Do Small Restaurants Really Make an Impact?
It’s easy to think about farms, and concepts like “sustainable agriculture” as being entities or issues that are just a bit too large in scale to fully digest in your brain. But the truth is — they’re not. In the case of Deep Roots Farm and Laughing Planet Cafe in Albany and Portland (as well as Corvallis and Eugene) respectively, the partnership is not of a grand scale, but the positive impact is felt in a deep and meaningful way, on both sides of the fence.
What does this mean? Well, for Deep Roots Farm, this means direct to customer and direct to market relationships are viable. With a few restaurants to serve produce to, as well as a few trips weekly to any of three area farmers markets, and Deep Roots Farm is able to run a successful operation. And for Laughing Planet, a few partners in supply like Deep Roots, and their commitment to sustainable practices, and sourcing produce locally for the good of all, grows from a theoretical “good idea” to an actual practice. Continue reading
Partnering With Deep Roots Farm Means Truly Local Produce
We work extra hard to ensure that we put our money where our mouths are, and we mean that quite literally. Sourcing local produce isn’t just about reducing carbon emissions from trucks that would otherwise have to bring in veggies from far away. Buying our produce from local farms is also about our commitment to bettering the city of Portland, and the surrounding communities that feed into the systems at work here.
The photo above features Kimberly from Deep Roots Farm, alongside her youngest daughter Arissa and the Laughing Planet Head Chef, Jon Grumbles. In some seriously sweltering heat a few weeks ago, we took a visit down to Albany, Oregon, to spend some time with one of our principal produce sources, and got to see first-hand where our tomatoes, kale and more actually come from. Continue reading
Laughing Planet, A Partner With Deep Roots Farm
In the past week or so, we were given the opportunity to take a short trip south of Portland and into the heart of the Willamette Valley, somewhere in between Albany and Corvallis. The purpose of the trip was to get out into nature, so that we might get to shake hands with one of Laughing Planet’s most productive partners.
Deep Roots Farm is a family operation that defines the idea of sustainable agriculture, while simultaneously disproving the idea that a small-scale operation can have a meaningful impact on those around them. Just an hour or so out of Portland, this local grower supplies only a few businesses in Portland, and shows up weekly at 3 of the city’s finest farmers markets.
In part 1 of this multi-part piece, we look at some pictures of the trip to Deep Roots. More pictures later in the week appear in Part 2, and then in the upcoming weeks, we’ll have a brief interview with the family behind Deep Roots Farm. Stay tuned for more! Continue reading