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Coke Farm

In 1981, a conventional farmer bet Dale Coke that he couldn’t grow organic strawberries. He has now been growing organic fruits and vegetables in Northern California for more than two decades. With a strong commitment to sustainability and good agricultural practices, Coke Farm prides itself in the quality produce, customer satisfaction, and the year-round employment that it provides to the local community. The planting and harvesting of dozens of crop varieties, seed crops, and the growing of specialty produce are a few of the examples of what Coke Farm does.

Originally started as a small planting of strawberries and snow peas, Coke Farm has evolved to a full-scale vegetable farm with over fifty crop varieties harvested each year. From Amaranth to Zucchini, Coke Farm’s produce can be found in local markets, renowned restaurants, and specialty stores throughout North America. Christine, Dale’s partner, focuses on helping smaller local farms with limited production sell their crops commercially, bringing a variety of rare West Coast specialties into Canada.

Today, in addition to growing and shipping their own produce, Coke Farm also cools, stores, and ships for several local organic farms.

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Crops

Lemons, Raspberries, Beans, Beets, Broccoflower, Burdock, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Daikon, Fennel, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Onions, Peas, Hot Peppers, Radishes, Rutabaga, Zucchini, Sunchokes, Turnips, Oranges, Nettles, Potatoes, Peppers, Squash, Artichokes, Asparagus, Brussels Sprouts, Leeks, Persimmons, Parsnips, Dandelions, Burdock, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Dill, Rapini, Tomatoes & Watercress

Location:

California, USA

Certification

CCOF

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Glory B Farm

Glory B Farms is nestled in the Grays River Valley just 2 miles from the historic Grays River Covered Bridge. Tom Zimmerman, his wife April and their four daughters live on the family farm. Tom has been farming since his teens, when his family moved to the valley in 1976.

He started with a small patch behind the house and now has 17 acres of cropland on two different sites. One field is on the wet side of the west coast range and the other is in the rain shadow. Having land in these two separate microclimates allows Tom an extended harvest season, including some really good shoulder season kales and collards.

Washington State Certified Organic since 1993, Glory B was an early adopter of the standards, and is proud to hold cert #468, in a state now issuing certs numbered over 2000.

Crops

Chard, Collards, Dandelions & Leeks

Location:

Washington, USA

Certification

WSDA

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Lakeside Organic Gardens

The Peixoto family began farming in the Pajaro Valley of California in the late 1800’s and perfected conventional growing throughout the 1900’s. As their passions for harvesting the riches of the soil grew and evolved, the family made a committed decision to convert all their farms to 100% organic. Lakeside Organic Gardens was launched by Dick Peixoto and his extended family in 1996. Dick first converted the farm that he and his brother, Jim, had farmed beans on so many years earlier when Dick was in high school. The 55-acre ranch includes a lake, a white farmhouse and an old-fashioned water tower with a windmill on top. This location became the inspiration for the Lakeside Organic Gardens logo, which includes this very farmhouse and water tower amidst the rolling hills. Once Dick got the “bug” for organic farming, things took off. Every year Lakeside Organic Gardens increases in acreage and commodities. Now they grow on approximately 1,200 certified organic acres in the Pajaro Valley. And in order to keep a steady supply for customers through the winter, they grow on approximately 600 certified organic acres in the Imperial Valley in California. Today, the company is still family-owned and operated with more than 10 family members on the Lakeside team!

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Crops

Arugula, Beets, Bell Peppers, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Celery Root, Chard, Cilantro, Collards, Cucumbers, Daikon, Dandelions, Dill, Eggplant, Fennel, Green Beans, Kale, Lettuce, Mustard, Parsley, Parsnips, Radishes, Rutabagas, Spinach & Turnips

Location:

California, USA

Certification

QAI

QAI

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Myers Farm

Bob Myers can remember, as a youngster, clearing the land for their family hobby farm in the Fraser Valley. 40 years later, he’s still at it, having just finished putting in yet another 10 acre field recently to go with the 60 acres he, his wife Marlene and son Brock, have expanded over the past 2 decades.

This family operation is the major provider of high quality lettuces, chard, kales, parsley, bok choi, spinach and many more leafy green crops to a handful of major retailers in Vancouver, plus six wholesalers who serve organic stores and supermarkets as far away as Manitoba and the Yukon.

