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Posted: Friday, May 18, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 12:59 pm, Wed May 23, 2012.

One of the best things about the Lodi area is its fertile soil and mild climate, which makes it a prime area for the freshest produce to grow. Whether you love juicy cherries, the sweetest strawberries or the most flavorful asparagus, Lodi and its surrounding areas offer some kind of locally grown produce year-round.

Here is a look at some of the fresh produce business in the area:

Cathey Brothers

17405 N. Highway 88, Lockeford

209-727-7008

Hours: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. year-round.

Produce: Varies on the season. Asparagus, kiwi, cherries, strawberries, melons, squash, peppers.

Biglieri Farms

17815 E. Highway 88, Clements

209-505-8431

Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week. Open April 1 through November.

Produce: Cherries, strawberries, sweet corn, Italian red onions, bell peppers, walnuts, winter squash, specialty torpedo onions, homemade raviolis, fudge, fruit pies, biscotti and Focaccia.

Antoinette Celle Vineyards

Duncan Road, one mile south of Eight Mile Road. Enter to the scale yard at 17803 E. Baker to park and pick up grapes.

209-887-3368

Hours: Daybreak until dusk; call first.

Produce: Rare Dolcetti di Dogliani winegrape, a you-pick vineyard for home winemakers and wineries (available in September). They also offer California Registered Organic cage-free brown eggs, seasonal produce, peaches, herbs, flowers, walnuts, chestnuts and baked goods.

Barsetti Farms

28568 N. Cherokee Lane, Galt

209-329-2781

Hours: Closed Sundays, call number posted on gate when you arrive.

Produce: Eggs.

Biglieri Farms Farm Market

17815 E. Highway 88, Clements

209-759-3616

Hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., opens in April.

Produce: Walnuts, strawberries, asparagus, yams, tomatoes, cashews, peanuts, almonds.

Clements Ridge Produce

23225 Highway 88, Clements

209-759-3850

Hours: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. from May through August; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. the rest of the year.

Produce: Strawberries, fruit or vegetables. Other food: Tri-tip sandwiches, pies and a wine tasting room. They also have a tasting room for Clements Ridge Vineyards.

Countryside Farms

6752 E. Main St., Stockton

209-943-1632

Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the first and third Saturdays of the month from May to October.

Produce: Walnuts, pumpkins, green beans, tomatoes and more.

Other activities: Tours of the walnut grove; pumpkin patch, green beans and tomatoes available for kids to pick.

Dell’osso Farms

26 W. Stewart Road, Lathrop

209-649-8187

Pumpkin Maze

Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Oct. 3 to 31

Produce: Pumpkins, Indian corn.

Other activities: Corn maze, hay ride and scarecrow contest.

Fresh Strawberries

Highway 88 and Brandt Road, Lodi

Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day in the summer

Produce: Strawberries, green onions and snow peas.

Lo Wa Saetern

15671 Lower Sacramento Rd, Lodi

209-327-1559

Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., every day from April to June

Produce: Strawberries and blackberries.

Clements Ranch

17801 E. Highway 88, Clements

209-759-3616

Hours: Closed during winter. Call for summer hours.

Produce: A complete mini-mart with a variety of produce.

Verdura Frescha

1051 W. Turner Road

209-327-2774

Hours: Open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the summer season, starting the first week of July.

Produce: Onions, basil, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash and melons. Walnuts and pumpkins are sold October through Thanksgiving.

Phillips Farms at Michael~David Winery

4580 W. Highway 12, Lodi

209-368-7384

Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day

Produce: Delta asparagus, beans, bing cherries, peaches, butternut squash, heirloom tomatoes, broccoli and sweet corn.

Other activities: Tour the winery by appointment, winetasting or eat at the cafe.

S&R Egg Ranch

10710 E. Collier Road, Acampo

209-333-1415

Hours: 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday through Friday and 6 a.m. to noon Saturday, year-round

Produce: Fresh eggs and asparagus.

The Fruit Bowl

8767 E. Highway 88/E. Waterloo Road, Stockton

209-931-1196

www.thefruitbowl.com

Hours: In summer, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day. Call or check website for fall and winter hours.

Produce: 55 varieties of peaches, nectarines, plums, pluots, summer squash, green beans and tomatoes.

Fresh Edibles at Sheri’s Sonshine

6 N. School St.

209-368-4800

A community supported agriculture farm in French Camp delivers fresh vegetables and free-range chicken eggs to the store every week for members.

Contact Fresh Edibles Farm: 209-406-3100, www.freshedibles.org.

Produce: Fresh, local, seasonal vegetables from April to November.

Downtown Lodi Farmers Market

School Street, Lodi

209-369-8052

Hours: Thursday evenings June through September.

Produce: Fresh local produce, baked goods, arts and crafts vendors, a food court, beer and wine garden, live entertainment, pony rides, bounce house and family fun.

Delta Farmers Market

2510 Highway 12, Isleton

916-777-4442

Hours: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends (though may stay open later if demand). Closed in the winter.

Produce: A variety.

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