Owned and operated out of Oregon City, Greenblade Lawn Care fields a team of professional landscapers who expertly tend to the lawns, trees, and shrubs that surround customers’ homes. The team aims to reveal the healthy and verdant yards lying beneath weed overgrowth and makeshift MMA cages through its custom plans, composed of fertilization, aeration, and disease and pest prevention. Homeowners may also opt for 100% organic treatments, which include fertilizer made from the nitrogen naturally found in fish and chicken.
Urban Farm Store's storied urban farmer Robert Litt quit his job as a landscape architect to form this beloved bucolic boutique—offering the metropolitan masses a chance at their own barnyard bliss with supplies such as organic vegetables (starting at $2.95) and organic fertilizers (bulk, priced as marked). Use your digging skills for good instead of graves when you plant a fruit tree ($12.95 to $27.95). Or nurture a bountiful garden bed using organic potting soil (two cubic feet for $12), which is better than willing plants to grow by rubbing your genie-infested wishing sweater. Urban Farm Store also offers beer-making supplies, cheese-making classes, and pasture-raised meat and eggs far superior to meat and eggs conjured from thin air by starving birthday-party magicians. For the ultimate farm feat, however, adopt and bring home a baby chick ($4.95). These infantile egg producers arrive at the store on certain dates and sell quickly. Urban Farm Store also hosts free classes on basic chicken care every other Thursday at 6:30 p.m., during which they'll explain why it's better to feed chicks with organic chicken feed ($21) than molding clay and clock parts.
Expanding on a tradition of supplying firewood and landscaping supplies that stems back to 1968, the Stroupe Family gave the public a literal taste of their ranching lifestyle when they decided to start selling their locally raised meats in 2009. All meat––including tenderloin steaks, pork spare ribs, and whole free-range chickens––comes from animals raised without antibiotics or hormones, which ensures a more peaceful upbringing unmarred by temper tantrums over the cattle's curfew. These animals are also pasture raised on a vegetarian diet of fruits, vegetables, grass, and hay, and all meat is cut and processed at a local USDA-approved facility to guarantee its quality.
It was 1869 when the Lee family planted its first seed in the soil of Tualatin, Oregon. Today, three generations of the family still keep Lee Farms' lights on and its scarecrows vaccinated. They stock the country store with local produce, 18 flavors of honey sticks, and 17 varieties of jam. In the bakery, the staff hand makes pies each day, baking perennial favorites such as apple and seasonal flavors such as pumpkin.
To keep things fresh, Lee Farms rotates the selection of food and activities each season. In May a greenhouse surrounds visitors in flowers, and in October the farm transforms into a celebration of the harvest season, when guests can pick from 12 varieties of pumpkins. Lee's staff cuts down stalks to make a corn maze and drives visitors on scenic hayrides across the farm while they sample kettle corn and homemade cider.
The licensed squad of professional landscapers at Artisan Landscaping wield more than 20 years of industry experience as they perform exterior upgrades ranging from pruning shrubs to installing water features. As members of the International Society of Arboriculture, the bonded and insured arborists adhere to strict standards when dealing with trees—whether pruning them, removing a dead specimen, or grinding unsightly stumps. Regardless of the size of their lot, homeowners can also tap the team's know-how for full landscape designs, which might include the installation of ponds for fish and retaining walls to keep rose bushes away from smooth-talking tumbleweeds.