Covid-19 Update

Due to the nature of my product, I am not currently participating in farmers markets this year. The required distancing and other rules prevents customers from either smelling my toiletry products or tasting my jam, two things that are key to my in-person sales. Local customers can order from me direct for on-farm no contact pickup here. For an additional fee, I’m also happy to deliver locally. And of course, I still ship nation wide.

You can also order a good portion of my offering, including produce, through the Hayshaker Farm online market, and pick up your Hayshaker box on Tuesdays or Fridays at designated drop locations (or by delivery for a fee). This is an incredible a-la-cart market with products from TWELVE farms (as of late June 2020)!

Some of my jams and soaps can also be found at the Frog Hollow Farm store. A selection of jams is also available through Welcome Table Farm’s CSA and farmstand.

While I miss my customers, I’m finding that after doing Farmers Markets since 2011, I’m REALLY enjoying having Saturdays free during the summer.

On The Farm

We welcome farm visits – with an appointment. Transparency and education are cornerstones in all that I do. I’m always happy to meet with you here on the farm and show you around and talk about what we raise and how we raise it, or to sell you my products directly. But please respect that we are super busy as well. I do a farmers market every week from May through mid December, and the rest of my time is spent making product for that market and wholesale accounts, tending to the plants and animals that live here, and taking care of the basic necessities of running a small business (and a home).

While I am often here, we keep the driveway gate closed in order to keep the dogs from going on walk-about in the neighborhood. While not religious, Sunday is our defacto one day off a week, and we often don’t check our phone or email frequently on this day. If you’d like to visit, please call first. 509 – nine five four – 1732. Ideally, give us a few days notice. Thanks!

What’s For Sale

Produce: I specialize in delicious heirloom tomatoes, a diverse array of sweet and hot peppers, and a variety of garlic and onions (NOT Walla Walla Sweet Onions). Some other summer produce in smaller volumes (squash, cucumbers etc.). I focus primarily on heirloom varieties, and do not knowingly purchase any GMO seeds.

I also sell plant starts – especially hard to find heirloom tomatoes – for your own garden in the spring.

Dried herb/Spice mixes fresh from the farm also available seasonally.

Toiletries, including bar soap, beard oil, lip balm, lotion, solid lotion bars, sore muscle massage oils and hand salve.  New soap scents about once a month.

Jam
In August 2015, I became officially licensed by the state of Washington to make and sell jam! This jam is made in small batches from local fruit at its peak, contains more fruit than sugar by weight (about 1/3 less sugar than traditional jams), has fantastic flavor, and contains no high fructose corn syrup. Availability will vary somewhat by season.

Toiletries, Jams and Spice Mixes can also be ordered online HERE.

Ducks, Chicks, Turkeys. Babies sometimes available in the spring. I normally advertise on Craig’s List or the Farm and Garden in the Walla Walla Valley Facebook page, but contact me directly if you are interested. Ducks are Ancona (a heritage breed) or Ancona mix. Turkeys are Bourbon Red or Slate (heritage breeds).  Chickens are a motley crew of dual purpose brown egg layers. When supplies permit (I have a lot of regular customers) I also have pasture ranged chicken and duck eggs for sale. I’m also happy to sell you fertile eggs for your incubator.

Sheep. We have a small flock of American Black Belly and/or American Black Belly/Soay cross hair sheep. They were selected for their increased parasite and disease resistance and excellent mothering abilities. They are smaller than the Hampshire or Suffolk sheep one typically sees (they dress out at 30-50 lbs full grown). They are excellent mama’s and have excellent meat. We occasionally sell butchered animals or breeding stock, usually in the spring. Contact me if you are interested.

Rabbits. I keep a few rabbits for meat, and generally breed spring through fall. Because the regulations for butchering rabbits in Washington are more stringent than those for butchering chickens (go figure), I don’t sell the meat. However, if you are interested in purchasing a live animal for meat, or for breeding purposes, let me know. I have a mix of unpapered breeds and am breeding for size and eventually for fitness on pasture in “rabbit tractors”. Right now, the largest kits are tending toward all black.

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