Snoqualmie Valley has grown wholesome meals for wholesome our bodies
Seattle folks Ashley Wilson and Ellen Scheffer had run an urban farm called City Grown Seattle for three years, but they were keen to get out of town and grow more food on a bigger plot of land. They had seen the demand for local food during their urban farm days and knew they wanted to be the one to grow it.
After receiving a grant from the National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), they built a new 30 “by 96” greenhouse that is clearly visible from the street. It’s built with an arched summit and added reinforcements to hopefully withstand the fierce winter weather in North Bend. This allows the farm to extend its growing season to have vegetables available later in winter and earlier in spring. At the moment the tunnel is planted with tomatoes.
Aside from Covid, 2019/20 was an eventful time for other reasons. The washing station on the farm was destroyed by wind in the autumn and rebuilt just in time for the pandemic. Then on their first CSA delivery day, their van caught fire as it was delivering to one of their drop points in Seattle. Two weeks later, a hailstorm destroyed or slowed down almost all of the farm’s harvests. Despite all of this, they still managed to grow more food than they did in 2019! And in an amazing act of kindness, they were given a free van by someone who found them on Instagram.
Says Ellen, “We love that our farm estate has become a safe place for the community to buy fresh vegetables and flowers and watch them grow in the fields while they shop. We are very happy to have been accepted by this community and we have seen an explosion in demand from local consumers, both in our CSA program and at the farm stand. “
The Frisky Girl farm stand is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. from now until the end of October. Located on the 428th in the shadow of the mountain. Si (see their website for instructions) the farm grows 5 acres of vegetables and flowers. They have a 200-strong Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program and sell at their roadside farm stall.
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