No Calm and Fix Our Food

 

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Sign from Rainier Beach Freedom School rally last Friday to educate about child hunger and advocate for healthy food in South Seattle 

We see you working hard out there, fighting fascism and smashing white supremacy. Don’t forget to take an occasional pause to nourish your body and spend time recouping with dear ones. ROAR has tons of fruits and vegetables to keep your strength up, grown by several farmers of color here in the northwest. Support yourself *and* support small POC-owned businesses AT THE SAME TIME! Win! win! win! Thank you to these folks who provide fresh, healthy, affordable food to community every day:

Alvarez Organics

New Holly Market Gardeners

Magana Farms

Sidhu Farms

Xai Cha

FARM STANDS THIS WEEK: Tuesday @ Rainier Ave & S. Rose St. | Wednesday @ 32nd & SW Juneau St. | Thursday @ El Centro de la Raza | Friday @ Rainier Ave & S. Orcas St. | All Markets 4-7pm

Peaches – Collins Family Orchard – $2/pound

Apricots – Collins Family Orchard – $2/pound

Plums, Yellow Goose – Osprey Hill Farm – $2/pound

Blueberries – Sidhu Farms, Puyallup – $2.50/pint

Poblano Peppers – Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson – $3/pound

Cherry Tomatoes – Cedarville Farm & CityGrown Seattle – $3.50/pint

Heirloom Tomatoes – Xai Cha Farms, Woodinville – $3.25/pound

Cucumbers, slicing – New Holly Market Garden – $2/pound

Squash – New Holly Market Garden – $2/pound

Fava Beans – Osprey Hill Farm – $2.25/pound

Green Beans – Hopewell Farm – $2.00/pound

Onion sweet – New Holly Market Garden – $2/pound

Beets, variety – New Holly Market Garden – $2/bunch

Broccoli – Hopewell Farm – $1.75/pound

Bac Choi – New Holly Market Garden – $2/bunch

Lettuce, oak leaf – New Holly Market Garden – $2/head

Chard – New Holly Market Garden – $2/bunch

SOLD OUT Watermelon, yellow doll – Alvarez Organics, Mabton – $.70/pound

SOLD OUT Apples, Ginger Gold – Collins Family Orchard – $2/pound

SOLD OUT Eggplant – New Holly Market Garden – $2/pound

SOLD OUT Sweet Corn – Magana Farms, Sunnyside – $.50/ear

MISSING! 😦 Figs – City Fruit, Seattle – $5/pound

#EatReal: Radical Vegetable Youth Organizing in South Seattle

We’ll get to the fresh list in a second, but let’s take a moment first to appreciate the work of youth in Delridge and White Center. FEEST, the Food Empowerment Education and Sustainability Team, is a program where young people cook together, making space every week to discuss their lived experiences and how they relate to food justice. They use vegetables to build community power and change the shape of food systems in their neighborhood and in their lives. Maybe you’ve seen their “Make Food, Make Fam” and #EatReal ads on busses and billboards around town? A response to being inundated with fast food restaurants and marketing from soda and junk food companies, this is their counter-marketing campaign encouraging strong relationships through healthy eating. All of this work is youth-led, designed, and implemented. It is amazing and inspiring and gives us chills every time we think about it. Check out the video to hear from youth about FEEST, go see the mural they did at Lee’s Produce in White Center, and look for their ads around town!

