Nature’s Last Stand is a 25 acre farm that sits on one of King County’s most scenic farm landscapes - Snoqualmie River Road. Practically encircled by water, the farm land sees annual floods which bring about additional challenges when you are raising pigs.
John has been farming for a long time, over 20 years, and he started by growing row crops finding success in growing large, beautiful beef steak tomatoes and potatoes.
Much like the ancient cabin that still sits on the farm, through time, the farm has transitioned, adapting to changing climates, life, and customer demand. You can still see the greenhouses John used to fill with tomatoes that now act as covering from the elements. Farming is challenging, and as a one man show, something had to give, thus the tomatoes were left behind.
Today, John sells breakfast sandwiches with the pork he raises while the rest of the ingredients come directly from the other farmers, processors and bakers present at the market - Samish Bay cheese, Tall Grass Bakery brioche buns, River Farm chicken eggs, Woodring condiments. This is truly a farmer’s market breakfast.
Written by Ivy Fox, U-District Market Manager
As the Puget Sound region continues to grow, it’s not uncommon to see housing developments emerge from open space that was once used as farm land. What you don’t see every day is a farm emerging from a development and reclaiming the land as its own. But that’s precisely the case with The Farmstead, a goat creamery and homestead 20 minutes outside of Olympia.
The Farmstead entered our market system in 2016, bringing with them homemade chevre, feta, and halloumi, a fried cheese that remains soft on the inside and crispy on the outside. The cheese, often made with herbs from their garden, is a small window into what’s happening on their 11 acres in Thurston County.
Ever wonder how those beans dry? We took a peek at how Dorcas from Lesedi Farms does it and then shucks them by hand! An amazing farmer with an amazing product. Stop by her booth at the University District Farmers Market any Saturday and starting this week, West Seattle Farmers Market on Sundays.