ABOUT US

Our namesake is a nod to the many rustic farm stands, both past and present, located throughout Seattle’s fertile neighboring valleys. We link urban commercial customers to the diverse range of ingredients one might find at these timeless landmarks through the use of a modern, convenient ordering and delivery system.

MISSION, VISION & VALUES

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to help establish an economically and environmentally sustainable food system by facilitating and maintaining connections between producers and consumers to demonstrate the value and importance of viable local farms.

OUR VALUES

Sustainability – Transparency - Integrity - Equity

OUR VISION

  • Be a reliable distribution and sales partner for local farms and buyers
  • Cultivate greater demand to improve the prosperity of farming on Seattle’s urban fringe
  • Maximize the volume of wholesale product moving from Seattle’s neighboring farmlands to Seattle’s commercial kitchens and food retailers
  • Support an increasingly educated consumer base including direct customers (head chefs, food purchasers), middle users (cooks, kitchen staff, servers, etc.), and end consumers (restaurant patrons, grocery shoppers, students, etc.)

THE CREW

AUSTIN BECKER

Austin Becker leads Farmstand Local Foods and is focused on creating dynamic, rewarding sales relationships between farmers and chefs. Austin discovered his passion for agriculture while attending the University of Wisconsin — shortly after graduation, he worked to grow a small produce and livestock farm outside of Green Bay, where he was first exposed to wholesale restaurant accounts in a town known for it’s love of rich foods. Before Farmstand, Austin gained experience in the Seattle marketplace working on behalf of 21 Acres to build an urban logistics system and heightened demand for NW Washington products through the Puget Sound Food Hub.

KELLY OKUMURA

Kelly Okumura’s professional background is graphic design, but she’s been an avid cook and student of food systems and politics for many years. In 2015 she returned to school to study sustainable ag in Seattle Central College’s SAgE (Sustainable Agriculture Education) Program and WSU’s Cultivating Success Program. While in school Kelly reconnected with farmer friend Shawn Miller, and in 2017 they launched Tuk Muk Farm, a 1.5 acre regenerative farm specializing in Asian veggies grown alongside pastured chickens and pigs. After an amazing, challenging and life changing year as a full-time farmer, Kelly has joined the team at Farmstand Local Foods as the Farm to Table program manager. She’s excited to promote and expand the F2T program and represent the farmer’s voice in the larger conversation about how and where our food comes from.

LAUREN BOLING

Lauren grew up in Southwest Virginia and spent a majority of her childhood on her family’s farm. She earned her B.A. in Public and Urban Affairs from Virginia Tech with a focus on community development and sustainability. She then started her professional career in the food banking world advocating for greater food access and discovered her passion for food systems. Lauren has joined the FLF team as the Marketing and Logistics Specialist and is excited to foster relationships between local farmers and chefs and to assist with the growth of the Farm to Table program.