Grocer, farm work it out

by:  JIM CLARK, Unlike farmer Don Kruger (pictured), one Oregon farmer says he’s had no problem getting his produce into a local market.

My wife, Elizabeth, and I farm 30 acres near Corvallis, raising a variety of fruits and vegetables. We started selling tomatoes directly to New Seasons back when they only had four stores.

We have been treated very well by their produce buyers. We, in turn, have made every effort to meet their needs because we like that they are locally owned and operated, have a local and organic focus, and have great people on staff.

It has taken a few seasons to work out the bugs, but the results have been good for both of us.

As the Aug. 24 article 'Stores snub local farmers' pointed out, there are challenges to overcome if small farms are going to work with grocers. We are glad that New Seasons was committed and creative enough to make it work.

They now carry our vine-ripe tomatoes in all their stores for our entire season each year. I don't know any store the size of New Seasons that has made as much effort to support local producers.

Tom Denison


Measure 49 would threaten retirement

My wife and I are 70 and retired. In 1967 we purchased 48-plus acres in Clackamas County.

Our retirement plan was to parcel off about six one- to two-acre residential lots and sell them as necessary. When the state rezoned our land it was inaccurately categorized, and we lost our retirement.

But when Measure 37 passed, there was hope (Key land-use case unsettled, Aug. 10). Even though we only wanted six lots, the county told us we could not divide our property one lot at a time and said to file for the maximum allowed: 46 lots.

I say this because some people are nervous about the number and size of Measure 37 claims. I want people to know that those numbers are not accurate.

We only wanted six rural residential lots. But on paper, our claim is for 46 lots.

Now Measure 49 threatens us. We are not greedy developers. We thought we made a wise investment 40 years ago. Please don't let the government take our retirement away. Stop Measure 49.

Donald Trautman


Owning property can change perspective

In response to the 'pick and choose' mentality of Tate Williams' Aug. 24 letter, 'She paved way for paving,' how convenient of him to forget that Dorothy English and her attorneys have stated many times that she and her husband bought the property so they could use it as retirement.

Where does he think that money would come from? Williams' lack of real estate knowledge looks like jealousy and envy.

He also leaves out the fact that a majority of Oregon voters approved Measure 37. But Williams calls it 'greed, venom and false motives.'

People owning property and using it as they see fit is not what is ruining Oregon. Williams' letter paints hardworking Oregonians who own property as greedy, awful citizens.

My advice to Williams: Try purchasing some property and see if that doesn't change your viewpoint.

John Collette

North Portland