Starvation Alley is a local organic cranberry and cranberry juice producer with a mission. They encourage conventional cranberry farmers who want to grow organically, by purchasing their berries at a premium as the conventional farm makes the three year transition to organic. In this KBCS local food segment, company co-founder Jessica Tantisook speaks about the business side of cranberry farms and what it means to be organic. This story originally aired in 2015.
San Juan Island Sea Salt is a local sea salt farm on Seattle’s San Juan Island. In this KBCS local food segment, the company’s founder Brady Ryan explains how sea salt is farmed and how it differs from table salt.
A new federally funded pilot program, “Fresh Bucks Rx,” allows medical providers to write a prescription for fruits and vegetables from farmers markets. The pilot was launched by the City of Seattle, Harborview Medical Center, and Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic along with Seattle and King County farmers markets, and aims to improve health outcomes for low-income patients with diet-related disease. An estimated one in seven Americans experiences food insecurity or the inability to access healthy food on a chronic or intermittent basis. Martha Baskin checked in with providers to bring us this story.
According to the Washington State Farmers Market Alliance and Washington State University, 115 farmers markets in our region collectively bring in 44 million dollars. In our last farmers market segment, Development Manager Patrice Barrentine discusses how participating in these markets is an act of community building and social justice.
In part three of our farmers market series, we look at the increase in small scale farms and some of the challenges they face. Smaller farms without the resources to butcher their meat or wash their eggs currently have to transport much of their produce and livestock to other counties or states in order to properly process them. But a local farm collective is exploring the shared use of a mobile slaughter house or processing plants, and partnerships with counties and the state seek to improve food processing services. King County Agriculture Policy and Economic Development Manager, Patrice Barrentine, spoke with Yuko Kodama about these improvements and why they matter.
Next in our series on farmers markets, we take a look at how our region’s farmers experience the effects of climate change. King County Agriculture Policy and Economic Development Manager, Patrice Barrentine, shares how climate change is altering our local food sources.
Over 200 Washington state farmers come into Seattle every week to sell their produce, meat and dairy. According to King County, sales by these farmers exceeded $21 million last year. We feature highlights on local foods, as our region’s farmers markets slide into full swing.
Episode 1 & 2: Brady Ryan is the founder of San Juan Island Sea Salt.
Episode 3: Jessica Tantisook is co-founder of Long Beach Washington’s, Starvation Alley.
Episode 4: Corky Luster is the founder of Ballard Bee Company.
Episode 5: George Vojkovich is the co-founder of Skagit River Ranch.
Music – Gepel – “Ta Vieja Y Ya”
Photo – Alex D
Producers – Ruth Bly and Yuko Kodama