Who put the Swank in SWANKY?
Swanky began when Bonnie and Dick Swank decided to make clothes specially designed for people like themselves, who enjoy a comfortable lifestyle. They're Swanky, their women's graphic tees and designer tees are Swanky...and you can be Swanky too.
Dick and Bonnie Swank live in Hollister, California -- located in San Benito County, nestled in the southern tip of the Santa Clara Valley. In a time where prime farmland is being gobbled up by developers, they feel fortunate to be farming the same land Dick's grandfather farmed over ninety years ago. Not far from the central coast, they are lucky to have warm days and cool nights, thanks to the coastal fog. This makes for ideal growing conditions, allowing Dick to grow his prized cherries, sweet corn, heirloom tomatoes, English peas and much, much more. Selling most of their produce at farmers markets and to local restaurants, Swank Farms has become well known for their fresh picked produce.
Along with the growth of their farming operation, in 2000, they cut a maze in a corn field, set up a pumpkin patch and added a few scary characters. Visitors loved it. And so each year Dick and Bonnie work on making the maze more challenging, the haunted attractions more thrilling and adding as much fun as they possibly can. With a giant jumping pillow that measures 70 ft.x 40 ft., a pedal kart track, a mining sluice where people of all ages can pan for gemstones and fossils, a cow train, animals to feed and a second maze designed just for kids, who wouldn't have fun? 2009 marks this events 10th anniversary and you're all invited to bring the family out for a day of fun or wait until the sun goes down, maneuver your way through the Maniac Maze, and visit the haunted Mystery Ranch. Whatever you choose, you won't be disappointed.
So what would be next for the Swanks? Well, after years of hoping to re-open a fruit stand that had been closed in the 90's, Dick and Bonnie were very happy to finally open their farm market in 2008. Selling all their wonderful produce along with the addition of homemade fudge, fresh fruit slushies, local olive oils, market baskets and more, adding tee shirts and hats just made sense. It wasn't long after Swanky was born. It was so well received by those who knew the Swanks personally it seemed that possibly there were others out there just waiting to release their inner Swanky. So go ahead, be a Swanky lady, a Swanky girl, a Swanky mom with a Swanky baby or just be an understated Swanky. Have fun with it and remember, either you got it or you don't!
To learn more about the Swanks visit their farm site www.swankfarms.com