In 1921, Gilbert and Beatrice Bates moved their nutty family to the beautiful, picturesque oak filled valley of Valley Center, where they purchased the Walnut Slope Ranch. They raised their family of 5 boys, along with geese, ducks, goats, horses, rabbits, sheep, tractor, plows and all sorts of old fashioned farm things. Little did Gilbert know that 80 years later his family farm would provide joy and pleasure for 5 generations of his family, and also for the thousands of visitors from around the world that make that special trip to the Bates farm each year.
How did the Bates business became so famous? Perhaps it’s the beautiful farm setting, the picnic and park areas, the farm zoo, or the casual, down home environment. Or maybe it’s the reminder of simpler times and childhood farm memories. Farm antiques and tools line the walls of the Bates store that is filled with fresh, delicious nuts, candies, dried fruits, chocolates, homemade fudge and gourmet delights. Pick up and sample your way through the Bates store. A sample of our own homemade fudge is a must with over 10 different choices. Our new old-fashioned candy counter will make a chocolate lover’s mouth water. You can’t help but feel like a kid again! Over 25 feet of counterspace is filled with truffles, mammoth turtles, a variety of chocolates and sugar-free candies, homemade fudge and chocolates.
Bates Nut Farm started as a walnut farm, but now purchases nuts from all over the world. Pistachios, pecans, cashews, peanuts, pignolias, sunflower seeds and much more can be purchased on the farm. The nuts are raw or roasted, spiced up or unsalted. To ensure quality and freshness, we roast and package our nuts right here on the farm. The Bates family takes pride in providing a quality product at a fair price. It’s part of the tradition.
Nuts may have made Bates famous, but now you’ll also discover over 5000 square feet of gifts available at the Farmer’s Daughter, located in the original barn, and the Bates gift shop. What fun you will have browsing through the nooks and crannies of home and garden accessories, kitchen items, baby, stationery, collectibles, candles, personal care, jewelry, inspirational books, greeting cards, seasonal items and much more. There is a little something for everyone at the Bates farm.
The Bates Nut Farm has become well known for its special events held throughout the year on the 100 acre ranch. You’ll love coming out and having a picnic in the beautiful tree filled park and feeding the menagerie of farm animals. For over 30 years families have made it an annual tradition to come out to Bates during the month of October in search of the perfect pumpkin. The Pumpkin Patch is the largest, oldest and most famous in San Diego County. Arts & Crafts Fairs, Antiques, Collectibles & Crafts Markets, Fine Art Fairs, and Car Shows are held throughout the year. For groups of 15 or more you can take advantage of our educational tours; “Nuts For You” and “The Life of a Pumpkin”. See our Special Events and Eeducation and Tour pages.
Bates Nut Farm is committed to providing the highest quality products in a welcoming and professional environment. Bates strives to contribute to the community through educational programs, special events, fundraisers and opportunities to create family traditions. Bates wishes to pass on the legacy and appreciation of farming and agriculture to future generations.
Bates Nut Farm started with walnuts, but now purchases nuts from all over the world. Pistachios, pecans, cashews, peanuts, pignolias, sunflower seeds and much more can be purchased on the farm. The nuts come raw, roasted, some spiced up and unsalted. To ensure quality and freshness we roast and package our nuts on the farm. The Bates family takes pride in providing a quality product at a fair price. It’s part of the tradition.