October 8, 2015See on Map
Hood River Blueberry is the latest of Whole Foods Market’s local producers to be awarded its second Local Producer Loan.
This low-interest loan, for $114,000, will allow Hood River to expand its packaging line and purchase a new refrigerated delivery truck. Those investments are expected to double the farm’s overall efficiency and significantly enhance its product quality by isolating any soft fruit.
UPDATE: Here’s more on the loan from Hood River News.
Hood River Blueberry was founded in 2004 by farmer Paul Escoe. The farm grows certified organic Aurora, Duke, Chandler and Spartan blueberries in the Hood River Valley’s rich volcanic soil. Their products have been exclusive to Whole Foods Market since their first harvest, and they supplied 300,000 pounds of organic blueberries this past summer.
Here’s Paul discussing his vision for the farm in 2013, when Hood River received its last loan:
“I chose organic farming over conventional farming because it’s simply the right thing to do,” Paul said recently. “With the backing of Denise [Breyley—me! ] and Whole Foods Market, we’ve responsibly grown our operations each year.”
To celebrate, we’ll present Hood River Blueberry with a check for their loan at 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 8 at the Hollywood Whole Foods Market in Portland.