The Barn & Pantry in Dixon will celebrate their one year anniversary Saturday, April 6. Join the fun with live music all day, food vendors, free samples, drawings and demonstrations from 10 am-5 pm. The market, originally called The Heritage Pantry, began as a small vision to bring the community together in support of truly locally grown food, with education on seasonal eating. It quickly became much larger than expected.
In March 2018, Lindsey Hickman opened the Pantry offering only sustainably farmed groceries from approximately 60 miles around the Dixon area. With the help of her husband, friends and local farmers, the store opened on April 5. They hosted classes on sourdough bread making, canning, fermentation and art using local lavender. Within a couple months they had outgrown the small house location, so they made their move into the heart of downtown in August.
“We knew we wanted to be a hub for food culture in our community, so adding a specialty coffee bar was the next natural growth path for us,” Hickman explains. “To go along with our core principles of supporting quality growers, our coffee bar only offers direct trade coffee, which means our farmers are being taken care of. We make all of our syrups in house with organic coconut or cane sugar, nothing artificial, and we have even found a way to make a natural stevia extract for those who seek a sugar-free option without the chemicals.”
The coffee bar also features local, artisan-crafted fermented grain pastries made with organic ingredients and grass-fed cultured butter, as well as locally roasted cocoa for their mochas and hot chocolates. Their teas are imported from a beyond fair-trade Australian company where quality and care of their growers is top priority.
“Our vision to offer the best quality, traditionally raised foods, take care of the people who produce it for us, and teach people how to get the most nutrition out of each season,” she said. “Whether it is our produce, raw dairy, grassfed dairy beef, goat and lamb, pasture raised pork and chicken, small-batch grains and condiments, chemical-free wines and craft beers, or body products, we only carry fully vetted products.”
The Barn & Pantry has evolved to become a gathering space for the community to relax, enjoy each other and learn. Beginning May 12. they will relaunch their weekly farmers market, Sundays 10 am-2 pm, showcasing only hyperlocal farm products that include microgreens, seasonal fresh-picked vegetables, handmade alpaca fiber products, fruit and more. Also be on the lookout for expanded hours, pop-up chefs dinners, food trucks, a beer maker’s competition, wine tasting events and dozens of classes happening throughout the summer. www.thebarnandpantry.com