How to Experience Farms & Agriculture in Stockton, California
There are many ways to experience Stockton, California agriculture.
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Whether you’re looking to show the kids what farm life is all about, discover the remarkable rich history of local farming, or pick the freshest fruits and vegetables around, Stockton is a destination for agriculture of all kinds. In addition, San Joaquin County has an abundance of U-pick farms in the Stockton region.
Important tip: Be sure to call ahead for hours and directions.
Got a craving for farm-fresh produce? You're sure to find it in Stockton, California. Farms and farmers’ markets offer visitors a great and often inexpensive way to get a taste of the Central Valley flavor. Enjoy the area’s intriguing farm tours, get lost in a corn maze or head to a local farm to pick your own fresh produce. To whet your appetite, here are a few unique farms and farmers' markets across San Joaquin County.
Visitor tip: Request a San Joaquin County Map and Farm Guide the next time you plan to visit!
To call it a fruit stand is an understatement! This place is worth the drive from anywhere in the Central Valley. A hidden gem, The Fruit Bowl offers an incredible selection of beautiful and delicious produce that has been grown by the Lucchetti family since 1947. The farm market can be found along Waterloo Road, just a few miles east of Stockton. The shop includes a variety of sundries from locally grown produce and olive oil, to imported Italian products. Attached is a cafe and bakery which serves tasty and delicious salads, sandwiches, gelato, and, of course, freshly baked fruit pies!
Visitor tip: Closed during cold months (roughly Christmas through March). Check out their website or call to see when they re-open.
Opened in 1979, this popular market draws thousands of customers from around the region and is considered one of California’s oldest and most successful markets. You will appreciate the many exotic Southeast Asian ingredients, fresh fruits, vegetables, seafood, and other hard-to-find produce. The market is located directly under Highway 4, also known as the Crosstown Freeway to locals, and is held every Saturday morning from 5:30am to 10:30am. Discover a farmers' market in the area with this blog.
Visitor tip: Visiting early is highly recommended. Items sell out quick!
Imagine a plant lovers’ paradise packed with rare and unusual plants, alongside your old favorites! Opened in 2016, this charming nursery on Alpine Avenue offers a range of naturally-grown, fresh produce as well as artisan foods. They have an extensive vegetable garden and grow nearly all of their vegetables on site with organic or non-GMO seeds. This nursery, which is centrally located in Stockton, is a gardener’s dream! There’s a cute gift shop inside that offers local artists a place to display and sell their original works, along with soaps and other hand balms from Old Thyme Botanicals - perfect for gift giving.
Visitor tip: Looking to fix up your yard? In Season offers landscape design and consulting!
The San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum began operating in 1966 and maintains a collection of fascinating artifacts of the San Joaquin County region. You will discover an exhibit of the first farmers in the area, history of wine making, agriculture equipment & buildings, along with very unique personalities that helped assist in Stockton and San Joaquin County's growth in farming. The Museum also maintains a collection of tractors and other agricultural and earthmoving equipment, and their tools.
Visitor tip: Visiting hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 11am to 4pm.
Request a San Joaquin County Map and Farm Guide to be sent to you or view the online Farm Guide now. You can text us 7 days a week, 8am to 8pm at (877) 778-6258 and you'll receive a live response from a member of our team. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram - and be sure to use #VisitStockton during your visit!