Now, on to the fruity business… Here’s what’s fresh this week:

Peaches – Early Red Haven, Clingstone – Collins Family Orchard, Selah – $2/pound

Plums – Collins – $2.50/pound

Apricots – Collins – $2/pound

Berries – Sidhu Farm, Puyallup – $2.50/pint

Watermelon, pink or yellow flesh – Alvarez Organics, Mabton – $.70/pound

Cucumbers – Armenian, lemon, and slicing varieties – Viva Farms, CityGrown Seattle & $1.75/pound

Corn – Magana Farms, Sunnyside – $.50/ear

Rainbow chard – New Holly Market Garden – $2/bunch

Beans, green & purple – New Holly Market Garden – $4/pound

Beets, golden and red varieties – New Holly & Ralph’s Greenhouse – $1.75/bunch

Cabbage, red – Ralph’s Greenhouse, Mt Vernon – $1/pound

Onions, Walla Walla Sweets – New Holly Market Garden – $2/bunch

Lettuce, Romaine – New Holly Market Garden – $2/bunch

Potatoes, mixed varieties, new crop – New Holly Market Garden – $3/pound

Summer Squash – New Holly & Hedlin Farms – $1.75/pound

Tomatoes, Beefsteak slicing – Red Shed Farm, Skagit Valley – $3.25/pound

Tomatoes, Cherry – CityGrown Seattle & Cedarville Farm, Everson – $3.50/pint

 

New Farmers from New Holly!

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Scenes from Seattle’s New Holly Market Garden, our latest ROAR farm partners!

Good News: Food miles are down and produce selection is up! South Seattle-grown veggies are now available at all ROAR farm stands, courtesy of the New Holly P-Patch Market Garden. Similar to the Market Garden in High Point (host of our Wednesday vegetable parties), the New Holly community is home to a project run by residents of this SHA neighborhood. They have a weekly veggie box program and hold a farm stand every Friday at Holly Park Dr. & S. 40th, just off MLK & Othello. Visit ROAR this week to get some of that goodness, or stop by their garden on Friday from 2-5pm to meet the producers.

Now on to the sad news: IT’S OUR LAST WEEK FOR CHERRIES. We’ll have bargains on Rainiers from Collins Family Orchard, so shop early for those. To help you beat the heat, we’re also stocking apricots, nectarines, and peaches, plus yellow watermelon (!) from Alvarez Organics.

Here’s what’s hot for this hot (hot) (hot) week:

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Apricots – Collins Family Orchard, Selah – $2/pound

Peaches, early Red Haven – Collins Family Orchard, Selah – $2/pound

White Nectarines – Collins Family Orchard, Selah – $2.50/pound

Blueberries – Hopewell Farms, Everson – $2.50/pint

Cucumbers, slicing – Alvarez Organics, Mabton – $1.50/pound

Summer Squash – New Holly Market Garden, Seattle – $1.75/pound

Green Beans – New Holly Market Garden, Seattle – $2/pound

Onions – New Holly Market Garden, Seattle – $2/bunch

Potatoes, mixed fingerling varieties – New Holly Market Garden, Seattle – $3/pound

Carrots – Ralph’s Greenhouse, Mt. Vernon – $1.50/bunch

Beets – New Holly Market Garden, Seattle – $1.75/bunch

Collards – Ralph’s Greenhouse – $1.75/bunch

Lettuce, green leaf and romaine heads – New Holly Market Garden – $2/bunch

Kale, purple – Ralph’s Greenhouse, Mt. Vernon – $1.50/bunch

SOLD OUT Rainier Cherries – Collins Family Orchard, Selah – $1.50/pound

SOLD OUT Van (bing) Cherries – Collins Family Orchard, Selah – $3/pound

SOLD OUT Watermelon, Yellow and Red flesh – Alvarez Organics, Mabton -$.75/pound

SOLD OUT Blackberries – Viva Farms, Mt. Vernon – $2.50/pint

SOLD OUT Blueberries & Blackberries – Sidhu Farms, Puyallup – $2.50/pint

SOLD OUT Tomatoes, assorted cherry – Red Shed Farm, Skagit Valley – $4/pound

ORDER CANCELLED Turnips, Japanese Hakurei – Osprey Hill Farm, Acme – $2/bunch

 

 

 

 

Huelgas, nectarcots, and other veggie vocabulary

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Friends of the farm stand Maria and John! Thanks for coming to our new Beacon Hill spot in Plaza Roberto Maestas at El Centro de la Raza.

