Ralphs Greenhouse, Mount Vernon, WA

During the 1950s, Ralph DeVries moved his family from the Netherlands with dreams to find a better life in America. He started out with a dairy farm and worked it until he could no longer able to without help. But living in Washington State, the Skagit Valley, Ralph would decide that the fertile floodplain is perfect for growing fresh vegetables. What started out as a 3 acre hobby for Ralph has grown to more than 40 acres. It not only feeds his family, but is sold to others in the area.

Ralph refused to use any chemical pesticides or fertilizers, keeping his crops organic, because that is how they did it in the old country. The land along the Skagit River is rich in minerals and is rock-free. It is the perfect setting for a 45 plus acre farm to raise leeks, which have been described by everyone as “stunning”. They were long and thick with the white “meat” that is desired when cooking a hearty winter soup.

Today, Ray DeVries, Ralph’s son, guides the farm and it continues to prosper. Besides the “stunning” leeks, they also grow beets, carrots, chards, assorted greens, kale, seasonal zucchini, and red and yellow potatoes. Ray and those who work on this farm are in complete focus of providing the area fresh, healthy, organic produce. Ray is so in-tuned with this endeavor, he assisted in setting up an Organic Program via Tilth Producers of Washington.

Hedlin Farms, Mt. Vernon, WA

Rasmus Koudal would leave his homeland of Denmark and head to America for a better life. He landed at the mouth of the Skagit River, right in the heart of Skagit Valley in 1906 and decided to call this home.

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In 1974, Dave Hedlin & Serena Campbell took up the farming on this family land. They grew fresh market beets, broccoli, cabbage seed, cauliflower, peas, and pickling cucumbers. The land and the weather are well suited to seed production and plant vernalization. This has enabled the Hedlin Farms to provide their family and many others market fresh produce for over 100 years.

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The expertise in farming that the Hedlin family has, there are over 100 different crops of produce such as beefsteak tomatoes, beans, and blueberries. There are crops of carrots, lettuce, onions, pumpkins, snap peas, and squash. And even strawberries and Swiss chard are grown on this family farm. The produce that you want to feed your family come from Heldin Farms by way of Figbo, fresh and ready to be enjoyed.

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CERTIFICATIONS

Certified Organic – All of the field-grown fruits and vegetables are WSDA and USDA certified organic.

Pesticide Free – All greenhouse vegetables, (tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and cucumbers) are pesticide free.

Salmon Safe Certification – This is a whole-farm certification that requires adherence to practices that safeguard salmon habitat.

Farmbox Greens

Farmbox Greens is a small family-run company exploring the cutting edge of low-impact urban farming. Their microgreens and pea shoots are grown indoors in Seattle, Washington using soil-free aeroponic and hydroponic technology. After germination their plants are grown in a cloth medium sprayed or irrigated with nutrient-fortified water. Any water not absorbed by the plants is re-circulated to be used again. The plants get the light they need to grow from high-efficiency LEDs, ensuring as little electricity is used as possible.

Because of the way they’re grown, Farmbox Greens are available year round, far more sustainable than conventional farming, and grown without herbicides or pesticides. Farmbox’s methods use 80% to 95% less water than conventional farming, eliminate harmful fertilizer runoff, and use far less land due to vertical farming techniques. They are hand cut and packed to ensure the quality of the finished product is superb.

Osprey Hill Farm, Acme, WA

Figbo Family Farms:

Osprey Hill Farm is run by amazing people who believe good food should be affordable and available to everyone. This is food which is clean of any chemicals and preservatives. They strive to make sure their foods are accessible to anyone, including under-served communities. The concept and basis for Osprey Hill Farm started 18 years ago.

DSC_0090It started out simple: A boy meets a girl as he was on his way to becoming a doctor and she a dietician. They fell in love and traveled the West Coast in their VW van. Along the way, they discovered they both had a desire and passion for healthy food. And as they went along in life, three children were born. The briefcases and the stethoscope would be replaced by plows and tractors.  They had dreams of making it available to more people and thus, their passion for farming blossomed into a business.

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Osprey Hill is taking big steps towards sustainability. Diversity is important in maintaining ecological balance and we strike that equilibrium by producing both livestock and vegetables which, in turn, create a closed loop system. The animal by-products provide the nourishment our soil needs and the vegetable waste provides important nutrients for our animals. While the work is hard and they days are long, we love the challenges of running a farm. Nothing beats the satisfaction of a home-grown meal and we are pleased to share the fruits of our labor with you.

Osprey Hill Pasture Raised chicken is honest to goodness quality that is reminiscent of days gone by. We’re proud to offer chicken that is raised with care on fresh grass under the open sky. Our flocks are fed a 100% Washington grown diet of seed, grains, and legumes which is corn & soy free, verified GMO free, and always without added hormones or steroids. Since 2004, Osprey Hill has been committed to producing the highest-quality, best tasting poultry for you and your family.

The Jones Family Farm is family-owned and family-operated farm in Lopez Island. They started out in commercial fishing but as the family grew with small children, they veered from the fishing aspect and turned their focus on producing livestock.  Raising cattle on leased land so they could naturally graze off the land as nature intended, they ventured in to raising grass-fed goats and pasture-raised pigs as well.

The beef they provide Figbo is their Angus Devon cross-bred cattle which are finished with all natural feed for 36 months minimum or to the ideal fat conditioning and meat marbling. The cattle is then slaughtered on the farm by a mobile unit and then sent to be dry-aged for approximately two weeks. This gives the beef you buy from Figbo a rich flavor and a tender cut of meat product.

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Beef

Jones farm’s Angus, Devon-cross cattle are born and raised on Lopez Island and entirely grass fed. They are raised to a minimum of 36 months of age or a point of ideal fat condition and meat marbling. Cows are slaughtered on farm by a mobile unit and hauled to Bow, WA to be dry-aged, the old-fashioned way, for at least 2 weeks in order to get a rich, tender and flavorful product. The main focus is to producing excellent quality, well-marbled and flavorful beef.

Pork

Jones farm’s Hampshire hogs are born on the farm raised on free range, diverse pasture and forage crops where they eat their fill of forage grasses, plant roots, bugs and grubs from the soil. A mixed organic grain ration serves as the bulk of their diet. Hogs are slaughtered at eight months to a year of age. Growing tasty and healthful pork naturally is an integral part of our grazing and pasture management program.

Goat

Jones farm’s goat is 100% grass-fed and free-range pastured. Jones farm selects slower growing heritage breeds for meats that have deeper, higher quality flavor and a balanced fat finish.

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