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Just call me your Budget Barista. I have been married for 20 years to the best man on this planet. He's sweet, caring, kind, but most of all he makes me laugh. We have Three adorable kids. A beautiful sweet pea girl, A 'superman' boy, and a love bug baby girl. We just love that we live where people vacation...where the ocean meets the sky. We live a wonderful life. I love my life and I thank Christ for giving it to me. Some random things about me are I enjoy baking, quilting, paper crafting, jewelry making, scrapbooking, and loving on my family. I am a Princess in the Kingdom of the King of Kings, diet coke drinking baby kisser. We are a homeschooling family but are part of a hybrid program where the children attend a 'classroom' 2 days a week and we do the rest at home. It's a blast. We also love to vacation and explore God's world around us. I think that's enough for now. :-)

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Monday, April 11, 2011

Bates Nut Farm arts, crafts, and cars all in one location this weekend.

This weekend you can visit the Bates Nut Farm  and get a bonus. They are hosting a craft and cars festival too this weekend. Read below to learn more.

In 1921, Gilbert and Beatrice Bates moved their nutty family to the beautiful, picturesque oak filled valley of Valley Center, where they purchased the Walnut Slope Ranch. They raised their family of 5 boys, complete with geese, ducks, goats, horses, rabbits, sheep, tractor, plows and all sorts of old fashioned farm things. Little did Gilbert know that 80 years later his family farm would provide joy and pleasure for 5 generations of his family, but also for the thousands of visitors from around the world that make that special trip to the Bates farm each year.  Bates started out producing and selling walnuts and over the years have expanded to selling a variety of nuts from all over the world. Today you can buy almonds, walnuts, pistachios, pecans, cashews and peanuts. Nuts sold at Bates are roasted and packaged on site to ensure freshness. Bates Nut Farm also a fudge shop and candy counter, which has a tasty selection of regular as well as sugar free candy. 

Next door to the main store in the original barn in the Farmer’s Daughter store with gifts and collectable's. Bates Nut Farm has something for everyone and a perfect destination for a day trip. 

 "Spring Crafts & Cars"
Saturday & Sunday
April 16th (crafts) -17th (cars)
9-5 both days.
Also both days:
Lion's Club Pancake Breakfast...
7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
$6.00 Adults / $5.00 Children
The best breakfast around!!

An interesting nearby side trip is The Palomar Observatory is open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There is no admission charge to visit the observatory or see the 200-inch Hale Telescope from the visitors gallery.

Take Hwy 78 east to city of Escondido. Freeway will end at Broadway. Turn right on Broadway, go 2 traffic lights to Washington. Turn left on Washington and travel approximately 2 1/2 miles to the traffic light at El Norte Parkway. Turn right on El Norte Parkway.  Travel to Valley Parkway and turn left on Valley Parkway, continue 6 miles - it will go up hill gradually (currently under construction). At first traffic light - Woods Valley Road, turn right. Continue on Woods Valley Road for approximately 3.5 miles. Bates Nut Farm is on the left.