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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. 151
    Kay B says:

    Fresh Tomato Bruschetta, Yummy!

  2. 152
    Charlette says:

    For the peaches it would be peach sour cream pound cake! The tomatoes oh well there are so many, but a big pot of gravy and meatballls!!!

  3. 153
    Auntiepatch says:

    My favorite way to eat peaches is right off the tree! I also love peach pie with peach ice cream! Yum!

  4. 154
    michelle says:

    pizza sauce!

  5. 155
    Elaine says:

    I love fresh beefsteak tomatoes with blue cheese, red onion, bacon and light vinaigrette drizzled over the top, with lots of black pepper.

  6. 156
    Kate D. says:

    I love making peach cobbler with homemade vanilla ice cream

  7. 157
    Karen says:

    Homegrown tomato on a thick BLT with homemade mayo

  8. 158
    Tari Lawson says:

    I like making catfish on a bed of tomatoes.

  9. 159
    Savannah says:

    Peach-Strawberry Jam! Yummy!

  10. 160
    Patty says:

    Peach crisp undoubtedly!

  11. 161
    Jennifer says:

    I love making peach crisp!

  12. 162
    Maria says:

    Lots of garden tomatoes means delicious fresh homemade salsa in our house.

  13. 163
    Debra C says:

    I love making Peach Cobbler.

  14. 164
    Katie Roch says:

    My favorite peach recipe to make is Grilled Peaches over Arugula with Goat Cheese.

  15. 165
    Mary Calabrese says:

    I love to make fresh salsa with roma tomatoes

  16. 166
    Natalie Ropelato says:

    Caprese for the tomatoes and Peach Smoothies for the peaches.

  17. 167
    Suzanne K says:

    I love salsa or just a tomato salad!

  18. 168
    Corisa says:

    loved seeing all of your IG photos too!

  19. 169
    Natalie Ropelato says:

    Just tweeted about this. Here’s the URL: https://twitter.com/ropesgirl/status/377609985728839680

  20. 170
    Kelsey says:

    I’m a total sucker for anything peach or tomato, but if I have to choose one, I’m going with the grilled peach and Vidalia onion salad with buttermilk dressing that I make. It reminds me so much of my sister.

  21. 171
    Jennifer says:

    peach cobbler & a tomato sandwich…is that a recipe?

  22. 172
    Jennie says:

    I love my tomatoes sliced with a little salt, or straight from the vine.

  23. 173
    Chriss says:

    I love peach cobbler

  24. 174
    Jennifer M says:

    I love to make a peach trifle!

  25. 175
    Cath Taylor says:

    Love a juicy peach cobbler.

  26. 176
    Brandi Lloyd says:

    I love to make caprese salad and bruschetta.

  27. 177
    Michelle says:

    Summer Spaghetti: Tomatoes, EVOO, garlic, fresh herbs, fresh lemon juice, parmigiano – no cooking, other than pasta – Toss and enjoy!

  28. 178

    I love to make a balsamic fig and peach salad

  29. 179
    Rose-Ann C. says:

    I love fresh peach pie with homemade vanilla ice cream! YUMMY!

  30. 180
    Kimberly H says:

    Peach cobbler!

  31. 181
    Carol B says:

    Peach cobbler topped w/homemade peach ice cream & freshly whipped cream!

  32. 182
    Wanda McHenry says:

    Oh! I make a wonderful peach cobbler when the Georgia Peaches are in season!

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    Allison says:

    I love peach cobbler!

  36. 186

    What a fun trip! With all of those peaches, I could make a lifetime of peach cobbler. ;-)

  37. 187
    Alyssa H says:

    Not a big fan of peaches but I love using fresh tomatoes for tomato soup

  38. 188
    Michelle says:

    looks like a fun trip ! i like brushetta or caprese salad with tomatoes and with peaches i love in a crumble/crisp!

  39. 189
    Tommy says:

    My mom makes a delicious peach cake that I absolutely love

  40. 190
    Kim says:

    I love peach cobblers

  41. 191
    Diana says:

    Peach Ice Cream :) or Cobbler!

  42. 192
    danielle says:

    Peach cobbler. Delicious!

  43. 193
    Heather J says:

    Peach cobbler!! With vanilla ice cream!

  44. 194
    Laura says:

    Peach cobbler – with just as much crumbly topping as there are peaches : )

  45. 195
    Heather W says:

    I love making peach cobbler in the summer!

  46. 196
    Laura R says:

    I love Peach Cobbler!!!

  47. 197
    Sonya says:

    I’d use both and make peach salsa.

  48. 198
    Rebecca says:

    I make a great veggie soup using lots of tomatoes!

  49. 199
    Kate says:

    I made a peach, blueberry, and basil cobbler by How Sweet It is…everyone raved about it!

  50. 200
    katherine p says:

    I love making salsa for those beautiful tomatoes!

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