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Conner Voss and Sarah Brown are first generation farmers dedicated to organic food, healthy soil, and cultivating vibrant diversity on the land. The seed that grew into Diggin’ Roots was planted in 2001, when Conner and Sarah first met at UC Davis and forged a lasting friendship over many good meals, too many bad movies, dubious roadtrips, and while backpacking amongst the glacier lakes and sheer granite of the Sierras.
Now at home on 50 acres in the Willamette Valley, Diggin’ Roots Farm is a direct-market vegetable and grass-fed meat operation. Produce is sold through a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, with pick-up on farm as well as in two SE Portland locations. On Saturdays, the family descends upon the Silverton Farmer’s Market, plying recipes, and playfully harassing customers, tables carefully heaped with the season's bounty, their son Sylas watching from Sarah's arms as big brother Wendell runs amok in the park.
Diggin’ Roots is heartened by evidence that diversified, ecologically minded, organically guided agriculture is a sustainable model for the community, for the planet, and for the farmer. Conner and a Sarah believe that the qualities of healthy, beautiful, vibrant food, are qualities best afforded to the earth first, and that with good stewardship, we may all find a way to eat well.www.digginrootsfarm.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.domainedrouhin.com
Simington Gardens is a small, certified organic family farm located in Aurora, Oregon, just 25 miles south of Portland. Michael Simington, their founder, comes from a family of Oregon farmers and educators, some of whom traveled west on the Oregon Trail to homestead in the Willamette Valley and others who came later, traveling from their Arkansas farms to the newly formed Vanport community working in the Kaiser Shipyards during WWII. Like his ancestors, Mike is adventurous, hardworking, and focused on making a contribution to his community. In 2007, he decided to return to his farming roots and started our farm. Nine years later, the farm keeps growing with customers as varied as New Season Markets, farmers markets and restaurants, and individual farm-share (CSA) members. Mike’s focus for the farm remains the same as the day he began, growing high quality, healthy, organic produce for his community.
At their core, Simington Gardens is a hardworking farm focused on providing a large selection of produce to our customers year-round. Now in our ninth season of farming, we continue to grow and expand our produce availability while maintaining our core intention: produce better food for the communities around us. Together we promote sustainable food systems, encourage cooperative interaction, and establish interdependent relationships as we reduce reliance on unsustainable agriculture.
Their produce can be found at sustainable grocery stores including New Seasons Market, Food Front Cooperative Grocery and and Green Zebra Grocery. We can also be found at the Beaverton, Oregon City & Wilsonville farmers markets and provide bi-weekly produce to dozens of the most quality restaurants from Portland to Dundee, many of which are drop spots for our Farm Share Program starting early June. We are always looking to broaden our network of people and organizations that share our commitment to sustainability and the promotion of a prosperous local economy.simingtongardens.com
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.
The farm store's spring hours are Tuesday - Friday 10 am - 6 pm, Saturday & Sunday 10 am - 5 pmsmithberrybarn.com
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. 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!sungoldfarm.com