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Stories from the valley

Buying Local

Contributed by Steve Beckley

The Sacramento Valley has many artisanal food producers making great products from the commodities grown here. Great eats are produced from rice, cheese, olives, almonds/nuts, wheat and other crops in the area.  Many making these products are small producers that that may have an onsite store or website to make purchases from, but we are fortunate to have some stores in the area that specialized in selling these products.

I’ve had the opportunity to visit some of these stores and am always impressed by the variety of products available. Three of my favorites are;

Made in Chico – This store is a mandatory stop for me when I am in Chico.  They have available a great variety of items that have been made in the area. You’ll be surprised by the amount of items made in Chico.  The signs they have on sale are really neat, especially if you have connections to the area. Patches, sweets, clothing, and other items are available.  Their facebook page is and the website is

Glenn Made – If you are traveling I-5 and find yourself in Willow stop in and checkout products made in Glenn County. Rice, olives, almonds and cheese from the area are featured in this establishment.  They even have almond stuffed olives that are the best of two of area’s crops and a tasting bar with local olives, nuts, cheese and candy. Also, local Balsamic Vinegar is on sale. This is a product I haven’t seen before in the area and of course local honey is available. Crafts, cutting boards and art work from the area are also featured.  Their facebook page is located here.

Colusa Made LLC  – They’re located on a side street in Colusa and feature locally grown and milled rice, along with other area products.  Items that are available from the area also include pecans from Williams’ Jeffery Ranch and olives from Granzella’s. What makes then unique is that they have a Tap Room featuring area beers, including beer from Glenn County’s Farmers Brewing.  That’s handy when you are parched from a full day of shopping. Information is available here.


I know I didn’t list all the great places in the Sacramento Valley to purchase locally grown and produced products.  What are some of your favorites?