Growing up on a farm granted Ryan and Shane Stonemetz a firsthand look at the injustices of the industrial-food market. The brothers watched their father and grandfather toil daily to make ends meet and subsequently swore off entering the family business. However, as the pair established their adult lives in Portland and Seattle, they realized that injustices live forever unless someone puts up a fight.
And so began ProFarm Produce, a small farm-to-customer enterprise that lowers prices for shoppers and increases wages for farmers by eliminating the middleman. The company started with nothing more than a 12-foot truck and a bed full of organic cherries, but it has since grown to a fleet of trucks thanks to an extra-potent fertilizer that's safe for automobiles' digestion. The expanding staff transports ProFarm's bounty to 20 area farmers' markets and various wholesale clients. ProFarm also participates in a CSA program that provides weekly boxes of fresh, local produce to participants in surrounding communities.
Though you might have seen one hiking Tamanawas Falls and the other helming the Doctor Zhivago –themed float as a Battle Ground Rose Princess, the self-described spankettes of Spanky's are typically found hawking consignment items or chatting enthusiastically with sellers at their shops in Vancouver and Beaverton. As managers at their respective locations, Rhonda and Erika train their eyes on the latest fashion trends and watch out for functional yet flattering apparel to resell to local women, men, and families. Their collections change frequently, though they are known to snag duds from major brands such as Armani Exchange, Ann Taylor, and Coach. They also manage consignment drives at schools where parents, teachers, and undercover cops posed as students can drop off their gently used clothing and accessories.
Quilter’s Corner Store grew out of owner Deb's drive to create her ideal sewing room. And though the shop stocks several hundred bolts of quality quilting fabrics, patterns, and books packed with ideas, it still feels as quaint as a sun-soaked hobby corner. The shelves, racks, and cupboards loop around an enormous work table inside the store-front space. Guests can pop in to grab anything from bobbin containers to full-blown kits or stick around and chat with Deb about their personal projects. Either way, they can leave knowing that whatever they've picked up at the shop has been hand-selected by the Deb and her staff for their quality, ease of use, and value.
Oregon Green Pros helps customers grow hearty plants with wood ash?burnt wood that improves soil quality and contains calcium carbonate, which raises the pH of the soil. Slightly alkaline soil ensures that plants receive proper nutrients. In addition to using it on growing veggies such as tomatoes, Oregon Green Pros recommends sprinkling the ash on lawns to increase clover production and provide more nectar to bees, as well as spreading the wood ash around the base of hardwood trees.
More than 600 varieties of hardy, four-season conifers flourish in Conifer Kingdom's meticulously maintained nursery. Knowledgeable staffers guide tender-footed gardeners and enthusiasts alike through the rows of trees and bushes, showing off an inventory of dwarf conifers, tall matured trees, and even beautiful Japanese maples.
The Honda-trained technicians at Canyon Road Auto Body dance through each procedure with grace and expertise, providing quick and quality repairs topped off with a complimentary car wash. Some jobs, such as paintless dent removal or body repairs, may take a little bit longer, so the body shop sets customers up with a cushy waiting room equipped free WiFi and a stack of reading materials, such as newspapers and old license plates.