Business Highlight: The Farmory

This month’s featured business gets its name from the old armory that once stood next to the Columbia Airport.

Arleen Fotiu opened the Farmory marketplace three years ago after running a successful grocery buying club. The market sells organic products at reasonable prices while offering a selling space for vendors such as Artemesia Herbals and the Farmory’s very own coffee and bakery shops. They’re open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Here are just five of the great businesses you can try on your next visit:

  1. Jeri’s Mountain Farm sells various greens including Purple Radish Sprouts, Sprouted Peas and Broccoli Sprouts.

    “Sunflower Greens are high in nutrients, succulent and delicious on salads, sandwiches and stir fries. They add a nutty flavor to everything.” – Jerri Haynes

  2. Harvest and Hearth sells jams, jellies and fruit butters. The ingredients come from local growers and are mostly organic.

    “I do some spice things. Spicy peach to put on toast or a bagel. I’ve got prickly pear jam that I like to put on my pancakes.” – Terry Hicks

  3. Gold Country Honey Farms offers honey products from 30 locations throughout Tuolumne County.

    “We don’t pasteurize our honey. Our honey is raw. We do not water it down. Each barrel is going to taste different. I make my own dressings, marinades and use our honey in anything that needs to be sweetened.” – Kendra Pish

  4. Tyson Hill Farm grows a variety of peaches, plums, grapes, citrus and various vegetables.

    “Some of them are ones that you recognize and some are oddities from around the world.” – Indira Clark

  5. MJ Farms sells fresh beef, chicken eggs, pork and other proteins, all federally inspected and certified.

    “I also sell to restaurants. CiBo in Twain Harte got me started on Farm to Table. It’s just good, clean honest meat.” – Marty Meckler

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