Plaza Roberto Maestas is our new farm stand spot in Beacon Hill on Thursdays, just around the corner from the Station. ROAR is honored to have the chance to share this public space, in the midst of a mixed-use affordable housing complex built in memoriam to the legacy of former farm worker, foundational Seattle organizer, agitator, and champion of multi-racial coalitions for civil rights, the late Roberto Maestas. This neighborhood is in the midst of social and economic change, like much of south Seattle. The Plaza serves as both symbolic reminder of the past and holds physical space in the present for communities engaged in the work of self-determination. Like Roberto says: The only one who’s gonna save you from you is you. Y’all come, and bring a little extra $$ for tamales, tortas, and pupusas from the other plaza vendors.

Meanwhile, in the Yakima Valley (where Maestas led a farm worker labor strike in 1970 — peep the video!), apricots and nectarines made a fruit baby and it is DELICIOUS. We get them from Collins Family Orchard. They’re called nectarcots. A bargain at $2.50/pound, we stocked up for this week and so should you. Read on for the full fresh list, watch Roberto’s interview, think on the complexity of history, geography, and food systems. La lucha sigue. See you at the farm stand.

Fava Beans – Osprey Hill Farm, Acme – $2.25/pound

Collard Greens – Osprey Hill Farm, Acme – $1.75/bunch

Summer Squash – FaithBeyond Farms, Auburn – $1/pound

Green Beans – Hopewell Farm, Everson – $2/pound

Broccoli – Hopewell Farm, Everson – $2/pound

Sweet Corn – Lyall Farms, Sunnyside – $.50/ear

SOLD OUT Nectarcots – Collins Family Orchard, Selah – $2.50/pound

SOLD OUT Peaches – Collins Family Orchard, Selah – $2/pound

SOLD OUT Cherries, Rainier – Collins Family Orchard, Selah – $4/pound

SOLD OUT Spring Onions – Cedarville Farm, Everson – $2/bunch

SOLD OUT Beets, Red – Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson – $1.50/bunch

SOLD OUT Raspberries – Hima Farms, Everett – $2.50/half pint

SOLD OUT Blueberries, Blackberries, Raspberries – Sidhu Farms, Puyallup – $2.50/pint

SOLD OUT Sprouting Broccoli – CityGrown Farm, Seattle – $2.50/bunch

SOLD OUT Cucumbers, silver slicers – Klesick Family Farm, Stanwood – $1.50/pound

SOLD OUT Carrots – Ralph’s Greenhouse, Mt. Vernon – $1.50/bunch

 

 

Tuesday  – Rainier Ave S. & S. Rose St., 4-7pm
Wednesday – High Point Juneau P-Patch with Market Garden Farmers, 32nd Ave SW & SW Juneau, 4-7pm
Thursday – Plaza Roberto Maestas at El Centro de la Raza, 16th @ Beacon Ave S, 4-7pm
Friday – Hillman City, Rainier Ave S. & S. Orcas St., 4-7pm

Beginning Farmers = Beautiful Food

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Beginning farming students hard at work! Photo: SAgE Sammamish Valley Student Farm – sagestudentfarm.weebly.com

Shouts to SAgE Sammamish Valley Student Farm for a strong showing at the farm stand this week. This amazing program — a collaboration between Edmonds, Skagit, and Seattle Colleges — helps aspiring agrarians learn small farming, food systems, and urban agriculture. They help supply their campus culinary programs with produce direct from the farm, and go beyond veggies to learn about raising critters like sheep and ducks. Whatever their curriculum is, it’s definitely working! Check out their Swiss chard, heirloom summer squash, and Baltic red kale at your neighborhood ROAR stand this week.

