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The six generations of winemakers known as the Ehlers family have endured more than their fair share of trials and tragedies—from the loss of beloved patriarchs to a legal dispute over the name on their wine labels. Still, they've persevered, building a legacy that began in 1921 while fueled by two motives—a love of family and a passion for making wine. Now known as E2 Family Winery, their facility oversees more than 500 acres of vineyards dedicated to the growing of red and white California grape varietals. Once harvested, these grapes are processed in small batches to make eight styles of wine that include cabernet sauvignon, zinfandel, and pinot grigio. The most unique of these comes from grapes grown on just 4 acres: a Portuguese-style verdelho, one of only a few made in the United States. And yet it's not just the winery's products that are unique—a GAI bottling system is a marvel in its own right. The system labels, plugs, and vacuum seals bottles with both synthetic and natural corks at a rapid speed, producing up to 2,000 cases a day, enough to supply a bottle to every household in the state or to keep Dionysus's next house party going for a few more hours.

9009 Hwy 12
Lodi,
CA
US

With a stock of stone art of all shapes and sizes, Lomelis Statuary specializes in turning indoor and outdoor areas into whimsical landscapes. Their diverse gallery highlights water fountains—full-scale or wall-mounted, neoclassical or modern—created from durable cast stone and finished individually by hand. Stone patio furnishings, decorative plaques, human and animal statues, and gazebos topped with intricate cupolas are also available.

10950 N Highway 99
Lodi,
CA
US

Terry's Tree Service is one of the few tree services available in your area that is a Licensed Registered Contractor (#918146), insured with general liability, vehicle, and Worker's Compensation, and has an A+ Better Business Bureau Reliability Rating, and a International Society- Arboriculture Certified Arborist on staff.

849 E Stanley Blvd
Livermore,
CA
US

The Smiths don't have a family tree. Instead, their legacy stretches back through a long vine, all the way to the heirloom tomato farmers of Spain. In the 1970s, Janice, Ken, Bill, and Shirley Smith opened Smith Family Farm to carry on that legacy. Their staff has since grown to include cousins, other relatives, and family friends, all of whom lend a hand in growing the farm's seasonal produce. The literal fruits of their labor arrive at The Smith Family Farm Fruit Stand, which showcases a rotating selection of fresh basil, strawberries, peppers (both hot and sweet), and various other fruits and veggies.

The farm itself also welcomes visitors. Throughout the growing season, its gardens invite families to pick their own fresh fruits and vegetables, including plums, apricots, and squash. The farmers themselves double as educators, and their spring tours for elementary and preschool-aged children lift the curtain on farm life—which, of course, includes opportunities to dance along to bluegrass music.

4400 Sellers Ave
Brentwood,
CA
US

For more than three decades, ABC Tree Farms have provided the Bay Area with seasonal fun October through December. Summer inspires the first round of recreation in the form of Summer Fun Zones packed with inflatable bounce houses masquerading as castles and slides and fresh harvests of local cherries, peaches, melons, and other fruits. During October, they run 20 pumpkin-themed locations, some of which also feature inflatable bounce houses and other attractions. Once Thanksgiving passes, groves of Christmas trees spring up, having made their way south from Oregon and Washington. There they will stand until Christmas Eve, hoping to decorate homes or become the model that inspires a revamped line of evergreen air fresheners.

2501 Tully Rd
San Jose,
CA
US

A certified Bay Area Green Business and a peddler of greenery, Fuji Garden Center raises a wide variety of rare plants, exotic trees, and flowering delights in its expansive nursery. Floras running the gamut of Santa Barbara daisies ($6.50/1 gal. pot) to ornate Crimson Queen trees ($38.50) convert sunlight into energy and dirt patches into alluring gnome traps. Planting compost ($25/yd.) sets out a buffet table for hungry plants, inviting Tuscan Blue rosemary ($18/5 gal. pot) and lotus flowers ($6.75/1 gal. pot) to the feast. Garden keepers can also treat foliage to premium potting soil ($45/yd.), nutrient-packed to fuel any plant's extreme-sport-centered lifestyle.

1815 Monterey Hwy
San Jose,
CA
US