Sep
9
2013

Del Monte Farm and Cannery Tour



Had the best time visiting Del Monte farms and cannery in Modesto, CA last month.  Had the privilege of meeting some of the Del Monte staff, their farmers along with touring the factory, peach and tomato farms with 5 other food bloggers from across the country.  Del Monte delighted us with this refreshing Peach Sorbet to get our morning started.

 

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Photo courtesy of Del Monte Foods

What a treat to tour the cannery where many of Del Monte’s fruit products are packaged and prepared for the shelves.  Here’s a shot of the canned peaches almost done.

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Photo courtesy of Del Monte Foods

The pears were as gorgeous as ever.

Del Monte Bloggers

 Our fun Del Monte group from left to right:  Kelly, Julie, Ali, Robyn, Me and Gina.

Del Monte Farm and Factory Tour-1 I learned that nearly 90% of Del Monte fruit and vegetables are grown in the United States, in the best growing regions for a consistently quality product.  100% of Del Monte’s canned peaches & tomatoes are grown in the United States. Del Monte Farm and Factory Tour-2

Del Monte picks their fruit, vegetables and tomatoes at the peak of ripeness, with the majority canned the same day they are picked to lock in nutrients and flavor. 98% of their canned fruit, vegetables and tomatoes are preservative free. According to Del Monte, fruits, vegetables, and tomatoes contain similar nutrients as fresh when prepared for the table.  In some instances, such as peaches & tomatoes, the canned version may contain more antioxidants and vitamins than fresh as a result of the canning process.

Peach Farmers The peach farmers and their sweet dog Cosmo told us all about the dedication and hard work that goes into maintaining beautiful peaches for Del Monte.

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We got to pick peaches right off the tree.  I found this very amusing apparently :)

Lunch Decor

We had a lovely Barbecue style lunch back at the Del Monte cannery.  Gorgeous fruited water and centerpieces were on each table.

 

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Friends and a beautiful lunch!

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A glimpse at some of our lunch.

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After lunch, it was off to the tomato farm.  These are bright Roma-style tomatoes that were just about ready.

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Colorful tomatoes for acres and acres.

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Photo courtesy of Del Monte Foods

Julie and I picking tomatoes to take home.

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Photo courtesy of Del Monte Foods

Bloggers with the tomato farmers.  Fun afternoon.

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What an absolute treat to meet these tomato farmers.  They were some of the sweetest people I’ve ever met.  So generous and kind. Many of Del Monte’s farmers are third generation partners with Del Monte Foods, especially in fruit where several families have grown fruit for Del Monte for more than 70 years. These vegetable & tomato growers have been with Del Monte on average thirty years. I enjoyed visiting the Del Monte cannery in Modesto. It gave me new insight about how our fruits and vegetables are brought to us.  Their fruits, vegetables and tomatoes are grown in excellent soil and packed at the peak of ripeness.  Del Monte has been accomplishing this for over 100 years.

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  1. 1

    All the food is making me hungry! I love making peach crostadas.

  2. 2
    AmandaK says:

    What a fun contest! And how fun to see it tree/field to can!

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    Missy says:

    My favorite recipe to make that involves tomatos is Taco Pizza!

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    Hilary says:

    Peach ice cream – far and away, the best summertime treat!

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    Jennifer says:

    So cool that you got to visit Del Monte in MODESTO!! I’m from that area and have never been there. Do they give public tours? What fun to see that you were there.

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    Lyn says:

    I love fresh tomatoes & basil with a little olive oil & black pepper served on crackers.

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    Charity says:

    I love making Peach cobbler!

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    Leah Lenk says:

    Nothing better than homemade spaghetti sauce with meatballs :)

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    Bourbon Peach Pie (on my blog!)

    What a cool experience!

  10. 10

    I love a simple peach pie with vanilla ice cream!

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    Kristin says:

    Peach cobbler!

