We at the Co-op, like many of you, eagerly await the arrival of strawberries from Viva Farms each spring. Well, the wait is over! Now we can all enjoy these sweet, juicy gems from the Skagit Valley! They really are something special. Don't hesitate, because they'll fly off the shelves.
Viva Farms’ mission is to launch a new generation of farmers. They are based in the Skagit Valley, rated one of the top regions in the world for agriculture. Unfortunately, Skagit Valley is facing intense development pressure and an aging farmer population, so Viva Farms has created an innovative program to preserve the land through skilled farming.
The Viva Farms business incubator helps new farmers learn how to farm and experienced farm workers to establish their own businesses while minimizing prohibitive start-up costs. The incubator provides access to the five essentials: land, equipment and infrastructure, training, marketing, and capital. It is a starting point to transition participants to farm ownership and secure long-term tenure. Once farmers establish stable agricultural enterprises at the incubator, Viva Farms will help them relocate to new land and continue growing their operations. Viva Farms’ farmers and alumni grow everything from vegetable to flowers, herbs to okra, blackberries to Korean medicinal roots.
We're lucky to have Washington strawberries on hand from both Viva Farms and Billy's Gardens of Tonasket!
Here are some intriguing recipes using raw, fresh strawberries:
No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake from Serious Eats
Strawberry Pistachio Crumble from Love & Lemons
Red & Black Cocktail from Smitten Kitchen
One-Bowl Strawberry Shortcakes from The Kitchn
Date: Wednesday June 06, 2018
Category: In The Co-op
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