Looking for something they surely don't have yet? Our homemade, homegrown, local items from The Jalama Valley on California's Central Coast makes a great gift for a spouse, hostess, teacher, boss, neighbor or even for yourself.
Pata Bros. Farming and Ranching has been continuously owned and operated by a single family for over a century. In 1912, Candido Pata, a Swiss immigrant, started with a twenty acres near Lompoc, California. Through the 1900's he and his two boys raised cattle and butterbeans. Now more than 100 years later, his two grandsons continue to work the family plot together and grow a variety of dry farmed beans. Although the machinery may have evolved a bit, not much else has changed. The beans are grown and harvested by my husband. Then they are sorted by the kids. And the packaging is designed, produced and marketed by me, the farmer's wife.
We dry farm our beans. That means the beans rely only on the residual moisture remaining in our soil from the previous winter's rain, and a thick fog that arrives every evening here on coastal California. It's been a huge gamble every year to dry land farm during a historic drought that has brought less than half our rainfall totals. But we continue to roll the dice because farmers are just cautious gamblers at heart.
We'd like to thank the honey bees that visit the wild sage of our valley and nearly work themselves to death transporting all of that precious nectar back to the hive while pollinating our crops on their way. The result is beautiful, raw unfiltered honey that contains zero additives making it a natural healthy alternative to processed sugars and high fructose corn syrup. It contains the natural bee pollens, digestive enzymes, and antioxidants that researchers have found beneficial to good health. Some even say eating honey containing local pollen is a natural way to fight allergies. The packaging is designed and hand printed by me and the labels are put on by the kids. It is truly a family business grown out of our backyard.
We pack up this pretty little combination of our homemade goods into an efficient little box and ship it directly to your friends and family anywhere in the United States. There is a letter pressed gift card included on which we can write a message for you if you'd like.
Your package will be delivered priority mail and will include one Jalama Valley Camp Cup, one pound pure beeswax candle, one pound of raw honey as well as a letterpressed notecard.