Meet the Producers: High Point P-Patch Market Garden

Since 2015, ROAR has had the tremendous pleasure of growing a partnership with Cambodian farmers working the land and providing nutritious food to the High Point neighborhood. This community has been our host for Wednesday night farm stands, where they have been selling traditional herbs, gorgeous greens, heirloom tomatoes and more for over fifteen years. It is truly an honor to work along side such powerful people and share their story here. Be sure to read all the way to the end to get farmer Oun’s recipe for Beet & Kale Salad!

Story written by Samantha Poyta, Dept. of Neighborhoods P-Patch Intern | Khmer Translation by Sokunthea Ok

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Oun Yeav, left, and High Point Farm Stand shopper at a summer market

Oun Yeav and Phoeurn Khrm love to feed their community. For over 15 years, these women have been growing food in West Seattle for their family, friends and neighbors. And in recent years, these gardeners have worked to build a successful weekly farm stand at the High Point P-Patch and a CSA program that delivers food onsite and to Seattle’s north end. For Oun and Khrm, to see a growing number of customers buying high quality food from their garden makes them proud. They love nurturing seeds to plant and finally to customers’ dinner plates!

Oun, Khrm and the other High Point P-Patch gardeners understand the importance of eating fresh, organic food. In fact, they view their work as serving the health needs of their community. Since many High Point residents are low-income and refugees, Oun and Khrm like serving these community members who might not otherwise have easy access to nutrient-dense food. These gardeners hope to continue offering locally grown, organic produce to their neighbors so that the whole community can have better health!

hp-gardenersGardening has been therapeutic and a good stress relief for Oun and Khrm. As Cambodian refugees, Oun came to Seattle in 1986 and Khrm came to Seattle in 1990. Without knowing the language at first, both of these women found it very difficult to feel connected in a foreign culture. Then in 2000, they began volunteering at the High Point P- Patch and found that their knowledge of growing food in Cambodia enabled them to connect with their neighbors in a way that brought tremendous joy to them. Not only did the gardeners find a stronger sense of community that was previously missing in their lives, but they also began to feel better physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Now, the High Point P-Patch is a place where many Cambodian neighbors congregate, eat good food and help out the main gardeners on farm stand days. hb-onions

Over the years, Oun and Khrm have become master gardeners. In Cambodia, the main plants they grew were peanuts, cotton, corn, potatoes, black beans, green beans and rice. While growing these crops required a high skill set from the gardeners, Oun and Khrm say that growing food in the Pacific Northwest is much more challenging than in Cambodia. Whereas in Cambodia the tropical climate and longer hours of sunlight facilitate plant production, the High Point gardeners say they had to learn how best to monitor their garden beds to account for the shorter days, cloud cover and constant rain in the Pacific Northwest. Over the years, Oun, Khrm and the High Point gardeners have perfected their gardening skills and the bountiful supplies of kale, spinach, zucchini, tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans and potatoes from the garden (and much more) are proof of that!

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In their own lives, Oun and Khrm have seen how eating fresh vegetables has benefited them. Here is a healthy recipe from the gardeners that they make using produce they grow from the High Point garden:

Beet and Kale | Salad Serves 4

  1. Wash and peel bunch of beets, cut into large slices.
  2. Rinse and chop bunch of kale.
  3. Toss kale and beets with salt, pepper and oil (ex: olive or sesame).
  4. Roast beets for 45 minutes in oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Let beets cool and then mix with kale. Add additional oil for dressing.
  6. You can also add sliced apples, toasted walnuts or goat cheese to your salad!
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Quarterly Community Member Class: Fermentation with Chef Ariel Bangs

In partnership with the Pike Place Market Foundation, ROAR announces the second quarterly class for farm stand Community Membership supporters on January 12.

Chef Ariel Bangs of Healthy Creations will lead a hands-on workshop about preserving health and harvest through fermentation in the Atrium Kitchen at Pike Place Market. Optional guided Market tour begins at 5pm, class starts at 6pm. Space is limited — please RSVP.

Class is currently open only to ROAR Members. For more information on Community Membership, visit our Donate page or contact us at roarseattle@gmail.com.

Announcing: Winter Workshops!

