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.

Peaches and Jenn

We got to pick peaches right off the tree. I found this very amusing apparently ๐Ÿ™‚

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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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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334 Responses
  1. 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.

  2. Malissa W

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

  3. Juli

    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!

  4. Erika

    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.

  5. Nicole Brown

    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 =)

  6. Katie

    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!

  7. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Chatelaine

    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!!!

  9. Dutch over peach cobbler – always a winner!! However – I’ve never made it. Also, love it when my bro-in-law makes peach-huckleberry homemade syrup for waffles in the morning.

  10. Allison C

    I like making something bruschetta-like with honey thyme roasted cherry tomatoes placed on top of ricotta smothered baguettes.

  11. Jenn L.

    What a fantastic visit. I *love* the fresh peaches we get to enjoy here in Washington. My favorite new (to me anyway) recipe this year has been the Peach Dumplings with Bourbon Hard Sauce recipe from the Smitten Kitchen cookbook. A friend who just started blogging posted a link to her attempt which turned out fantastically. I was so inspired I had to try it, too. Delicious!

  12. Kathy Jones Cromer

    I love warm peach cobbler topped with vanilla bean ice cream! YUM!

    About the tomatoes, I’ll have a cheese and tomato sandwich on bread with American cheese, mayo and a nice fresh juicy tomato!

  13. Beautiful photos!

    I really love eating tomatoes as is, but I also love pasta with fresh tomatoes and mozzarella, as well as sliced tomatoes on a pizza!

  14. Michaela Williams

    Pereira bros tomatoes…..Thats the farm I grew up on!!! My dad is Mike (plaid shirt) and thats my uncle Anthony and my aunt Karen showing them the ropes of tomato farming……

  15. Natalie

    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.

  16. Linda Seablom

    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!!

  17. Marcia

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

  18. Susan H.

    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.

  19. Kim Button

    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!

  20. Candy

    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! ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Ani

    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!

  22. Laurel H

    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!

  23. q

    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!

  24. Ronna F

    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 !!!!

  25. Jennifer Bontrager

    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.

  26. Charlette

    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!!!

  27. Elaine

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

  28. 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.

  29. Lakenya Jacobs

    my favorite peach dish is a salsa that my mom makes. She puts green onions, in it a few jalapenos, and roasted corn. It’s soo good ๐Ÿ™‚ And she makes a wonderful tomato bisque.

  30. Ellen W

    Recently my favorite peach recipe is for a peach cobbler smoothie – includes peaches, oats, cinnamon and almond milk.

  31. Amy S.

    I love to eat fresh peaches over vanilla ice cream. Plain & simple but yummy! I wouldn’t turn down a cobbler though! ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. Kristen

    My favorite peach recipe during the summer is to take peach halves and roast or grill them and have them on top of an arugula salad with cottage cheese and marcona almonds. Super refreshing, easy, and tasty!

  33. Noel

    We made my favorite peach recipe tonight actually. we even used Del Monte peaches! We made a dessert pizza with peaches, an oatmeal/brown sugar crumble topping and cream cheese icing.

  34. I absolutely love your Del Monte Farm and Cannery Tour! Seeing your picture makes me feel like I’m there with you. But of course, it’ll be more fun to really be there in person. ๐Ÿ™‚ My favorite tomato recipe is a smoky tomato soup. pretty easy to make too with Del Monte’s wonderful tomato products.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  35. I love fresh tomatoes chopped on top of pasta with olive oil, sea salt and pepper! Also I’ll make a fried egg grilled sandwich with pesto and tomato! So good!

  36. Susan

    In the summertime, peaches are so yummy when basted with butter, sprinkled with cinnamon-sugar, and then grilled…

  37. Robin Wilson

    Fantastic pics ~ looks like such a fun day! My favorite tomato recipe is salsa made with fresh ingredients that grow right here at home. Tomatoes, onions, cilantro, etc. My favorite way to eat it is with scrambled eggs!

    zuzu.wilson(at)yahoo(dot)com

  38. Nicole Larsen

    My favorite tomato recipe is my spaghetti and my favorite peach is my mother in law’s peach cobbler!!

  39. Jennifer Reed

    I love grilled peaches so my favorite peach recipe is a Grilled Peach Salad with Toasted Pecans, Blue Cheese and Honey Balsamic Syrup. The recipe is not my original but one I found online awhile back.

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