Fresh, Healthy, Local – Rodin Ranch Serves Up Freshness in Modesto
Not only is it rare to find a year-round, indoor farmers market like Rodin Ranch featuring fresh seasonal fruit in the heart of downtown Modesto, but the shop also offers an unparalleled selection of dried fruits, nuts, flavored almonds, honey, candy, snacks, and gifts. “It has been a lifelong dream of mine to own a store,” admitted Marie Rodin, who opened Rodin Ranch in December 2014. “Originally, I wasn’t thinking downtown Modesto, but when I saw the space I just had that moment of ‘this is it’ and it’s been a great decision; we have really felt welcomed and supported by everyone.” It’s easy to see why Rodin Ranch has quickly become a hit with local shoppers.
“I want to give people access to good, healthy, and — whenever possible — local food, in a warm environment where they feel like family,” Rodin said. “I want everyone who comes in to leave full of samples — we have more than 40 items in our sample bar at any given time with dozens more in shakers throughout the store — and with a stronger connection to local agriculture. Being a family farmer is a big part of who I am and I love this chance to be an ambassador for my lifestyle.”
The market features produce from the family business, Rodin Farms, and offers fruit that’s cut fresh daily for fruit cups, fruit bowls and platters as an alternative to traditionally convenient but unhealthy grab-and-go snacks. “Our products are in large part locally-made or sourced and you can taste the difference,” Rodin said. Rodin makes specialty almond butter in three flavors (natural, honey roasted and salty chunky) with no additives, and she is happy to fulfill requests for everything from personalized gift baskets to custom fruit bowls, wedding favors, and corporate gift baskets—all served with a smile.
In the future, Rodin plans to offer fresh vegetables and more ready-to-go food items for customers seeking convenient, healthy breakfasts and lunches, but right now she’s stocked the market with fall treats like pumpkin pie almonds, pepitas, and caramel corn nuts, and she’s gearing up to go big for the holidays. “Our décor will be fun, our samples will be plentiful, and as anyone on our mailing list knows we will have lots of great events,” Rodin added. So far, Rodin said the store has been more successful than she ever could have dreamed possible.
“We have been a part of some really great community events and grown our mailing list 500 percent in the past six months,” Rodin said. “But I’m most proud of the feedback that I get from regular customers — that the store is a place they look forward to going; that they think of me first when they need gifts for clients, friends and loved ones; or that they’ve told more people about us.”
Rodin Ranch Farmers Market is located at 1001 J St. in Modesto, open Monday through Saturday, and ships worldwide.
For more information visit www.rodinranch.com.
By Jacqui D. Sinarle