Annual Field Day Celebrates Local Food in San Benito County

People from around the region come to San Juan Bautista for the local food scene
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For the past 24 years, we've been inviting friends, family and customers of Morris Grassfed to our annual Spring Field Day at our ranch in San Juan Bautista. What started as a casual get-together for friends interested in how we produced our grassfed beef gradually turned into an annual event including hundreds of people.

We provide the barbecued grassfed burgers and and friends bring their own side dishes, drinks and desserts. We start the day off with a brief introduction of our land management practices and the vaquero traditions of Joe's family (five generations of California cowboys) then we head to the hills for a walk on the ranch. People can see wildflowers, a pond bursting with baby frogs and watch our border collies move a herd of cattle.

It's a lot of fun, particularly for our customers with children who want to learn about how their hamburger was produced. We see it as a great way to connect city and suburban families with the country and educate consumers on the way real food is produced. It doesn't come from a grocery store and when done well, it can enhance and nurture the earth.

Click here to see some more photos of the day and a celebration of what San Benito County has to offer.

Julie Finigan Morris

Julie Finigan Morris is a journalist and business owner. She has worked as staff writer for several news organizations, including Thomson Newspapers in Washington D.C., McClatchy Newspapers and Scripps News Service. She is also the Co-Founder and Owner of Morris Grassfed and has lived in San Benito County for more than 25 years. Morris has also worked in corporate communications, marketing, and the non-profit sector. She is a founding board member of BenitoLink and currently serves on its Editorial Committee. She recently published her first novel, Exit Strategy. Visit her online at