Al's BioDiverse

When did you start your farm/studio/business?

I was one of the original vendors of the first farmer’s market in Driggs and I can’t remember the year. Goes back a long time. But before that, I sold to neighbors and friends out of the back of my car.

What motivated you to do so?

I have always loved to garden and got started as a teenager when I was in charge of the family farm. It’s just in my blood, I guess. Gardening is my life.

What keeps you motivated?

Being able to produce high quality food and the fact, that at my age, I can still do the work. When people say, “You didn’t grow that here”, (Yes I do), or “Your produce is so clean”, (thank you), I feel like all the hard work is worth it.

What, so far, do you feel you do best (as it pertains to your farm/studio/business)?

I am a one man show and do it all. I am proud of what I have accomplished. But if it weren’t for some awesome friends and a couple family members, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Sixteen friends got together one Saturday in 2010 and we built a greenhouse in a day. The next year, my brother came from Ohio and helped me build a deer fence all around my house and gardens. In 2013, my nephew and his wife came out from Ohio and in nine days, we put up a 30x36 hoop house. No small feat. All this allows me to garden in an area where the elements are tough. But, as far as the business goes, it is me.

What can folks look forward to at your booth this week and the coming weeks?

Early season veggies like spinach, radishes, green onions, rhubarb, asparagus and herbs. Each week, the produce that is available changes as the season progresses. I grow everything that will grow here. Peas, beans, squash, potatoes, tomatoes to name a few.

Each week I offer a baked good made with goodies from the garden, such as Rhubarb Nut Muffins, Zucchini Pecan Choc Chip Muffins, Carrot Cookies, and Apple Bars to name a few. It is a healthy way to use excess produce.

Crow J Ranch

When did you start your farm/studio/business?

The Crowfoot J Ranch has been in operation for over 100 years. We have been selling custom cut whole and half beef for more than two decades. We have been active as Crowfoot J Meats for the past two years.

What motivated you to do so?

We wanted to provide quality, grass fed and finished beef to health-minded customers.

What keeps you motivated?

The smiles on the faces of satisfied customers.

What, so far, do you feel you do best (as it pertains to your farm/studio/business)?

The variety of quality beef and customer service that we provide.

What can folks look forward to at your booth this week and the coming weeks?

The same friendly faces offering great tasting beef, along with a limited supply of pasture raised chicken being offered in July.

Sidebar -- 

Teton Food and Farm Coalition

Our mission: To build a strong local food system.

Our vision: A strong local food system supporting a vibrant, healthy, and resilient community.

Since 2016, TFFC, a regionally-based grassroots organization encompassing Teton Valley, Jackson Hole, and nearby communities, has helped coordinate local food systems efforts to broaden their reach. TFFC recognizes there is strength in numbers, and, strives to bring the right people to the right place at the right time. This ripple effect often leads to positive social and economic capital.

Who can join?

Anyone is welcome to join the discussion and come to TFFC (Teton Food and Farm Coalition) meetings!

Projects include but are not limited to:

· Food Distribution (e.g., food hub, local food/farm directory, farm-to-table events)

· Marketing around our local food system "Buy Teton Fresh"

· Food Security, Recovery, and Hunger Relief

· Food System Education

· Food and Farm Policy (farm preservation, land access, etc.)

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