A California Legend

Known as the home of great tasting and nutritional beef that is aged to tender perfection, Harris Ranch Beef Company is part of the Harris Farms group of companies.

The Harris family has been farming for over 100 years, and the Fresno County farm has been under continuous family operation since 1937. Since its founding, Harris Farms has grown into one of the largest agribusinesses in the nation and is California's largest cattle feeder, fed beef processor and beef marketer.

The families California farming history dates back to 1916 when J.A. Harris and his wife, Kate, arrived in the Imperial Valley to establish one of California's first cotton gins as well as other cotton related businesses. They later farmed in the San Joaquin Valley where their only son, Jack Harris, graduated from Chico High School in 1932, prior to attending Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo.

In 1937, Jack and his wife, Teresa, founded their own ranch in the San Joaquin Valley, starting out on a previously unfarmed half-section of land and expanding over the years to several thousand acres of prime farm land. Originally growing primarily cotton and grain, Harris Ranch now also produces a wide variety of vegetables, fruit and nut crops - about thirty-three in all. These include everything from carrots, lettuce, garlic, onions, tomatoes, and melons to oranges, lemons, walnuts, almonds, and wine grapes.

Today Harris Farms is one of the largest integrated farming operations in the Central San Joaquin Valley which is one of the largest and most productive farming regions in the world. The Harris Family has always taken great pride in their crops and their beef, and raised both to be as pure and great tasting as nature intended. Related companies include Harris Ranch Inn and Restaurant, the Harris Farms - Thoroughbreds, the Harris Ranch Beef Company, the Harris Ranch Feeding Company, Harris Ranch Farms, and Harris Fresh.

Enjoy our many Harris Ranch Restaurant Reserve Beef Recipes, these are "specialties of the house" as served in our famous Harris Ranch Inn and Restaurant. And please, if you would like to share your favorite beef recipe with us, e-mail the recipe to our kitchen


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