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The summer breeze carries the sweet, melodic scent of strawberries, blueberries, and figs, while the tantalizing hues of summer squash and tomatoes evoke memories of delicate crostini, inspiring the weekend’s brunch menu. Sauntering around the farmers markets scattered across San Joaquin County alludes to the county’s esteem as the most productive agricultural region in the world. With over 250 crops grown across the seasons, farm-to-table cuisine is plentiful, as is an appreciation for nature amongst the metropolitan cities of Lodi, Stockton, and Tracy.
An annual Asparagus Festival pays homage to the county’s designation as the “food basket of the world” and is the largest celebration of its kind in the West. The festival features live entertainment, carnival games, and a recipe contest—plus several culinary delights, ranging from savory dishes like asparagus pasta and asparagus lumpia to sweeter treats such as asparagus ice cream and asparagus churros for adventurous souls.
With warm weather nearly year-round, the San Joaquin County’s outdoor activities can be enjoyed regardless of the season. Absorb the sun’s rays while surrounded by the untamed beauty of Lodi Lake’s scenic nature trail, learn about the region on a narrated boat cruise around the Port of Stockton, meander across the arched bridges or through the cherry blossoms of Micke Grove Regional Park’s Japanese garden, and join the community for a concert or picnic in the park.
San Joaquin County offers all of the comforts of urban cities, from shopping destinations to fine-dining restaurants, in addition to sprawling farmlands and green landscapes. Large malls, cozy shopping centers, and vintage boutiques reside throughout the county and are interspersed with science and history museums to satisfy every desire and mood. After a full day of exploration, indulge in one of the county’s many eateries offering the best in brunch, steak, and even seafood.
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