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    Malissa W says:

    I love making tomato pie with fresh tomatoes and peach cobbler with fresh peaches. The pictures look amazing!! Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Juli says:

    I recently got a batch of Georgia peaches (I live in Arkansas, so this was a treat) and made a peach crisp and homemade peach ice cream, both were delicious!

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    Erika says:

    Oh those photos are lovely, and so glad so many Del Monte products are grown right here in the U.S.A. I love making peach ice cream. Spaghetti sauce is probably my favorite thing to make using tomatoes.

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    Jessica says:

    I’m not a peach person, but I love all forms of tomatoes…especially a Pizza Margerhita with extra tomatoes on top. Yum.

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    Kristy F. says:

    Definitely a peach cobbler! Although I do have a new recipe for peach muffins.

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    Kim says:

    Peach cobbler for sure!

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    Nicole Brown says:

    I’m from the Modesto area and didn’t even know of the place! I wonder if they give public tours! My favorite recipe to make with tomatoes is bruschetta with fresh tomatoes, garlic, basil, and balsalmic vinegar. So yummy!! Loved this post =)

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    Gloria says:

    Peach crisp!!

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    Jacqui says:

    Peach pie with vanilla ice cream on top!

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    vaishali says:

    i love making indian spiced tomato and onion chutney and peach cobbler..:)

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    Beth C. says:

    My favorite peach recipe–fresh peaches, sliced up, going straight to my mouth.

    I’m from central California and the pictures in your post made me homesick. I love buying from growers like Del Monte because I know I’m supporting the people back home!

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    Katie says:

    I adore peach cobbler! And it seems to taste just as good with canned peaches as fresh, which is a huge bonus when they’re out of season!

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    Sues says:

    I’ve been loving reading about this trip! Everything looks so fabulous! AND like you learned a ton, too. I LOVE cocktails made with peaches :)

  25. 25
    Carole Resnick says:

    peach-cream cheese kuchen

  26. 26
    Megan says:

    peach smoothies, yum!

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    Katy P says:

    I love peach crisp or peach dump cake!

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    Chatelaine says:

    My favorite tomato recipe is just a juicy ripe flavorful tomato on a piece of toast. With or without avocado or mayo. oh and a sprinkle of sea salt. When a tomato is fresh it’s best raw!!!

  29. 29

    I love making peach crisp! I have tomatoes in my garden and I have so many of them that I have been roasting some of them and making tomato basil sauce with the rest! So fresh and so good!

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    megan says:

    Peach cobbler!

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    Margaret Smith says:

    I’d love to make a peach cobbler

  32. 32
    Jennay says:

    My favorite peach recipe is Peach Crumb Bars and my favorite tomato recipes are homemade spaghetti sauce, marinara, and salsa!!

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    Shanna C says:

    I love making peach cobbler and then eating it with milk poured on top!

  35. 35
    Laura says:

    Peach raspberry crisp for dessert!

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    Mami2jcn says:

    Peach pie with vanilla ice cream…yum!

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    Mami2jcn says:

    tweet–https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/377183369701765120

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    Denise S says:

    I like making homemade spaghetti sauce with tomatoes.

  39. 39
    Emily says:

    I cannot pass up good ole’ peach cobbler with buttery biscuit topping!

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    Micky says:

    My husband loves my peach cobbler!

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    Elena says:

    I like peach salsa

  42. 42
    Sara says:

    I have a killer Peach Cobbler cupcake recipe… yum!

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    Pamela Shank says:

    Peach cobbler is a favorite at our house

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    Katherine says:

    I love fresh peaches on warm biscuits and whipped cream

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    Katie says:

    Peach crisp!

  48. 48
    Leslie says:

    LOVE your peach/mango smoothie recipe you recently posted. Yum!!

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    ankerah says:

    blueberry peach cobbler. yum!

  50. 50
    Lisa says:

    Peach cobbler for the peaches. Salsa for the tomatoes.

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