Mike Ellis grew up on the farmland that was his grandpa’s in Molalla, Oregon, and has carried on the family’s farming tradition at Mt. Hope Farms, learning the ropes from the time he was old enough to operate farm equipment, he says.

Mike and his wife, Laura, specialize in making small-batch fruit spreads, crafted from the variety of berries and grapes grown on the farm. You can find Mt. Hope Farms fruit spreads in your Market’s specialty Cheese Shop.

With flavors like Oregon Cranberry-Marionberry, Autumn Apple, Blueberry Orange Spice, Blackberry-Aronia-Lavender, these delicious spreads are perfect for your next cheese board. Ask your Market Cheesemonger for pairing recommendations.

Market of Choice also carries Mt. Home Farms table grapes in the Produce Department. Grown organically and handpicked by the Ellis family at the peak of ripeness, these sweet, seedless grapes are delivered quickly to your Market to ensure premium quality and freshness.

“Really what makes our grapes special is the soil, how we care for the soil and the microbes in the soil, because they’re what feed the grapes,” Mike explains. “You get that taste of place.”

As a family farmer, Mike says, he appreciates how the folks at Market of Choice also feel like family. “They’re there to support us as we work through whatever comes up, so that we can provide you our farm’s best.”

Published On: October 5th, 2022

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