Right now, orchards, fields and bogs across Washington are changing. As the landscape transitions into summer, we can see the hard work of farmers and ranchers blossom.
Throughout Central Washington, vibrant green leaves are fanning out, preparing to protect the bright bursts of apples that will soon appear. Along the rolling hills of the Palouse, dirt fields turning tan will soon become a brilliant gold, rippling like a metallic ocean in warm Eastern Washington breezes. Along the coast, cranberry flowers are blooming as leaves on the low-growing vines turn a rich green in the longer days of sunshine.
The diverse bounty of agriculture in Washington is all the more awe-inspiring when you consider many of the hardworking men and women who grow food in our state also generously partner with Northwest Harvest.
“For many people we serve, fruits and vegetables seem like a luxury. Fresh foods are often more expensive than the items they are used to purchasing on a limited income,” said Mike Regis, Northwest Harvest’s director of procurement. “It’s important to the agency to provide nutritious food. Anything we can do to put more of it in the hands of those who need it is a big step in the fight to eliminate hunger.”
Since 1967 Northwest Harvest has been feeding families in Washington. For all of those 46 years the agriculture community has been making sure that we’re able to provide fresh and nutritious food to those in need.
“Each year our goal is to increase what we’re doing in Washington state,” said Regis. “One focus this year will be securing new fruit partners to provide more peaches, apricots and cherries to our clients.”
At Northwest Harvest, we are so grateful for the bounty of agriculture we have available in Washington—from Bellingham potatoes to Yakima tomatoes to crisp Wenatchee apples—and even more thankful for the agricultural community that is willing to partner with us to help fight hunger.
As you travel across our beautiful and agriculturally abundant state in the next few months, take a minute to check out what foods are growing. Much of it will not only end up at your local grocery store and farmers market, but will also be helping to fight hunger in your community.