The retirement of a farm, the beginning of a small business...
For twenty years, John and Joyce Bittner owned and operated the Ranch at Fossil Creek and Fossil Creek Creamery, a goat and llama ranch in beautiful Strawberry, AZ. From their goats' milk they made cheese, fudge, soap, lotion, and much more. People flocked from near and far to pet goats, hike with llamas, and buy the wonderful and delicious products.
The Creamery closed in 2017 when John & Joyce retired to travel and spend time with their children and grandchildren. The animals were re-homed to loving new families.
Rim Country Locations (Payson, Pine, and Strawberry)
Stores where the products can be found:
Pine-Strawberry Farmers Market
The Fudge, Lotion, and Gifts are here.
Yellow building next to the Ponderosa Market in Pine, AZ, on Highway 87. Open year-round.
Great deals on fresh fruits & veggies, plus other treats such as jams & jellies, salsas, fresh bread, local free range eggs - & also many craft vendors with handmade gifts, accessories, furnishings & more. Come shop local!
Summer (Spring through Fall) hours: Friday & Sunday 10-2:00, and Saturday 10-4:00, and Holiday Mondays 10-12:00 or later.
Winter hours: Closed Sundays December through March.
3774 AZ-87, Pine, Arizona 85544
facebook.com/Pine Strawberry Farmers Market
The Fudge is here.
Antiques and Premium Ice Cream. Next door to the Pine Library and the Pine Mall (the thrift store)
- on Highway 87.
Ice Cream is handmade by Lappert's of Hawaii...
It's the best!!
Come pick up some ice cream, goat milk fudge,
and check out this homey shop full of antiques.
Open afternoons - Spring through Fall -
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, all Holiday Mondays, and some additional Mondays.
3936 AZ-87, Pine, AZ 85544
facebook.com/Gingerbread House Ice Cream
Pine Creek Canyon Lavender Farm
The Soap is here - SPECIAL EDITION - made with their wonderful lavender oil!
4223 Pine Creek Canyon Dr. Pine, AZ 85544
The Soap and Lotion are here.
Antiques, re-purposed items, gifts, furnishings, clothing and jewelry, handmade items... An all-around fun boutique in Pine!
Hours: Daily 10-5:00. (Closed Tuesday & Wednesday in October & November and January & February.)
4069 AZ-87, Pine, AZ 85544
Back to Basics
The Soap and Lotion are here.
Health foods, supplements, gifts and much more.
The lotion is here.
Spinal and other adjustments, acupuncture, and supplements. Treatment for injuries and pain management. Dr. Williams has over 30 years of experience. Voted best in Rim Country 2018. Treats infants to seniors.
The Shoe Shack
The Soap and Lotion are here.
John and Joyce have brought the products to new locations in other parts of Arizona!
Tempe: Singh Meadows
Located directly South of Big Sur.
1490 E Weber Dr
Lovely Farmers Market and Cafe on a Golf Course setting. Bring the kids and make a day of it!
Tempe: Tracy Dempsey Originals
1325 W University Dr
Unique sweet and savory confections and cooking classes.
Prescott: Lynx Lake Cafe & Store
Just South of Costco on Walker Road.
4505 Forest Service Road 611
The Fudge is here. Come out and enjoy the lake!
Young: Bruzzi Vineyards
47209 N Highway 288
Wine tasting and more in a beautiful scenic setting. You can also visit our old llama Abigail here!
The Old Goat needs a kidney. No Kidding!
John Bittner, the original owner of the ranch and creamery, is in need of a kidney from a live and willing donor, so that he can keep kidding around for a long time to come.
If you are not a match for John, but you donate a kidney on his behalf, he will be moved to the top of the transplant list! John and Joyce will be forever grateful.
This is a great opportunity to help someone in great need.
Call the Mayo Clinic at 480-342-2000. John's patient number to reference is 10-799-109.
Thank you for reading and sharing!
