Our Certified Organic farm is at the heart of everything we do. It’s the source of inspiration during our workdays, it shows up on the shelves and in the deli case when the Farm Market opens, and it offers itself to our community. The farm’s close proximity to Seattle’s urban core creates a unique opportunity to learn about the significance of farmland preservation efforts. And it’s there when we go home to prepare a hearty meal at the end of the workday. Our work revolves around the food we grow, and we feel extremely fortunate and privileged to share it with you. Our farm represents how important efforts to introduce resilience can also be places where your food is simply grown.
What's Happening on the Farm?
Cool weather brought about a beautiful change of color on the 21 Acres Farm and now the winds are stripping some of the leaves and we’re enjoying nature’s artistic structure of the trees and bushes. Birds are busy gathering sustenance for the winter and flitting about. It is time to plant garlic, get our last harvests out of the fields and winterize in preparation for next growing season. The farm will be quiet for much of the winter and will spring back in 2018. We hope it has been a fun and enjoyable season, and we look forward to seeing new faces on the farm in the coming months. Restoration will continue across the wet season, including eradication of invasives, and mass planting of natives to take their place.
We completed our Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) audit and now we train groups of our staff regularly. (See photo) This means that our customers can be assured that our farm is practicing safe harvest and packing. It also means that we meet the national standards for the Food Safety Modernization Act. Moving forward, institutions may require this certification from any farm they purchase from. Traceability and transparency for food growing, harvesting and transportation assures that the farm, handlers, processors, and distributors can be held accountable for their portion of the industry.
Even though the late fall and winter are relatively quiet on our farm, come enjoy the open space and fresh air, or consider being a volunteer as there’s always work to be done on the property.
Where Does the Food Go?
The lion’s share of the produce we harvest from the 21 Acres Farm is sold through the Farm Market. Some of the food goes to our kitchen to be used as ingredients for our culinary classes or for delicious meals for events. Much of it is used for food-to-go offered in our seasonal deli in the Farm Market. During the summer, the kitchen staff preserves berries, tomatoes, cucumbers, and other warm season crops to enjoy during the winter. Produce is also distributed a number of ways in our community. Some is donated each week to a local organization that distributes food to families in need. We sell some of the harvest produce through Farmstand Local Foods to local restaurants and businesses. We’re also happy to sell bulk produce to home canners who pre-order to make sure they have the quantities and varieties they need.