Califonia Bountiful

On location: Stanislaus County

Aug. 2012 California Bountiful magazine

What makes it distinctive? Find out!

In the heart of Central California lies Stanislaus County, a tightly knit community that offers a variety of cultural and sporting events, as well as festivals and concerts. The county's farmers and ranchers have a long history of providing the food—including nuts, dairy products and poultry—that graces dinner tables across the country.

Jill Benson
James Stewart West, Jill Benson's great-grandfather, moved to the Modesto area in 1906 and sold hay and grain to local farmers. About 40 years later, the family began an egg farm. Today, Benson is a senior vice president at Modesto-based JS West, known for quality egg production and high standards in hen housing.
Family Fun
Modesto Nuts Baseball, Modesto
Summer nights in Stanislaus County are perfect for enjoying America's pastime. The Single-A Advanced affiliate of the Colorado Rockies chose its mascots appropriately: Al the Almond and Wally the Walnut. Fan Appreciation Night is Aug. 25.
Bistro 234, Turlock
This American-style bistro, located in historic downtown Turlock, is known for its eclectic cuisine, friendly staff and seasonal cocktails. The summertime menu highlights locally grown produce, including cantaloupe and heirloom tomatoes. Phone 209-668-4234.
Beekman & Beekman, Hughson
During the weekend, this fifth-generation farm and apiary just outside of Turlock hosts a tasting room for premium honey and wine. The family relies on 60 years of experience to bottle "estate honey" and honey wine (also known as mead).
Oakdale Cowboy Museum, Oakdale
Housed in a former railroad depot, the museum showcases the local ranching and rodeo history of the Eastside of Stanislaus County—"The Cowboy Capital of the World." Its newest exhibit, "The Saddle: Tools of the Trade," opened earlier this summer.

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