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!
Hours: Friday 10-2:00, Saturday 10-4:00, and Sunday 12-2:00. Holiday Mondays we are open as traffic dictates.
3774 AZ-87, Pine, Arizona 85544
facebook.com/Pine Strawberry Farmers Market
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 Lotion is here.
Antiques, re-purposed items, gifts, furnishings, clothing and jewelry, handmade items... An all-around fun boutique in Pine!
Hours: Daily 10-5:00ish. Bad driving conditions resulting from winter weather may cause the shop to close.
3923 AZ-87, Pine, AZ 85544
Back to Basics
The Soap and Lotion are here.
Health foods, supplements, gifts and much more.
John and Joyce have brought the products to new locations in other parts of Arizona!
(Availability may vary)
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
Come out and enjoy the lake, cafe, and store!
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!
In memory of the Old Goat
John Bittner, the original owner of the ranch and creamery, has gone home to be with our Lord.
John suffered from kidney disease for a few years before his passing. He died of complications in April, 2020.
John is survived by his wife, Joyce, and their children and many grandchildren. He was a kind and generous man with a wonderful sense of humor. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends, and indeed by everyone who knew him.
-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.
I have now made a new flavor! - Peppermint Chocolate made with peppermint extract. Yum!
(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 $5
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 full-sized bar of 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 $1.00
CONTACT STRAWBERRY'S ORIGINAL
Ask questions, send feedback, or simply send your name & email to subscribe to our email list to receive news about new products, locations, and promotions.
I can accept offline orders and payments with credit and debit cards, checks, money orders, and I may be able to provide cash pickup and delivery for locals. Cards are processed over the phone or in person.
Remember, you can make a fast, easy purchase online by clicking "Shop Now" and using a credit or debit card. Checkout is secure, and you do not need to have or make a PayPal account at any time. Even if you have a PayPal account, you do not need to use it - simply check out as a "guest."
I offer super low shipping across the US;
only $5 for the first item and $0.50 for additional items.
If you would rather order offline, please email or call. I do my best to return emails and voicemails promptly. You can send an email from your inbox or by clicking the "Send Message" button below. Whether you prefer to talk or just email, I will make transactions as quick and clear as possible. I require all card information including the zip code and the 3 digits on the back of the card. I will never save your information.
email firstname.lastname@example.org or click the
"Send Message" button below
or call 928-970-0802
At the Ranch
The Ranch has been sold to a private party.
The goats and llamas have all gone to new homes.
The Ranch is now permanently closed.
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