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Thankful for our Farmers: Messages from the community

Nov 3rd, 2016 | Category: Features

We invited our readers and community to write in this month and give thanks to their favorite local farms, and acknowledge their hard work, dedication, impacts, and love for local agriculture, in all types. Our northwest corner is full of talented farmers and producers growing and making a huge variety of foods and products. We appreciate their hard work and commitment to farming in the face of many challenges, and we hope they are all supported as needed, to not only survive, but thrive.

As you celebrate this month and into the holiday season, please say a good word for those growing and producing, and be sure to put some of their products in your kitchen and on your table. Thank you!

Additional stories and photos will be published in the December issue. Do you want to submit your thanks and share your photos? Contact editor@grownorthwest.com.

 

Thank you, Cedarville Farm

Cedarville Farm was certified organic in Whatcom in the 80s, and have been offering their CSA program for close to 30 years. Farm owners Mike and Kim Finger have grown this community as much as they’ve grown vegetables for their shareholders, workshares, and the next generation of their collective families. As a farm workshare, they showed me how to turn seeds into amazing vegetables, introduced me to foods I’ve never tried before (like kohlrabi, delicata squash, parsnips), and encouraged me to eat the “ugly veggies.” In my three seasons on the farm, Mike and his crew taught me about sustainability, having a Plan B when Mother Nature had different ideas about the harvest, and how many different muscles can ache at one time (and for how long!) I have gained a renewed appreciation for eating healthy greens, rediscovered playing in the dirt, and conquered my fear of bugs. Spiders aren’t bugs, right?

Cedarville Farm co-owner Mike Finger (left) and Matt Citron. PHOTO BY CAT CARNELL

Cedarville Farm co-owner Mike Finger (left) and Matt Citron. PHOTO BY CAT CARNELL

When I think about my relatives outside of Bellingham, I feel sad that they are unable to visit a farm, let alone have the opportunity to be involved at the level that Mike and Cedarville Farm offer to their CSA shareholders. Being a workshare changed my life in so many positive ways, not just the obvious ones like upgrading my health. I do more to support local businesses, reduce the amount of waste I produce and reuse, reuse, reuse. I strongly encourage anyone with an interest in eating well to seek them out and have a chance to grow yourself as well as help to grow your food.

–Cat Carnell

 

Thank you farmers from Chef Andy Nguyen

Being a chef in the Pacific Northwest is pampering, but being a chef in Whatcom County is every chef’s dream. Everything and everything you need is at your finger tips, fresh salmon from Jeremy Brown, fresh free range chicken from Brittle Barn, bountiful produce from farms like Cloud Mountain, Terra Verde, Slanted Sun, Cedarville Farms just to name a few! Amazing grass fed/dry aged beef from Burk Ridge Farms. The most beautiful organic and wild foraged mushrooms from Cascadia Mushrooms. Hazelnuts or all things up in Lynden, the dairies we have are unreal! Grace Harbor Farms, MyShan, Twin Brook Creamery, all unbelievable. You’d be surprised how many creameries Whatcom County has. We work very closely with Ferndale Farmstead and Twin Sisters Creamery, the cheese is unbelievable. We use Lindsay’s cheese exclusively in Lynden and she uses Larry’s milk from Twin Brook and makes cheese in Ferndale, and we get to serve it back in Lynden. How awesome is that?

It’s a high camaraderie here. That’s the biggest thing I love about our farmers. They’re not competitors;  everyone thrives to help others when needed.

Photos courtesy of Andy Nguyen

Photos courtesy of Andy Nguyen

The relationships I build on a day to day basis are not business related. They’re friendly, my farmers are my friends. I’m so humble to see when I pick up my product from the farms how hard farmers actually work, it’s a love your job it’s the life kind of mentality. You love what you do and you enjoy it thoroughly. Putting money back into the community is huge at Drizzle and we support so many farmers. I always tell guests that I can’t thank the farmers enough they make my job easy, I just cook the food they provide me!

