The Source | In Memory of Kathleen Nemarnik

It is with great sadness to announce to all of you that Kathleen Nemarnik, co-founder of Pacific Coast Fruit Company, passed away Sunday morning. Our mother was born June 7, 1929, to Mary and Nick Spada of Portland, Oregon in what was considered at that time “Little Italy.” Mom attended St Philip Neri grade school and St Mary’s high school. After high school, mom attended the University of Portland.

As a young girl, mom worked at a produce market in the basement of what was then Meier and Frank department store in downtown Portland. Growing up in a produce family she spent time helping repack and sort produce and she spent summers helping her mother to can a multitude of fruits and vegetables. There was no doubt produce was in her DNA.

It was during her high school years that Kathleen met the man of her dreams and her future husband, Emil Nemarnik. A first date progressive dinner party with friends sealed the deal. The main course was pasta at her mom’s house, and thus Kathleen served my dad pasta on every one of their anniversaries. Mom would tell us the story of how she had her sights on Emil back when he was getting a lot of press while attending Central Catholic High School. Why is that no surprise! Mom and dad were married in July of 1951. They soon started a family and within ten years had five children and her journey as caretaker and chef began.

Fast-forward to the middle 1970s and now while raising five children, three of whom were in college, and caring for her mother, mom and dad decided to open Pacific Coast Fruit Company. Mom and dad sold the family car, mortgaged their home, and with eight employees, four of which were family, a tiny warehouse, and two very used trucks, they launched their business.

Mom and dad were an amazing team! Dad bought the produce, sold it, ripened the bananas, and mom worked in the office, collected the money, and for the first five to six years cleaned the office, and yes the restrooms. Hiring a janitor was a sign of upward mobility! For the next almost 40 years it was a common sight to see mom walking the halls of PCFCo. asking anyone she ran into how their day was going. Mom made sure dad and I had a hot lunch including a salad served on a placemat placed on our desk each day. And when it came to receivables, mom had an amazing ability to collect the “tough ones” and do it with a firm smile!

Mom was dedicated to her faith. For most of her life, she opened her home to visiting priests from around the world. She raised money for orphanages and, on more than one occasion, she would wear a large money belt full of cash she raised for the needy. On one trip during the Baltic war, mom had a United Nations escort through the war zone so she could deliver badly needed money.

There is so much more I could write about this amazing woman.  Although less than five feet tall, mom had the heart of a giant and leaves behind many who will miss her, but entered into the gates of heaven to the open arms of God and the love of her life Emil. Kathleen is survived by her five children, Diane, John, Maryann (Mike), David (Barbara), Nancy (Tom), six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren

-David Nemarnik & Nancy Nemarnik-Brugato, Second Generation Owners

RIP Kathleen Nemarnik, 1929-2019

The Local List

Item

Num

Pack

Vendor

State

Org Apple Fuji Pre

19988

72/80/88Ct

Chelan Fresh Marketing

WA

Org Apple Gala Wxf

26436

80/88Ct

Chelan Fresh Marketing

WA

Org Apple Juicing

28090

40#

Chelan Fresh Marketing

WA

Apple Fuji Pre

25119

72/88Ct

Chelan Fresh Marketing

WA

Apple Fuji Us#1

28004

100/113Ct

Chelan Fresh Marketing

WA

Apple Fuji Usno1

27893

56/64Ct

Chelan Fresh Marketing

WA

Apple Fuji Waxf3

24691

72/80/88Ct

Chelan Fresh Marketing

WA

Apple Gala

25436

12/3# Bg

Chelan Fresh Marketing

WA

Apple Gala Pre

23847

80/88Ct

Ew Brandt & Sons Inc

WA

Apple Gala Us#1

20002

163Ct

Chelan Fresh Marketing

WA

Apple Gala Us#1

27534

72/80/88Ct

Chelan Fresh Marketing

WA

Apple Gala Usxf

20001

125/138Ct

Chelan Fresh Marketing

WA

Apple Gala Usxf 138/163

27657

163Ct

Chelan Fresh Marketing

WA

Apple Gold Del Pre

20004

80/88Ct

Chelan Fresh Marketing

WA

Apple Gold Del Us#1

28003

72/80/88Ct

Chelan Fresh Marketing

WA

Apple Gr Smith

26811

12/3# Bg

Chelan Fresh Marketing

WA

Apple Gr Smith Pre

20011

80/88Ct

Chelan Fresh Marketing

WA

Apple Gr Smith Usxf

23848

100/113Ct

Chelan Fresh Marketing

WA

Apple Gr Smith Usxf

25638

80/88Ct

Chelan Fresh Marketing

WA

Apple Honeycsp Pre

20024

80/88Ct

Chelan Fresh Marketing

WA

Apple Honeycsp Usno1

25276

100/125Ct

Chelan Fresh Marketing

WA

Apple Honeycsp Usno1

27625

56/88Ct

Chelan Fresh Marketing

WA

Apple Honeycsp Usno1 88/100Ct

28354

38#

Portland Fruit Co Llc

OR

Apple Honeycsp Waxf

25349

72/80/88Ct

Chelan Fresh Marketing

WA

Apple Honeycsp Waxf

27681

36/48Ct

Chelan Fresh Marketing

WA

Apple Opal Euro 55/60Ct

24754

27#

First Fruits Marketing Llc

WA

Apple Pink Lady Pre

24746

72/80/88Ct

Chelan Fresh Marketing

WA

Apple Pink Lady Usno1

20034

80/88Ct

Chelan Fresh Marketing

WA

Apple Pink Lady Usno1

28221

64/72Ct

Chelan Fresh Marketing

WA

Apple Pink Lady Waxf#3

20036

80/88Ct

Chelan Fresh Marketing

WA

Apple Red Del Pre

20042

80/88

Chelan Fresh Marketing

WA

Apple Red Del Ux#1

27950

72/80/88Ct

Chelan Fresh Marketing

WA

Apple Red Del Waxf

20044

125Ct

Chelan Fresh Marketing

WA

Apple Red Del Xf

20046

150/175Ct

Chelan Fresh Marketing

WA

Apricot Robada Gunkel

20057

24# Vf

Gunkel Orchards

WA

Apricot Robada Gunkel 2Lyr

28340

70/72Ct

Gunkel Orchards

WA

Apricot Robada Gunkel 2Lyr

28408

48/50Ct

Gunkel Orchards

WA

Bean Green

23857

15#

Montecucco Farms

OR

Bean Yellow Wax

23859

15#

Trapold-Columbia Farms, Llc

OR

Org Beet Gold

20250

25# Bg

Dharma Ridge Farm

WA

Org Beet Gold Bnch

20245

24Ct

Dharma Ridge Farm

WA

Org Beet Red

20263

25# Bg

Dharma Ridge Farm

WA

Org Beet Red Bnch

20258

24Ct

Siri & Son

OR

Beet Red Medium

20262

25# Bg

Cal Farms Llc

OR

Berry Blackberry

25803

4/0.5Pt

Sterino Farms

WA

Berry Blue

20281

8/18Oz

Hbf International Llc

OR

Berry Blue

20283

12/6Oz

Curry & Co

OR

Berry Currant Fresh Black

25773

4/0.5Pt

Sterino Farms

WA

Berry Currant Red

25775

4/0.5Pt

Sterino Farms

WA

Berry Raspberry

25800

4/0.5Pt

Sterino Farms

WA

Berry Raspberry Gold

25799

4/0.5Pt

Sterino Farms

WA

Org Broccoli

20360

14Ct

Siri & Son

OR

Org Cabbage

27626

Bin

Siri & Son

OR

Org Cabbage Green

20394

45#

Dharma Ridge Farm

WA

Org Cabbage Red

20407

45#

Cal Farms Llc

OR

Org Cabbage Red Nw

25821

40#

Ralphs Greenhouse

WA

Cabbage Green

20392

45#

Hilltop Produce Farms

OR

Cabbage Green Sterino

26091

45#

Sterino Farms

WA

Org Carrot Bnch

27892

24Ct

Siri & Son

OR

Fennel

28351

5#

Blooming Junction

OR

Org Cauliflower Val  12/16Ct

25595

12/16Ct

Valley Pride Sales Llc

WA

Cauliflower Nw

25867

12Ct

Pacific Rim Dist

WA

Org Chard Green Bnch

20520

24Ct

Dharma Ridge Farm

WA

Org Chard Rainbow Bnch

20523

24Ct

Siri & Son

OR

Org Chard Red Bnch

20528

24Ct

Dharma Ridge Farm

WA

Org Cherry Rainier 10.5 Row+

20537

15#

Chelan Fresh Marketing

WA

