From the Farm to Your Neighborhood Store
Fresh, Local and Organic
Do you long for the taste of a sweet, juicy Hood strawberry? Do you celebrate fresh greens grown locally? Then you are in the right place. From local rhubarb and snap peas, to seasonal berries and apples, we have everything that a great produce department should have — plus a few surprises! We buy direct from growers throughout the year, so our produce is just about as fresh as if you had picked it yourself.
Starting out with just three crops on 300 acres using techniques cultivated in Japan, the Inaba family has been farming in the Yakima Valley for over 100 years. Today, they farm 20 crops, including asparagus, tomatoes, green beans and watermelons on 1,500 acres of certified organic and transitional soil, using environmentally and socially responsible farming practices.
Siri and Son Farm
Crisp summer lettuce, dark green spinach, spicy radishes, festive cilantro, crunchy green onions and tangy rhubarb are just a few of the organic crops grown at Siri and Son Farm in Clackamas, Oregon. The Siri family has been farming their 200 acres for over four generations and is one of the very last agricultural holdouts in their growing region. They are also frequent shoppers at our Happy Valley store.
Mustard Seed Farms
St Paul, OR
David and Nancy Brown have been farming in the Newberg/St Paul area since 1965. They've provided us with an array of quality produce, from green beans to pumpkins, for over 10 years. We love them for their quality and consitency, and because they're so close to home. Did we mention that they have over 80 acres certified organic? Wonderful. To learn more visit Mustard Seed Farms.
Rising C Ranch
Eric Christensen knows citrus. He knows that picking when it’s ripe makes all the difference, even if it means wa iting an extra week or two. He knows that qualit y matters, so he keeps his use of pesticides to a m inimum, and picks a nd packs each order right on the farm. And he knows that Jeff Fairchild, our Produce Buyer, gets all giddy when Eric makes a few varieties a vailable e xclusively to New Seasons Market for our annual citrus tasting. Thank you Eric!
April Joy Farm
April Thatcher grew up just down the road from her April Joy Farm in Ridgefield, Washington on her family’s small farm. After earning her engineering degree and working in the field of green energy, she followed her heart back to the land, buying her neighbor’s farm where, as one of five children, she milked cows in exchange for milk. April, along with her husband, tends 45 crops of fruits, vegetables and herbs on 24 acres and raises hogs for direct sale.
Sespe Creek Organics
John Wise and his family have been growing citrus on their land for more than twenty years, and our produce buyer, Jeff Fairchild, has been buying from John right from the start. If you’ve purchased lemons or Valencia oranges at New Seasons, chances are, they were from John’s farm.
Sespe Creek is located in an inland coastal area of California, with a milder climate contributing to slower-growing, richly flavored fruit. John grows, picks and packs his fruit right on the farm, ensuring that only the best of the crop is shipped to us.
Sunset Lane Farm
Marco and Kay Franciosa give life to 10 acres of fertile farmland in the Calapooia River Valley, where they grow a variety of greens. They plant in late spring, then in the autumn they harvest the roots—which can extend a foot or more—and remove the leafy tops. They hold the roots at near-freezing temperatures for a few weeks to trick them into thinking they’ve been through winter.
Ready to sprout new growth, the roots are planted in warmer raised beds, buried deep enough that the tender new leaves will remain covered with soil. After another three to four weeks, ripe Belgian endives are ready to be dug up, trimmed, washed and sent to New Seasons Market. Kay and Marco are the only Belgian endive growers in the Northwest committed to using these traditional growing methods. The crispy, boat-shaped leaves are perfect carriers for seafood salads, creamy avocado dip or a wild rice blend, and they can be stuffed, braised or chopped in a salad.
Grocery Stories Podcast: Dan Thall, Hood River Organics
There’s a lot of mystery in mushroom growing — from the barren rooms they grow in to the spores themselves. Find out how and why Dan Thall and his team at Hood River Organics grow some of the best mushrooms in the state. Grocery Stories is an interactive podcast produced and conceived by guest artists Nolan Calisch and Molly Sherman, PSU MFA in Social Practice students. This podcast was installed in the produce department of our Concordia store in December 2011.
About the Artists
Nolan Calisch is a photographer currently earning his MFA from Portland State University's Art and Social Practice Program. He lives on his organic farm near Portland, Oregon where he grows food for 30 families through a CSA (community supported agriculture) program.
Molly Sherman is an artist and designer living in Portland, Oregon. She is also a co-director of Farm School. As a designer, she has worked with a wide range of clients including the Hammer Museum and Portland Art Museum. Molly is currently an MFA candidate in Portland State University's Art and Social Practice Program.
Nolan and Molly are the co-founders and co-directors of Farm School, an ongoing series of projects that bring together site-specific learning, art, and agriculture.
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