Category Archive: Vendor Profiles
Get to Know Yacolt Mountain Farm and Nursery LLC
Dan and Caroline Swansey dreamt about starting a sustainable organic farm for a long time. Before starting our own farm, we worked as farm managers in California. We love everything about our job- it is our dream to do what we do. We love using sustainable, organic practices to produce food as it gives us confidence that it can be done. We love working with our draft horses, Bud and Charlie to plow the fields and use the manure spreader. We love lambing season when we get to see newborn lamb stand up after minutes of being alive. We love starting new seeds for a new growing season of producing a diversity of vegetables. There is also something so fun at watching our layer hens get excited when we move them to a fresh patch of pasture.
We like being at the Camas Farmer’s Market because they are focused on food products and thus the customers that come there are looking for good food of all types.
When we’re not busy farming we like to go running, hiking and exploring the forests and rivers around the area. We have two young children who love the animals on the farm and their cats and one dog Moonie!
Come see us June 1st when the Camas Farmer’s Market opens for business!
Get to Know the Soap Chest!
Before starting her soap business, Gail Horn was an accountant, cook, chauffer, teacher, event coordinator, editor, a personal assistant and a home schooling mom! She started her soap business when she decided to make homemade Christmas gifts one year. That was the beginning of her obsession of making hand crafted soaps. Many family members had suffered from dry skin issues like eczema, and she was intrigued by the prospect of making natural, moisturizing handmade soap that would soothe their skin and eliminate harsh additives found in commercial soap. After extensive research she launched The Soap Chest in the fall of 2000 and began selling the soap that her family had fallen in love with. She enjoys incorporating her own homegrown herbs and local honey and goat milk into her soap and experimenting with exotic oils and butters from all over the world.
When not busy making soap, Gail can be found reading, hiking, gardening, and traveling. Her family has lived in Camas for years and love working the land, growing and preserving their own food, entertaining friends and learning new things.
She remembers strolling through the Camas Farmer’s Market for the first time, and immediately feeling a sense of belonging that comes from a hometown community. She loves the opportunity to be part of this fun mid-week gathering in which people can not only pick up some local produce, but sit on the lawn in front of the library, listen to live music, and connect with friends and neighbors.
You don’t have to wait until the market begins to order soap from the Soap Chest, just visit their website and browse the many varieties you can order on line. http://www.soapchest.com/main.sc
Get to know Yacolt Mountain Farm
It started with a dream of creating a sustainable organic farm for Caroline and Dan Swansey, owners of Yacolt Mountain Farm. In 2011 that dream came alive when they started their diversified small-scale horse powered farm. That’s right…..powered by horses!
The Swensey’s love their job as famers where they get to use sustainable, organic practices to produce food and work with their draft horses, Bud and Charlie to plow the fields.They also enjoy starting new seeds for a new growing season of producing a diversity of vegetables and watching their farm animals in action.
Along with their baby Isaiah, their cats, and dog, the Swansey’s are indeed living their farm dream!
Come say hi to them at our market and visit their website at: www.yacoltmountainfarmandnursery.com
Get to know the Beautiful Pig
In 1981, Christopher Leach had the good fortune to find himself on a train crossing the French countryside to Paris. It was on that first European adventure that Christopher discovered charcuterie, a wondrous world of flavor and texture that would change his life in the years to come. A seed was planted in the heart and mind of a young cellist that would grow into a passion.
That passion now has a name: The Beautiful Pig. Christopher Leach, charcutier and salumist for The Beautiful Pig has developed more than twenty original recipes for pork and beef products inspired by the traditions of Spain, France, Italy, Poland, Hungary and the USA.The Beautiful Pig products use exclusively Carlton Farms pork from Carlton, Oregon in the heart of Willamette Valley wine country. This pork is sustainably raised and is hormone and antibiotic free and is so rich it almost looks like beef. The beef comes from Painted Hills Beef in Fossil, Oregon. The animals are naturally raised and are also hormone and antibiotic free. The wines in our salamis are of the finest possible quality and are indiginous to the areas that inspire the recipes.
No expense has been spared in the artistry of these products. The romantic combination of salami, wine, cheese, and bread is experiencing a reawakening in America and beyond. Experience the finest America has to offer, Experience The Beautiful Pig. You can learn about their excellent products at http://www.thebeautifulpig.com/
Get to know The Red Bicycle Salsa!
Ring Ring……Here comes The Red Bicycle and it’s owner Mario Forzan! He brings 3 types of fresh salsa to the market every week – mild red salsa, salsa verde and a smoky chipotle salsa. Some weeks you will also find ceviche and fresh made guacamole that is oh so good with his homemade chips or at home with a tasty carnitas taco. Mario loves chatting up our customers and always has a smile or a joke or two to share! Margaritas not included 🙂 During the off season you can find his fine salsas at New Seasons Markets.
Meet Columbia River Sourdough Bakery
New to our market this past season, this duo of bread bakers were a big hit with our customers who couldn’t get enough of their delicious chocolate sourdough and their regular sourdough bread. Columbia River makes REAL sourdough bread with care. They make their REAL sourdough bread using a natural yeast culture, maturing the starters over three days and hand forming the loaves and rounds, unlike commercial breads that are over processed with yeast to produce bread in unnatural time frames. Always check the label. Their bread is made the right way. No Packaged Yeast, No Preservatives.
Even though the market is over for the season, have no fear…you can find their delicious bread at the following markets: Chuck’s Produce, New Season’s, Battleground Produce, Camas Produce, and Neighbor’s Market in Vancouver.