Fresh, High-Quality Produce
Sparrowhawk Farm is the descendant of a century-long farming tradition, as it was created in 2008 as part of the much larger Gates Century Farm, an Oregon Century Farm, on land surrounding the Gates Barn. The Gates Century Farm was founded in 1897 by John W. Gates and his wife Minnie Gordon. Since then, five generations of the Gates Family have farmed the land, growing fresh produce for the community.
Although the Gates Farm was created by John W. Gates and Minnie Gordon, Sparrowhawk itself was actually founded by Becky Gates, who grew up on Gates Century Farm, and her husband, Guy Ferguson. In 2017, James Brougham took over as farm manager to grow the farm and serve the local community.
Ever since its inception, Sparrowhawk has been an environmentally conscious, low-impact farm, working hard to provide fresh, quality, ethical produce to its customers. They feel strongly about having a positive impact, both on the environment and on their community. They reduce carbon and nitrogen emissions by practicing no-till farming, and they avoid releasing harmful chemicals into the environment by never using synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers. Giving back to the community is also very important to Sparrowhawk, and they do so by donating produce to a local women’s and family shelter, educating kids about agriculture, and making their produce as accessible as possible. Recently, they built a greenhouse for a local elementary school.
Since Sparrowhawk Farm is only five minutes away from the Downtown Hillsboro Saturday Market and many of their CSA members live in the area, selling their produce here at the Hillsboro Farmers’ Markets is the best way for them to connect with their CSA members and the local community.
Sparrowhawk’s produce reflects their constant hard work to provide the best product possible, with multiple local restaurants relying on them for their quality produce. Their proximity to the markets also means that their fruits and vegetables are always at their maximum freshness. In particular, Sparrowhawk is known for their delicious heirloom tomatoes and greens, though their stunning mushroom display is also sure to catch the eye of any passerby. During the summer season, you can expect to find their tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, summer squash, and beans at their stand at the market, and come fall they will be selling their winter squash, greens, root veggies, and walnuts.
If you want to sign up to get produce from Sparrowhawk on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, make sure to take a look at their CSA share options. You can also follow them on Facebook to keep up with their weekly produce selection at the Saturday market.