Our Family Tradition
The Alvarez Family Farm has been in the agriculture business for well over 30 years. In those same years much of the small, environmentally friendly family farms have morphed into large-scale agribusinesses, without regard on the adverse environmental effects. Being certified organic for over 20 years, sustainable agriculture is one thing that the Alvarez Family has embedded into their farming tradition. Biodiversity is something common in organic agriculture, but at Alvarez Organic Farms we heavily promote it. By specializing in over 200 varieties of peppers and 300 different varieties of vegetables, we built our own level.
Pride In Growing Organic
Organic Farming was just know as farming up until the late 1920's. Later, synthetic pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and large scale growing operations were introduced, ushering in a new era of chemical farming. Growing food organically means going back to the basic, old-fashioned farming techniques that support health for the environment and the people who consume it. Organic Farms put in the extra effort of regularly tending to crops, harvesting and planting mainly by hand. This usually account for the slight price difference in organics, this cost however, is upfront. Unfortunately, society bears the cost of conventionally grown foods, through food borne illnesses such as E. coli, antibiotic resistance, water pollution and a countless number of hidden cost to the environment. Many researchers are also correlating environmental chemical exposures with autism, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and many other cancers- no surprise since 55 million tons of chemical fertilizers are used every year in the U.S alone. Most of these chemicals and pesticides are retained in the soil and crops as a residue that, when eaten, can bio accumulate in your body. At Alvarez Organic Farms, our customer's health is the main reason we farm organic, but the same can't be said about the other 98% of U.S farmland. Its time to make a difference in the way we think of our fresh food, its time to buy organic!
Help us Give Back To your Community
Alvarez Organic Farms maintains a close relationship with local food banks within our farmers market community. We never ask our customers to buy a ridiculous amount, so we can donate a small portion to charity. Regardless of sales, most of our fresh produce left over at the end of the market is donated to local food banks throughout the Puget Sound area. Hilario Alvarez's openhandedness helps bring hundreds of fresh meals to people in need every year.
Thankfully for our state of the art irrigation system that has increased our water efficiency tremendously, we are at able to keep all our operations running as usual through out this years projected water shortages. We will have asparagus a few more weeks. It is getting to hot for our Kale and Bok-Choy, so say goodbye to those soon. All peanuts, peppers, cucumbers have been transplanted into the ground we will see those soon later in the year. In the meantime, we have our sugar snap peas and fresh red beets.
Check Out Our Part In The Movie Good Food
Good Food is a northwest film production by Bullfrog Films, focused on sustainable northwest farming. To see what people are saying about Good Food or to order a copy visit Bullfrog films