There’s something magical about USDA Organic Farms. Maybe it’s the innovation required to protect crops and keep yields tight? Maybe it’s seeing plants thrive as nature intended them to? Maybe it’s the passion of the farmers and people who make Organic a reality.
Pacific Coast Fruit Company had the pleasure of touring three USDA Organic Farms right here in Oregon: Mustard Seed, Siri & Son’s, and Montecucco.
We had the pleasure of touring Mustard Seed Farms earlier this year. There, Dave and Nancy Brown have worked the land and transitioned it to be fully Certified Organic in 1991. Dave was able to show us the many varieties of summer squash he had talked with us about when we last visited, as well as many fun varieties of Patty Pan Squash. We were also able to see Oca, Purple Sprouting Broccoli, and Red Romaine.
Siri & Sons is one of our larger farm partners, having started in the early 30’s by Joe Siri’s (pictured) great grandfather, Antonio Siri. Their fields in St. Paul are located right next to Mustard Seed’s and are also Certified Organic. Joe showed us his broccoli fields, where he grows two varieties–one better suited for hot weather, the other for cooler weather–to ensure he always has a crop of quality, Organic broccoli regardless of the weather.
Our final stop of the day was Montecucco Farms, located right off the Willamette River in Canby. There, Jason–one of two fourth generation sons–specializes in growing field Rhubarb, Parsnips, Beets, and other root vegetables. Jason takes great pride in his crops and uses a variety of specialty machinery to clean and “polish” the root vegetables in his packing house. Ed–Jason’s brother–recently worked with an organic California farmer and brought a wealth of knowledge back with him, helping install new plastic irrigation pipes for their Parsnip fields. This new system is easier to setup and strike, does not leak, and also maintains even pressure better than metal pipe systems.