Our consortium of (other) farmer friends are also bringing you broccoli two ways, the first of the peaches (!) and crisp, snappy English cukes. Here’s what else is hot for mid-July:

Cherries, Rainier and Bing – Collins Family Orchard, Selah – $4/lb
Nectarcots – Collins Family Orchard, Selah – $2.50/lb
Beets, Red – Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson – $1.75/bunch
Beets, Golden – Ralph’s Greenhouse, Mt Vernon – $1.75/bunch
Berries – raspberry, blueberry, blackberry – Sidhu Farms, Puyallup – $2.50/half pint
Blueberries – Hopewell Farm, Everson – $3/pint
Broccoli – Hopewell Farm, Bellingham – $1.75/pound
Rainbow Carrots – Ralph’s Greenhouse, Mt Vernon –  $1.75/bunch
Orange Carrots – Ralph’s Greenhouse, Mt. Vernon – $1.50/bunch
Corn, sweet bicolor – Lyall Farms, Sunnyside – $.50/ear
Onions – Cedarville Farm, Bellingham – $2/bunch
Squash, summer mix – Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson – $1.75/lb
Fava Beans – Southern Exposure Farm, Sedro-Wooley – $4/pound
Sugar Snap Peas – Southern Exposure Farm, Sedro-Wooley – $5/pound
Lettuce, Red Butterhead and Speckled Romaine – CityGrown, Seattle – $1.50/bunch
Collards – Steel Wheel Farm, Fall City – $2.25/bunch
SOLD OUT English Cucumbers – Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson – $1.75/lb
SOLD OUT Raspberries – Tualco Valley Produce, Monroe – $3.75/pint
SOLD OUT Heirloom Summer Squash – SAgE, Woodinville – $1.50/lb
SOLD OUT “Neon” Swiss Chard – SAgE, Woodinville – $2/bunch
SOLD OUT Baltic Red Kale – SAgE, Woodinville – $2/bunch
SOLD OUT Savoy Cabbage – Skylight Farm, Snohomish – $2/lb
SOLD OUT Sprouting Broccoli – CityGrown, Seattle – $2/bunch
SOLD OUT Arugula – Caruso Farm, Snohomish – $3.25/each
SOLD OUT Broccoli – Skylight Farm, Snohomish – $2.50/lb
SOLD OUT Peaches – Collins Family Orchard, Selah – $2/lb
SOLD OUT Apricots – Collins Family Orchard, Selah – $2.50/lb
See you at the farm stand!

Back Back from Cali Cali

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Farm truck at City Slickers Farm, an amazing food access project in West Oakland

Team ROAR has been in sunny Oakland and Berkeley this past week/end learning all about garden education and meeting with amazing producers and food organizers. We’re feeling invigorated from the Edible Schoolyard Project Intensive Conference, inspired from a visit to City Slicker Farms, and full of farmers market ideas after visiting markets here. Huge thanks to all our gracious hosts and hooray for the Bay!

Hopefully we’ve got enough of everything to get us through the week. We’re in Rainier Beach Tuesday at Rainier & Rose, High Point on Wednesday at the P-Patch Market Garden on 32nd & Juneau, Beacon Hill at the Station on Thursday, and Hillman City on Friday. All markets 4-7pm. See you soon!

What’s fresh this week: 

SOLD OUT – Apricots – Collins Family Orchard, Selah – $2.50/lb

Basil – Viva Farms, Burlington – $1.75/bunch

SOLD OUT – Beets, Golden variety – Ralph’s Greenhouse, Mt. Vernon – $1.70/bunch

SOLD OUT – Beets, Red variety – Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson – $1.70/bunch

Carrots – Ralph’s Greenhouse – $1.75/bunch

Collard Greens – Cedarville Farm, Everson – $1.50/bunch

Sweet Corn – Lyall Farms, Mattawa – $.65/ear

Garlic Scapes – Viva Farms, Burlington – $1/bunch

SOLD OUT – Cherries – Rainier & Bing varieties – Collins Family Orchard, Selah – $4/pound

