The Bushards have been selling at the Visalia Farmers Market for three and a half years with their booth J and D Crafts, but their love of crafting has spanned a lifetime.
Everything at the J and D Crafts booth is handcrafted. Donna sews, knits and creates hats, scarves, rag rugs, denim lap quilts, aprons, bibs, pot holders, shopping bags, duffel bags and much more. John creates bird houses, hand carved spoons, tables, benches, and serving trays using reclaimed wood from old wine barrels. Altogether the couple offers 43 different items.
Family-Owned and Operated Organic Raw Dairy, Farm, & Creamery Organic Pastures produces 100% USDA certified organic, Grade A, raw milk of super premium quality. USDA organic standards require that cows be pasture grazed just four months out of the year. OPDC goes far beyond this standard and grazes our cows on green pastures every day. In addition to green pastures, our cows are fed: a specially formulated organic mineral supplement, free choice salt and trace mineral blocks, high test organic alfalfa, and some sweet organic corn to keep them healthy and strong. The Company has been recognized repeatedly in independent NFO (National Farmers Organization) tests as having the best milk taste of the dairies surveyed.
Bobby Todd is the owner of this family run business, inspired from the cirtus farm Rancho Madre that his grandfather owned in Exeter in the 1950s.
In 1999 Bobby was working as a high school teacher at Orosi High School. The principal at the time was Jene Etheridge, who worked a number of Farmers Markets on the side with his family farms. One day after school, Bobby and Jene got to talking about selling at Farmers Markets, and Bobby decided to join Jene one weekend to see what its all about. After watching the interactions with customers, and the simplicity of farmer to consumer sales, Bobby caught the farming and Farmers Market bug!
Shortly after, Bobby and his wife bought 10 acres, and set to work planting 50 to 60 different varieties of fruit to experiment with and learn on. Now, they farm and lease over 40 acres of fruit and citrus trees, with certified organic summer fruits, own all of their own juicing and bottling equipment, and farm year round while visiting Farmers Markets across California!
Yellow peaches are Bobbys favorite to grow, however he is partial to the taste of blood orange and tangerine juices.
Rancho Padre juices are always fresh. The Todd family juices twice a week, and sometime up to four times a week in peak fruit seasons! You can find pomegranate, apple, watermelon and citrus juices at Rancho Padre, depending on the time of year.
Keep an eye out for some of the fruit juice blends and specialty mixes that sometime show up in the Market, like the popular Rancho Padre Tangelo Juice – a mix of tangerine and pomelo fruits!
Rancho Padre remains, at its heart, a family effort born out of a genuine love of Farmers Markets and the people who frequent them. Bobbys kids will often come out to assist with sells and managing the booth, but more often than not you will find Bobby hard at work on what is to him a labor of love.
Stop by and spent a moment (or two!) chatting with Bobby, sampling some of his exquisite fresh juices, and learning more about his passion for farming in the Central Valley. As a former high school teacher, its hard NOT to learn something new and fascinating from this born educator!
For going on four years now, Briana Bither, the owner and handcrafter of Soaps Plus, can be found at our Saturday morning and Thursday night Farmers Markets.
Soaps Plus offers body products made with essential oils and fragrance oils, using a five oil blend of olive oil, palm oil, coconut oil, castor oil and avocado oil. There are NO animal products in these natural products. You can find these uniquely handcrafted soaps and bath products in scents like lavender, lemongrass, patchouli and Briana’s personal favorite, peppermint eucalyptus.
Fans and regulars at Soaps Plus love the mild soaps that are perfect for all skin types. Some use the bar soaps in the shower, and some just use them on the kitchen sink – but all love the natural bars that sell for 4 for $20 at the Farmers Market.
Charles Stearns has been in the hand grown California avocado business for a lifetime, growing up with a family that has perfected the art of commercially raising and nurturing avocados for well over 30 years on their 50 acre foothill farm located between Exeter and Lindsay on the foothill slopes to the Sierra Nevada mountains.
Charles is a Clinical Program Coordinatorand is a diabetes educator and pharmacist with American Health Care, who loves learning and teaching about real foods and nutrition. When his father passed away, he decided to take over the family business and continue the Stearns family legacy of providing superior hand grown California avocados to the Central Valley.
In addition to avocados, Stearns Foothill Farms also produces and sells varieties of oranges and lemons which grow on their west and south facing foothill sloped groves. The direction of the slopes and the clay soils on the foothills produce some of the earliest ripened citrus in the Central Valley which are much sweeter than what would be found on the Valley floor.
Visit the Stearns Foothill Farms website at www.stearnsfoothillfarms.com or like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/stearnsfoothillfarms