Newman Crows Landing School Districts. Located on the Rising Sun campus in Vernalis, CA, the program currently has a small greenhouse operation, herb garden, and lavender field. Plant starts, cut herbs and flowers, and garden-related or recycled crafts are available for sale at the Patterson Farmers Market. Proceeds from sales are used to employ program participants at the Farmers Market and to continue operation of the Farm & Garden project.
2243 WELTY RD., VERNALIS
209.495.6115 | 209.892.4765
Cotta’s Kitchen is a restaurant focusing on homemade family recipes using fresh, seasonal ingredients. The founder’s love of farm-to-fork ingredients first began on their grandparents’ ranch—a garden with an array of fruits and vegetables was kept on a small plot of land surrounding their farmhouse. Give Cotta’s Kitchen a try to build some of your own farm fresh memories.
833 EAST MAIN ST., TURLOCK
California Gold Olive Oil Co.
California Gold Olive Oil Co. is a local company specializing in fresh, gourmet extra virgin olive oil. All oils are cold pressed and unfiltered and are certified extra virgin by the California Olive Oil Council. Their award-winning oils include: Estate Coratina, Estate Favolosa, Estate Arbequina, Estate Blend, and Estate Picual. They also now carry flavored oils including Glorious Garlic, Hot Jalapeno, Luscious Lemon, Bountiful Basil, and Rowdy Rosemary, as well as balsamic vinegar, gift crates, flavor packs, corporate gifts, wholesale, and bulk natural almonds.
12418 CLARIBEL RD., OAKDALE
Resendez Family Fruit Barn
Resendez Family Fruit Barn offers strawberries, peaches, nectarines, cherries, apricots, apples, plums, melons, white flesh nectarines, grapes, plots, dried fruit, nuts, almonds, walnuts, corn, tomatoes, assorted vegetables, sweet red onions, fresh baked pies, fresh fruit smoothies, and gourmet coffee. Visit their family park and playground, picnic around the large pond and waterfall, or browse through their “barn” where you will find a wide variety of the freshest and sweetest produce available.
4342 GEER RD., HUGHSON
With a variety of products ranging from plums, pluots, white peaches, white nectarines, watermelons, cantaloupe, honeydew, boysenberries, oranges, grapes, strawberries, almonds, walnuts, pistachios, basil, yams, tomatoes, corn, green beans, summer squash, okra, cucumbers, sweet red onions, fresh baked bread, dressing, jams, jellies and dried fruits, Loretelli Farms is a perfect place to start to knock out your list.
1151 CLARATINA AVE., MODESTO
Beekman & Beekman
Beekman & Beekman are local growers providing various floral sources of honey, honey wine, other honey bee related items, as well as eight varieties of lavender. They are open on non-holiday weekends throughout the year, so stop by as soon as you can for some fresh local honey.
5236 GEER RD., HUGHSON
209-669-6323 | 209-667-5812
And of course, there are the cheese companies (Hilmar Cheese Company and Oakdale Cheese & Specialty) for all your dairy needs. This is only a very small list of the available options in the area, but we hope this has helped inspire you to dip your toes into the wide pool of local options.