Fava Beans – Alvarez Organics, Mabton – $3/pound

Onions, sweet yellow – Alvarez Organics, Mabton – $1/pound

SOLD OUT – Raspberries – Viva Farms, Burlington – $3/pint

Squash, yellow & green zucchini – Alvarez Organics, Mabton – $1.25/pound

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Garden classroom at the Edible Schoolyard, Berkeley, where conference attendees participated in a hands-on seedling transplanting lesson with Farmer Tanya

West Seattle, We’re Back

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High Point Juneau Market Garden Farm Stand opens July 5!!! We are SO happy to spend some time with our farmer friends again. These hardworking ladies grow the finest greens and herbs around, and gorgeous bargain bouquets, so be sure to visit this on-site market to meet the producers and see where the magic happens. 32nd SW & Juneau St, 4-7pm.

Gal about town and ROAR outreach coordinator Liz Davis will be at Wednesday’s market to keep you hydrated and informed about upcoming workshops in the neighborhood. Carmen Berrysmith will also be making her ROAR debut; she’ll be a regular staffer in High Point and a few of our other markets, and we’re thrilled to have this Youth Garden Works veteran’s expertise and support! Swing by and give her a hard time warm ROAR welcome!

Here’s the list — but all you really need to know is CHERRIES and SHISO and TOTALLY STUNNING LETTUCE:

Beets – Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson – $1.50 bunch

Raspberries & Blueberries – Sidhu Farms, Puyallup – $2.50/pint

Bok Choi – Cedarville Farm, Everson – $1.90/pound

Broccolini – CityGrown Farms, Seattle – $2/bunch

Cabbage, green – $1.30/pound

Carrots – Ralph’s Greenhouse, Mt. Vernon – $1.75/bunch

Rainier Cherries – Collins Family Orchard, Selah & Lyall Farms, Mattawa – $4/pound

Collard greens – $1.60/bunch

Kohlrabi – CityGrown Farms, Seattle – $2/bunch

Red Butter Lettuce – CityGrown Farms, Seattle – $1.50/head

Green mini butter lettuce – CityGrown Farms, Seattle – $1/head

Summer Squash! Green Romanesco and Yellow Zucchini – $1.60/pound

 

 

What’s Fresh at the Farm Stand June 27 – July 1

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Nuestra Mision es de ofrecerle producto fresco y cuidar mas el medio ambiende, y la salud de nuestra Familia y Comunidad.” Bold mission and beautiful produce from this week’s featured farm, Northwest Green Farm. They are growing Mexican calabaza and chilacayotes in Mt. Vernon, along with a large variety of vegetables and fruit. Don’t miss the stunning Walla Walla Sweet onions they sent us for the farm stand this week!

FRESH SHEET – JUNE 27 – July 1

Beets – Ralph’s Greenhouse, Mount Vernon – $1.75/bunch

Carrots – Ralph’s Greenhouse, Mount Vernon – $1.75/bunch

Japanese Turnips – CityGrown Farms, Seattle – $2/bunch

Kohlrabi – CityGrown Farms, Seattle – $2/bunch

Fennel – Cedarville Farm, Bellingham – $2/each

Walla Walla Onions – Northwest Green Farm, Mount Vernon – $1.50/lb

Green Curly Kale – Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson – $1.60/bunch

Green Tomatoes – Hedlin Farms, Mt. Vernon – $2.75/lb

Rainier Cherries – Collins Family Orchard, Selah – $5/lb

Apriums – Collins Family Orchard, Selah – $2.50/lb

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Salvador and Misael Morales Owners and Farmers of Northwest Green Farm

 

Rooty & Fruity – What’s Fresh at the Farm Stand June 20-23

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Thanks to all the intrepid peddlers who stopped by our table at the Station Block Party on Saturday! So amazing and inspiring to be among the best people and projects happening in South Seattle. Y’all cranked out a record number of bike-powered smoothies, too — check out the whole glorious gallery of smoothie portraits over on Instagram.

Wednesday’s solstice marks the official arrival of SUMMER!!! Our lineup of fruits and veggies reflects the best of what’s fresh above and below ground.

