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Market-ing In-S tor e of Lo c al Pr od uc e Text and Photography by reggie ellis N o store epitomizes Exeter's "shop local" motto better than its newest retail store. E Street Market is owned by three women who either live, work or do both in Exeter. e store has made a concerted effort to only carry products produced in Tulare County, and even when they aren't, they try to broaden the search only slightly to items pro- duced in the Central Valley or Central Coast, and, at the very least, want to be sure they are Califor- nia fresh. Some products are even being sold under their own label after being bottled and preserved at local packing houses, wineries or canneries. Robyn Stearns, Jennifer Davis and Stephanie Guy opened E Street Market on Aug. 19. Davis had the idea for a small market that only carried local goods several years ago, but never had the time being a busy mother of two and a small business owner. But one night, "over an exceptional bottle of wine," Da- vis, Stearns and Guy began discussing a wine shop with wine accessories where people could shop while waiting for a table at the neighboring Monet's Bistro. It quickly grew into a quaint shop that offers all of the benefits of a farmers market without the hassle of weather, closing downtown streets and coordinating vendors. When Joshua Tree closed last year, it created an opportunity for the women to take their concept from napkin drawing to drawing in customers. "We'll never have a Trader Joes or Whole Foods.So why not make our own?" Stearns said. "We have an abundance of locally produced food but nowhere to buy it." On the shelf is Pur Honey from Lindsay, Calif.; cashews from the Naked Nut in Visalia, Calif.; fennel pollen spices from Rebb Firman in Lemon Cove, Ca- lif.; cider from Cider House in Springville, Calif.; jerky from Plano Jerky in Porterville, Calif.; flavored vin- egars from Chaparral Gardens in Atascadero, whose owners are from Porterville; and gourmet cured meats from Olli Salumeria in Oceanside, Calif. "Even if you aren't looking for gourmet items, you can come here and get weekly items like milk, butter, eggs and bread here that are all local," Davis said. "It's a quick place to stop on your way home and get the essentials." Even the art on the walls, beautiful pieces por- traying local produce, were painted by Melinda Scott of Visalia. ey hang above locally made aromathera- py products, handwoven towels and coasters as well as handmade pottery from ree Rivers, Calif. "People will be able to get a unique, handmade gift, a bottle of wine for a party or even a quick snack for lunch," Davis said. "It's a little bit of everything with a lot of everything local." 6 M i n e r a l K i n g P u b l i s h i n g , i n c . F s g n e W s . c O M

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