The Somis Nut House opened in 1959 as the Ventura Walnut Shelling Co., a walnut processing plant. Morris and Annette Resnik, and their son, Stephen Resnik, arrived in the area from Los Angeles and quickly made connections with local walnut farmers. They hand built the machinery required to crack, sort and pack them for sale to wholesale nut distributors all over the USA.
Soon after the walnut business began, they opened a small retail store in front of the plant and sold freshly cracked walnuts to the public. The retail store grew as more products were added at the request of family and friends. The expansion included all types of nuts, dried fruit, and candy. In the mid 1980’s most of the walnut orchards were replaced with lemons, avocados, row crops and housing development. This led to the gradual fading out of the walnut processing business here in Ventura County.
The store became a popular place to visit for residents of the local area and the surrounding counties. Customers would refer to us as “the nut house in Somis” which led us to change our store name to The Somis Nut House. Two of Stephen’s three children, Jeremy Resnik and Rebecca Pecsok are third generation co-owners of the store and are proud to carry on the traditions learned from their father and grandparents.
The store stocks a full array of nuts, including almonds, walnuts, cashews, peanuts, Brazil nuts, filberts, and pistachios. There is also a wide selection of dried fruits, including apricots, peaches, pears, papaya, mango, pineapple, apples, dates, and figs. Many delicious chocolate candies are available, including nut clusters, chocolate creams, honeycomb, malt balls, and more! In addition, there is a wide variety of old fashion candies, jams and jellies, salsas, olives, local honey, soup mixes and novelty items. make Gift boxes and gift baskets of many sizes are perfect for birthdays, graduations, teacher gifts, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, Christmas, client gifts and employee gifts. Gifts and other products can be shipped directly anywhere within the USA.
We are open from 9:00am to 5:00pm seven days a week (closed on Easter, 4th of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Day).