Where fine food begins... Since 2001, David & Cindy Krepky have owned and operated Dog Mountain Farm which has served the Snoqualmie Valley community and Seattle area by providing farm-fresh vegetables, fruit, herbs, flowers, eggs, poultry meat, and pork. We use sustainable growing methods without the use of pesticides, herbicides, or commercial fertilizers. We strive to produce nutrient dense food that is superior in flavor and shelf life and provides a broad range of health benefits. Our livestock are humanely raised on pasture without antibiotics or hormones. Building a strong biological system in our soil is the focus of our agricultural management.
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Happy New Year!
It looks like we have another year of change ahead of us. That seems a bit silly for a farmer to say because every year is different from the last. Here in the Valley, we are in the midst of a major flood. A long, hard frost in November destroyed all of our and most of the local field crops, so we won't be offering a Winter or Spring CSA this year. Avian flu threatens our poultry flocks and we have, at least for now, closed our farm for biosecurity reasons and hope Jim, our English Shepherd, keeps the wild birds away.
In spite of these challenges, we keep moving forward. The days are getting longer and it's time to begin preparations for the growing season. Most years, I have my seed order in and my poultry orders planned by now. Alas, not this year. The financial challenges and time commitment of running the cafe and the farm have taken their toll.
For years, we have said we are going to do less, slow down, sell the farm. My brain keeps thinking like a 40-year old, but our nearly 60- and 70-year old bodies can't keep up. It seems this is the year that change becomes a reality. David has retired from the Seattle Broadway Farmers Market after 10 years. We will now offer our farm market at the cafe on Saturday AND Sunday beginning in January, offering organic produce from the region, as well as our eggs, meat, preserves, and other local products that are available daily in our grocery. I know, you're saying, how is that slowing down? Well, David doesn't have to drive to Seattle, spend 5 hours standing in all sorts of weather, and pay unreasonable fees to sell our products. It's a start.
We are downsizing the farm and selling our flock of Icelandic sheep and our handsome team of Percheron horses. We've already gifted most of our pigs to R Heritage Farm in Gold Bar in the hopes that they will continue raising this special breed. More to come.
If you haven't been to the cafe recently, there is a new menu and new hours of operation for the winter. We have beautiful new "feast" tables created by a local artist from Valley maple. Eaglesong has added some new Ravencroft herbal products. We have new cheeses from Domina Dairy and Golden Glen Creamery in our dairy case. Soon there will be plant starts for your garden in an expanded nursery section!
The hard drive on my computer is about to fail, so this may be the last post for a long while. Our farm website is antiquated and runs in FrontPage. Please signup for our newsletter and follow the farm and Dog Mountain's Farm to Table cafe and grocery on Facebook!
Please note that we have discontinued our phone, 425.333.0833, as a cost-saving measure. You can reach me on my cell 425.417.3229 or David 425.417.3947.
To health and happiness through good