Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
San Ramon in Contra Costa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Bounty of the Land

Forest Home Farms Historic Park

— Celebrate San Ramon's History —

 
 
Bounty of the Land Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joseph Alvarado, July 9, 2022
1. Bounty of the Land Marker
Inscription.  At Forest Home Farms, much of the food was home grown. The Boones grew vegetables for their own use and raised cattle on a leased ranch in Livermore which they brought to the meat house, in front of you, for processing. This structure was constructed with walls that were one foot thick and filled with redwood sawdust as insulation to help keep out the heat. It has three rooms – meat was brought in, portioned and wrapped, placed in a cooling compartment, and then stored.

”…Mom and Dad would cut [the animal] up… [and] hang it in the little hanging shed out north of the main house for a couple of weeks. Then [they] would bring it into the meat house and cut it up and wrap it.”
- Phil Munson, son of Floyd Munson, foreman during the 1940s

Farm families preserved foods by drying, canning, and pickling. Ruth Quayle Boone remembers, “For four years we had a fruit stand out front. We sold pickles, jams, and salted almonds. We made jams with quince, honey, orange and grapefruit marmalade… There were figs. There was a Forest Home label.”

When the farm was busy during harvest, the cooking never stopped.
Paid Advertisement
Click on the ad for more information.
Please report objectionable advertising to the Editor.
Click or scan to see
this page online
Patricia Durkee, who visited the farm as a child remembers, “this could mean cooking breakfasts and dinner (except they called it supper) for 12 to 14 hungry hard working farm hands. There was a special dining room on the back of the house off the kitchen for the crew that came along with the harvester in late summer. A Chinese cook served lunch to them from a rolling chuck wagon that followed along behind the noisy, dusty harvester.”

Forest Home Farm Historic Park is on the National Register of Historic Places and the California Register of Historical Resources

The City of San Ramon encourages our residents to enjoy this beautiful park in celebration of our historic past. By acquiring, protecting and maintaining this valuable parkland, the City of San Ramon is preserving for current and future generations natural places where people and other living things can thrive.
 
Erected by City of San Ramon.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureAnimalsParks & Recreational Areas.
 
Location. 37° 44.11′ N, 121° 57.054′ W. Marker is in San Ramon, California, in Contra Costa County. Marker can be reached from San Ramon Valley Boulevard. The resin marker is mounted to a metal stand next
Marker next to the meat house image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joseph Alvarado, July 9, 2022
2. Marker next to the meat house
to the meat house. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 19953 San Ramon Valley Boulevard, San Ramon CA 94583, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sunrise to Sunset (a few steps from this marker); First People of the East Bay (within shouting distance of this marker); Forest Home Farms Historic Park (within shouting distance of this marker); The Boone House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Business of Running a Farm (within shouting distance of this marker); Working Together (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Clement Pierre Elissondo (about 400 feet away); From Horse to Horsepower (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Ramon.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 15, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 12, 2022, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California. This page has been viewed 82 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 15, 2022, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

Share this page.  
Share on Tumblr
m=202114

CeraNet Cloud Computing sponsors the Historical Marker Database.
This website earns income from purchases you make after using our links to Amazon.com. We appreciate your support.
Paid Advertisement
Apr. 20, 2024