Traxx Farm Stand takes root

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Kelly Lowrie launched the The Traxx Mobile Farm Stand helps to bring local organic and heirloom varieties of produce to Winters and Yolo County. (Aaron Geerts/Winters Express)

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What was sown as a dream years ago has finally sprouted into fruition for Winters resident Kelly Lowrie. As she gets her hands dirty as a new business owner, Lowrie reflects on the hard work it took to finally open the Traxx Farm Stand.

No stranger to exhaustive work, Lowrie has been a stay-at-home mom for 30 years. In that time, she raised five children and gave up her career in the medical field to do so. As her last kid graduated from Winters High School, this empty-nester began cultivating a new ambition on a road trip.

“In the beginning of the pandemic, my husband and I took a drive thinking it’d be one of our last chances to do so for a while and we stumbled upon this little produce stand that had an honor system of payment,” Lowrie said explaining her initial inspiration. “It was loaded with local fruits and veggies from the area. I was so inspired, thought it was amazing and wanted to see it happen in Winters.”

With any business venture, finances were the first looming hurtle to overcome. Rather than remain idle, Lowrie opted to do something that seems a societal abnormality these days; she picked up a second job and put in the effort to reach her goal.

“I talked to my husband about it and decided I would pick up jobs and do childcare during the week, and I also worked at Green River on Fridays and Saturdays to earn an income and help pay for all of it,” Lowrie said. “I’d like to have a trailer I’m able to tow and set up in different places and do the honor system of paying. That’s the end goal.”

Bolstering Lowrie’s inspiration is the fact that the Winters area has some of the best soil and freshest produce around. She may be a little green when it comes to traditional farming, but just like green fruit, her know-how just needs time to ripen.

“I’m going through a program out of Woodland which has been a blessing. It’s called the Center for Land Based Learning. They lease out a small plot of land and help teach you how to become a farmer,” Lowrie said talking about the system she’ll be going through in February. “They’ll teach me how to drive a tractor, store produce and clean it. Once you graduate, they’ll lease you more land and help you purchase land so you can start your own farm.”

A home-town girl through and through, even the name of her produce stand is a homage to the train tracks once so synonymous with Winters.

“My mom, aunts and uncles all grew up in Winters. They were the ones out at different orchards doing the peach and apricot slicing, then getting a few cents per box they’d complete,” Lowrie said explaining the Traxx namesake. “I was inspired by Railroad Avenue and how back in the day the train would come through and pick up all those batches of fruit. That’s where the name came from — it’s a fun play on the railroad tracks. It’s just acknowledging the train that would come to Winters and get the produce.”

In a collaboration with farmers from Capay, Dixon and others in northern California, the Traxx Farm Stand is teeming with locally sourced produce. She also will be making CSA boxes, which — for people who sign up for them — will get a box of fresh produce weekly or bi-weekly.

To stay up-to-date on The Traxx Farmstand, follow them on Facebook by searching “The Traxx Farm Stand” or on Instagram by searching @the
traxxfarmstand.

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