Local Producer Spring Update
Spring is upon us and we couldn’t wait to get out to meet with our local harvesters and farmers from around the Pacific Northwest to see what’s going on this time for year. The ebbs and flows of agriculture is both a beautiful and complicated aspect of food production so we spent the last couple weeks visiting with some of the people that make it possible to bring you fresh, local food and goods.
Misty Meadows Pasture-Raised Eggs
Happy chickens make for healthy, delicious eggs and that’s just what Melissa Moeller of Misty Meadows wants to share with the Northwest.
Mount Vernon, Washington
Tim Terpstra and Ray De Vries spend their days in the vast open fields of Washington’s Skagit Valley tending to the row crops and greenhouses that make up Ralph’s Greenhouse. Thanks to thousands of years of river deposits and flooding from the Skagit River, this delta soil is acclaimed for being among the top 2% of agriculturally productive soils in the world and perfect for growing a variety of Ralph’s Greenhouse organic vegetables like carrots, leeks, kales, chards, fennel and parsnips—just to name a few.
Ray, who took over the farming business from this dad, Ralph, has always grown their family’s vegetables organically because, well frankly, “I didn’t know there was any other way to grow it” as Ray put it. Ralph’s Greenhouse puts a high importance on ensuring there is year-round employment at a livable wage for their workers. This time of year, everyone on the farm is busy harvesting crops like leeks, parsnips and dandelion greens, but even more importantly pursuing their passion for growing healthy, delicious organic food for their community.
Ferndale Farmstead Creamery
A new local creamery with a grass-to-cheese approach that allows them to ensure each step of the cheesemaking process is nothing less than spectacular.
Moon Valley Organics
For an organic body care company nestled in the foothills of the North Cascades, spring is a time of new life and refreshed energy. After coming off the winter season, owners Kim and Aaron Otto of Deming, WA are busy at work planting new starts for the herbs used in their gentle soaps, lotions, lip balms and salves and getting the bees ready for the productive warm weather months.
Beeswax is a key ingredient in many of their body care products and they’re dedicated to keeping their colony of bee boxes happy and healthy. Their “Help Save the Bees Campaign” supports grassroots organizations with a focus on teaching people about pollinators and community gardens, and educating children on the importance of bees. Right now, 10% of each Moon Valley Organics herbal lip balm purchase will be donated to the “Help Save the Bees Campaign”.
Mountain Stream Specialty Foods
A wild forged specialty produce company that hunts for tasty woodland foods year round.