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General store showcases local products
Susan Dell’Osso prepares the Country General Store at Dell’Osso Farms for the holiday season. - photo by HIME ROMERO
LATHROP – There’s ceramic kitchenware crafted from Randy Pearsall’s studio nestled in the almond orchards east of Manteca.

There’s pies from Burgess Bakery in Ripon, fudge from a Modesto venture, and gifts fashioned by crafters in Manteca, Lathrop, and Tracy to name a few places.

It’s all part of the homegrown offerings you’ll find at the Country General Store at Dell’Osso Farms that opened for the holidays Saturday.

“Our goal was to have as much local items as possible,” noted Susan Dell’Osso who along with husband Ron oversee Dell’Osso Farms’ Holidays on the Farms.

The concept of the store is to showcase the best offerings of the Northern San Joaquin Valley just like they did during the Pumpkin Maze that ran the month of October. For the holidays you’ll find everything from nut products packaged in Ripon to fresh kettlekorn. Ultimately – if Dell’Osso Farms becomes a year round operation – they’d also like to offer selections from all wineries in San Joaquin County.

For now the general store serves as a daily crafts fair feature local artisans.

This coming Friday, Santa will make daily visits to listen to Christmas wishes while sitting in a cozy old-fashioned sleigh-tucked in a corner of the general store.

The general store is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Currently open as well are the snow tubing hill, the zip line, bounce pits, pony rides, train. and other attractions.

Then on Friday the Lights on the Farm opens with 500 displays with options to drive thru ($10 Sunday through Thursday per car and $12 on Friday and Saturday per car) or an open air hay ride for $5 in which people are encouraged to bring their own blankets.

Four authentic reindeer will also be on hand for free viewing. Also free are the peddle cars and the tire pyramid. The zip lines are $6 for one ride or $10 for two. Ninety-minute snow tubing sessions are $15.

Dell’Osso Express train rides are $3 while pillow jumping session are $2 for one session or $5 for all day. Kiddie land is $5, pony rides $5 and the petting zoo is a dollar.

Dell’Osso also will offer Christmas trees starting Friday as well.