Illinois Ave. Farm Stand
Freshly picked, beyond organic produce grown right in our northside Spokane Washington USA neighborhood. This page and our stand offer the seasonal bounty of the Earth, unusual and heirloom produce, occasional culinary recipes old and new, a little bit of local food network philosophy and classes, and hope for a more sustainable future amidst an increasingly urbanized global environment. When the farm stand umbrella is up in our driveway and you are looking for locally grown goods, just knock on the front door or holler at the back gate!
Proprietors Kathleen Callum and Robert Sloma are currently restoring a 1928 California style bungalow, advocate for Food Not Lawns on their own lawn and community garden, are archeologists, and have one son. Both grew up gardening, have helped the family make maple syrup at the Callum Sugarbush in New Hampshire, sold produce at a farmer’s market in New Hampshire, and a boutique organic restaurant in Vermont. They volunteered as community garden managers on Spokane’s northwest side, prior to its development by the non-profit who owned the land. Both are grateful to a V.A. loan, thanks to Kathleen’s service in the military, used to purchase their 1928 California Craftsman, which they are restoring.Now besides gardening on their own urban lot, and gleaning from their old Italian neighborhood trees, they rent a plot at the Chief Garry Community Garden.
Robert Sloma’s parents immigrated from Poland. He missed speaking Polish when he moved to Washington State, so was inspired to bring together Polish-Americans in the Inland Northwest through Spokolonia (an amalgam of Spokane and Polonia). Robert is passionate about heirloom tree fruit, works for a local tribe as an archeologist, and graduated from S.U.N.Y. Plattsburg and University of Leicester, England in Anthropology and Historical Archeology. One of his favorite facebook posts videos, , narrated in both Polish and English, demonstrates how to make caraway and juniper berry flavored naturally fermented sauerkraut the traditional way.
Kathleen graduated in Geology and Anthropology from University of Montana and Quaternary Studies from University of Maine (now the Institute for Climate Change), retired from U.S.D.A. after suffering a stroke, specializes in early agriculture and horticulture, is the President of Inland Northwest Community Gardens, volunteers as one of the WSU Master Gardeners-Spokane County, and is one of the Spokane County Master Composters/Recyclers. She is passionate about growing the local food network, community sustainability and resiliency, and #ClimateJustice. Gardening and taking care of Earth’s bounty helps inspire her and keeps her going.