Archive for August, 2017

Vendor Profile: Helvetia Farms

Helvetia Farms was founded by Cheryl Wilson who made great use of her family’s land by making all natural products including but not limited to, soaps, essential oils, lotions, deodorant, nail polish, and toothpaste.

She later passed the company down to her niece, Nicole Miller, in 2012 when she was just 16 years old. Nicole now makes all the products and runs the booth at both the Thursday and Saturday Hillsboro Farmers Markets. Nicole finds joy in the design of products like carving faeries into soap molds and adding glitter to top it off .

The variety of all Helvetia Farms has to offer is what really sets them apart. Nothing is ever tested on animals, and is always made with the most simple, natural ingredients. Based in Helvetia, Oregon, everything is locally grown and harvested to ensure the cleanest processes for your skincare products.

If you’re looking for a new beauty routine, stop by Helvetia Farms to pick up a new shampoo, lotion, or soap to add to your collection. A fun idea to use their essential oils is to run a few drops in front of a fan for a calming aroma throughout the room. The creativity in every product makes sure there’s fun every use. Plus, it’s all natural! 


 


 

 

 

 

Vendor Profile: Walchli’s Hermiston Melon Company

Walchli’s Hermiston Melon Company was founded in 1987 by husband and wife duo, Bob and Rachelle Walchli. They grow all types of melons and beyond with their most notable item being Black Watermelons, which have a black rind, thin skin, and a deep red seedless inside, giving it a higher percentage of sugar than most.

The Walchli’s farm is on 40 acres of land out in Hermiston, Oregon and Rachelle makes the drive out to Hillsboro every week just to participate in our Saturday Market. With the help of Harold and Evelyn Triplet, and Mel Salzwedel, who pitch in to help set up the booth and lend a hand wherever they can, it makes it possible for the Walchli’s to participate in 5 markets a week and have a fruit stand open 7 days a week at exit 164 on I-84 at Boardman. They’ve been participating in the Hillsboro Markets for 26 seasons and are still going strong.

Even with the amount they grow and sell, they prefer to sell at the markets and directly to the community rather than mass producing them for supermarkets. They never use any pesticides, instead using only a liquified brown sugar spray to keep the bugs away. Every fertilizer they use are all natural and clean.

There is always a line coming from Walchli’s Hermiston Melon Company booth at the market and a constant buzz about how great the produce they grow and sell are. Early in the week they’re at markets in Tri-Cities Washington, but you can catch them in Hillsboro every Saturday at the Downtown Market. Pop in, say hi, grab a watermelon or two, and continue supporting local produce and community.

 

 

 

 

Vendor Profile: Our Little Farm and Nursery

In 1996, after being tired of working in an office for years and just wanting to be outside in nature, Lisa Goldbeck, founder of Our Little Farm and Nursery, began her own adventure of gardening and growing goods. Since the age of three, she’s been tending to gardens at her childhood home and continues to grow her peppers on their land. This love of home-grown produce has been nurtured by being involved in the community via farmers markets and other local farms.

Her partner Randy Goldbeck joined this adventure with her a few years later and they now have His and Her gardens at their home. They specialize in the mass amount of plant varieties they grow. From peppers to eggplants to pumpkins in the fall, Our Little Farm and Nursery has so much to offer. They have a 40 lb barrel used just for roasting peppers and have been focusing on their way of roasting peppers for almost five years now. Next weekend, August 13th, they are getting Hatch Chilies in which are wildly popular and are always asked about so be on the watch for those!

Everything Our Little Farm and Nursery grows is from the heart. An equal amount of effort and love is put into every seedling. With a constant flux in selection, Lisa and Randy are always adding new vegetables and changing up the routine to keep to keep things exciting. Their genuine love for farming, growing, and community really set Our Little Farm and Nursery apart. They welcome everyone into their little world with open arms and it feels like home.

 

Catch them at the Hillsboro Sunday Market at Orenco now until the fall and stock up on fresh vegetables.

 

 

 

 

 

Peachy Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients

1 peach
1/4 cup cilantro
1/4 cup red onion
1 lime
1 butter lettuce head

Instructions

  1. Chop the cilantro and red onion into fine pieces.
  2. Chop the peaches into cubes.
  3. In a small bowl, add the peach, red onion, and cilantro. Squeeze the lime juice into the bowl. Mix until well incorporated.
    Wash the butter lettuce and tear into leaves.
  4. To assemble the lettuce wraps, top with a large spoonful of the peach mixture.

 

 

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