The San Benito Connection for...
All Things Local
Serving the Local communities of highway 25
On your way to and from the ranch there are many hidden gems, farms, farm stands, shops, wineries, markets, and locally produced products which are unique to our area. Support local and stop off for some country gems.
Estimated Driving Distance From Bar SZ Ranch
Pinnacles – 7min
Paicines - 20 min
Tres Pinos – 30min
Hollister – 45min
San Juan Bautista - 1hr
Support Local ~ Along the Way
Pasture Chick Farms
Lisa supplies the local area with pasture raised organically fed goat and chicken meat as well as eggs. With one weeks notice she can fill your order and have it waiting for you at the ranch. Email her for more information and place your order direct. OR, you can find her products at the following farmer's markets: Morgan Hill, Willow Glen, Rose Garden at Lincoln High, Oak Ridge Westfield Mall, Mountain View, and downtown Los Altos. Lisa lives and farms in Tres Pinots, contact her for additional information.
Oils of Paicines
22100 Airline Hwy
Paicines, CA 95043
Stop by for locally produced organic extra virgin olive oils, mustards, salves, lip balms, lavender, soaps and more. 'Henry, our white peacock, was found wandering the ranch as a baby chick. He is the inspiration for our White Peacock Bath and Body products.' Open M-F 8am-4pm
Sun Coast Bakery and Organic Farm
6310 Southside Rd.
Hollister, CA 95023
Get there early for a large selection of locally produced breads and pastries, open Friday from 12pm-7pm and Saturdays from 9am-3pm. They are also growing four types of hops and Nut House Brew is coming soon. 'In 2008, Suncoast Organic Farm (now all solar) decided to expand by converting a 100 -year old barn into a wood fired bakery. The organic bakery grinds it's own flour out of organic wheat, spelt, Sonora Wheat, Einkorn, Emmer, and Rye berries for over 20 different varieties of breads.'
Pinnacle Organically Grown Produce
Full Market Schedule
A family farm providing an amazing selection of fresh locally grown organic produce at relatively low prices. They believe in paying fair wages and benefits, building the soil, environmentally sensitive pest control, decreased water consumption and protecting water quality, finding alternatives to fossil fuels, and improving farming methods.
Wednesdays - Hollister Downtown Farmers Market, 3pm-7pm
Friday in San Jose - Vallco Fashion Park Farmers Market, 9am-1pm
San Benito Bene - Locally Inspired
615 San Benito St.
Hollister, CA 95023
'At San Benito Bene we love collaborating with our area’s talented and innovative artisans! Our 'One-Stop' gift shop is an artistic environment with a hometown friendliness. Locally inspired, customized gifts to fit any occasion is always our pleasure. We also have a good time sampling our many award winning goodies with you, your family, and friends.' Open M-F: 10am-6pm, Sat: 10am-5pm
5280 Fairview Rd
Hollister, CA 95023
All things Apricots! California Dried Apricots are turned into desserts, products, gifts, purees, seeds, preserves, and more. Open M-F from 9am-5pm, stop by their store or shop online for a wide variety of local products.
'Hollister, CA is one of the premier locations for one-of-a-kind Blenheim apricots and we are proud to be a grower of this incredible fruit. Our dried apricots are tree-ripened, hand cut and sun-dried to sweet perfection!' They offer many other delectables and fresh vegetables at their market, stop by for a unique variety of locally grown products. Open M-Sa 10am-5:30pm, Sun 11am-4pm
'We planted our first orchards in 1908, opened a roadside cherry stand in the 1940’s, and now welcome over 2 million visitors a year from around the world to our landmark orchard resort!' Stop by for their fruit stand, gourmet groceries, train, carousel, and restaurant. The restaurant is open 24hrs, all other hours vary.
Each year, Swank Farms opens their popular Hollister CA Corn Maze to the public. Offering a choice of two mazes, the “Spookley Maze” is popular with young children while the “Maniac Maze” offers a more challenging course. Website
We at Swank Farms practice sustainable farming on all our land whether it is certified organic, transitional organic or non organic. We proudly sell our produce directly to the consumer at our seasonal produce stand and at many farmers markets from Monterey to San Francisco and San Jose to Concord. We also sell directly to restaurants in Monterey, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Carmel Valley, Big Sur and Salinas. See 'Support Local' below for their farmer's market schedule.
