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Celebrating 70 Years!

Dad’s Day at Denio’s

 Dad’s Day at Denio’s

Thank you for joining us for our 6th Annual Dad’s Day at Denio’s!  We had a blast!

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Nonprofit Day at Denio’s

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our 2nd Annual Nonprofit Day at Denio’s!

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Dog Day at Denio’s 2017

Dog Day at Denio’s

Thank you for joining us for another successful Dog Day of Fun!

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Denio’s on Fox40 Live!

Denio’s on FOX40!

2016 Denio’s Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to our 2016 Denio’s Scholarship Winners!

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Eric Denio & Hannah Kerby

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Hannah has been with Denio’s since December of 2014. She is hard-working, observant, giving and a talented writer– these are all traits that serve a journalist well. Good thing our Denio’s Scholarship winner possesses all these traits and more, because a career in journalism is in Hannah Kerby’s sights. Hoping one day to not only work in the field of publishing, but also to become a published author herself, Hannah will be a freshman next year at William Jessup University. We look forward to reading what you have to write in the future, Hannah. We have no doubt that your future will be bright and your writing brilliant. Congratulations Hannah!

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Eric Denio & Kyle Krantz

Kyle Krantz
Kyle has been with Denio’s since October 2015. There are a handful of characteristics that all who achieve success in the criminal justice system seem to have in common, among which are having a good set of personal ethics, being physically fit and being calm under stress. Our Denio’s Scholarship winner Kyle Krantz personifies those qualities. Kyle will be pursuing a degree in criminal justice at CSU Stanislaus starting this fall. Kyle doesn’t take what he’s achieved for granted. He has worked hard and it has paid off. He’s a model employee and we’re sure Kyle will be a model student and police officer in the future. Congratulations, Kyle!

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Eric Denio & Charles Benavidez

Charles Benavidez
Charles has been with Denio’s since July of 2015. Can you say driven? How about focused and responsible? And, let us not forget, smart? Well, you just described Charles Benavidez, winner of one of Denio’s Scholarships for 2016. Already in college, Charles worked diligently all through high school to be the best that he could be. With unwavering support, guidance and “tough love” from his mother, he has been able to excel academically, perform at award-winning level in sport, and still have time to engage in the extra-curricular clubs and events that students today are offered. Striving to one day obtain a master’s degree in Business Management, we know that the same dedication which has served Charles so well up to this point will continue and assure that he reaches his goal. Congratulations Charles!

Our best wishes go out to all of our scholarship winners. We can see that with young people like you taking the lead in our business, communication and community service sectors, our future is in good hands.

Take a Peek – What’s New at Denio’s?


There’s Always Something New at Denio’s


~ Book Store Wanted ~

~ Book Store Wanted ~

Attention Book Lovers and Book Collectors ~ Denio’s is looking for an entrepreneur to open a book store at the Swap Meet! If you are up for it, call us today at 916-782-2704 or email us at, attention: Book Store.

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Denio’s – a 70 Acre Treasure Chest

Denio’s – a 70 Acre Treasure Chest

In an era of Amazon and one-click purchasing, it may be strange to think that people would ever choose to leave the comfort of their homes to make a purchase. Yet each weekend, thousands set down their laptops and tablets, however temporarily, to take a pass or two through the 70-acre treasure chest that is Denio’s Farmers Market & Swap Meet.

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Eric, Tracie & Ken Denio

What is it about Denio’s that drives these people out of their air-conditioned homes and into Northern California’s largest outdoor swap meet? That’s simple; corn dogs the likes of which you have never tasted anywhere else. Golden beauties so good that numerous contestants gather each year for the Corn Dog Eating Contest to sacrifice their next six months-worth of cheat days to the corn dogs’ deliciousness. Of course, there’s also the fresh produce that has been a staple at Denio’s since Jim Denio founded the establishment in 1947. But what started as a single individual’s produce stand has expanded to include a vegetarian’s dreamland, 2-acres worth of different produce stands that consistently cut grocery store prices by more than half.

But great food is not all that Denio’s has to offer these days. New entertainment options are constantly being thrown into the mix; anything from pony rides to zip lines to classic car shows and live music can be found at Denio’s, giving every member of the family a reason to get outside and enjoy their weekend away from the computer screen.

And as a family owned and operated business since the very beginning, Denio’s always puts families first. There are currently five generations of Denio’s today, three of which can be found working in the market on any given weekend. From offering entertainment like petting zoos to wiener dog races and regulating the products that can be sold at the market, Denio’s maintains a warm, family-friendly atmosphere that sets the market apart from other weekend destinations.

Eating Fresh from the Farmers Market

Eating Fresh from the Farmers Market

All American Chili

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6 ounces hot turkey Italian sausage
2 cups chopped onion
1 cup chopped green bell pepper
8 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound ground sirloin
1 jalapeño pepper, chopped
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground cumin
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 bay leaves
1 1/4 cups Merlot or other fruity red wine
2 (28-ounce) cans no-salt-added whole tomatoes, undrained and coarsely chopped
2 (15-ounce) cans no-salt-added kidney beans, drained
1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese

Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Remove casings from sausage. Add sausage, onion, and the next 4 ingredients (onion through jalapeño) to pan; cook 8 minutes or until sausage and beef are browned, stirring to crumble.  Add chili powder and the next 7 ingredients (chili powder through bay leaves), and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in wine, tomatoes, and kidney beans; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally.  Uncover and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Discard the bay leaves. Sprinkle each serving with cheddar cheese.


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