Cory Carman and David Flynn are bringing up the fifth generation of ranchers on Carman Ranch, where they have raised registered Angus and Hereford since 1913. The 100% grassfed herd spends its entire life grazing on a diet of grasses, legumes and range forage unique to the soils and climate of the glacier valley surrounded by Northeastern Oregon's Wallowa Mountains. The first grassfed beef in Oregon to be certified by Food Alliance, Carman Ranch beef is exceptionally tender and flavorful, delicious and healthy. It is free of hormones and antibiotics, and the cattle are never fed grain or grain by-products.
Because the vigor of the land is as important to Carman and Flynn as the well-being of their animals, they manage both with respect and care. The pasture-based production system used at Carman Ranch promotes preservation of the natural environment and native species, ensuring a beautiful and vibrant landscape for decades to come. These and other sustainable farming practices like pasture rotation create low-stress, humane conditions for growing cattle while protecting delicate rangeland ecosystems. Carman Ranch beef guarantees an unparalleled and traceable story of authenticity and the distinctive combination of attributes we've come to demand from our food and those who grow it: local, sustainable, healthy and absolutely delicious.www.carmanranch.com
Domaine Drouhin Oregon
Domaine Drouhin Oregon was established in 1987 by the Drouhin Family of Burgundy (Maison Joseph Drouhin). Our distinctive Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays are handcrafted by fourth-generation winemaker Véronique Drouhin-Boss. They are elegant, balanced wines with a clear sense of place. Véronique's extraordinary palate guides every decision, from picking and fermentation, to final blending and bottling. Philippe Drouhin, Véronique's brother, is in charge of DDO's viticulture and is highly regarded for his work in both Burgundy and Oregon. 123 of the estate's 225 acres are now planted and certified by LIVE; at 3,100 vines per acre, the Drouhin Family Estate is one of the most densely planted vineyards in the New World. The four-level gravity-flow winery was built in 1989 and is considered a Dundee Hills landmark.
Pearmine Farms has been in the family since the 1950s. Brothers Larry and Ron manage the farm, along with Ron’s children, Ernie Pearmine and Molly McCargar, who will take over the operation as their father and uncle transition into retirement.
The family farms just over 100 acres, more than half of which yields broccoli, corn, cauliflower and green beans that are processed locally at NorPac Foods, Inc. The remaining acreage is planted with sweet cherries, grass seed, wheat, an assortment of cereal grains, and a small amount of nursery stock.
The family fields responsibly, using minimum or no-till methods that reduce soil erosion and require less equipment, saving time and money. The Pearmines planted their first pumpkin patch with a corn maze right alongside it. They decided to collect cans for the Marion-Polk Food Sharerather than charge admission. The family continued to donate increasingly greater percentages of the proceeds from vegetable sales every year until they were donating everything. The pumpkin patch flourished as word of their generosity spread, bringing families, local groups, and children on field trips to visit.
In 2009, Pearmine Farms joined Farmers Ending Hunger, they donated two acres of corn, an acre of green beans, and $5000 cash generated by their pumpkin patch. And as the Pearmine Family is of the "Go Big or Go Home" school of thought, their support of Farmers Ending Hunger continues to grow.
Smith Berry Barn
What first began in 1978 as a u-pick raspberry farm, is now a 30-acre family farm which produces ten varieties of cane berries, a 5-acre apple orchard, featuring over 20 varieties of antique and modern apples, and a variety of specialty produce including gourmet greens, fresh herbs, gourmet squash & pumpkins and heirloom tomatoes & peppers. Rich and Joelle Hinder work round the clock feeding chickens, pruning the orchard, running the farm store and chasing after their two children.
Their love of gardening (and previous experience in nurseries) has brought a new dimension to the farm in the form of potted herbs, perennials, roses, fruits and vegetables. The farm store also offers seeds, garden tools ,organic garden care products gift items, and gourmet products. And while you're there you can also enjoy Joelle's homemade baked goods, a fresh milkshake, or your morning latte. The farm also offers seasonal u-pick for a variety of crops, especially berries. Smith Berry Barn is in Hillsboro, Oregon.
The farm store's spring hours are Tuesday - Friday 10 am - 6 pm, Saturday & Sunday 10 am - 5 pm
Sun Gold Farm is a small, sustainable family farm located in the beautiful, fertile Tualatin Valley in the small Dutch community of Verboort, where four generations have farmed and cared for the land. The farm lies along West Dairy Creek, probably named because of the many dairies that used to be in the county. There are two natural wetlands on the farm, and plenty of wildlife. But mostly, Sun Gold has vegetables, fruits and plants. Sun Gold Farm is owned and operated by Charlie, Vicki and Chris Hertel, as well as the new addition of Greg, Stephanie and little Joey Lyn Ainsworth and Rachel Ainsworth. The farm’s primary source of income is through the production of fresh market crops that they sell directly to the consumer at various farmers markets and through their "Harvest Box" program, also known as a CSA. The family is careful to grow their produce without pesticides. Crops are rotated for soil health and since the farm was historically a dairy, there is plenty of organic matter in the soil. Weeds are controlled by mulching, rototilling, hoeing, and getting down on their knees and pulling!
Sun Gold is in Forest Grove, Oregon.
At Viridian Farms, food takes center stage in all areas of daily life. They love to eat at unique, local restaurants. Compare recipes and notes on new vintages from neighbors in the Willamette Valley. Search for heirloom seeds. Cook for friends ...and grow distinctive varieties from France, Italy, and Spain for chefs inspired by the seasons.With a constant eye on sustainability, they collaborate to attain gastronomic harmony, blending culinary and agricultural traditions with new farming techniques.
Viridian Farms believes that food is beautiful. Complex. Expressive. It is distinct from year to year, season to season. It communicates emotions and culture; and while it provides nourishment, it has a short life span - enjoyed for a brief moment in what may have taken years to produce. They are farmers and this is their craft. Come savor Oregon's seasonal ambrosia with them at Portland Farmer's Market.
Viridian Farms is on Grand Island in Dayton, Oregon.