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Local apricot grower hosts annual holiday shopping boutique

B&R Farms spreading cheer on four Saturdays before Christmas.
Jim and Mari Rossi of B&R Farms. Photo provided.
Jim and Mari Rossi of B&R Farms. Photo provided.

B&R Farms, a grower of the California Blenheim apricot, will hold its Holidays in Hollister shopping boutique on Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14 and 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Santa will be there on Dec. 14 and 21 to spread some holiday cheer.

According to the B&R Farms website, each Saturday boutique will feature over 25 vendors specializing in hand-crafted goods, artisanal food and drink, decor, and more. Vendors include Madewell Custom Craftworks, Old Soul Antiques, Mer Fox Art, The Giggling Peanut, Pallets by Sam, Big Paw Olive Oil Company, Ashby Confections and Hazmat Hot Sauce. Ten percent of proceeds will go to nonprofit organizations in San Benito County. Complimentary warm apricot cider, apricot freezes and other sample treats will be available.

Mari Rossi of B&R Farms told BenitoLink this is the event’s 20th year and the third year that local vendors have been involved. She said they hold the event “to join in the festive holiday spirit.”

Here is B&R Farms’ Hot Apricot—Cranberry Punch recipe:

  • 1 cup frozen lemonade concentrate, diluted according to directions on the can
  • 1 cup diet cranberry juice
  • 2 cups B & R Farms Fresh Frozen Apricot Puree
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, combine the first three ingredients. Cook over medium heat and stir until well blended. Add spices. Reduce heat to low heat. Serve hot.


Carmel de Bertaut

Carmel has a BA in Natural Sciences/Biodiversity Stewardship from San Jose State University and an AA in Communications Studies from West Valley Community College. She reports on science and the environment, arts and human interest pieces. Carmel has worked in the ecological and communication fields and is an avid creative writer and hiker. She has been reporting for BenitoLink since May, 2018 and covers Science and the Environment and Arts and Culture.