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The Valencia family grew up in Philo, Calif. not eating out very much; most meals were homemade. Owner of the taqueria, Onorio spent many years managing crew members of a vineyard and when his family moved to Newman, his family wanted to share the meals they had on their family table with the community.

“When we were growing up we didn’t eat out too much,” said his daughter Nicole Valencia. “We would always eat homemade stuff that my mom made. Our favorite thing was homemade tortillas. We knew when we got home from school we had lunch and dinner ready.”

The restaurant is family owned with Nicole and Onorio handling the front end operations, and the matriarch of the family, Maria Manzo, running the back end as the head chef. The most popular item on the menu seems to be the quesadillas. It comes with a soft and hard shell tortilla that the customers seem to enjoy, according to Nicole.

The recipe for all the dishes come from Michoaca,n which is a state in Mexico. The family has roots there and Maria learned a lot of her cooking from that place. All of the ingredients are sourced locally.

“We try to keep all our distributors local,” said Nicole. “We want to try to keep it to cities like Newman, Modesto and Turlock. We would like people to support our local business and we want to support locally as well.”

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Mobile bar with flair serves Turlock and beyond

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Livingston resident Patricia Serna is using the skills she’s developed as a bartender in Turlock to start her very own business, Golden Hour Spirits. 

While serving up drinks in town, Serna found herself frequently fending off requests from customers to craft cocktails at their events and parties. She thought it would be a cool idea, but wasn’t convinced until she saw a mobile bar serving drinks out of a trailer while on vacation in Phoenix, Arizona. 

Shortly after, Serna started Golden Hour Spirits at the end of November and hasn’t looked back, providing pop-up bartending services at weddings, birthday parties, quinceañeras and more via her trendy, boho-style mobile bar rather than a trailer. So far, she’s provided services throughout Stanislaus and Merced counties, but said she’s willing to travel even further for customers. 

“I was very, very nervous to even start this business. I think my favorite part has been meeting people. That's probably the best part — besides making drinks, of course, because that’s fun too,” Serna said. 

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Despite removals, almond acreage estimate shows increase

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Stanislaus County’s top-producing crop continued to grow in acreage throughout the state in 2021, though final estimates are slightly lower than they were at the beginning of the year. 

According to Land IQ’s 2021 Standing Acreage Final Estimate, total standing almond acreage increased to 1,662,633 total acres in 2021, up from 1,552,754 total acres the year prior. Despite the over 100,000 acre increase, the final bearing acreage estimate represents a decrease from the initial estimate released in the spring. 

Land IQ’s initial estimate for total bearing acreage in April 2021 – which reflects standing acreage that will be productive during the 2021/2022 harvest – was 1,323,722 acres.  This estimate takes into account both young orchards coming into production and orchards removed or estimated to be removed. The final estimate for bearing acreage represents a 14,000 acre decrease from that number. 

The 2021 final acreage estimate is 352,875 non-bearing acres (defined as those orchards planted in 2019, 2020, and 2021), 1,309,759 bearing acres (defined as anything planted in 2018 and earlier) and 1,662,633 total acres (defined as total standing acres during the growing season of 2021).

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Oregon wildfires lead to higher priced Christmas trees in Turlock, region

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A lot of families have a tradition of going out and getting an authentic Christmas tree every holiday season. But the festive trees were victim to rising prices, similar to a lot of other items this year, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to let up.

According to Ron Macedo of Turlock’s RAM Farms, the price of trees this year has gone up by eight percent, and 50 percent over the last nine years. This year’s increases can be attributed to the wildfires in Oregon, which is where most sellers get their product on the west coast. The supply chain crisis has also made less fertilizer available to growers, which has also led to higher prices.

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‘Grumpy Grams’ deliver Christmas jeer

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Name of business: Grumpy Grams by Turlock’s Ranch of Horror

Type of business: Hand-delivered messages and gifts

Location: Turlock

Hours: Grams can be booked for Dec. 10 through 12 and Dec. 17 through 19

Contact information: Call or text 209-947-8999 or message Ranch of Horror on Facebook to book

Specialty: Christmas entertainment with a twist

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Christmas in Turlock just got a lot greener. 

Ranch of Horror may be known for hosting a spooky haunted house each Halloween, but the Turlock business is becoming just as popular for its holiday gram services. This Christmas, one particularly grinch-like delivery man is making waves as he visits Turlockers bearing gifts — even though his heart is three times too small.

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Maternity boutique opens in downtown Turlock

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Name of business: Magical Mamas

Type of business: Women’s clothing store

Location: 173 S. Thor St., Turlock

Hours: Noon to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday

Contact information: 209-408-4292

Specialty: Maternity clothes

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When Turlock resident Alannah Ward realized there weren’t many stylish boutique options for pregnant women in town, she decided to jump into action.

She opened Magical Mamas in downtown Turlock this month, offering maternity clothing for every occasion as well as fashionable styles for women who aren’t expecting. The new boutique celebrated its grand opening on Nov. 5 and has since provided affordable options for everything from a fancy dinner to the school play. 

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‘Pink Friday’ coming to downtown Turlock

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Most shopping enthusiasts are familiar with the long-running retail holiday known as Black Friday, but this year a group of downtown businesses are hoping Turlockers will embrace a new event featuring smalltown sales and a pop of color.

Pink Friday is the antithesis of its predecessor and encourages customers to shop local before Thanksgiving, taking place exactly one week before the big-box extravaganza known as Black Friday. It’s a fairly new endeavor and reminds the community to shop at its small boutiques first before heading to Target and Walmart in the days that follow. 

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How will Turlock spend $15.7 million in COVID funds? Business, mental health priorities

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With $15.7 million of federal COVID-19 relief money to spend in the next five years, the Turlock City Council on Tuesday identified supporting business and mental health needs as priorities.

For presentation at a future council meeting, city staff plan to prepare a list of top five spending ideas based on Tuesday’s discussion, Interim City Manager Dan Madden said.

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High demand leading to increased milk production

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Stanislaus County offers an abundance of agriculture offerings with dairy routinely a top producer and last year, both milk and alternative milks saw a marked increase in consumption among consumers. 

The second-highest valued commodity in the 2020 Stanislaus County Agriculture Report was milk and it contributed more value than it did in 2019. It was an increase in value by $128 million compared to 2019. Milk accounts for 20 percent of the county’s total commodity value, while it accounted for 17 percent in 2019.

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Insomnia Gym prepares for big move into Turlock Town Center

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Name of business: Insomnia Gym

Type of business: Fitness center

Location: 2930 N. Walnut Rd., soon to be 671 N. Golden State Blvd.

Hours: Open 24 hours to members seven days per week; Staff on site from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Contact information: 703-554-0305

Specialty: On-site meal prep

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Turlock resident Adan Escriba has yet to turn 30, but he already has nearly a decade’s experience as a gym owner and is only just getting started. 

His business, Insomnia Gym, a fitness haven that’s open 24 hours per day, will quadruple in size by the end of the year when its dumbbells, treadmills and squat racks move into the new 5,000 square-foot space waiting for them in the Turlock Town Center. 

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