If you would like to contact John directly, his phone number is 928-978-2796
-About the Products -
All original recipes from the farm:
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The Famous Fudge: (Not available for shipping - see "Locations" tabs)
I make the same 4 flavors of creamy goat milk fudge you know and love:
Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Chocolate with Peanut Butter, and Chocolate with Pecans.
(Available at Farmers Market and other places - See Locations tabs.) $10 per box.
The Fantastic Lotion:
I have the very same lotion Joyce used to sell at the farm, in the same beautiful scents. This is our favorite lotion for dry skin, which is no stranger in Arizona!
Our goat's milk moisturizing lotion is luxurious and thereputic. Rich in triglycerides and essential fatty acids with a PH similar to human skin, it soaks into where it needs to be. It's loaded with vitamin A, minerals, proteins, lipids, and other nutrients to nourish your skin to help it heal from dryness and leave it feeling soft and supple. You'll be hooked! We are!
How to use: massage into skin wherever moisture is needed, on hands and body. A little goes a long way. (If you do not have a sensitivity, the lotion may be used on your face as well. Many people apply it to their face with good results.)
Lavender or Green Mango scent - or Unscented.
4 oz jar $15
1 oz sample tube $4
If you want to know the lotion ingredients, please send us an email/message by clicking "Contact" and request the ingredients. The list will be emailed to you.
The Fabulous Soap:
Made with only the highest quality ingredients, our soap is a treat at the sink or in the shower! Goat milk and vegetable oils such as olive and coconut nourish and moisturize your skin while cleansing with a wonderful silky lather.
Each bar of soap, including the sample size and the felted soap, comes with a small cloth gift bag.
All of my soaps are the same recipe, only the scent and shape is varied. There are five scents, including unscented.
Lavender and Jasmine have flowery, feminine aromas.
Lemongrass and Woods are fantastic neutral or masculine scents that never disappoint. Woods is a blend that includes sandalwood.
The Unscented soap has a lovely, mild smell of olive oil, the most fragrant ingredient.
Full size $8.00
Sample size $3.00
Llama wool for felting (or spinning)
At the Ranch, we made "felted soaps" with colorful llama wool. (Pictured under the Home page.) A felted soap is a regular bar of soap, covered in felt that has been formed in one piece around it. The purpose is to provide a scrubby around the soap for exfoliating skin. It also makes the soap easier to handle, and of course is decorative!
I still dye locally sourced white llama wool for use in felting and spinning. I can also make custom felted soaps on request. You may sort through colors and designs to better tell me what you want. Still $15, just like back at the Ranch! *Click "Shop Now" to order.
Each felted soap and felted soap kit comes with a small cloth gift bag (pictured under the Home page).
$15.00 - Just like back at the Ranch!
I also sell the wool on its own and in soap felting kits. *These items will be added to this site soon. Thank you for understanding.
I offer different combinations of Soaps and Lotions as sets, that save you money and are great for gift giving. See these sets along with the other products by clicking "Shop Now" in the upper right corner of your screen.
CONTACT STRAWBERRY'S ORIGINAL
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I offer super low shipping across the US;
only $5 for the first item and $0.50 for additional items.
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At the Ranch
New Beginnings for the Ranch at Fossil Creek
Stacy Barry is the new owner and entrepreneur at the farm... and she plans to plant a strawberry patch!
Finally some strawberries in Strawberry!
At this time, Stacy and all of her helpers are busy remodeling for the new business. She doesn't know what else she will be offering besides strawberries, but she wants to have much more at the farm for families and travelers to see, do, and buy. She wants to host events and keep the farm shop - and the garden beds - open to visitors.
The farm will again do what it does best - provide a quiet place full of natural beauty where people can have fun and unwind for a few...
Updates are eagerly awaited and will be posted here!
Stacy Barry is a friend, and is not affiliated with Strawberry's Original.
Use the Contact tab to send a message or send an email from your own inbox.
928-970-0802. I accept offline orders. See "Offline Orders" tab.
Strawberry's Original - 2017