Our Local Partners
Farm to Table, Locally Owned, Locally Grown
The Diner and Students for a Sustainable Campus will partner with Tahoma Farms and Terra Organics to feature fresh, local produce again during the last week of November. Each month, the Diner showcases a product from Tahoma Farms alongside Students for a Sustainable Campus in an effort to educate students and campus community members on the benefits of buying loca. Help us work toward a sustainable campus and check out our local showcase product the last week of every month.
Puget Sound Dining Services is strongly committed to sourcing and offering food and beverages that are certified local and sustainably grown, harvested, produced and processed. We work with our broadline providers to continually source new options to promote this goal.
Farm to Table
A word from the Tahoma Farmers
Ever wanted to put a face to your food? Now you can. Terra Organics is pleased to partner up with UPS for Farm to Table Week to provide you with local, organic offerings!
Get to know your farmer
Terra Organics is a community supported agriculture business whose mission is to bring good, healthy food to the community. We’re excited to pair up with University of Puget Sound to offer you sustainable, organic, high-quality food choices!
Terra Organics is the sister company to Tahoma Farms in Washington’s Orting Valley, just twenty miles from downtown Tacoma!
Interested in sustainability? We are too. Terra Organics is committed to promoting sustainable living practices and Tahoma Farms is a Salmon Safe certified farm.
There is nothing comparable to farm fresh, so we harvest our produce the morning it arrives to you. We know you want the best when it comes to your meals, so we’re bringing you the same superb, great-tasting produce that we supply for local restaurants like Primo Grill.
Want to know more?
Check out our website at www.terra-organics.com and connect with us on Facebook to learn more about our 4th Annual Harvest Fest at Tahoma Farms in Orting on Saturday, October 6th.
Meet some of our other partners:
Alki Bakery has been family owned and operated since its beginning on Seattle's Alki Beach in 1985. Alki Bakery has been voted "Favorite Bakery" by King 5 Evening Magazine subscribers; has been chosen as a finalist for "People's Pick," winning awards and accolades from local and national publications.
Caffé Vita’s commitment to sustainability is reflected in their purchasing standards. As global citizens, Caffé Vita shares in the concerns regarding the social and environmental conditions involved in coffee production. Their purchasing standards facilitate positive change in coffee quality and production, which benefit the health and well-being of coffee workers and their families. All coffees used at Puget Sound are Fair Trade, Direct Trade and/or shade grown.
Most of our produce is supplied by Charlie's Produce, a local employee-owned company. Charlie’s has been buying local produce for 25 years. They have 15 conventional growers in the Puyallup/Kent/Mt. Vernon area they draw upon for local produce. They also work with 24 growers in Eastern Washington, plus numerous packing sheds.
Our dairy products come from local sources and are all hormone free:
Our milk comes from Alpenrose Dairy, family owned and operated since 1916. The Cadonau family has been committed to bringing you the finest milk nature can provide for over 90 years. Today, that means dairy products that get to market the same day they left the farm, with no added rBST hormones and lower homogenized temperatures to keep natural vitamins and minerals intact. “At Alpenrose, we’re proud of our commitment to sustainable agriculture and bringing you fresh, wholesome milk the way nature intended it.”
Darigold products are unique because “our more than 400 dairy farmers are also our owners. Since 1918, our producers have taken pride in producing dairy products with unsurpassed quality. Today we are one of the nation's largest agricultural cooperatives, producing the equivalent of two million gallons every day - that's seven billion pounds of milk every year.”
Edaleen Dairy is the Brandsma family dairy located in Lynden, Washington. Edaleen Dairy has been providing customers with locally produced milk and award winning ice cream for over 30 years. Edaleen Dairy tends its own cows, processes the milk, and uses the freshest ingredients to handcraft its dairy products.
Organic breads and rolls for sandwiches are provided by the Essential Baking Company, located in Seattle. “Our goal is to bake fresh breads, pastries, crackers and desserts every day using time-honored techniques and only the best organic and natural ingredients. Every loaf, croissant and cake is crafted by skilled artisans in our Seattle bakery. And we are proud to be a locally owned company with deep roots in a community that values environmental and social responsibility.”
Gluten free/vegan bakery items from Flying Apron are made using the freshest natural ingredients that are free of harmful, unnecessary chemicals, animal products, gluten, and wheat.
One of the reasons Pinks Original Bakery pastries are so good is because they use the highest quality ingredients from right here in the Northwest. Anne and Molly have gotten to know many local farmers in the region, and today consider these growers valued partners.
Wilcox Family Farms, located near Roy, Washington, at the foot of Mt. Rainier,
provides us with all-natural, cage-free eggs. Wilcox Family Farms has been awarded Salmon Safe certification, an emerging Pacific Northwest eco-label that recognizes farming practices that protect the health of our rivers and streams.
Please return to this website to review our updates as we continue to work together to transform, grow and improve on our campus sustainable food systems.