El Campesino offers tools of the ag trade
December 12, 2019 | View PDF
There is another startup business in town.
El Campesino opened after owners Marcos and Patricia Guerrero decided to stop working outdoors and concentrate on opening a new store.
The couple has owned the little shop at 933 7th St. for a little over seven months. Their daughter Denise also helps out in the store.
For the past 14 years, Marcos worked selling ag tools and Patricia worked at Suarez Farms. Before opening the store, Marcos had spent years selling the same tools now available in his store at the flea market on Ming Avenue in Bakersfield.
El Campesino caters to the local gardener and ag worker. The store provides the tools and safety gear needed to rake, hoe, chop and protect field workers.
"Many workers come in and say they don't like the quality of the equipment their boss gives them to work with. So, many replace the tools with items from our store," Denise said.
The shop offers rubber boots for those muddy fields and orchards, sharp tools to cut grapes and sheers to chop off branches.
It also offers an assortment of safety gear, including bright orange and yellow florescent jackets on display at the front of the store.
"The best-selling tools are the grape shears," Denise said. "You can purchase the smaller ones for $6. The big shears are used for pistachios."
"My dad continues to work as a supervisor in the cotton fields at Suarez Farms in Buttonwillow," Denise shared. "He's been doing that for about 18 or 19 years."
Denise is a graduate of Shafter High, and her husband, Jesus Salas, is a Wasco High School graduate.
Originally from Buttonwillow, the family moved to Wasco, where Denise went through Wasco schools from first grade to eighth grade. They then had a house built in Shafter.
Customer service and friendliness is a priority for the family. Upon entering the store, the customer is greeted with a huge smile and a warm welcome.
The store's hours are Monday through Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. They can be reached at 661-438-7099.