Food and Nutrition

Choosing your food doesn’t need to be overly complicated.

What we mean by “Local”:

  • We encourage everyone to grow some food. Grow your own. It doesn’t get more local than this.
  • How we prioritize “Local” when selecting food for ourselves and our guests:
    • Our Farm:
      • The vast majority of what we serve comes directly from our farm. Hyper local is our best choice.
    • Our Neighbors:
      • We believe that supporting our neighbors means buying local product. This supports ensure fresh product, grows local economy and reduces food miles.
      • Snoqualmie Valley: There are more than 100 farms in the Snoqualmie Valley. We’re proud to support our neighbor farmers.
      • King County: There are 1,837 farms in King County. Plenty of great options to choose from.
      • Washington State: This supports regional economy and seasonality.
    • Domestic Production: When we can’t find an ingredient that is locally sourced.
    • Globally Sourced: For ingredients that are not readily available in domestic production.
  • Organic Whenever Possible:
    • We grow in a certified organic manner and encourage others to do so when possible.
    • How we prioritize when selecting food for ourselves and our guests:
      • Certified Organic
      • Grown Using Organic Practices
      • Non GMO
      • Other Growing Methods only when it is the only source available and transparently disclosed when used.In Season for Our Location:As Alice Waters said, “Nine tenths of cooking is understanding farming and seasonality.” The vast majority of what we serve our guests is produced on property or by our neighbors. We have award winning chefs on our team and their focus is on celebrating seasonal bounty, coaxing great flavors though time honored techniques, and sharing their knowledge with our guests so that they can reproduce this at home over 300 nights per year.

 

Nutrition

At Carnation Farms we advocate for a balance of whole foods.

We love to show how we grow nutritious, delicious food on our farm and how to easily prepare it at home. Eating better and eating together are such healthy pleasures!

Good nutrition isn’t about a rigid prescription or list of do’s and don’ts. It’s about the enjoyment of a broad variety of farm-fresh foods, minimally processed, without a ton of added sugar and salt.

Vegetables are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and, most importantly, flavor! Most Americans don’t eat enough veggies, but with a few good cooking tips, they can boost color on their plate and nutrients in their diet.

Fruits, such as blueberries, melons, and apples grown on our farm, are nourishing and sweet. And they’re a healthier and more satisfying snack than candy or chips.

Grains, especially whole grains like the wheat we grow in our fields, provide needed fiber and phytochemicals.

Meats from animals responsibly raised outdoors, such as our chickens and pigs, don’t just taste better, they also have a richer nutrient profile. We grow an array of beans, from unusual orca beans to the familiar pinto, which are rich sources of protein and fiber, and much easier to prepare than most people imagine.

Dairy foods we serve include cheese and milk from local pasture-raised cows, and are delicious sources of calcium and protein.

It’s not that complicated to eat right to prevent disease. The same diet – including these natural ingredients – can cut the risk for cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, and poor bone health. And, they taste great, especially in your kitchen or at your table, which we believe are the most important parts of any home.

 

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