Crops

Beets, Bok Choy, Chard, Cilantro, Dandelions, Fennel, Kale, Lettuce, Mustard, Parsley, Radishes & Spinach

Location

Aldergrove, BC

Certification

PROCERT

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Ralphs Greenhouse

Ralph de Vries moved his family from the Netherlands in the 1950’s, when his son Ray was a toddler. After Ralph retired from the dairy business in the late 80’s, Ray took over managing the farm. Ray De Vries and Tim Terpstra (Ray’s lead hand) start their leeks in greenhouses, but if you look in Ray’s plastic frames in the summer and fall, you will find tomatillos, cilantro and other Mexican greens, as 30 employees raise fresh vegetables for their traditional lunches.

Ray’s leeks are stunning, with long thick stalks of white “meat” – the stuff that good winter soup is made of. Growing over 45 acres makes him the leek king, supplying customers all over North America through the winter, when all but a few southern States and virtually all of Canada are locked in winter’s grip.

Leeks keep Ray’s permanent work force occupied year-round. Carrots are another natural crop that grows superbly in the local soil. Ray and Tim Terpstra try new ideas every year to take advantage of their moderate climate and expand their long-season selection of vegetables for their regional customers.

Crops

Beets, Cabbage, Carrots, Chard, Collards, Dandelions, Fennel, Thai Basil, Sage, Sorrel, Kale, Leeks, Shallots, Parsnips, Potatoes, Spinach & Turnips

Location

Washington, USA

Certification

WSDA

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Something Good / John Givens Farm

John Givens’ coastal community’s unique climate helps their farm maintain vibrant, sustainable lands which support animals and insects and provide open breathing space. Along with the wonderful climate, they are blessed with rich soil and gentle topography, all of which contribute to consistently excellent growing years.

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Crops

Strawberries, Green Beans, Beets, Carrots, Celery, Cilantro, Cucumbers, Dandelions, Dill, Fennel, Kohlrabi, Mustard, Onions, Parsley, Peas, Bell Peppers, Radishes, Squash, Zucchini & Tomatoes

Location:

California, USA

Certification

CCOF

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Tahoma Farms

Tahoma Farms was established in 2009 by first generation farmers, Kim and Dan Hulse. The 40-acre former dairy is part of the 100-acre Orting Valley Farms – 3 parcels preserved as organic farmland in perpetuity through a conservation easement held by PCC Farmland Trust.

Tahoma Farms grows 70 different fruits and vegetables throughout the year, with a focus on cool-weather crops that allow the farm to produce year round. Some of the larger crops (besides the brussels sprout plants Dan is holding pictured below) Tahoma Farms produces are kale, dandelion greens, carrots, potatoes and winter squash.
The Hulse’s, their two young children and their hard-working crew are passionate about growing good food and committed to the work that makes our communities stronger.

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Crops

Green Beans, Broccoli, Romanesco, Cabbage, Carrots, Celery Root, Chard, Daikon, Dandelion, Fennel, Kale, Lettuce, Radishes, Raspberries, Rhubarb, Rutabaga, Squash, Pumpkins, Sunchokes, Tomatillos, Turnips & Peas

Location:

Washington, USA

Certification

TILTH

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Two Ee’S

Named for founders Emil and Elizabeth Kowalski, Two EE’s was first established as a dairy farm and fruit stand before WWII and ran steadily on a modest scale until it was purchased by the Schoen family in 1960. Ambitious young horticulturist Henk Schoen and his wife Jenny expanded the fruit and produce selection of the farm, raising nine children on the flourishing, expanding property.

Henk was naturally drawn to chemical-free farming as he watched early fertilizers and pesticides hit the market, many of them derivatives of toxic gases used in warfare. Since the 60’s he experimented with natural fertilizers and pest control on his own. Henk’s youngest son Mike, who holds a Horticulture Technician ceritificate and a diploma in Greenhouse Management, now manages organic growing on the farm. For him, organics are something he has known since childhood, an inspiring element of his family history and, with six children of his own, a promise of a bright and healthy future.

Two EEs has a great website – Check it out! 

 

Crops

Artichokes, Green Beans, Beets, Bok Choy, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Celery, Celery Root, Chard, Cilantro, Collards, Corn, Daikon, Dandelion, Fennel, Gai Lan, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Onions, Parsley, Parsley Root, Peas, Bell Peppers, Hot Peppers, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Radishes, Spinach & Squash

Location:

Surrey, BC

Certification

FVOPA

FVOPA

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