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.
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, premium angus beef, all natural meat and pork products, pork spare ribs, and whole free-range chickens––comes from animals raised locally 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 dry-aged for 18-days, cut, and processed at a local USDA-approved facility to guarantee its quality.
Whether one is gardening indoors, outdoors, in the yard, or up the chimney, the very act of nurturing nature helps to secure a healthier world for the earth and its citizens. Living up to their namesake, The Green Future specializes in all of the tools, seeds, lights, hydroponics, and fertilizers needed to keep internal and external gardens blossoming.
Mustard Seed Farms' summer community-supported agriculture fills veggie-coffers to overflowing with farm-fresh organic produce. With 80 acres of certified-organic farmland and 40 years of farming know-how, Mustard Seed's CSA reaps a literal bumper crop of more than 150 varieties of fruits and vegetables. The bounty includes squash, blackberries, cantaloupes, tomatoes, red and gold raspberries, cucumbers, onions, beets, and more. Each Tuesday between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., customers can pick up just-picked produce, ensuring ample ammunition for impromptu food fights.
The designers at Art Heads Custom Framing preserve portraits, paintings, collectibles, and family heirlooms. These aesthetic experts—who recently framed a pair of gloves formerly inhabited by Marilyn Monroe's hands—consult with clients to customize a frame based on clients' display preferences, the significance of the memorabilia, and whether soon-to-be-framed items might attempt escape. Using these designations, clients draw inspiration from more than 3,000 frame samples to craft frames that include such touches as decorative mouldings and UV-resistant glass.
In 1991, Home Grown Edible Landscaping owner Janie Malloy stood on her new back porch staring at a dirt patch and one lonely elm tree and saw only opportunity. After gathering supplies and burying the magic beans a wizard gave her, she quickly transformed the barren swathe of land into an eye-catching garden and a business. Today, Janie shares and develops the skills she cultivated in the early 90s. She still grows her own sustainable fruits and vegetables on land surrounding her 100-year-old bungalow and now teaches classes on gardening, pickling, and healthy eating. When she's not tending to her small field, she acts as a horticultural architect, designing fetching, intricate home gardens. The vibrant outdoor landscapes liven up backyards with hearty greens, fire-engine red peppers, and giant Venus Fly Traps that ward off gleaners.