Posted January 3rd, 2012
by Amber, Perishables Buyer
Last week I wrote briefly about our buying standards
around supporting independent producers, relating to our bagel selections at the co-op. This week, I’d like to highlight one of our vendors that perfectly exemplifies the spirit of this standard: Columbia Gorge Organics
For those of you not familiar with the world of fresh, not shelf-stable juices, it may come as a shock to realize that nearly all of the juices you’ll find on a refrigerated shelf are owned by huge corporations, such as Starbucks
) and Coca Cola
” Brands). Thankfully for us, Columbia Gorge Organics is not only independently AND locally owned, but family run and certified organic to boot!
Based in the Hood River area, the Stewart family has been farming 180 certified organic acres since 1989. They grow more than 60 varieties of fruit, including stone fruit, pears, and apples. They buy directly from small organic farms what they can’t grow on their land, and fresh squeeze, press or puree their own fruits and vegetables right there on the farm. Columbia Gorge Organic Farm has twice been “Farmer of the Year” from Oregon Tilth and “Handler of the Year” and “Farmer of the Year” from the Oregon Organic Council.
In light of this profile, we’ve put some select Columbia Gorge juices on sale! Celebrate local, sustainable, independent and organic producers this month at the co-op by enjoying deals on select Columbia Gorge Juices!
Sale Prices Valid 1/2/12 – 2/3/12
While Supplies Last- some flavors subject to seasonal out of stock
Vita Sea Juice
16 oz. bottles:
Carrot Leafy Green
Carrot Beet Celery
Pomegranate Blueberry Cherry