Fresh produce from Teal Creek Farms can be found at LifeSource Natural Foods in Salem, and at Salem Public Market every Saturday. Because Sloan and Keith grow for a relatively small local market, they focus on raising a diverse selection of foods. They grow raspberries, potatoes, onions, kale, chard, lettuces, and herbs, among other crops. They also grow vegetable starts for those interested in cultivating backyard gardens.
I recently joined Sloan Aagaard for a conversation about Teal Creek Farms.
Living Culture: What is your first memory of being on a farm?
Aagaard: I was around 4 years old, Grandma was showing me how to pick peas, at
their farm outside of Eugene in Danebo. The bright sun must have made me fussy because grandma quickly put a rhubarb leaf upside down on my head and said that was my sun hat. I immediately felt cool and shaded and enjoyed picking peas. Nearby grandma was briskly working hard, hoeing the ground.
Living Culture: Why did you and Keith decide to live and work in the Willamette Valley?
Aagaard: Both of us were children from the Willamette Valley earning money for picking beans and strawberries. We appreciate the climate, and bounty here.
Living Culture: Has the recession brought any changes for your business?
Aagaard: Produce sales have declined, while vegetable plant sales have increased a bit as more people are growing gardens.
Living Culture: What motivates you to continue working in agriculture?
Aagaard: We enjoy the work and our customers who really appreciate our fresh picked, vine ripe, certified organic, produce.
|Sloan Aagaard (right) sells organic produce at Salem Public Market.|