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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

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Pasture Chick Farms  
pasturechick@gmail.com
831.801.9765
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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.  
 

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Oils of Paicines
22100 Airline Hwy
Paicines, CA 95043
Yelp Page

Stop by for locally produced 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
 

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Sun Coast Bakery and Organic Farm
6310 Southside Rd.
Hollister, CA 95023
Yelp Page

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.'
 

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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
 

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San Benito Bene - Locally Inspired
615 San Benito St.
Hollister, CA 95023
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'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
 

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B&R Farms
5280 Fairview Rd
Hollister, CA 95023
Website

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.
 

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The Farm Bertuccio’s Market
2410 Airline Hwy
Hollister, CA 95023
Website

'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
 

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Casa De Fruta
10021 Pacheco Pass Hwy
Hollister, CA 95023
Website

'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.
 

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Swank Farms
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

See 'Support Local' below for their farmer's market schedule.

 

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.  

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Pinnacle Organically Grown Produce
Farmer's Market Schedule
Retail 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.
 

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Hen Scratch Quilting  
John and Janet Locey
Website

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.'
 

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Penny Lane Farm
1tomatomama@gmail.com
831.524.3671

'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.
 

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Swank Farms
Market Schedule

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.  
 

 

Support Restaurants ~ Along the way

Farmhouse Cafe
615 San Benito St.
Hollister, CA 95023
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Tres Pinos Inn
6991 Airline Hwy
Tres Pinos, CA 95075
831.628.3320
www.trespinosinn.com

The 19th Hole
7071 Airline Hwy
Tres Pinos, CA
831.628.0100
www.19thholetrespinos.com

Country Rose Café
756 San Benito St
Hollister, CA 95023
831.635.0252

The Grove Restaurant
Restaurant, Tasting Room, Bakery
7511 Pacheco Pass Hwy
Hollister, CA
831.636.1400
http://lealvineyardsgrove.com/

The Heavenly Bakery
601 San Benito St
Hollister, CA 95023
831.630.0300
http://www.the-heavenly-bakery.com/

 

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.

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Aimee June Winery
106 3rd St., San Juan Bautista
californiabestwine.com

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

 

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Calera Wine Company
11300 Cienega Rd., Hollister, CA
www.calerawine.com

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
 

DeRose Vineyards
Tastings Sat & Sun
9970 Cienega Rd
Hollister, CA
831.636.9143
www.derosewine.com

Eden Rift Vineyards
Tastings Friday-Sunday from 11am-4pm
10034 Cienega Rd
Hollister, CA
Website

Pietra Santa Winery
Tasting open Wed through Sun
Wine and olive tours on the weekends
831.636.1991
www.pietrasantawinery.com

 

Other Local Wineries ~ Along the way

What is the history of wineries in this region, how long have they been around and what is their specialty.

Leal Vineyards
Tasting open daily
300 Maranatha Dr
Hollister, CA
831.636.1023
www.lealvineyards.com

Guerra Family Cellars
Tasting room open May 1st through Nov 1st
500 John Smith Rd
Hollister, CA
831.902.9106
www.guerracellars.com

Jayse Wines
Tasting by appointment
831.245.6431
www.jaysewines.com

Cetani Vineyards
Tasting by appointment
741 Riverside Rd
Hollister, CA
831.636.7590
www.cetanivineyards.com

 

Support Local Caterers ~ While onsite

See our Vendor list for onsite catering from local vendors.

 

You can continue supporting our communities of farmers and ranchers by looking for labels that come from San Benito County.  Come back often for a unique country experience. 

Thank you for supporting Local