Locally grown produce
SPS’s Culinary Services Department has a long standing history of working with its prime produce vendor, Duck Delivery of Washington, Inc. to source locally grown produce for its school breakfast, lunch and afterschool snack programs. Based in Sumner, Duck Delivery is owned by United Salad Co., a family-owned produce distributor founded in 1940.
In 2007 United Salad Co., Duck Delivery Produce, Inc and Duck Delivery of Washington, Inc. became the first Food Alliance Certified Distributors in the United States. This recognition followed a rigorous third-party audit covering a variety of industry and consumer concerns including conservation, safe and fair working conditions, recycling, quality control, food safety and traceability of sustainably-grown products.
Pride Packing Co., based in Wapato Washington, grows over 3,000 acres of apple and soft fruit orchards. This subsidiary of United Salad Co. is recognized in the industry for state of the art operations. Plums, pears and whole and cut apples are just a few of the local product grown by Pride Packing Co. and supplied by Duck Delivery of Washington, Inc. to the school district.
Through Seattle Public Schools’ relationship with Duck Delivery of Washington, Inc., produce is routinely sourced throughout the year from the following Washington and Oregon farms:
- Bolthouse Farms: Prosser, WA
- Carpinito Brothers: Kent, WA
- Dickey Farms: Bingen, WA
- Duckwall: Hood River, OR
- Evans Fruit: Yakima, WA
- Imperial Gardens: Wapato, WA
- Inaba Farms: Wapato, WA
- Pride Packing: Wapato, WA
- Rainier Fruit: Yakima, WA
- Ralph’s Greenhouse: Mt. Vernon, WA
- Siri and Son: Clackamas, OR
- Sterino Farms: Puyallup, WA
- Valley Pride Farms: Mt. Vernon, WA
- Washington Lettuce: Mt. Vernon, WA