Oct. 7, 2011
Voss Acres: The Community's Newest Fresh Produce Market
Driving through Copalis Crossing on the way to the Washington coast recently, you've surely noticed a charming little produce market luring tourists and locals in for fresh fruits and vegetables. Voss Acres, North Beach's newest local market, has quickly become a household name for fresh, quality produce and warm, friendly conversations. Since opening on Mother's Day weekend, Voss Acres has been a delightful new addition for residents and tourists on the way to the beach.
You don't just encounter a small produce market upon entering Voss Acres; you immediately embark on a journey into the last century sprinkled with neat stories and traditions told by the pictures on the wall and casual conversations. Passionate owners, Steve and Sharon Voss, are always eager to share any of the fascinating history while shoppers pick fresh fruits and veggies. For example, the house in which they both live right next to the market was built in 1898 and is one of the oldest houses in the North Beach area. What has been a renovating project for Steve over the past few years, was once a "mobile" home for the workers along the railroad - the house would move along with every section of railroad that was completed. As you walk through the market, you'll also notice many old souvenirs and artifacts. Steve and Sharon found most of these on the site of the house when they acquired the landmark, with some items dating back almost a 100 years. The most recent find being a spark plug piece from a Model T Ford (1909-1927). If you circle the market building to the back, you'll immediately spot a drove of pigs surrounded by little chicken and turkeys, ducks, etc. Fresh eggs are collected all week and sold on Saturdays. In addition to the farm animals, adjacent is an organic farm that Steve has been passionately gardening for almost 10 years now. Local, organic carrots, beans, Swiss chard, and other vegetables are a big hit at Voss Acres. Regulars ask for them all the time as they are picked fresh and cleaned as you wait.
Otherwise, Voss Acres gets most of its produce from Charlie's Produce in Seattle, who has an excellent network of local and national farmers delivering fresh food a couple times a week to Copalis Crossing. Seabrook's local grocery store has also started featuring Voss Acres' products as of late. If you stop by the Lil's Pantry on Front Street, greeting you is Sharon's fresh produce that is sure to complete any meal or provide for grocery shopping during your stay at Seabrook. Whichever way you decide to try Voss Acre's fresh fruits and vegetables, you certainly won't regret it. Furthermore, if you can learn a thing or two about the history of the area while you're doing your grocery shopping, all the better. It is usually the context to a place and the people in it that make it a unique experience. Voss Acre has both, and a little bit extra. In the meantime, check out the market's website and add Sharon on Facebook for the latest information, news, and pictures out of Voss Acres.