Durring the growing season for years now we have felt very lucky to get our salad greens from farmer/artist of greens growing Susan Moser. Her son Ben and his partner Mariah now continue the tradition.
My visit to the ranch of our primary beef provider Colvin Ranch was quite an adventure Fred Colvin took me out into the expansive pastures to meet one of his herds of cattle. They came up to check us out right away but my dog “Vino” in the truck started barking so Fred encouraged me to go a little out in the field and stay still, so I did. In minutes I was joined by the herd closer and closer they came to check out the funny human. They are huge some of the bulls seemed the size of small cars eventually they formed a circle around me Fred waited for me at the truck I’m sure amused. I felt a little scared once surrounded due the sheer size of them and that the bulls seemed to randomly start mating, I really didn’t want to be in the way. Every one was grazing and hanging out they were very friendly curious types, the calfs with there long lashes. Fred shared that they do not harvest calfs and generally all there animals have at least two years of this pretty awesome seeming life.
Seeing the cattle cruzing endless pastures eating grass, hanging with bros and making babies seemed like an ok life. It may sound funny but it makes a difference to me.
We are very proud and happy to be working with Colvin Ranch one of Washingtons oldest family owned cattle ranches. Their beef is free range, hormon free and grass fed start to finish.
Thank you!!!!!! Stokesberry Sustainable Farm
I really appreciate just how hard working the local farmers that provide us with organic, sustainable and humanely – produced food are!
During my visit I notice the grass in the fields being worked sustainably by the Stokesberry family are rich dark green. Across the way you can just see in the back ground a pale yellow green field of distant neighbors that are practicing non organic farming methods.
From Artist Douglas Gayeton : www.lexiconofsustainability.com
I do agree with the idea that local and real knowledge is more important than only organic certification. When ever possible I prefer having not only a familiarity with the farms and farmers that am working with but also certification papers as well. Being certified small scale shows a commitment / investment in the sustainable and organic farming movement. Many people/businesses are interested in profiting from branding their product “Organic” or “Local” without being consistant in their practices, so being as thorough as I can seems quite sensible. I encourage you to do the same, ask questions get to know your farmers and when you find producers/businesses who are really honorable support them!