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Since 1946, the Gonzales family has grown the rare and fabulous California Blenheim apricots. Grown on our Hollister ranch, we continue to be the farmer, pruner, dryer, packer, and seller of the vanishing Blenheim apricot. We produce the best tasting apricots in the world all "Home Grown in the Flavor Zone"!

In addition to our incredible dried apricots, be sure to discover our variety of nuts (walnuts, pistachios, almonds) and other dried fruits (peaches, pears, prunes, and more). For those who believe less is more, we have dark and delicious unsulfured dried apricots. And don't forget our sweet and tart selection of apricot jams and syrups as well as our decadent chocolate covered fruits and nuts.  Simply delicious! Everything here on the ranch is organically grown.

Enjoy!

Patti and Gary Gonzales, Hollister, CA

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Weekend Flash Sale

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Flash Sale for October 19, 20, and 21.....

$10.20 cart discount on all orders over $100.

Make your order on the weekend of 10-20 and save $10.20 on orders over $100.

Our last sale was very successful and we thank you for being our loyal customers all these years.

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75th Anniversary Sale

We've been busy, busy since our Anniversary sale started last week.Here's the deal.....You can save $7.50 on orders over $75.00.We're celebrating 75 years of Family Farming.Sale lasts until 09-21-18

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Celebrating 75years of Family Farming

Starting September 7th, we're giving a special $7.50 discount on all order over $75.00.

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75 Years of Family Farming

Starting September 7th.....there'll be a discount of $7.50 per order.......to celebrateour 75th Anniversary of Gonzales Family Farming. Joseph Frank Gonzales in the 1940's......then his son:  Frank T. Gonzales (when he returned from WWII) in 1946.....then his son: Gary Frank Gonzales   (when he returned from the Peace Corps in 1972).....and his son: Nick K. Gonzales   (calling all the shots & [...]

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September's Stock Up Sale

Just a heads up.....We're doing our September Stock Up Sale this year.We'll have been in business 75 years and our September Stock Up Sale 2018will tie into that.  Sale will begin September 7 and go through most of September.It will be $7.50 off shipping on all orders over $75.We love the September Stock Up Sale.

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Leathers almost here.

Just a few more days til the leathers are ready to go.

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Slippits are back

The Cadillac of the Line is back in bags, bulk, and gift rounds.Not every apricot can grow up to be a slippit.....this year proved very challengingto find the biggest and the best to become slippits.

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Bulk is Back

2018 Bulk orders are now available.We have Slabs, Choice, and Extra-Choice available in the Bulk sizes.Slabs are the sweetest and costliest......but oooh soooo tasty.Extra Choice are smaller and just fine for snacking.Choice apricots are more  smaller, a little more tart in flavor, and a perfect choice for jamming or baking or eating.I use to hand these [...]

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Washing Cots

The 2018 crop is off the trays.Now it's time for washing.  We'll wash (imagine a tumbling rotating washer with holes) eachand every apricot we cut.  Just a short day of laying the washed trays of  apricots in the sun......and it's on to packing.

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Scraping & Sizing the Apricots

We've spent the entire week scraping the fruit off the trays.  This consists of 10 men pushinga paddle/scraper on a moving tray line.  Trays are dumped into several bins......The  bins are dumped into a machines that shakes and shakes the dried cots.  They fall into holes according to sizes.  Looks like more than 70% of [...]

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