Kathy and James Brandt, along with their daughters Julia, Jayne and Jordan, invite community members to join them at Julia’s Fruit Stand in Dairyville on Saturday, July 27, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. to experience the flavors of summer at their first Garden, Grapes & Grooves event.
As a member of the Tehama Trail – a partnership between Tehama County farmers that brings awareness to the abundance of good local food – the Brandt family will share samples of their vine-ripened tomatoes and quality wines produced at wineries along the Tehama Trail. While sampling juicy tomatoes and handcrafted wines, event goers can kick back and enjoy the sounds of live music by Java Jazz -- all just beyond the farm gate at Julia’s Fruit Stand, Tehama Trail’s July featured farmer.
Julia’s Fruit Stand, named after the Brandts’ oldest daughter, opened for business in the spring of 2001. Kathy and James, who both have a family history in farming, started the roadside market to help fund Julia’s college education. Since then business has steadily increased allowing the Brandts to fund all three daughters’ educations.
The fruit stand is a true family venture with Julia working the fruit stand, Jayne tending the garden and Jordan caring for the peaches. “And everybody works at the Wednesday farmers market,” says owner Kathy Brandt. “Working with the public is an invaluable skill our girls learn while they’re at the market.”
Not only do they sell their products at Julia’s Fruit Stand and many North State farmers markets, the Brandts’ fresh produce is featured at local restaurants like Moonstone Bistro and Savory Spoon, both in Redding, and at La Grange Café in Weaverville.
And now, the Brandts are offering another venue where foodies, friends and farmers can experience a variety of local flavors. Their inaugural Garden, Grapes & Grooves event will be a fun way for community members to explore the assortment of tomatoes Julia’s is famous for. “We have fifteen varieties of heirloom tomatoes this year,” says Brandt. “Cherokee Purple, Lemon Boy, Purple Russian, Valencia, Green Zebra, Black Prince, Brandywine and Chocolate Cherry, to name a few, will all be available at the tomato tasting bar.”
Because supporting local growers is important to the Brandts, they have collaborated with Tehama County vintners to promote their products as well. “The event will feature a wine tasting bar offering the wonderful wines produced by partners of the Tehama Trail,” says Brandt.
Julia’s Fruit Stand, located at 11475 Hwy 99E, in Dairyville, is a family farm specializing in heirloom tomatoes, peaches, squash, pumpkins, nectarines, apricots, onions, melons and cherries. Produce is picked daily to ensure customers have access to the freshest, most flavorful vegetables and fruits available.
We hope to see you at Garden, Grapes & Grooves on Saturday, July 27, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. And please, introduce yourself to the Brandt family… they are looking forward to meeting you!