Indulge in This Season’s Bounty
It’s the height of the season of our local bounty as our produce department overflows with fresh, crisp veggies grown right here in the farmlands that surround our community. Pick up a bunch of locally-grown golden beets and they may have been grown by Skagit Valley organic farmers Ray De Vries and Tim Terpstra. Bite into a juicy, plump organic tomato and the undeniable freshness and flavor is probably thanks to the hard work and dedication of Harmon Walker of Pride of Umpqua. We source from over 60 organic farms in Washington and Oregon.
What’s In Season Right Now:
- Gold & Red Beets
Pride of Umpqua
Harmon Walker started out as a real estate man in his younger years, but found his true calling in farming years ago. He and his wife, Noreane, grow a variety of superior fruits and vegetables. Their organic heirloom tomatoes and mixed medley cherry tomatoes are some of their most impressive crops, for their juicy flavor. Harmon grows all his plants from seed that he personally hand-selects from the biggest,
best-tasting tomatoes each year. They grow their crops organically simply because they feel it’s the right thing to do and they’ve been certified organic since 1998. It’s the Walkers’ passion that truly is the Pride of Umpqua.
Mount Vernon, Washington
Tim Terpstra and Ray De Vries spend their days in the vast open fields of 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—perfect for growing a variety of Ralph’s Greenhouse organic vegetables. Ray, who took over the farm from his 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 and pursuing their shared passion for growing healthy, delicious organic food for their community.