Welcome back *it* vegetable kohlrabi (not a root, don’t believe the hype) and sweet, crunchy Japanese turnips (yes, this one’s a root, but eat the greens too), both from our friends at CityGrown.  This will be our last week for Pink Lady apples, but stone fruit is ready so look for Chelan cherries and apriums (apricot + plum hybrid) from Collins Family Orchard. Full fresh list below; catch us in Rainier Beach, Beacon Hill, and Hillman City this week.

FRESH SHEET – JUNE 20-23

Beets – Alvarez Organics, Mabton -$2.75/bunch

Fava Beans – Alvarez Organics, Mabton – $2.50/lb

Spring Onions – Alvarez Organics, Mabton – $2/bunch

Japanese Turnips – CityGrown Farms, Seattle – $2/bunch

Kohlrabi – CityGrown Farms, Seattle – $2/bunch

Strawberries – Viva Farms, Burlington – $3.50/pint

Garlic Scapes – Viva Farms, Burlington – $1/bunch

Collard Greens – Slanted Sun Farm, Everson – $1.75/bunch

Cherry Radishes – Viva Farms, Burlington – $1.50/bunch

Napa Cabbage – Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson – $1.50/lb

Green Tomatoes – Hedlin Farms, Mt. Vernon – $2.75/lb

Chelan Cherries – Collins Family Orchard, Selah – $4/lb

Apriums – Collins Family Orchard, Selah – $2.50/lb

Pink Lady Apples – Collins Family Orchard, Selah – $2/lb

 

Strawberries at the intersection!

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This week is a big one for ROAR, full of early-season delights. We open in Rainier Beach on Tuesday, 6/13, and can’t wait to see our Rose St. neighbors again! You get two chances to catch us in Beacon Hill — once at our regular Thursday market 6/15, and again on Saturday 6/17 at the Station Block Party. ROAR will be there with the smoothie bike (!), sharing space with Kamayan Farm and celebrating everything good about South Seattle. Festival is free and all-ages, so make time to come through.

On to the veggies: Farm Stand this week features strawberries from Skagit Valley’s Viva Farms, an incubator supporting beginning farmers in our region. Also back is asparagus from Alvarez Organics, and perhaps our favorite seasonal delight — garlic scapes — also from Viva. That beautiful lettuce in the picture is lovingly grown by Beacon Hill’s Nurturing Roots Farm and could be yours today. Shop early and shop often for these delicious, time-limited offerings!

Effective Thursday, we’ll have Pink Lady apples, cherries, and more snap peas; until then, here’s the fresh list:

Tuesday – 4-7pm – Rainier Beach, Rainier Ave S & S Rose St.

Thursday – 3-6pm – The Station Coffee Shop, 16th Ave S & S Lander St.

Friday – 4-6pm – Hillman City, Rainier Ave S & S Orcas St.

WHAT’S FRESH AT THE FARM STAND

Strawberries – Viva Farm, Burlington – $3.25/pint

Garlic Scapes – Viva Farm, Burlington – $1/bunch

Rainier Cherries – Lyall Farms, Mattawa – $4/lb

Sold Out Snow Peas – Megana Farm, Yakima – $3.50/lb

Sold Out Green Tomatoes – Hedlin Farm, Mount Vernon – $3.00/lb

Sold Out Collard Greens – Slanted Sun Farm, Everson – $1.75/bunch

Easter Egg Radish – Caruso Farm, Snohomish – $2.25/bunch

Asparagus – Alvarez Farm, Mabton – $4.50/lb

Beets – Alvarez Farm, Mabton – $2.75/bunch

Spring Onions – Alvarez Farm, Mabton – $2.00/bunch

Sold Out Butter Lettuce – Nurturing Roots Farm, Beacon Hill – $2/head

Plant Starts! Eggplant – $2/ea, Sungold Tomato – $3.50/ea

 

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