What does the word local mean to you? Well, when we buy from Tahoma Farms it means twenty miles away on Orville Road in Orting. We know if you shop at Marlene’s, that supporting a locally owned business (instead of sending your dollars off to a corporate office half way across the country) is very important to you.
If you read Sound Outlook regularly, you know the story of Tahoma Farms’ forty acres of fertile farm land in the Puyallup River Basin owned by Kim and Dan Hulse. The Hulses and their three children Nolan, Lyla, and Emily, are the textbook definition of small family farmers, but best of all, they grow the most beautiful, best tasting fruits and vegetables anyone has to offer.
With the installation of new solar panels, about 1/3 of the farm’s energy comes from the sun. During the summer almost all of Marlene’s vegetables are locally grown, much of it coming from Tahoma Farms.
The Tahoma Farms story is a good one and no one tells it better than they do. The following is from their website, www.tahomafarms.com:
“We are a first generation farm, established in 2009. We are passionate about growing food and committed to the work that makes our communities stronger, our children healthier, the hungry among us less hungry and our natural environment more livable for generations to come.”
Being able to own rather than rent their land has empowered the Hulses to envision a long-term future for their farm and to make major investments, including planting high-value perennial crops such as raspberries and planting Northwest native trees and shrubs to restore wildlife habitat along the river.
Tahoma Farms is committed to organic production practices, including long-term crop rotations, planting green manures, and utilizing compost to build the soil. In the same way that they are growing a sustainable farm, Kim and Dan are growing a business that will strengthen the local food economy and nourish their community for years to come.