Hi, I’m Dan! An organic farmer from D.C. who moved to Oregon to make a living as a farmer! I wake up at the crack of dawn everyday to farm, and bring CSA boxes to our many loyal fans.
I love farming! And organic food. Sometimes I wake up wondering if I’m the luckiest guy on earth. Living at the base of Mount Hood and growing organic produce for health conscience people like you is what drives me. After getting asked the same questions over and over, here’s a little about how we help our customers at Hood River Organic.
Who is Hood River Organic CSA for?
We build community around the idea that people want organic produce. Organic was hard to find in the early 2000’s when we were getting started, so we wanted to make it accessible. There also wasn’t much of a selection, and the quality was usually not that high in stores. Locals in the Hood River and Portland area were clamoring for more. That’s when we decided to give people the opportunity to get fresh, local produce delivered to their doors on a regular basis.
Who is your CSA for?
If you want high quality produce that’s organic and/or sustainably sourced then this CSA is for you. It’s for people who care about what they eat and the impact it can have on their bodies. It’s for people who realize the value of eating this fresh, healthy food grown close to your home both in terms of physical, environmental, and economic impacts and don’t mind paying a little more to know where their food is coming from and who grew it. All produce from our farm is Certified USDA Organic and Certified Oregon Tilth. We also source produce from other beautiful local farms who grow using practices that coincide with the way we feel food should be grown. Putting fresh, healthy, pesticide-free fruits and veggies on your table is what we love to do. Your kiddos will love it too!
Is organic food healthier than other conventionally-grown food?
Actually, the jury is still out on this topic. However, according to a Harvard study, while conventional and organic vegetables oftentimes offer similar nutrient levels, organic foods have fewer (toxic) pesticide residues. As far as healthy eating is concerned, we all know that fresh, organic foods are much better than highly-processed junk foods. Many of our amazing customers argue that it tastes much better too! Which we absolutely agree with. One key nutritional difference between conventional and organics, is their antioxidant content. According to the study, organic fruits and vegetables can contain anywhere from 18% – 69% more antioxidants than conventionally-grown varieties!
Organic takes it a step further by being more environmentally sustainable. Conventional chemical-based fertilizers and pesticides go back into the ground, and leach into our rivers and lakes. The chemical fertilizers are not only toxic to your health, but they also harm the ecosystems they flow into. If you want more information here’s an October 20, 2017 article regarding water pollution.
Is your CSA all local?
It’s all local to the Pacific Northwest. By taking advantage of the vast differences in growing seasons and the abundance of fertile soil that we have here in the Pacific Northwest we are able to continue to serve our loyal customers with fresh produce year-round. We work with several amazing farms and food producers in Hood River, the Willamette Valley, and Eastern Washington as well. In addition, we work with local produce procurers to get organically grown fruits that are not grown in our region in order to provide a more varied diet loaded with the wonderful benefits these fruits can provide us.
What do you grow?
Here at Hood River Organic we grow a large variety of crops! Our orchard produces pears, apples, peaches, blueberries, plums, strawberries, and small quantities of a few others. Our gardens grow basil, tomatoes, greens, peppers, garlic, winter squash…the list goes on!! We also grow crimini and portabella mushrooms. We sell our produce and fungi to many Whole Foods and New Seasons Markets, Portland and Seattle area co-0ps, as well as to smaller grocery stores and a variety of restaurants in the Columbia River Gorge, Portland, and Seattle.
Why should I join your CSA?
If you shop local, then eating local is even better! What makes our CSA special is that because we partner with other farms with a variety of produce we are able to let our customers customize what they get each week, meaning that you can pick and choose the vegetables, fruits, and value-added products like milk, eggs, honey, bread, jams, jellies, salsas, etc. so that your family receives the food that you love! In addition, we have many delivery options, whether that be the convenience of delivery right to your doorstep or if you choose to do a pickup at your local Whole Foods or New Seasons Market so that you can one stop shop for all your household needs!
So what should you do next?
Well, if you’d like to help support sustainable agriculture, help improve our environment, and support local economies, please join us! We’ve got a great group of farmers and an incredible community of customers and we’d love to have you become a part of it all! Sign up today and start getting local organic produce delivered to you!