Located in the heart of Oregon’s lush Willamette Valley, Stahlbush® Island Farms is an environmentally friendly farm and food processor committed to sustainable agriculture and exceptional quality. Stahlbush®, which is non-GMO and has been family-owned since 1985, is where we get all of our farm-fresh beets.
Back in 1985, newlyweds Karla and Bill Chambers bought a farm on Stahlbush® Island and planted two crops, pumpkin and sugar beets, for seed. Four years later, they began construction of an on-farm processing plant to freeze and puree produce within hours of harvest. In 1997, Stahlbush® became the first farm ever to be certified sustainable by the Food Alliance. With this, the first sustainably grown, individually quick-frozen fruits and vegetables hit the market under the Stahlbush® Island Farms brand in kraft paper packaging. They soon developed the Farmer’s Market line of canned, organic gourmet purees and Nummy Tum Tum pet food supplements.
“Our philosophy is that farming practices should leave the soil, air, water, plant life, animals and people healthier. For us, sustainability is a continuing journey.”
In 2009, Bill and Karla completed construction on the first biogas of its kind in North America, which turns all of their agricultural byproduct (such as corn husks, silage, etc.) into electricity. The biogas plant reached record electricity output at 33,673 KwH in 2011. Today, this plant annually produces twice the energy needed to power the farm.
Stahlbush® Island Farms continues to add to their long list of trailblazing sustainable accomplishments. In 2010, they released the first 100% biodegradable packaging in the freezer section and launched a line of pre-cooked grains and legumes for the freezer aisle. In 2011, BPA-Free Liners were added to the Farmer’s Market Line. In addition to their commitment to sustainability, Stahlbush® Island Farms donates over 1 million servings to local food banks every year. In 2012, Food Engineering Magazine named them Sustainable Plant of the Year, and in 2014, Fortune Magazine named Karla as one of the Most Innovative Women in Food & Drink.
Stahlbush® is a registered trade mark of Stahlbush Island Farms, Inc.