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. 101
    Angie McGeown says:

    I love to make peach crisp.

  2. 102
    Katie says:

    Caprese pasta with mini mozzarella and beautiful fresh tomatoes!!

  3. 103
    Natalie says:

    How cool to get to see all that and take home fresh tomoatoes! We LOVE peach cobbler and fresh tomatoes sliced up with cucumbers and a little Italian Dressing.

  4. 104
    Amanda says:

    We love to blend peaches, almond milk and Greek yogurt for a very tasty smoothie :)

  5. 105
    Lynda M. says:

    Peach baked oatmeal is one of my faves!

  6. 106
    Linda Taylor says:

    I love to make peach preserves

  7. 107
    Linda Seablom says:

    My favorite thing to do with fresh peaches is to make a southern peach cobbler and top it with fresh whip cream or vanilla ice cream. The garden fresh tomatoes I use in one of my mothers favorite salad. Cut tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and fresh mozzarella balls tossed with olive oil, garlic, oregano and balsamic vinegar. Yummy!!

  8. 108
    Marcia says:

    Just one recipe? Hmmmm…roasted tomato soup and peach crisp. We have such a short tomato and peach season here in New York State!

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    Kim H says:

    Peach pie with vanilla icecream

  11. 111
    Melissa says:

    I love using tomatoes for bruschetta!

  12. 112
    Karen Lynch says:

    Peaches and cream is so good.

  13. 113
    Jamie says:

    Peach cobbler for peaches. My famous homemade spaghetti sauce for the tomatoes :)

  14. 114
    Susan H. says:

    I love the easy peach cobbler recipe. 1 st butter in bottom of pan. 1 cup ea of sugar, flour, milk with a tsp. of vanilla mixed and poured over the butter. Then peaches poured on top..without stirring. Bake at 350 deg. till golden and bubbly. Great warm with vanilla ice cream. Thanks for chance to win.

  15. 115
    Kim Button says:

    The Del Monte peaches and tomatoes look amazing! We just canned 56 qts of peaches, froze several pints for smoothies, and made, for the first time, Peach Chutney! That is our new favorite recipe using peaches! So yummy, using onions from our garden, garlic, vinegar, jalapeno’s, etc. Every Christmas we make Chutney Cheese Balls for gifts and now we’ll have our own to use – can’t wait!

  16. 116
    Lindaf716 says:

    Favorite peach recipe is PeachTrifle. One the best recipes and easy too!

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    Kristie McMoran says:

    My favorite thing to make with tomatoes is chili.

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    Leslie Kiley says:

    I make a wonderful peach Galette! It was a bottom layer of almond paste and is quick and east

  21. 121
    Leslie Kiley says:

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  22. 122
    Lauren says:

    I have a fresh peach pie recipe that I love! Such a different take on peach pie.

  23. 123
    Candy says:

    Every year we can our own salsa recipe using heirloom tomatoes. They’re so sweet they add a different level of flavor to the salsa. We have friends who request jars each year!

    Two years ago my husband tried peach salsa at a restaurant and came home dying to make some of our own. Without having a recipe we decided to play around with our tomato version and just substituted peaches for half the salsa and cut out the cumin. Thus was born my husbands FAVORITE peach salsa (with tomatoes too). He loves it and eats a jar per week! :)

  24. 124
    Gwyn says:

    I love a caprese salad with super fresh tomatoes!!

  25. 125
    Cynthia C says:

    I make a great lasagna with tomatoes.

  26. 126
    Kathryn K says:

    peach crostrada is my favorite to make with peaches

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    Angela Kinder says:

    I’m a southerner so peach cobbler tarts are the way to go!

  29. 129
    Kim N says:

    I’d make my home made spaghetti sauce and then some chili!

  30. 130
    Kari M says:

    I have a recipe for bourbon chicken with grilled peaches that’s fantastic!

  31. 131
    Susan Broughton says:

    My grandmother use to make me a dish with Tomatoes, macaroni and a sweetener when I was a kid. I still love to make this recipe today. elaineb1@ymail.com

  32. 132
    Susan Broughton says:

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  33. 133
    Betsy R says:

    I love making tomato sauce to put on top of my chicken parm. Yum!

  34. 134
    Bryn says:

    Grilled peaches. Roasted tomatoes

  35. 135
    Ani says:

    My favorite tomato recipe is making a wrap with tomatoes, French feta (Valbreso), and mint (or basil – whatever’s growing in the garden).

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  36. 136
    Denise says:

    I love a fresh tomato tart.

  37. 137
    Natalie S says:

    I love homemade tomato soup with fresh tomatoes!

  38. 138
    Rena says:

    caprese salad! this looks fun!

  39. 139
    Laurel H says:

    That’s a tough question…either peach cobbler or a peach custard pie recipe i got from my sister. Although…someone just said peach ice cream. That’s right up there too!

  40. 140

    These photos make me smile. It looks like such genuine fun.

  41. 141
    q says:

    Whole Green Beans – even cold from the can!

    Del Monte has been on my shelves for the 72 years of my life. I’m a canned good fan and not afraid to admit it. I have an embarrassment of riches facing me when I’m ready to cook.

    My favorite recipe would be the three ingredient “Simple Tomato Sauce” if I had to pick a real recipe. Del Monte and I made it just last night!

  42. 142
    libby says:

    Peach pound cake is my favorite

  43. 143
    AnnMarie says:

    It’s hard to pick, but I do love peach pie. And peach jam. Peach ice cream. It’s hard to stop……

  44. 144
    Pam says:

    I just made a peach-raspberry crisp last night — it was pretty darn good! That would be my current favorite…

  45. 145
    Alyssa says:

    I love to eat fresh peaches with just a little sugar sprinkled on top. So yummy!

  46. 146
    Ronna F says:

    Home grown tomatoes make the best spaghetti sauce!Yum!
    Looks like a fun time, Jenny! Have you seen the Del Monte green bean commercial recently? That is my high school friend, Barry Louis Polisar singing. He’s been writing childrens’ songs for 40 years and it has finally paid off. This song was also the opening song in the movie “Juno”. Now other songs that he had written are being used for movies. I’ve enjoyed seeing his career take off !!!!

  47. 147
    lisa says:

    I only use Del Monte peaches for my pies and tomatoes for my sauces. YUM!

  48. 148
    Jennifer Bontrager says:

    I guess my favorite tomatoe recipe would just be a good old yummy mater sandwich. Homemade bread slathered with Hellman’s mayo (gotta be Hellman’s).Topped with garden fresh tomatoe slices and the perfect amount of salt and pepper. I don’t think anything can beat that.

  49. 149
    Sandy says:

    I love to make big batches of tomato sauce and freeze it for use in quick week night dinners. Much better than the jar

  50. 150
    Tami F. says:

    Chicken enchiladas with fresh tomatoes!!

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