I’ve never covered a company that felt more grounded to the Palouse region. Pacific Northwest Farmers Cooperative (known simply as PNW) is truly home grown. The seeds for the organization started over 100 years ago. (Puns intended, if you like puns.)
The 350 family farmers who are part of the cooperative all farm within a 60-mile radius of Moscow and Pullman. The farmers all grow their lentils, garbanzo beans, and split peas using sustainable farming techniques: for example, crop rotation to maintain the nutrient balance of the soil and conservation tillage which leaves last year’s crop residue in place to reduce water and soil run off. These practices also result in less fossil fuel use and sequester carbon (a long-term method of carbon dioxide storage used in an attempt to mitigate climate change).
I highly recommend watching their video which introduces the farmers behind the cooperative’s crops: https://vimeo.com/226035469.
If you feel less than inspired when thinking about eating pulses (the dried seed of legumes), I recommend you take a look at the PNW Farmers Cooperative’s website to find delicious recipes such as Beer-Miso-Sriracha Roasted Chickpeas; Honey Balsamic Roasted Vegetable Lentil Salad; Split Pea, Garlic & Spinach Soup with Roasted Mirepoix; Spicy Lentil Tahini Wraps; One Pot Italian Quinoa and Lentils; Cinnamon Chickpea Blondies; and many more.
The Co-op carries PNW lentils, split peas, and garbanzo beans in the bulk section.
With the belief that everyone should have access to local, healthy food, PNW Farmers Cooperative supports the following non-profits: Second Harvest Inland Northwest, River City Youth Ops, New Leaf Bakery Café, and Big Table.
PNW Farmers Cooperative’s Goal is to “connect people to our farms and the healthy food we grow.”
PNW Farmers Cooperative Snapshot
- Founded in 2008
- Offices in Genesee, Idaho; Colfax, Washington; and Rosalia, Washington
- Non-GMO Certified
- Farmed Smart Certified for Sustainable Agriculture
- Kosher Certified
- Primus GMP (Good Manufacturing Processes) Certified
- All this information and more can be found at pnw.coop.
Amy Newsome has been a vegetarian for over 25 years so has had a huge affinity for the protein, nutrition, and fiber of lentils, garbanzo beans and split peas.