Jim and Mari Rossi. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Eat Drink Savor

Eat, Drink, Savor: B&R Farms showcases the versatile Blenheim apricot

Hollister orchard offers apricot products for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Blake (left) and Tyler Abercrombie with Decimal the pig. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Children and Youth

Tyler Abercrombie and a pricey pig

Members of the local agriculture community give a big send-off to a 4-H youth at the San Benito County Fair.

Joey Kistler with current maze, Dick Swank with 2000 maze. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Business

Swank Farms honors Bonnie Swank with this year’s corn maze

The history, planning and creating of an autumn tradition.

Bryan Saba. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Eat Drink Savor

Eat, Drink, Savor: Big Paw Olive Oil Company

With over 40 products, Bryan Saba caters to many palates.

San Benito County Fair. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Nonprofits

San Benito County Fair plans a three-day run- with a few restrictions

The deadline for competition entries is coming up on Sept 9.

The Jensen Vineyard on Mt Harlan. Courtesy of Calera Wine Company

Business

San Benito County winery makes world’s top 100 list

Calera is one of 20 California wineries honored this year.

Erik and Aileen Ehn at Hollister Hop Yard. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Business

Hollister Hop Yard supplies fresh aromatic wet hops to beer makers

August is harvest time—a treat for home and commercial brewers.

Miguel Alvarado. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Eat Drink Savor

Eat, Drink, Savor: The exclusive and elusive wines of Williams Selyem

The owners of Vista Verde Vineyards reserve only 10% of their harvest for their own wines.

ashurst-ranch. Photo courtesy of Cushman & Wakefield marketing brochure.

Features

53,000-acre ranch in south San Benito County sold

Central Valley farmer Scott Raven purchased the Ashurst Ranch which extends into Fresno County.

Cars lined up at Bolado Park to experience the Fair Food Fest drive-thru from July 17-19. Photo courtesy of Audrey Johnson.

News

Bolado Park Events Center reopens for 2021

Events begin with a two day Spring Picnic.

(L-R) Steve Dunbar, Edie Matson, Terry Giannetto, and Connie Bishop (Vera's niece) plant a fig tree in Vera Bradley Frass's honor. Photo courtesy of Barbara Taddeo.

Features

Hollister resident continues 16-year Earth Day tradition

Barbara Taddeo plants trees to honor departed family and friends.

Founding member Chris Evans (let), Mason Churchill (center), Robb Rodriquez (right) and Logan the dog. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut

Features

Growing Hearts builds community garden at Vista Park Hill

Staff and clients raise organic crops for their own use.

The Schmidt family: Joe Spencer, Tina Jolly Schmidt, Brian Schmidt, Walt Henzi, Crystal Henzi, Kathy Spencer, Rick Schmidt, Stacey Swenson, Janis Schmidt, and Greg Schmidt. Photo courtesy of Karminder Brown.

Agriculture

San Benito family receives Excellence in Range Management Award

The award recognized the Schmidt family for maintaining outstanding ranch management and land stewardship practices across distances and generations.

Bonnie Swank in her barn with the corn maze, pumpkins, and sunflowers in the background. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Agriculture

Bonnie Swank: In memoriam

Family and friends share how her vision of Swank Farms took shape.

Lisa and Dan O’Callaghan of December Ranch Christmas Trees. Photo courtesy of December Ranch.

Agriculture

The art and science of growing Christmas trees

December Ranch and Bourdets raise several varieties in San Juan Bautista and Hollister.