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Fat Cat Farm brings fresh, local, organic produce to the lower Emerald Valley

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Some of the Dietz’s bountiful harvest available to CSA members Erik Dietz photo

By GEORGE CUSTER/Interim Editor/The Herald — I recently received a forwarded email from our Chamber of Commerce president, Lynda Kamerrer,  that I thought I should share with all of our readers. It was a “Holiday Greetings” from Fat Cat Farm. I think I remember hearing about them some time ago, but reading their message piqued my interest enough to want to visit their website at Here, I learned that the farm, owned and operated by husband-and-wife team, Erik and Miriam Dietz, is located in Dexter, Oregon.

Their CSA or “Community Supported Agriculture”, has grown significantly since its inception about two years ago. By becoming a CSA member, you can prepurchase either weekly or biweekly boxes of fruits and vegetables, picked fresh prior to your picking it up. They also provide a delivery service for a nominal charge. Also, your box can be customized depending on your specific needs. Individual fruit and vegetable bunches may also be purchased separately.

As their website explains, “We believe in going beyond the minimum for Organic Certification, so we plant pollinator habitat on the farm. We use as little fossil fuels as possible and plant cover crops in the Fall to prevent erosion and build organic matter. We never spray herbicides (even the Certified Organic ones!). All of our compost and amendments are OMRI (Organic Materials Review Institute) approved, and we plant only Organic or Heirloom seeds.

“Our CSA has never missed a week. The farm continues to pump out delicious and beautiful vegetables, the CSA members are happy, and I learn a tremendous amount about farming and running a small business every year. I feel lucky to live in this community and I am looking forward to many more years of providing my neighbors and friends with delicious, nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables.”

To join their CSA, simply go to their website and click on “Join Now”. All the details you will need to determine you level of membership are easily explained on the site. You can also email or call the Dietz’s at 458-224-2040 with any questions you may have.

Fat Cat Farms also sells their produce at the A & M Family Farm stand, located at 84735 Parkway Road, in Pleasant Hill.

By the way, the name Fat Cat Farm comes from the Dietz’s 18-pound cat named Rufus, whom they loved and will always be remembered.

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