The Sweet Spot: Stone Fruit Tour in the San Joaquin Valley

On a recent farm tour, CUESA adventurers journeyed to some of the sweetest farms in the San Joaquin Valley. At Bella Viva Orchards, they strolled through stone fruit orchards and got an up-close view of sun-drying cherries. Next, farmer John Driver gave a rare tour of CandyCot Fruit Company, where the group picked apricots right off the trees.

Bella Viva Orchards has two locations. We visited their organic orchard in Denair, about two hours east of San Francisco, where farmer Victor Martino invited us to pick as many nectarines as our two hands could carry.

Photo by Bowerbird Photography.

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