Beech Family Farm, located in Sherwood, has provided a great view of Mt. Hood as well as a you-pick opportunity for blueberry lovers for several generations. For 2016 blueberries will go into several recipes, including blueberry preserves, blueberry syrup, and blueberry barbecue sauce.
Bethel Springs Farm is a certified organic farm located in Rickreall, about 6 miles south of Amity and 12 miles northwest of Salem, Oregon. Michelle and Steven raise a variety of fruits and vegetables to sell directly to individuals, to organic grocers, and starting in 2015, to share with Can-Do Real Food. Michelle’s specialty is providing heirloom varieties that are cultivated for flavor. Steven’s specialty is crawling in the mud on his hands and knees to fix things, and then trying to keep the farm afloat financially with his city job. Together they are trying to bring back the mighty vegetable and place it where it belongs; on your table.
Michelle wrote in her blog about her involvement in the first year of the new venture. “It is exciting to have the extra and not so perfect fruits and vegetable come to the table, instead of the compost pile.” Michelle and Steven had great comments to offer about the dehydrated recipes that were tested for production in the 2016 growing season.
Keeler Estate Vineyard, owned and operated by Gabrielle and Craig Keeler, is located in Amity and produces premium wine grown using biodynamic methods. Their partnership with Can-Do Real Food involves their kitchen garden produce as well as table grapes. Additional, grapes too small in size to be considered for wine production have been pressed and used for making jelly during 2015. In May 2016 production of jelly from pinot noir wine and pinot gris wine started and those are amazing!
Soter Vineyards, located in Carlton has over 32 acres planted in wine grapes. Other parts of the land are used for grazing and vegetable and fruit production. The farm, managed by Nadine Lew Basile, provides food for the pairings with wine tastings as well as member dinners. Can-Do Real Food provided processing for berry preserves in 2015.
Sunshower Hill Farm commands an amazing view overlooking Newberg from Parrott Mountain Road. When Ranee and Jody Solmonsson purchased the nine acres they inherited a lot of overgrown apple and cherry trees. Now, following organic farming and sustainability practices, they offer fresh market herbs, seasonal vegetables, golden and red raspberries, jostaberries, Stella dark cherries, farm fresh eggs, hardwood cherry and apple wood chips for smoking, artisan herbal tea blends, bulk dried herbs and small batch culinary syrups. Those syrups were end of the season productions with Can-Do Real Food and there are plans for additional fun offerings for this coming growing season.
Other partners: Can-Do Real Food sourced additional produce as much as possible from other local farms and backyard gardens. Marionberries, blueberries, raspberries, peaches, plums, pears, apples, quince, as well as tomatoes, peppers, garlic, tomatillos, and more. We also purchased cranberries from Bandon, Oregon. Any person who has surplus produce from their garden can and should contact BethRankinOR@gmail.com to discuss an opportunity to partnership. Most of the time we can work a trade for raw produce and finished products.
Searching for new partners who are interested in expanding their marketing of fresh products with shelf-safe preserved items, both canned or dehydrated. We’re primarily interested in helping small farmers who have some surplus from their customer sales and are interested in capturing a new income stream from that excess produce.