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Farm Focus

A Better Food Supply

A Better Food Supply

By Patti Jo Brooks, Contributing Writer

Photos courtesy of Source Farms

You are what you eat! The saying is familiar and it even makes sense. But do we bring it home? Source Farms in Yamhill, Oregon is a trusted place to purchase locally and humanely raised proteins and produce sourced from local farmers. With this vision of interconnectedness, Source Farms believes that “when you nourish the land and its inhabitants, it nourishes back.” Their commitment to “lead with integrity so that you know exactly what’s on your plate” is demonstrated in every nutrient-rich meat and vegetable they source.

Source Farms’ grass-fed and grass-finished beef and lamb and pastured pork is lower in calories and higher in Omega 3 fatty acids than those fed partially on grain. Source Farms supplies their Farm Stand with seasonal meats and vegetables grown on their regenerative farm in Carlton as well as other regional farms. You can also find eggs, raw honey, milk and other locally-sourced products at the Yamhill Farm Stand, open Thursday – Tuesday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Customers can choose from whole or fractional shares of nutrient-dense proteins that can be conveniently picked up in person from the Yamhill Farm Stand. In addition, curated boxes of meats are also available through their online shop and can be shipped nationwide to your door. They also offer seasonal CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) where members receive an assortment of seasonal vegetables. Buying local food goes a long way to support agricultural farming, ensuring farmers year-long stability which enables the regenerative process to continue.

Portlanders are uniquely positioned to take advantage of one of the final seasonal farmers markets where they can access Source Farms goods. Montavilla Farmers Market, located at 7700 SE Stark Street in Portland will have Source Farms poultry and pork products available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays in November and December. If you have friends or family in the area, by all means, let them know! Closer to home, Source Farms will be participating in the McMinnville Holiday Market, Dec. 15, 16 and 17 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Bindery Event Space in downtown McMinnville.

Source Farms embraces the spirit of humans as good stewards, in their community, over the animals, plants, sea life and the land. Brenda Smola-Foti of Tabula Rasa Farms in Carlton and her husband, Frank Foti, set out to bring people back to the land and to where their food is grown. With the 2022 acquisition of Kookoolan Farms in Yamhill (present site of Source Farms) the couple are realizing those dreams. Heather Miller, spokesperson for Source Farms notes, “We work with other like-minded farmers to bring food to the community that is responsibly raised and nutrient-dense.” She points out that “Source Farms is a place people can go and feel confident that they are supporting local agriculture that benefits land, animals and people.”

Although Source Farms and its owners may be relatively new to the community, Heather emphasizes, “We are rooted here, our employees live here, and our goal is to be a part of the community for the next several generations.” In addition to supporting numerous local associations directly, Frank and Brenda also founded TREL (Truth Responsibility Evolution Love), a foundation which contributes annually to nonprofits in Yamhill County.

The Farm Stand for Source Farms is located at 15713 Highway 47, Yamhill, OR. Reach out by phone (503)730-7535, email or visit their website at

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