Butterbean Studios - Jalama, CA November 07 2012
On our way up the coast we dropped by the quaint Jalama Road in Lompoc California where there is a family-run farm stand merchandised on an old piece of farm equipment. The stand is run by a collective of women who strive to build community in the valley by teaching neighbors and passers by about heirloom growing, living off the land, old ways of doing things, and being gentle on the earth.
We visited Jalama Road to pick up some dry beans, beeswax, and honey that are grown and harvested by the Pata family. The Pata’s home is the first built on Jalama Road where the family has been harvesting beans and running cattle since 1912. The beans are dried and packaged by Erin Pata in a sweet muslin bag that she hand screen printed with the nostalgic Jalama farm stand logo that she designed out of her graphic design studio: Butterbean Studios. The honey is raw and unfiltered courtesy of the honey bees that visit the wild sage of the Jalama Valley and transport their nectar back to the hive while pollinating crops on their way.
We were supposed to meet Erin at the farm stand but traffic wasn't on our side and we missed each other but she kindly left the Half Hitch Goodies on her screened in porch all beautifully packaged up. Of course we will meet up next time. Thanks Erin!
Proprietors of Farmstand, (from left to right) Carla Malloy, Grace Malloy, Erin Pata.