The gift shop is where you can purchase Indigeny ciders and brandy and access an impressive offering of 45 California artists and artisan food producers, most of them from Tuolumne and Calaveras counties.
According to manager, Cassie Hard, “A lot of people come in for the organic cider. This is the only place you can get it,” she says. “People fill up their growlers here. Also, a lot of locals and tourists like to shop here for gifts that you can’t find anywhere else.”
There are displays of artisan food offerings, such as locally produced honey, olive oil, nuts and cooking sauces. Gift and décor items run the gamut from local paintings, soapstone sculpture and hand-built ceramics to functional art yarn works, knitwear and handmade jewelry.
Family members’ talents are also represented: daughter-in-law Heather Watson’s one-of-a-kind children’s clothing and daughter-in-law Corey Watson’s paintings, jewelry and accessories. Various furniture pieces by son Ben are available and Judy Watson, an author, has two children’s books for sale in the gift shop.