"I love Bari Olive Oil! It's the best."
Allen M., Lancaster 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.”