The annual Arts, Crafts & Vintage Market returns to Bates Nut Farm on Saturday, April 21 and Sunday April 22, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Numerous vendors will be on hand to showcase their upcycled, restored, vintage, antique and handmade wares. All products are handmade in America. As part of the Spring Festival, this weekend is full of family fun on the farm. Local artisans and local farmers will set up shop for the two day event.
Artisan and Valley Center resident Apryl Martinez brings her hand crafted herbal soaps and ethically wild crafted skincare products to the market. Martinez started Plum Brilliance over two years ago, although she has been crafting soap for nearly ten years. Our skin is our largest permeable organ, and Apryl says, “What we put on our skin is as important as what we consume. The ritual of self-care is a perfect time to create moments of meaning and awareness”. She goes on to say that, “When using a soap that contains all natural ingredients, bathing becomes an indulgent time to reconnect with nature and the health benefits our earth provides.” Martinez participates in local events and is a regular vendor at the Valley Center Farmers Market.
Alexandra Magnan of Granite Mountain Arts takes found treasures and creates fanciful, fun items that have been repurposed into a new life. “My art tells a story using found objects that I carefully gather and assemble into unique handmade pieces,” she says. Magnan will have an assortment of birdfeeders, wind chimes and other one-of-a-kind pieces of garden art at the market. Also a Valley Center resident, she participates in many local events and sells her creations at the Bates Nut Farm retail store and local marketplace, CJ Gift Shoppe in Valley Center.
Other local artisans to look for at the market are woodworker Gary Asbury, and Dorothea Boughdadly of Hoofs and Woofs Animal Rescue. Both are well known in the community for their talent as well as their desire to give back.
The Spring Food Truck Festival will happen at Bates on Saturday, April 21 from 11 a.m. -4 p.m.. Some of San Diego’s favorite trucks will be at the farm to feed hungry shoppers with the best in mobile cuisine. There will be live music from Charly and Calico Ridge from noon – 3 p.m. to entertain festival goers.
Sunday, April 22 from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. is the Heartbeat Happening Classic Car Show. Snow’s Pony Rides and Petting Zoo, Kidz Zone and face painting will also be offered. Details and schedule are found at www.batesnutfarm.biz/events.
Open year round, Bates Nut Farm in Valley Center is best known for their pumpkin patch and fall activities, but any time of the year is a great time to visit. The farm sits on 100 acres and is surrounded by oak and mulberry trees. Visitors come from all over the world to enjoy the tranquil setting, picnic under the trees, feed animals at the farm zoo and shop for nuts, candy and gifts at the two retail stores.
Bates Nut Farm is located at 15954 Woods Valley Rd., Valley Center, CA 92082. Farm and store hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. Entrance to the farm is free. For more information and directions call 760-749-3333, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.batesnutfarm.biz.