FORESTVILLE -- After more than 45 years in the same rustic barn-style building, Kozlowski Farms has consolidated its specialty food country store, delicatessen, administrative offices and processing facilities in a new 10,000-square-foot structure located near the entrance to the farm near Sebastopol.
The store, located at 5566 Gravenstein Hwy. N. (Highway 116) five miles north of the city, opened for business June 15. The new building, with a traditional farmer’s market look and feel, is closer to the highway with ample parking for customers.
“The main floor of our new building features the retail center in front with fruit and vegetable processing operations and bakery in back,” said Cindy Kozlowski-Hayworth, president of the company.
The first level has 7,200 square feet of space, almost double the 4,000 square feet in the original store. The second floor has 2,800 square feet for the company’s administrative offices.
The former building will become a warehouse to store the company’s growing inventory of products including old fashion jams, jellies and preserves, barbecue and grilling sauces, fat free and canola-based salad dressings, vinegars, syrups and no-sugar-added (all fruit-sweetened) fruit spreads.
The list of specialty items also includes chipotle sauces, chutneys, marmalades, marinades, butters, mustards, pasta sauce, pies, tarts, cookies, apple strudel, bruschetta, cioppino, Russian River Valley wines and a variety of gifts and souvenirs.
[caption id="attachment_75513" align="alignright" width="350"] Kozlowski Farms' new 10,000-square-foot retail center and production facility in Forestville opened June 15. The second floor accommodates administrative offices. (image credit: Gary Quackenbush)[/caption]
The company also prepares gift baskets and boxes and offers gift certificates popular during the holidays and other special occasions throughout the year.
In the 1950s, Cindy Kozlowski’s parents, Carmen and Tony Kozlowski, bought the 21-acre parcel after purchasing an adjacent apple farm a year earlier.