Businesses offer healthy eating choices

By Kelly Black for WesCom News Service July 09, 2014 08:55 am

Charma Vaage takes a break from baking at her Union Bagel Shop on Main Street in Union. (CHRIS BAXTER/WesCom News Service)
Charma Vaage takes a break from baking at her Union Bagel Shop on Main Street in Union. (CHRIS BAXTER/WesCom News Service)
 

Dora’s Garden and the Union Bagel Shop are teaming up to provide healthy eating choices in Union.

“I believe strongly in good food,” said Charma Vaage, owner of the Union Bagel Shop. “My goal was to supply an alternative choice and a healthy choice.”

Vaage and Susan Boyd, manager of Dora’s Garden, a 54-acre farm in Union with organic certification, share a common vision, delicious food with fewer chemicals.

“We have been collaborating for a couple of years,” Boyd said. “She gets greens from me and vegetables when they are in season. She uses them in salads and soups. I carry her bagels at the farm stand.”

Vaage steams and freezes or dries many organic products from Dora’s Garden, such as berries, vegetables, herbs and garlic, for use throughout the year at the bagel shop. 

“People who understand quality ingredients and organic, really appreciate it,” Vaage said. 

Dora’s Garden was certified as an organic farm in December 2012 by Oregon Tilth, a nonprofit research and education membership organization dedicated to biologically sound and socially equitable agriculture. It was a rigorous and expensive process. 

“It is worth it to save the environment,” Boyd said. “When I buy certified organic, it is not just about what I put into my body, I am voting with my dollars how we treat the Earth.”

The farm has one-half acre in certified organic produce and berries, 50 acres in certified organic hay and an orchard that employs organic practices.

For the full story, see Wednesday's issue of The Observer