We may be small in size, but we are big at heart! Located 25 miles north of Pasco, Washington, we are a family operation that grows fruit just for local Farmers Markets. We have one acre of cherries and another acre of apples and soft fruit–peaches, nectarines and pluots.
Visit us at http://flataufarm.com
What got you started in farming?
Paul grew up as a farm boy in the Columbia Basin (our property is part of what was his parents’ last farm). We wanted to use our small hillside acreage to its best advantage, so we decided to plant fruit trees in 1997. We also wanted our children to benefit from our venture—it’s how they have learned the value of hard work and the art of customer service, along with earning money for their college education.
What is the biggest concern facing family farmers today?
Passing the vision on to the next generation as well as the increase of large corporate farms.
If you could eat one thing you grow for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Favorite musician, band or artist?
As a family, we can all agree on the audio book stories (and songs) of Hank the Cowdog performed by the author and creator John R. Erickson.
If you weren’t farming you’d be…
Bored. The kids call our farmers market business their Dad’s extreme hobby, since he does this in addition to his full time job.
What do you love about owning a farm?
We love how owning a farm gives us a sense of independence and has shaped our family culture.
What other farms do you enjoy or do you secretly conspire against them?
We respect and admire Sylvia Albertin of Albertin’s Orchard, as her operation is similar to ours. Like us, she grows her fruit and produce just for local markets, not for a commercial packing house.
What is your most favorite thing about selling at the farmers market?
The people! It’s our customers who keep us going and growing for the market.
What do you think the Pasco Farmers Market means to Downtown Pasco?
The Pasco Farmers Market has served our community for decades as an integral part of Downtown Pasco. It is a great draw for local residents as well as their out of town guests and tourists.
Favorite type of food?
Besides fruit? Chocolate and cereal.