Reviews for: La Terra Vita
A Weekly Blessing
By: Patrick Fink (Feb 3, 2013)
I look forward every week of the growing season to going to market and picking up my share from La Terra Vita. The produce is amazing and varied, sublimely fresh, and often comes with a hidden recipe or poem tucked away inside. Art and Lucie worked hard to select the site of their beautiful little farm, and the care that they put into their work is more than apparent in the quality of the food that they deliver.
Don't be fooled by the lack of some "organic" certification. Though there's no certificate on the wall, they tested the soil and groundwater of their site and they go to great lengths to use no unnatural means of growing, and even exclude the use of "natural" pesticides like BT that are used in conventional organic operations. In the modern world, you can find no cleaner nor more nutritious food than theirs.
The CSA that they offer comes at an excellent price and they deliver great value. Throughout the season, varietal standards are intermingled with interesting and novel selections including unique and heirloom greens, hard and soft neck garlics, herbs, wild scavenged treats, and gorgeous heirloom tomatoes. Not to be missed are the nearly weekly offerings of many fingerling and new potato varieties. With the variety provided, it's enough to keep a ravenous pair up to their neck in veggies, or to easily fill the basket for three.
La Terra Vita cannot be recommended highly enough. Get to know your farmers while they bring you wonderful food-- join in!
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Lucie Gouin says: (May 13, 2013)
Great news! La Terra Vita is now certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
dedicated farmers. beautiful and nourishing food.
By: Laura S. (Feb 28, 2012)
I wait in anticipation of May and the beginning of the CSA season! I am sure I have never been so nourished as last summer when I was eating my weekly selection of not only delicious but picturesque produce from La Terra Vita. I met Lucie and Art when their farm was simply a couple of community garden plots in NW Portland and they were in search of the perfect organic soil to establish their homestead. I am in awe of what they have created in just a few, short years--living their vision of a biodynamic farm, providing nourishing food for their family, friends and community. The variety: asian greens, so many types of kale, salad mix, garlic leeks, at least three different types of potatoes and just as many varieties of cucumbers, raspberries, blackberries, the sweetest carrots and then of course the heirloom tomatoes--just to name a few--but all the best tasting of any I have ever had.
Great farm, wonderful people!
By: John Harrington (Feb 21, 2012)
My family and I have been customers of La Terra Vita for over 3 years, when we began purchasing eggs from Art and Lucie at the Salem Farmer's Market. Their hens are cage free and fed organic feed and, of course, anything they find as they scratch around their beautiful pasture (lucky chickens!). The eggs have a deep yellow-orange color and are fantastic any way you care to cook them. When we began using La Terra Vita's eggs and changing nothing else, we noticed an improved flavor and color in recipes that we've made for a long time, especially family favorites like creme brulee and home-made ice cream. We also like La Terra Vita eggs for what is not in them: hormones and antibiotics. Even the very best egg found in your local grocery store pales in comparison (pun intended).
La Terra Vita's greens are also superb and the variety is amazing. I don't remember all their names, but there is a Japanese variety with yellow flowers that is our favorite. The mustard greens have just the right amount of fiery kick to light your mouth up and the micro-greens are a tender treat. We also love the fingerling potatoes, all the different squashes, carrots, parsnips, wild blackberries, etc., etc. Here again, we like these things for their superior flavor, texture, nutrients as well as what is not in them: no pesticides or herbicides.
La Terra Vita produces good clean food and we feel better when we eat it.
Amazing and Artistic Food
By: gabrielle ackerman (Jan 22, 2011)
La Terra Vita is an incredible venture by some of the most amazing people I have ever met in my life! And their produce is the product of their vision.
I am always delighted on delivery day to be greeted by a wonderful and Artful display of the veggies. The lovely bundles are a pleasure to unpack and place on my kitchen counters and fridge. While unpacking I am always munching on the fabulous produce especially from the saute mix and thinking about how I should cook or just eat many of the items.
The vegetables are full of flavor and sunshine, and I am always discovering something new to add to my palate like my new favorite uchiki kuri squash. And the lovely lemon sorrel which was even accompanied by a handwritten recipe for lemon sorrel pesto sauce. Delicious!
And my kids cannot wait for delivery day either. They dig right into their favorite sweet vitamins; radishes, spinach leaves, snap peas, sun gold cherry tomatoes, lemon cucumbers, green cucumbers, and wild blackberries.
Missing my favorite veggies, but its worth the wait!
The ABSOLUTE BEST Eggs & Produce!!!!
By: Denise Archer (Jan 15, 2011)
You don't need to shop any further than La Terra Vita.
Honestly, their produce and eggs are the best I've ever tasted. When my family and I ate our first order of eggs, we were completely floored by the difference compared to the organic eggs sold in the supermarkets and other farms.
La Terra Vita's yolks are ORANGE, and the eggs are dense and flavorful. My five-year old son kept asking for more scrambled eggs (and now that it's winter, we're so bummed that we can't get La Terra Vita eggs--we have to eat yellow yolks with no flavor).
La Terra Vita's produce is also just as fantastic. Oh my goodness, I could go on an on about their salad mix. My husband doesn't normally like mixed green salads, but he raved about this one.
We looked forward to our weekly order and ate piles of the salad mix until it was gone (it's especially yummy with thinly-sliced apples and some grated parmesan cheese).
Okay, now my mouth is watering, and we're in the middle of winter (such torture!). I can't wait for spring. If La Terra Vita doesn't deliver to Portland this year, I'm driving down to them.
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Dick Evans says: (Jan 21, 2011)
Whereas we live on the same road, it would be good to know what is available this time of year. As well a periodic update would be great. Looking forward to meet these family folk soon. Regards, DrDick