When Keith and I first explored Port Townsend in the mid-90s, we knew we needed to find a town with a good Co-op. We also knew we wanted to find a farm and live a life growing on the land. The Food Co-op uptown was where we met many of our first friends, as well as where we fed ourselves.
As the Co-op grew and the community of conscientious food eaters supported the expansion to the new location, we gained hope that our farm dream may become possible as well. Once we found land and leaped out onto on the small farm limb, we counted on the Co-op to be a business partner. From the first, we felt welcomed and encouraged by the Co-op. And then, when we began to ferment hard cider, we felt confident that at least one store, somewhere in the world, would carry our new products.
Indeed the Co-op was the first market to put us on their shelves! The Co-op has offered community, confidence and camaraderie in our ongoing quest to become a viable small farm enterprise. Last season, we hosted the Co-op Apple Festival and enjoyed celebrating vibrant food community and the autumn harvest with all the fine folks who came out. Our thanks go to the whole team at the Co-op who all provide a lovely place for us to shop, a friendly place for us to encounter our friends, and a fruitful place for us to sell our goods!