Food.Farmer.Earth Newsletter: Upick and Farm Stand

Home Made School Lunch Ideas

Dr. Betty Izumi, a child nutritionist, sustainable food systems researcher at Portland State University, and mother of young children, demonstrates three different homemade lunch ideas that may satisfy both parent and child alike. As Dr. Betty shows in the video, it’s not only what is inside the sack lunch that counts, but also how it is put together. In the end, school lunches that are healthy, fresh, and fun are the keys to a satisfying lunch-time experience.

A Small Family U-Pick Farm and Farmstand

Theresa Draper smiled when she talked about growing up among the orchards and fields of her family’s farm outside of Parkdale, Oregon. She remembered loving the feeling of picking fruit right from the trees whenever she wanted, and of helping on the farm driving tractors, changing sprinklers and thinning the fruit. These days she loves sharing the joy of the harvest with the families who come to pick fruit at her Draper Girls Country Farm.

A U-Pick Farm Diversifies Its Income Streams

Theresa Draper has up to 10 people relying on her and her Upick farm for their income. Draper has found that by diversifying her 40 acre farm, adding added value products, and being creative, for example, opening an old farm house to vacationers as a “farm stay”, she has been able to carry herself, and her employees throughout the year. As we see in the video, Draper continues to seek out new income streams with a steady eye toward her economic future, a future solidly connected to her family’s scenic Upick farm in Hood River area of Oregon.

Next Week: Artisan Butchering


  • The Craft of Artisan Sausage Making
  • Chef Eric Finley, co-owner of Chop Butchery & Charcuterie, demonstrates how to make 3 different types of homemade sausages: Italian Chicken, Merguez Lamb and Chorizo.


  • A Traditional, Old-Style Butcher
  • Tracy Smaciarz grew up as a kid in the meat business. Smaciarz helped his dad slaughter livestock, and learned how to butcher meat from the whole carcass down to the individual finished cuts of meat. Much of what Smarciarz does at Heritage Meats in Rochester, Wash., borders on a lost art that he continues to practice and teaches others. He also visits the ranchers who supply his meat, helping farmers select cows for slaughter, and offering advice on how to achieve the maximum weight and quality for each cow prior to slaughter.


  • Full Transparency in the Meat Buying Process
  • Livestock are living creatures deserving of respect and humane treatment during their lifetime. Artisan butcher Tracy Smaciarz (Heritage Meats) and rancher Tracey Baker (The Gleason Ranch) describe their philosophies on the care and treatment of livestock, and the importance of transparency throughout the entire process so the buyer ultimately knows where their meat comes from, and how the animal was raised.

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