Turtle Island Foods
Hood River, OR
I started Turtle Island Foods in 1980 at the Hope Coop in Forest Grove, OR on my life savings of $2500.00 that I earned as teacher/naturalist in the Portland outdoor schools. Our first product was tempeh which I delivered in my beat up Datsun to Natures, Food Front, King Harvest and Peoples Coop. I lived pretty cheap for the first 15 years, seven of which were spent in a treehouse I built near the tempeh plant in Husum, WA. In 1995 we put the first 500 Tofurky Roasts in stores throughout the NW along with our good friends Hans and Rhonda Wrobel of the Higher Taste. Since then our lives have changed but our vision of creating a sustainable world with delicious plant based proteins remains the same. If you are up in Hood River at the Full Sail Brew Pub stop in next door and say hi!