–Andy Nguyen

 

Thank you, Cloud Mountain Farm

I am very thankful for Cloud Mountain Farm. This is a place I started visiting years ago for their Fall Fruit Festival. It is always a favorite event on the fall calendar, tasting many different varieties of apples, grapes, pears, and others. It is a welcoming place to learn about what I’m eating and how it’s grown. I understand it when they explain it! Thank you for being a huge help to a lot of people. Because of farms like yours the public has a better understanding of how things grow, how to take care of them, and to try new things.

–Brad Strickland

 

Thank you, Pleasant Ridge Farm

Pleasant Ridge. Photo by Andra Lawrence

Pleasant Ridge. Photo by Andra Lawrence

I want to give thanks for Dave and Gayle Tjersland at Pleasant Ridge Farm in Mount Vernon. We live in Edmonds and travel between home and Anacortes once or twice a month. We used to take I-5 but now must go the back way to see what Pleasant Ridge has to offer. I love the super fresh vegetables (and the dried beans too). I’ve bought honey, beans, pumpkins, beets, potatoes, squash, apples, and the best corn I’ve ever eaten. We sometimes see Mr. Tjersland in the stand or riding nearby on his tractor. He always waves or stops to say hello. Seeing the top-quality vegetables encourages me to improve my own raised beds. I love the honor farm system and hope it works for the farmer! My husband used to tolerate my need to stop at various farms or farm stands, but the more we learn about local farms, the more he wants to shop there too. He picked out $20 worth of vegetables yesterday when I wasn’t even with him! Many thanks for these farmers!

–Andra Lawrence

 

Thank you, dairy farms

I am thankful for the dairy farms still operating. I am thankful they are working hard and doing their best to stay open. I am thankful they haven’t sold off their land. I am thankful they are good stewards of the land. I am thankful they use manure the way nature intended. I am thankful I can buy good local milk.

–Pelham family

 

Thank you, Slanted Sun Farm

I want to thank Sun Slanted Farm. You grew some crazy good peppers this year! Thank you!

-Amanda Davis

 

Thank you, mama farmers

I want to thank the mama farmers out there! We see some of you pulling double duty with your babies on your backs and your children by your side while managing your market booth or working your fields. Doing one of those jobs alone is amazing; doing both is beyond superhero status! Thank you for growing the minds of your children while growing the foods we eat and enjoy.

-Jessica Gilman

 

Thank you, Breckenridge Dairy

I LOVE Breckenridge Dairy. I love that I can pull into the drive-thru store in Everson and get my milk, eggs, buy an ice cream cone, and have egg nog for the holidays. I love having their small store a part of my weekly buying for my family. It means a lot, and I am thankful I live in a small town with a local dairy. Thank you, Breckenridge!

–Grateful local family

 

Thank you farmers, from Scratch and Peck Feeds

White Owl Farms, Stanwood.

White Owl Farms, Stanwood.

Farmers have helped us become the company we are today. We gladly work with local farmers to support thriving, sustainable agriculture, and we’re honored to be working with farmers throughout the Pacific Northwest who provide us organic and non-GMO whole grains we need to make our animal feeds. There isn’t enough time or space available to acknowledge all of the farmers who have extended kindness and served as mentors to us throughout the years. We are forever grateful to all of them!

-Scratch and Peck Feeds

 

Thank you farmers

Nurturers of our land, givers of life

A farmer

Brown-finger nailed beauties

Puzzle-mastering saints

Weather-thwarting wizards

Doing right by the land

For community

For health

For flavors

Chicks at Brittle Barn Farm, Ferndale. Photo courtesy of Scratch and Peck Feeds

Chicks at Brittle Barn Farm, Ferndale. Photo courtesy of Scratch and Peck Feeds

Because they care

 

Deep gratitude for you my friends

A smile from within my chest arises with honor

A smirk for your spunk

A respect for your knowledge

In thanks for you

Sharing your bounty

 

-Sara Southerland

 

Thank you, David Pierson’s Farm

Local photographer Claudia Anderson shared this image of Pierson’s farm off of Cook Road in Skagit County.

daves farm web

 

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