King Family Hazlenuts started as a produce business with a CSA program in 2011. In 2015 we started the hazelnut branch of the business with the idea to process and package the hazelnuts grown by King Family Farms, Inc. We are a family owned and operated business, as mom and two daughters.
I attended Clackamas Community College and earned an Associate of Science degree in Horticulture. I married my long-time friend and high school prom date in 2009 and we had our first daughter, Brookelynn, in the fall of 2010! In December of 2012, our second daughter Brynn was born and we welcomed another baby girl, Joanna, in the summer of 2017! The start of King Fresh has allowed me to follow my passion, agriculture! I feel very blessed that our girls are growing up on the farm and are learning the same values and appreciation for agriculture that I have. Over the last couple of years we have enjoyed skiing with our girls in the winter and exploring National Parks in the summer! When not at soccer and softball games, our evenings are spent riding four wheelers with our girls and playing in the yard with our dog Charlie!
I graduated from Oregon State University in 1978 as a teacher. While teaching in a small rural school in the Silverton area I met and married my Husband, David (partner of King Family Farms, Inc.), in 1980. Together we raised 5 children, Andrea, Kellie, Kristin, Ashley and Tyler who have all learned to appreciate the value of not only being raised on a farm, but also being involved in working and learning about agriculture. After taking several years to stay home with our children I was fortunate to find a teaching job at a K-8 school teaching 7th and 8th grade about a mile from our home beginning in 1990! In addition to teaching I have always had a love for gardening. In 2009, along with our daughters I started a new adventure, and that was the beginning of Farmer’s markets and King Fresh Produce. About 5 years after putting in our first hazelnut orchard we decided to start processing and packaging our own nuts, which is a business we are excited about expanding! In my spare time, with my love for sewing, I usually have a quilt in progress! We are so thankful to have a busy home that is often times full of children and grandchildren who fill us with joy and pride.