August Produce Feature

Four Elements Farm


In keeping with our tradition of bringing you the very freshest, the most delicious, local produce, Marlene’s is proud to welcome Amy and Agustin Moreno of Four Elements Farm to our family of suppliers. This beautiful property is located just 20 miles away on Orville Road in Orting, just across the street from our friends at Tahoma Farms. Proximity is not the only connection the Morenos have with Tahoma Farms, Agustin is also the farm manager there. Agustin’s management is one of the reasons Tahoma Farms is the gold standard of family farms.


Nothing says family farmer more than this image of Agustin and his son Hector.

Nothing says family farmer more than this image of Agustin and his son Hector.

It doesn't get any fresher than this!  Finished product is delivered the day it was picked.

It doesn’t get any fresher than this! Finished product is delivered the day it was picked.

The next generation learns the family trade.  Gabriela Moreno is inspecting young sugar snap peas.

The next generation learns the family trade. Gabriela Moreno is inspecting young sugar snap peas.

Joe and the amazing Agustin, manager of Tahoma Farms and operator of the adjacent Four Elements Farm.

Joe and the amazing Agustin, manager of Tahoma Farms and operator of the adjacent Four Elements Farm.


Seeing their children, Hector and Gabriela, playing in the fields and learning about sustainable farming reminds us why we’re in this business. Amy and Agustin say it best: “We go beyond organic (although we are certified) with our growing practices. Taking care of the soil is of utmost importance to us. Our goal is to deliver the highest quality and best tasting produce grown, with respect to the land, our employees, and our customers.”

My wife Jil and I recently visited the Morenos and came back with these images.


"I have to admit, Jil is my wife, but Kale is my mistress."

“I have to admit, Jil is my wife, but Kale is my mistress.”

Doing what you love puts a smile on your face.  Amy, Agustin, and Hector.

Doing what you love puts a smile on your face. Amy, Agustin, and Hector.

Visiting our old friend Amy Moreno, whose farm has just been certified organic.

Visiting our old friend Amy Moreno, whose farm has just been certified organic.

Amy lifts the "landscape carpet" to show us delicate arugula, which needs protection from the flea beetle.

Amy lifts the “landscape carpet” to show us delicate arugula, which needs protection from the flea beetle.


Photgraphy by Jil Scott and Emily Matthiessen (emilysight.com)


Four Elements Farm
by Joe McInnis, Tacoma Produce Manager