Butchers, bakers, and candlestick makers didn’t make it out to the Lodi Home and Garden Show this weekend, but it seems as though every other local company selling home improvement goods sure did. From bath fittings and cabinet-makers to flooring, shower and screen doors to high-end pots and pans and no end of gourmet sauces and marinades, the show was an expo of creative options to spruce up the home.
Lodi homeowners turned out by the hundreds, and 95 business owners were eager to show off their wares.
Ellie Ashworth and Linda Edwards were representing Delta Tree Farms, a Lodi garden store open to the public.
“The plants are arranged to give people ideas for their own gardens. They’re displayed with the homeowner in mind,” said Edwards.
Tim Contrestano, of Fresno, doled out samples of Glory Jeanne Honey, made from local honeybees. From buckwheat to sunflower and pomegranate, Contrestano had a wide range of flavors to choose from.
Manuel Guzman manned a booth filled to bursting with plants from Hollandutch Nursery on Davis Road.
“There’s not so many sales today, but people will call later, they will come by the nursery later. Today is for information, coupons and to get ideas,” he said.
Shannon Taylor and Dawn Root from Reno were selling the ingenious water beads. Small pellets transform into glossy orbs perfect for keeping flowers hydrated or filling vases for decoration.
“They’re made with contact lens material, so they’re non-toxic,” said Taylor. She even uses them in potted houseplants.
Gourmet oils and vinegars were readily available. Ken Le Loup offered lime coconut blends, traditional garlic, and unconventional Hennesey and Kahlua varieties on small blue spoons to passersby.
Mike Engle, owner of Urban Blue water efficient landscaping, was eager to get his name and brand in front of customers before the rush of spring landscaping projects got started. He said it was well worth the $700 for a three-day booth.
Browsers took a break from perusing vendor booths for a lunch break outside, where six food trucks had formed a kind of battle arena.
Lodi’s A Moveable Feast was parked next to The Cupcake Lady of Modesto. Doc’s BBQ vied for customers next to The Pizza Box, a new Lodi institution that tends to frequent the winery circuit. Southern Comfort Express traveled from Jamestown, and The Spicy Grill drove up from Stockton
Each diner had the chance to vote for his or her favorite truck. The votes will be tallied up on Sunday, but there is plenty of time to get out to the show and try it for yourself.
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