The Harris family has been farming for over 100 years. 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 feeding operation.
In the late 1880s, the Harris family moved from Mississippi to Texas. In 1916 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 in the 1920′ s and moved up to the Sacramento 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, expanding over the years to several thousand acres of prime farmland. Originally growing primarily cotton and grain, Harris Ranch now boasts a wide variety of vegetables, fruits and nut crops – about thirty-three in all.
These include everything from carrots, lettuce, garlic, onions, and tomatoes to melons, oranges, lemons, walnuts, almonds, and wine grapes. Under the leadership of Jack’s only child, John Harris, the Harris name has probably become best known for producing the finest beef, which retails under the Harris Ranch Beef label and brand.
All Harris Ranch Beef is processed in a single facility overseen by highly trained Quality Assurance Staff and the USDA. This ensures the beef is processed according to the highest food safety standards. Look for the Harris Ranch Beef label found only in the West’s best markets, or take some home from the Country Store in our iced travel packs – a thoughtful and welcomed gift.
Another part of the ranch that we particularly enjoy is the state of the art Horse Farm, which breeds, trains, and races thoroughbred horses. Currently, several top stallions are standing at stud. Horses raised and trained at our ranch are campaigning successfully at tracks throughout the United States.
Our family’s philosophy is to provide only the best products, care, and service to customers in every part of our company. It is with great pride that our restaurants serve only Harris Ranch U.S.D.A. Choice and Prime Beef* and Harris Farm fresh fruits, nuts, and vegetables. In addition, we bake all of our own bread, pies, cookies, and pastries each day from only the finest and freshest ingredients in our bakery. Everyone on the Harris Ranch team welcomes you and hopes you will visit us again soon!