Start the holidays off in the Modesto area with a tour of Duarte's Poinsettia Farm. Their family owned greenhouses provide perfect plants to grace porches and hearths as well as to give as gifts. The greenhouses are filled with a sea of crimson, pink, cream, and seven different shades of red flowers. The sight of thousands of perfect poinsettias in an array of jewel-like colors is amazingly beautiful. Purchases at Duarte's are cash or check only, no credit or debit cards. Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch at the Fruit yard, a family owned business since 1977. Afterward, take a short tour and tasting at the Classic Wine Vinegar Company. Visit the gift shop brimming with antique bowls, wooden trays, glassware, exquisite sauces and unmatched kitchen gadgets. Top the day off with a visit to Stewart & Jasper Almond Company. Shop for all things almonds, dried fruit and confectionery products. Perhaps you'll pick up a gift basket for someone on your list! Register by Oct. 12; call for availability after that date.