Tieton Farm & Creamery is a 21-acre farm located in the beautiful Yakima Valley in Eastern Washington. It is owned and operated by Farmer Ruth Babcock (on the right) and Cheese Maker Lori Babcock (on the left), who met 15 years ago at a financial accounting software company. How did two Seattle-area software professionals end up as a farmer and cheese maker in Tieton? Here’s their story in their own words:
To satisfy a long-term desire to farm, in 2002 we started running a small farm in Bellevue, WA, on 1.5 acres of land that belonged to our cousin. It was a great place for us to learn about farming–and our cousin appreciated how well the goats took care of the weeds and brush on the property! We bought a breed that was perfect for high-quality milk production so we could use the milk for yogurt and cheese for our family and eventually started a farm business, Emerald City Pastures, LLC, which sold a wide array of vegetables grown on the property.