#FarmerFriday Focus: Girly Girl Greens
One of my favorite things about social media is the ability to have a glimpse into the world of other farmers. It is equally inspiring and educational to be virtually surrounded by a diverse landscape of farms in all stages of growth. Girly Girl Greens stood out to me with their focus on organic, soil-grown microgreens in Duvall, Washington. I simply had to reach out to learn more about their company!
As it turns out, they are as kind as their microgreens are beautiful. Girly Girl Greens is the combined effort of “A mom. Eight daughters. And a farm.” Candy Austin, the mother of the 8 daughters, and Bronte Austin, partner and one of the 8 daughters, were happy to share their story with me. A family farm to boot, Girly Girl Greens’ priority is to provide their community with wholesome, delicious greens and to build a business on the solid foundation of the love and support of family.
Below you will find a small glimpse into their story of how they got to where they are today.
Who is Girly Girl Greens?
“Our goal is to connect with the community around us and educate others about things we’ve learned, sharing our passion for organic, sustainable, and nutritious food. To us, it makes sense that the source of our food is as important as how it’s grown. We value farmer-to-consumer relationships and feel it’s important to share what we have with the community.”
How long have you been farming?
We’ve been growing vegetables for about 10 years and have definitely learned a lot since those early days. :)
What inspired you to start?
Learning about the value of organic food motivated us to begin changing the food choices we made. Mom always loved gardening and is the type of person to research everything. She planted a vegetable garden of our own and eventually we came to microgreens.
What do you find most valuable about farming with your family?
Farming together allows every one of us to use our talents. It’s like well-oiled machinery that hums along, each part doing its specialized function. I want to give honorable mention to my daughter, Alise, who, without her, our microgreen business would not be what it is today. She came up with the original idea to start our business and through her eager and generous support, everything came together. She is the owner and manager of Girly Girl Greens. Working together brings us closer as a family and we have fun at the same time.
What is your favorite green to grow and why?
It’s so hard to pick a favorite. We’ve come to really love Red Shiso, which isn’t technically “green” except in the baby stages. It took a while to learn how to grow it to perfection, but it was worth the wait. Now we have shiso coming out of our ears! It’s so aromatic--like the essence of cinnamon with hints of other spices--and its leaves are simply stunning.
If you could tell a beginning farmer anything, what would it be?
It’s all about the soil. Simply put, soil is the foundation of what you grow. There’s a certain look to vegetables grown in nutrient-rich, organic soil. They radiate health and nutrition and the flavor is unbeatable. Mom says some of the microgreens smell so good she wants to walk around with them hanging under her nose all day. :)
Thank you to Candy, Bronte, and the entire family for taking the time to answer my questions and tell me a bit about their story!
All photos used in this post are property of Girly Girl Greens.