HOTLIPS Soda’s Fruit Farmers

Jeana Edelman and David Yudkin, co-owners of HOTLIPS Pizza since 1989, drew on their years spent building relationships with local farmers to get their sustainable soda concept off the ground. In 2003, HOTLIPS Soda was born. Meet our farmers:


 

Marionberry_SM1BLACK RASPBERRY, RED RASPBERRY + MARIONBERRY – WHEW!  Sandy Farms in Boring, OR is located along the route of the old Barlow Road, the final extension of the Oregon Trail and the first wagon road over the Cascade Mountains. The timber was cleared to establish the original farm in the late 1800’s in an area then known as Sandy Ridge, a place that held the distinction of producing the finest berries in the county. In 1942, F.T. Rowell and Robert Hudson purchased the first 512 aces of Sandy Farms. Then in 1947 the property was incorporated and given the name Sandy Farms. In 1951 F.T. Rowell’s son John and his new bride Marilyn took over management of the farm. John came from a strong farming background having spent his summers working on the family farm in Scholls Oregon. They slowly acquired more property. In 1981, John and Marilyn bought Hudson’s share of the farm and became the sole owners. In 1990 the Rowells offered their farm manager, Robert Underwood, the option to begin purchasing Sandy Farms stock. In 2005 Bob became majority owner and continues to head the farm today. Over the years Sandy Farms has grown to over 1200 acres and has received numerous awards. Fruit Grower Magazine has listed Sandy Farms as one of the top 20 berry growers in the nation consistently since 1990.

 

Kauai_Ginger_field1GINGER in our newest flavor, GINGER ALE, we get the pungent root from KAUAI ORGANIC FARMS, a family farm in Kilauea, Hawaii on the beautiful island of Kauai. Only a few farms worldwide grow Yellow Ginger at all. Phil Green, our farmer friend, says, “You will notice the difference in color and texture when you slice our yellow ginger. It is a vibrant yellow from top to bottom. Yellow ginger is more dense and less fibrous then the white ginger you will normally find at your grocer. Yellow ginger requires more labor to grow and prepare for market. Not only are the yields for Yellow less – an acre of Yellow yields only 60% as much as White – but the hands themselves are lighter and more compact so Yellow requires more handwork for harvesting, trimming and packing.”

 

CRANBERRY Scott McKenzie and his family grow the cranberries we use in our soda in their bogs along the southern Oregon coast at Seaview Farms, in Sixes, OR.  Scott has lead the effort to grow cranberries sustainably and his farm is both Salmon Safe and Food Alliance certified. Scott says, “A healthy berry may be uniformly rosy red or dark Burgundy, or even almost black.” Our soda is made from single-strength juice, meaning the berries have never been concentrated, so they retain the amazing flavors that are normally cooked out.

 

BERRY NOIR in Newberg, Oregon, is where we actually make the soda.  A small family-run fruit processing plant, the folks at Berry Noir have grown, learned and flexed with us, making it possible to create HOTLIPS Real Fruit Soda. Thanks to Chuck, Monica and the BN team!