Califonia Bountiful

On location: Kings County

March/April 2020 California Bountiful magazine

Plan a weekend getaway to one of California's hidden gems

Cattle ranches are by far the most common type of ranch here, but Kings is a county of surprises: It's also home to the Surf Ranch, a new 2,000-foot-long wavepool designed by world surfing champion Kelly Slater. However, with milk and cattle among the top commodities, agriculture in Kings County remains a key economic and cultural touchstone.





Helen Sullivan, Hanford

Originating from what she calls "a long line of female farmers," Sullivan farms more than 1,000 acres of almond and walnut trees, and recently added a herd of black Angus cattle. "Agriculture, I love it," she said. "It's a tough row to hoe, but every day I do it, I love it more." Sullivan serves on the Kings County Farm Bureau board of directors.





Superior Dairy Products Co., Hanford

Some things aren't meant to change. A fixture in downtown Hanford since 1929, Superior Dairy is one of those things. Descendants of the founders still use the original recipe to make ice cream that attracts crowds from miles around. The SOS (Superior Oversized Sundae, pictured) is its best-seller.




Fagundes Old World Cheese, Hanford

Immigrants from the Azores islands, the Fagundes family established a dairy farm in Hanford in 1906 and today creates farmstead cheeses from family recipes brought from the old country. St. John and St. Jorge, two Portuguese-style cheddars, are among the most popular.



Sarah A. Mooney Memorial Museum, Lemoore

Open for free, docent-led tours nearly every Sunday afternoon, the fully furnished 1893 Victorian-style home offers a snapshot of local and Central Valley history. Items in the kitchen—from glass milk bottles to butter churns—remind visitors of the area's roots in dairy farming.




Burris Park, Kingsburg

Nature trails, picnic grounds and sports fields—plus a new amphitheater and greenhouse—are among the amenities of this 58-acre county park. It's also the site of an outdoor education program to help K-12 students enhance skills in science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics.


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