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 list about how we help our customers at Hood River Organic?
Who is Hood River Organic CSA for?
We built community around the idea that good people wanted organic produce. Organic was hard to find in the early 2000’s, 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. Our local community in Hood River and Portland were clambering for more. That’s when we decided to give people the opportunity to get food from their community.
Who is your CSA Not for?
Hood River Organic is not for people who want the cheapest produce around. If you want high quality produce that’s organic and sustainably sourced. Also if you don’t care about what you eat, then we’re probably not for you either. Our produce is Certified USDA Organic and Certified Oregon Tilth. We also source produce from other beautiful local farms who do the same. 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 junk (/processed) foods. Many of our amazing customers argue that it tastes much better too! Which I 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. Traditional 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 just jump on Google, there’s more information than you can handle.
Is your CSA all local?
Yep, it’s local to the Pacific Northwest. This way we are able to go year-round. Many of our organic farms are in Hood River, although we do get some produce from the Willamette Valley and eastern Washington as well. We are lucky to live in the wonderful Pacific Northwest, and we want to provide you with the best that this fertile area has to offer.
What do you grow?
Aside from growing pears, apples, peaches, blueberries, tomatoes, we are a full-time mushroom farm. We sell our mushrooms to many of the Whole Foods, New Seasons and Co-ops in Portland and Seattle.
Why should I join your CSA?
We are a big lover of all CSA’s! If you shop local, then eating local is even better! But we do offer customizability, many home delivery and pickup options. Also, we have other items such as eggs, cheese, bread, and canned goods from other local organic companies in Hood River and Portland Oregon!
So what should you do next?
Well, if you like supporting your local farmer, and the environment, then please join us! We’ve got a great group of farmers, and an incredible community of customers. Sign up today and start getting local organic produce delivered to you!