Drive eight minutes out of Friday Harbor, and food purveyors will find a new supermarket. No, it’s not a big-box retailer or even a locally owned market, but a San Juan Island farm with a self-serve shop filled with meats, produce and eggs, year-round.
“It’s like you’re coming right to the farm for your grocery store,” said Lori Ann David, owner of Aurora Farms.
Aurora Farms, located at 652 No. 2 Schoolhouse Road, offers a Community Supported Agriculture program, where purchasers regularly commit to buy the farm’s products, to both receive fresh goods and pledge support to a local grower.
Items in the CSA vary by season, explained David, and include produce, flowers, about 3-4 pounds of meat and a dozen eggs sourced directly from the San Juan land. The program costs about an average of $65-$75 a week for meat and $30-$35 for meatless packages. Participants can sign up by calling 360-378-0233 or stopping by the farm store, anytime.
“It’s definitely a discount from the grocery and way better quality,” said David about the program.
A recent week’s CSA included pork chops, homemade sausages, arugula, baby beets and rhubarb. David also provides recipes, including one for homemade pate using the farm’s lamb liver.
The 31-acre property is home to Boer goats, Katahdin sheep, Berkshire pigs, laying hens, as well as annual and perennial flowers like lilacs, roses and peonies. Year-round, David grows carrots, arugula and spinach in the farm’s greenhouse. Outside, she grows seasonal items, like raspberries, strawberries, potatoes and pumpkins.
Islanders may have already sampled the farm’s products, whether shopping at the San Juan Island Food Co-op or the San Juan Island Farmers Market at Brickworks. David said she plans to at least set up shop at the market on the first and third Saturdays of the month, but maybe more, while it’s open weekly through October.
David’s success, she said is thanks to locals.