What we farm
Heavenly Harvest Farm is family owned and operated by Jim and Linda Calkin. The farm started out as 26 acres and has expanded to 56 acres with the goal of further expansion. The 26 acres that can be seen from Hwy 20 is where we primarily grow all of our apples, peaches, and nectarines as well as raspberries, melons, and grapes. The bottom field which consists of the rest of our acreage is better soil, that is where we are able to grow all our leafy vegetables and produce.
How we started
Our produce stand started in 2002 as a canvas tent located against the backside of our shop. With the help of our customer base and the expansion of our fields we now have an indoor produce stand that is able to be open five months out of the year.
Jim and Linda Calkin started selling produce at the Newport Farmers Market in 2000. With the growth of the farm, Heavenly Harvest has been able to participate in more farmers markets. Over the past four years we have participated in Corvallis, Albany, Newport, Eastbank, Ecotrust, Beaverton, Bend, Hillsboro, and OHSU markets. However due to the economy and gas prices we have had to cut back on some markets. We currently participate in the Benton Indoor Winter Market, Corvallis Wednesday, Corvallis Saturday and Newport Saturday markets.
Where we are today
Two years ago with a goal of finding more ways to provide fresh and local produce to the community we decided to start a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. We started with 26 CSA boxes. After hearing great feedback and an increased demand we have grown to over 140 CSA boxes.
One of Jim's favorite things to do is educate individuals about the importance of eating healthy and purchasing locally grown foods. For this reason one of Heavenly Harvest Farms main goals is education. Over the past three years we have been providing fall and spring field trips where children can play on the farm, but also learn how plants grow and why we need to take care of the environment. We have also started a Harvest Festival that takes place every fall, where individuals and families of all ages are able to come experience the farm and participate in activities such as hay rides for pumpkins, corn cannons, duck races, and much more.