Org Cherry Red 10.5 Row

24222

18#

Portland Fruit Co Llc

OR

Cherry Rainier 10.5 Row

25693

16#

Portland Fruit Co Llc

OR

Cherry Rainier 9.5 Row Export

27078

9#

Chelan Fresh Marketing

WA

Cherry Red 10.5R/Larger

27104

18#

Portland Fruit Co Llc

OR

Cherry Red 9.5 Row

25673

18#

Chelan Fresh Marketing

WA

Org Cilantro

20612

30Ct

Siri & Son

OR

Cilantro Nw

20617

60Ct

Sterino Farms

WA

Org Collard Bnch

20643

24Ct

Siri & Son

OR

Org Cucumber Pickle

27235

4/7 Bshl

Treehouse Produce Inc

WA

Cucumber Bin Nw

23870

360Ct

Montecucco Farms

OR

Cucumber Pickle

20718

4/7 Bshl

Delta Farms Dba Pumpkin Patch

OR

Org Kale Green Bnch

21289

24Ct

Dharma Ridge Farm

WA

Org Kale Lacinato Bnch

21293

24Ct

Dharma Ridge Farm

WA

Org Kale Purple Bnch

21295

24Ct

Dharma Ridge Farm

WA

Org Kohlrabi Purple Bnch

27217

12Ct

Dharma Ridge Farm

WA

Leek

21334

12Ct

Cal Farms Llc

OR

Org Lettuce Green Leaf

21382

24Ct

Siri & Son

OR

Org Lettuce Green Leaf Dharma

23958

18Ct

Dharma Ridge Farm

WA

Org Lettuce Red Leaf

21406

24Ct

Mustard Seed Farms

OR

Org Lettuce Red Leaf Dharma

23959

18Ct

Dharma Ridge Farm

WA

Org Lettuce Romaine

21423

24Ct

Mustard Seed Farms

OR

Org Lettuce Romaine Dharma

23960

18Ct

Dharma Ridge Farm

WA

Lettuce Butter Nw

21362

12Ct

Sterino Farms

WA

Lettuce Green Leaf Nw

21377

18Ct

Sterino Farms

WA

Lettuce Iceberg Nw

24440

24Ct

Sterino Farms

WA

Lettuce Red Leaf Nw

28395

24Ct

Cal Farms Llc

OR

Lettuce Romaine Nw

28396

24Ct

Cal Farms Llc

OR

Org Melon H2O Sdlss 45Ct

21517

Bin

Hermiston Fresh

OR

Melon Cant Hermiston

23924

Bin

Botsford & Goodfellow Inc

OR

Melon H2O Sdlss

21502

5/6Ct

Botsford & Goodfellow Inc

OR

Melon H2O Sdlss 60/70Ct

25780

Bin

Botsford & Goodfellow Inc

OR

Melon H2O Sdlss 60Ct Hermiston

21516

Bin

Botsford & Goodfellow Inc

OR

Melon H2O Sdlss Mini

21508

8/9Ct

Botsford & Goodfellow Inc

OR

Melon H2O Seeded 45Ct Hermisto

25729

Bin

Botsford & Goodfellow Inc

OR

Nectarine Yellow Gunkel 2Lyr

21671

54/56Ct

Gunkel Orchards

WA

Nectarine Yellow Gunkel 2Lyr

24145

48Ct/Lgr

Gunkel Orchards

WA

Org Onion Green

21747

48Ct

Siri & Son

OR

Org Parsley Italian

21887

30Ct

Cal Farms Llc

OR

Nectarine Yellow-Gunkel

28409

24# Vf

Gunkel Orchards

WA

Peach Yellow Maryhill

23993

40/42/44Ct

Gunkel Orchards

WA

Peach Yellow Maryhill 2Lyr

23992

36Ct+

Gunkel Orchards

WA

Peach Yellow-Gunkel

21910

24# Vf

Gunkel Orchards

WA

Pear Anjou Fcy

24235

80/90Ct

Columbia Marketing Intl

WA

Pear Anjou Fcy

25583

100/120Ct

Columbia Marketing Intl

WA

Potato Russet No2 Nw

22401

50# Bg

Fc Bloxom Co

WA

Org Radish Bnch

22533

24Ct

Cal Farms Llc

OR

Rhubarb

22561

5#

Sterino Farms

WA

Rhubarb

22563

20#

Botsford & Goodfellow Inc

OR

Shallot

22594

8/5#

Kings Gourmet Foods

WA

Org Dandelion Red Bnch

20728

12Ct

Ralphs Greenhouse

WA

Org Mustard Green

25134

24Ct

Cal Farms Llc

OR

Org Spinach

22724

24Ct

Cal Farms Llc

OR

Org Squash Patty Pan

22848

20#

Mustard Seed Farms

OR

Org Squash Yellow

22894

22#

Mustard Seed Farms

OR

Org Squash Zucchini

22919

22#

Siri & Son

OR

Org Squash Zucchini Val

22920

22#

Siri & Son

OR

Squash Summer Assorted

28376

10#

Blooming Junction

OR

Tomato Green

23007

20#

Imperials Garden

WA


Best of the Season

Local Patty Pan Squash

Organic from Mustard Seed Farms in St. Paul, OR.

Local Okra

By the half bushel from Imperial’s Garden in Wapato, WA.

Assorted Summer Squash

Beautiful 10 lb case from Blooming Junction.

Local Specialty Peppers

Available special order: Gypsy, Sweet Banana, and Goat Horn, 10 lb packs on all.

Hermiston Melons

Red watermelons and cantaloupes are available by the bin, yellow watermelons by the case.


Coming Soon

Local Strawberries

Late season Albions from Unger are on the horizon.

Black Mission Figs

More supplies next week.


Market Concerns

Asparagus

Nearing the end of the season, starting to seed.

Strawberries

Heat Issues.


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