470 Tres Pinos Rd.
Hollister CA 95023
For beef, chicken, pork, and more, Tri-Way Freezer Meats in Hollister slices it just the way you like it. For dairy lovers out there this store does dairy right, so make sure to pick up some on your next trip. And you can't beat the health benefits of fresh fish, so find a few you like and get to cooking! A family business for three generations; stop by for choice grade USDA meats, homemade jerkys and sausages, fresh dairy, and more. Open M-F 8am-5pm, Sat 8am-2pm; bring cash or check
Felice Forno - Wood Fired Pizza
730 San Benito St.
The story of FELICE FORNO begins long ago in the small Italian village of Donnici in Calabria. When members of the Felice family immigrated from Donnici to the United States in the 1920s, they brought with them a tradition of fine Italian cooking in wood fired ovens. Rico’s grandmothers would be proud to see that their grandson is still using the traditional Italian recipes and techniques that he learned from them. And they would surely approve that FELICE FORNO is a family-run operation, with Rico, his wife Stephanie, and their daughter working together to provide great pizzas—and great memories—for all of their customers. Mangia! Serving lunch W-F 11:30am-2:30pm
Support Local ~ In Your Area
Many of our local products can be found around the Bay Area, whether at farmer's markets or in the stores.
A family farm providing an amazing selection of fresh locally grown organic produce at relatively low prices. They believe in paying fair wages and benefits, building the soil, environmentally sensitive pest control, decreased water consumption and protecting water quality, finding alternatives to fossil fuels, and improving farming methods. Support our local San Juan Bautista community by finding them in markets around the Bay Area.
Hen Scratch Quilting
John and Janet Locey
With a goat farm just south of Hollister they make goat milk soap, laundry soap, and goat milk lotion. You can purchase their products at San Benito Bene in Hollister as listed above, or they also sell direct through their website. 'Goat milk has attributes that are superior to other milk. Goat milk contains Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, which is not found in other milk. CCT is a desirable emollient with quick skin penatration and has no color, odor, or taste. More than 50 nutrients, enzymes, vitamins and minerals are also found in goat milk. Together with a pH level comparable to human skin, goat milk soap and lotion is easily absorbed, can maintain moisture, and have a rejuvenating effect on dry skin.'
Penny Lane Farm
'Every year I start over 150 varieties of tomatoes, peppers, squashes and herbs for your garden. Most are from seeds I've saved from the last season. I have a passion in growing tomatoes of every size and color. You can never have just red tomatoes on your plate or in your salad when you can grow a rainbow and every size and shape imaginable. I can't wait for summer! Will you be ready?' Plants are available March through June in Hollister, Morgan Hill, Saratoga, Mountain View, Los Gatos, and Oak Ridge Mall. Diane Matarangas lives and farms in Hollister, contact her for further information.
You can find Swank Farms at many farmer's markets around the Bay Area: Blossom Hill, Daly City, Moraga, Morgan Hill, Mountain View, San Francisco- Crocker Galleria, Saratoga, Concord, Livermore, Valco, Jack London Square, San Mateo, Evergreen. Don't forget to ask for a sample of their homemade fudge.
Our milk is unique - we have the only Grade A dairy herd in California consisting mainly of Guernsey goats, bred from pedigree stock originating on the British Channel island of Guernsey. The rich taste of our milk is provided by these small, reddish-blond, hairy, calm-dispositioned goats. Our Guernseys, along with our Nubians and Nigerian Dwarfs, produce high-quality milk with a high butterfat content. Our herd and dairy is fully certified by the CDFA and CDPH to Grade A Raw Milk standards. We are also a certified cheese creamery and processed food facility. They have a variety of milks, cheeses, yogurts, duck eggs, energy bars, fermented rice, ginger beer, chives, mints, soaps, oils, and more. Evergreen Acres products can be found at over 20 locations around the Bay Area.
Support Restaurants ~ Along the way
615 San Benito St.
Hollister, CA 95023
We work with a network of local, organic farmers and producers who are dedicated to delivering only the highest quality food possible to our members, and we are proud of the community we’ve developed over the last decade.
650 San Benito St.
Hollister, CA 95023
Inspired by the beautiful scenery and quality local ingredients of the central coast, Fisher’s offers new American style cuisine with a casual yet refined atmosphere. Our menu is ever-changing but the quality is always first priority. Chef Mike Fisher’s motto defines the style…”keep it fresh, and keep it local”.
