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Posted: Wednesday, May 12, 2010 12:00 am

Whether you live in San Joaquin County or are just visiting the area, the abundance of fresh food is one thing that no one should miss. An imported storebought tomato just doesn't compare to a juicy, homegrown summertime Big Boy available from a local family farm. And why buy asparagus shipped in from somewhere else when the Delta region produces so much of the vegetable that there is an entire festival celebrating its yearly harvest?

But it's not just fruit and vegetebles that make the local region special. Local farms also sell fresh eggs. Tim Barsetti, an owner of Barsetti Farms in Galt, describes country-farmed eggs to have a tougher shell and better flavor than most eggs available in the store.

"It's because they're natural eggs," Barsetti said. "We feed them grain instead of all the commercial food."

Ralph Lucchetti and his family have owned The Fruit Bowl on Waterloo Road for more than 63 years. Their main product is peaches — in 55 varieties. While the business stays busy with numerous locally-grown items, they also run a bake shop. Still, his favorite part is the people who continue to come in and shop.

"My favorite part is meeting all the people," he said. "Most (customers) have been coming here for a number of years."

Ali's Ranch

16925 N. Highway 88, Lodi

209-401-5453

209-931-3876 for Spanish speakers

Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day, year-round.

Produce: Grapes, apples, tomatoes, mangoes, cactus, onions, oranges, garbanzo beans.

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, cherries, strawberries, melons, squash, peppers.

Barsetti Farms

28522 N. Cherokee Lane, Galt

209-329-2781

Hours: Call ahead

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.

Buon Giardino Fruit Stand

16220 E. Highway 88, Lockeford

209-727-3114

Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day from May through October

Produce: Cherries, tomatoes, corn, summer squash, green beans, winter squash and pumpkins.

Clements Ridge Produce

23225 Highway 88, Clements

209-759-3850

Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the summer, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the winter

Produce: strawberries, fruit or vegetables.other food: Tri-tip sandwiches, pies and a wine tasting room.

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, tours of the walnut grove.

Other activities: Pumpkin patch, green beans, tomatoes available for kids to pick.

Dart Family Ranch

16880 E. Highway 88, Clements

209-759-3984

Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 1 through Nov. 15.

Produce: Seven varieties of apples, walnuts, figs, pears, plums and peaches.

Dell'osso Farms

26 W. Stewart Road, Lathrop

209-649-8187

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

Produce: Pumpkin picking, 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 Road, Lodi

209-327-1559

Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day from April to June.

Produce: Strawberries and blackberries.

Phillips Farms at Michael David Winery

4580 W. Highway 12, Lodi

209-368-7384

Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays in the summer, 5:30 p.m. on weekends; close at 4:30 during winter.

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

Other activities: Tour the winery by appointment, taste wine 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. Monday through Friday and 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday year-round

Produce: Fresh eggs and asparagus.

The Fruit Bowl

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

209-931-1196

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

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

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