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Andy's Produce at 50

  • From left to right Josh Skikos, Katie Heing, Katie Skikos, Andy SKikos and Jina Homan is the family behind Andy's Produce Markets in Sebastopol Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Andy's Produce Market started out in 1964 as a humble, open-air farmstand, located along a busy stretch of Highway 116, just north of Sebastopol.

Tourists would stop by on their way to the Russian River to stock up on nuts and fresh fruit for their summer get-aways.

"People would stop here on their way to the beach," said Kathryn Skikos, who founded the farmstand with her husband, Andy. "That was our main business."

Andy's Produce Market Turns 50

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These days, Andy's is still feeding the tourists, but its clientele also includes locals. And its shelves are stocked with all kinds of kitchen essentials: dairy and eggs, grains and nut butters, frozen meats and poultry, cheese and wine, fresh fruits and vegetables.

Four upgrades and 50 years later, founders Andy and Kathryn Skikos have handed off the farmstand to their children and grandchildren, passing along the core values that have led to their long-term success.

"My philosophy is tomorrow," said Andy, who started easing out of the business five years ago. "If you take care of your customers today, they will be back tomorrow."

During its 50th anniversary celebration in early May, loyal customers came back to pay their respects to the venerable business that now employs 55 people, including several family members.

The Skikos family itself now boasts 62 members, including spouses, and spans four generations. Three of the 19 grandchildren work at Andy's full-time: Katie Heing, in retail; Josh Skikos, in wholesale; and Jina Homan, in accounting.

"We feel very blessed that the children and grandchildren are interested in the business," Andy said. "It's very important that the next generation has the love and the passion for it."

Giving back to the community has always been important to Andy and his wife, who have always lent a helping hand to the less fortunate.


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