Mike Fisher and Jenae Felice are two Hollister natives whose roots run deep in the community. The common goal between the two is to provide the best quality food and social atmosphere possible to their hometown. Open Tues-Sat, 11-2:30 Lunch, 5:00-8:00 Dinner
The Inn at Tres Pinos is now a San Benito County Historical Landmark, carefully restored by owner Mike Howard. Family owned and operated since 1991, the ambiance is intimate, rustic, and elegant. Mike’s philosophy is 'Keep it fresh and keep it simple'. From blue jeans to black tie, country with a touch of class. Open Tues-Sun at 5pm
The 19th Hole
7071 Airline Hwy
Tres Pinos, CA
Once a saloon, always a saloon. Founded in 1883, The 19th Hole is an authentic saloon and eatery that has been in continuous operation for over 120 years. We specialize in hearty, home-grown food, fine spirits, and local flavor. We are proud to be at the heart of San Benito County’s farming and cowboy culture, and also a favorite of weekend adventurers from all over California! For our San Benito locals, The 19th Hole is a blast from their family’s past. Anyone who visits has probably known someone who got looped, hitched, or both at this town favorite. Open Wed-Sun, hours vary
The Grove Restaurant
7511 Pacheco Pass Hwy
Restaurant, Tasting Room, Bakery
Our farm-to-table inspired menu and fresh weekly specials reflect the bounty of the seasons so you can experience news flavors at their peak. The latest and brightest entry into the San Benito County dining scene offers beautifully presented dishes. That taste even better. Exceptional dining in a lively atmosphere, with a full bakery and an artisan market fresh, organic, local produce and house-made ingredients. Open Wed-Sun, hours vary
The Heavenly Bakery
601 San Benito St
Hollister, CA 95023
The Heavenly Bakery is open seven days a week and serves breakfast and lunch daily. They also do private parties, catering, and service local restaurants with their breads, cakes, and pastries. Sheila and Bob work at the local Farmers Market every week selling their wonderful products. Drop by for a wonderful treat!
Drive the 'Wine Trail' - Along the way
Cienega road is home to gorgeous views and a handful of the town’s best wineries that are scattered along the hillside.
Aimee June Winery
106 3rd St., San Juan Bautista
A small, family-owned winery that makes hand-crafted wine in an all-natural, old-world winemaking style without fining or filtration. Each bottle features hand-drawn or hand-painted artwork. Tastings Saturday and Sunday, 12–5pm
Calera Wine Company
11300 Cienega Rd., Hollister, CA
Established in 1975, owner and winemaker Josh Jensen specializes in Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Viognier. His Mount Harlan wines exhibit minerally characteristics of their unique limestone-rich vineyards. The tasting room and nearby picnic tables offer sweeping views of the surrounding countryside. We are proud to report that even Robert Parker is convinced: "Calera is one of the most compelling Pinot Noir specialists of not only the New World, but of Planet Earth." Tastings daily, 11am-4:30pm
Casa De Fruta
10021 Pacheco Pass Highway, Hollister
Growing since 1908, the Zanger Family produces unique fruit wines including apricot, plum, raspberry, blackberry and pomegranate. Varietal wines include Zinfandel, Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay and Merlot. Tastings daily, 9am – 7pm
9970 Cienega Rd., Hollister, CA
Established in 1988 on land supporting some of the oldest vines in California, this family-owned winery sits directly on top of the San Andreas Fault. DeRose offers some unusual, unique wines such as the Cabernet Pfeffer and Negrette. The vineyard also opens its museum of vintage cars the first Saturday of each month. Tastings Mon-Fri 11am-5pm, Sat & Sun 11am-4pm
Eden Rift Vineyards
10034 Cienega Rd., Hollister, CA
Under Vine Since 1849 - Eden Rift is among the oldest, continually producing estate vineyards in California. A remote, pacific refuge located under the shadow of the Gavilan Mountain Range, the estate rests on the San Andreas Fault and is part of the Cienega Valley AVA. Eden Rift's historic Dickinson House provides the setting for the tasting experience. Tastings Thursday-Monday from 11am-4pm
Guerra Family Cellars
500 John Smith Rd., Hollister, CA
In the early 1980's, The Guerra Family purchased "Pepper Tree Ranch", a 600 acre, working cattle ranch with amazing vistas, and sprawling hills. With deep agricultural roots, the family embarked on a plan to fulfill Anthony Guerra’s dream to enter the wine/vineyard industry in 2006. They then partnered with neighboring Leal Vineyards to plant twenty acres of vineyard bordered by several acres of olive groves. Malbec, Petite Sirah, and Viognier varietals are grown along with olive trees for oil. The vineyard also offers a summer concert series in an outdoor offers a regular summer concert series called Hollister Concerts in an outdoor amphitheater backed by spectacular views. Tasting Barn open Sat&Sun, May-Oct, 12-5pm
300 Maranatha Dr., Hollister, CA
Founded by Frank Léal in 1998, Léal Vineyards and Estate has spent more than 15 years establishing itself as one of San Benito County's premier producers of Bordeaux varietal wines. The rich variety of interwoven soils, elevations, and microclimates from the nearby Pacific Ocean help create world-class wines. Wines of character and distinction, well-structured and balanced. Perfectly positioned in picturesque San Benito County, in the northern foothills of the Central Coast region, Léal Vineyards and Estate is surrounded by the rolling hills of California's gold country and Lake Léal. Our estate vineyard is located on the hills behind the winery and our estate varietals include Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah, Malbec, Grenache, and Mourvèdre.
Continue supporting our community of farmers and ranchers by looking for labels that come from San Benito County. Come back often for a unique country experience.