Zestful Gardens - A Certified Organic Local Treasure

Zestful Gardens organic farmArriving at Zestful Gardens Farm, calamity had just been contained.  The goats had escaped yet again and Holly Foster had just finished moving their fence to give them more room to roam.  There is never a dull moment on a farm, even in cold, muddy January.  Most consumers imagine farms to be largely quiet and still in the middle of winter; the growing season, we think, is over and grocery stores carry fruits and vegetables from other parts of the world:  Chile, Mexico, warm California, Israel. ... Read More »
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Getting Local, Getting Fresh at the Puyallup Farmers Market

farmers marketGetting fresh local and organic food is easy when you live in Puyallup. Surrounding farms and fields are brimming with goodness, and the bounty is brought into downtown Puyallup weekly. Make it a fun family Saturday outing to pick out the food for the week. When children are involved in picking out their own food, their motivation to eat it is that much higher. And you know how tempting all the beautifully colorful fresh fruits and vegetables are at farmers markets!ThePuyallup Farmers Market  is... Read More »
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Bred For Taste: Terry's Berries Organic Farm

organic farmCreamy, buttery, delicate: eating locally grown organic broccoli was a sensory revelation for me, a continuation of the delectably slow unfolding of this new horizon of buying and eating local. The broccoli I had always known was tree-like, crisp (or limp if cooked) and bordering on the pungent. I was not prepared for this beautiful new meeting. I had never really known broccoli! Of course buying local and organic means you're getting the best flavor possible and the freshest food, therefore... Read More »
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Tacoma Farmers Market - A Thing of Locally Grown Beauty

Tacoma Farmers MarketInto the city, a collection of man's engineering feats with hard surfaces and paved streets, come the colorful, rounded and tasty shapes of the fruits of the earth -- a juxtaposition of opposites, to be sure.  But it is a very welcome juxtaposition, and was my first impression upon arriving at the Broadway arm of the Tacoma Farmers Market.  The Tacoma Farmers Marketboasts three locations on three different days of the week:  Broadway on Thursdays, 6th  Avenue on Tuesdays, and South Tacoma on... Read More »
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Organic Fruits and Vegetables From Sidhu Farms

organic fruits and vegetablesThe Puyallup Valley is known for its extremely fertile soil. When you look around, it's not hard to find a small farm nearby growing all sorts of different crops, many of them organic fruits and vegetables. Sidhu Farms is one of these and they are particularly famous for their berries - certified organic blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, marionberries and boysenberries.Berries aren't the only thing that the folks at this small farm are growing either. You'll find... Read More »
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Locally Grown Raspberries at Spooner Farms

locally grownSpooner Farms is serious about locally grown raspberries. Founded by Ken Spooner in 1955 in the Puyallup Valley, famous for the rich soil that lives here in the shadow of Mt. Rainier, this small farm isn't just growing the most stellar raspberry plants anywhere, but they're shipping them all over the world. Tim and Jeff Spooner, Ken's sons, are experts when it comes to growing raspberry plants and crops. Since they ship to such a wide range of places with different environments, they are used... Read More »
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