Sept Produce Feature

Four Elements Farm

Tacoma Produce Manager Joe McInnis recently visited Yonder Farm in the Okanagan Valley, one of the farms supplying our amazing organic summer produce selection. Travel Yonder with Joe in this pictorial travelogue!

OK Joe AppleWow! My trip across the Cascade Mountains into the Okanogan Valley was breath-taking, but it paled in comparison to the beauty of Yonder Farms. Nestled between barren, rolling hills and rocky bluffs is the rich oasis of farms established by the legendary Watershine Woods.

OK Man AppleJ.C. Phillips and his wife Amber bought Watershine’s farm in 2010 and became the new generation of caretakers for her family’s property. Since 2010, they have been continuing the farm’s tradition of growing beautiful fruit and having a good time while they are at it.

OK WatershineFilaree Fruit currently offers over 30 varieties of heirloom apples, beginning with Vista Bellas in mid-July, Knickajacks and King Davids in late summer, and continuing well into fall with late season apples like Winesaps and Arkansas Blacks. Peaches are available from mid-July through September along with nectarines and several varieties of plums.

Not long after being named “Farmer of the Year” by Tilth Producers of Washington, Watershine moved into semi-retirement, selling much of the lush orchard her family bought in 1974. Scaling back her hands-on work, Watershine has become the face of Okanogan Producers Marketing Association, a group of small family farms including Apple Cart Fruit, Harvesting Autumn, Bunny Laine Fruit/KD Laine Orchard, Grandpa’s Home Place, River Willow Farm, and the farm we buy most of our heirloom apples from, Filaree Fruit.

Ok Apple Orchard

Gluten-free Apple Crisp recipe here!