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Thanks to a generous grant from King Conservation District, ROAR is working with liaisons at each of our farm stand neighborhood sites — Georgetown, Hillman City, Rainier Beach, High Point, and the Seattle Indian Health Board — to offer educational workshops through the winter and spring about food and food systems.

These skill- and knowledge-building opportunities are free and open to the public, and feature local instructors who are experts in their field. Check back here and on our Facebook page for more details as we firm up plans for off-season educational adventures!

Holiday Pie Fundraiser!

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ROAR is making fresh holiday pies with local ingredients from Collins Family Orchard, Caruso Farms, and Skylight Farms. Available for a suggested $25 donation.

Click here to Purchase Your Pie on at the ROAR Square Store!

Pies to be picked up at Slow Boat Tavern — please indicate which time you prefer in the order form. Pickups are Sunday, Dec 18th, 3-6pm or Monday, Dec 19th, 6-8pm, 5701 Rainier Ave South, just south of the intersection at Rainier Ave & S. Orcas St.

Slow Boat will also be offering a special ROAR brew those nights, for which 100% of proceeds are donated to the farm stand. Come early, stay late, have a drink for the veggies! Please note: Slow Boat Tavern is a 21+ establishment.

 

Dancing with the Vegetables

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Help us celebrate a successful third season of the farm stand!

ROAR would not be possible without each and every one of you. To show our appreciation, please be our guest for drinks and snacks and some relaxing time together. Meet and greet all branches of the farm stand family, from funders to community partners to customers. Bring a friend!

Beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages available.
Dancing encouraged but optional.

WHEN: Friday, December 16, 5:30-7:30pm

WHERE: Hillman City Collaboratory, 5623 Rainier Ave S.

RSVP on Facebook, or contact Claire at famous.claire@gmail.com.
How do you describe a lioness’s roar?

Give us The Beet!

 

ROAR Board

Meet (most of) our ROAR Board members! Missing from this picture are three very important people; Lili, Dana and Lisa.  More photos to come to further introduce you all to these amazing people.
The Board has been working on a variety of projects, helping plan the current season, as well as the future of ROAR, and working to share the story of what we are doing with a larger audience.
 The Beet! is our new monthly newsletter, written by our Board.  In this edition you will learn about the magic of Garlic Scapes, meet Carl the Carrot and make sure to put the details for The Station Block Party on your calendar!

 

Georgetown Opening Celebration Today!

city grown party flierROAR is teaming up with CityGrown Farms for 2016 to join their farm stand at historic Carleton Avenue Grocery every Thursday all summer.

Celebrate the new season TODAY with music, games, prizes, pie, and of course affordable, organic, locally-grown veggies! Try out a bike-powered blender to make a delicious fresh fruit smoothie from the harvest! Come party with us on the corner of Warsaw & Carleton Thursday, 6/2. Facebook event page here — tell your friends! Cash, credit/debit, and EBT accepted.

Here’s what’s fresh from ROAR via Collins Family Orchard and Alvarez Organic Farms:

Rainier Cherries – $5.00/lb

Pink Lady Apples – $2.00/lb

Asparagus – $4.50/lb

Snap Peas – $2.50/lb

Snow Peas – $3.50/lb

Garlic Scapes – $2.00/bunch

Green Red Onions – $2.00/bunch

Community Block Party Tonight!

ROAR is teaming up with Emerald City Commons & Urban Impact Seattle for tonight’s Community Block Party! Find us w/ all our south-end friends bringing you music, games, bbq, and a raffle. Learn about our community partners, enjoy some tasty snacks, and get signed up for your 2016 farm stand membership.

Rainier Ave S & S Holden St, 5-8pm, Tuesday, May 17.

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Announcing: Community Memberships!

Farm stand season is almost here and we are excited to spend time with you all and those beautiful fruits and veggies!

We’re launching a new Community Membership Program for 2016, to help us offer even lower prices on produce for everyone — members AND neighbors!

Join at whatever level is comfortable for you. We believe in the sliding scale, and your donation is good for a full year.

Member perks include four seasonal classes, including container gardening, wild foraging, fermentation and canning to extend the harvest, and custom ROAR merchandise.

Click over to our Membership page for more info and sign up!

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