"I drive all the way from Oxnard to the Bari giftshop just so I can enjoy the most delicious and fresh olive oil they sell. I can't say enough how much I love the variety and tasty flavors that they have. Their oils always go well with any dish I make. Simply delicious!
Patty J., Oxnard, CA
One of those local producers is Visalia’s Richard Allender, whose eggs, sold under the Sam Cooksey brand, are part of Locke’s e-commerce site and delivery service.
Despite winning awards at olive olive competitions around the state, Sawatzky found that getting on to the grocery store shelves with the large chains was an uphill climb.
“You’re working just as hard, you’re just making 25-percent less,” he said.
“I don’t spend any money on advertising,” he said. “It’s all word of mouth.”