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Meet The Marc’s Local Farmers

June 25, 2018

Our Walla Walla Valley is blessed with some of the world’s most fertile soils that grow the best local produce and livestock. In addition to the vegetables grown on our rooftop garden, our chefs work with a variety of local farmers. Meet some of them here:

Upper Dry Creek Ranch provides grass-fed and forage-finished straightbred Coopworth lamb and Angus beef and boiler chickens to our kitchen. The animals graze on their 2,200 acre farm in Weston, Oregon and the sheep also spend time cleaning up local alfalfa fields in the winter. Owners Cheryl and Robert Cosner believe letting their animals roam and forage for food not only produces healthier animals and more nutritious (and delicious) meat, but with properly timed grazing techniques it also benefits the land.

Locati Farms has been growing the famous Walla Walla sweet onion since 1905. This heirloom variety seed mixed with the Valley’s terroir produces a sweeter onion that can only be found in the Walla Walla Valley. They also provide us with fresh asparagus.

Klickers strawberries, begun in 1918, have become somewhat of a local legend for their flavor. The farm has also provided countless local youth their first summer jobs as “Klickers pickers,” a Walla Walla Valley tradition. Locals know their farmstand is the place to go for fresh seasonal produce, pumpkins in the fall and Christmas trees in the winter. Visit Klickers Berries and Antiques at 3300 Isaacs Ave to sample local products, their cheese counter, or a scoop of ice cream.

Frog Hollow Farm, located on a 100-year-old farmstead just outside of town, started as a way for Amy and Jeff Dietrich to teach their young children the value of hard work through gardening a little patch in their yard. Since then, it’s grown into a 20-acre organic farm, specializing in heirloom variety vegetables, including around 100 varieties of tomatoes alone. Visit their farmstand at 174 Frog Hollow Road, Walla Walla to see the farm in action and visit with the goats.

The Marc also sources from Lena Jeffrey, Chairman Reserve Cattle, Rea Farm, and Snake River Farms.