Smoot’s Flavor’s Farm, owned by a woman, offers culinary herbs and tea to spice up home cooking
Lindsay Myron has a passion for cooking and farming, so it was only natural that she would marry the two into a successful business venture.
In 2019, Myron founded Smoot’s Flavor Farm just outside of Pullman. She said it all started after spending time working on her husband’s family farm.
“I worked on my husband’s family farm for about three years and I decided, you know, I like farming, I really want to farm, but that kind of farming wasn’t for me, and I didn’t feel able to make it work,” Myron said. “So I kind of ventured out on my own, and I felt like the grasses adapted really well to the Palouse climate; it is a very versatile crop and there are many ways to market it.
Myron specializes in culinary and tea herbs, as well as other savory products like garlic and specialty varieties, including up to 10 different types of basil and three types of thyme, she said. declared.
“I really wanted to do value-added products, so dried herbs, and it took me until this year to be able to start doing that, mainly because of food safety regulations,” Myron said. “So I had to build a processing facility that gets licensed by the state to make sure everything is safe and good for the consumer, and it took a really long time to get there, but I’m really excited that this year being my first year to be able to do it.
Smoot’s Flavor Farm is located at the bottom of Smoot Hill on a one acre piece of land that Myron leases on the farm from his large family. The farm is adjacent to Myron’s home and its processing plant is also on site, she said.
“I actually converted a 40ft shipping container into a processing facility, so half the container is like a dehydration chamber — It’s a gas-heated, super-insulated, very efficient drying room, and the other half is a process kitchen,” Myron said. “So there’s everything you need, stainless steel tables and storage and stuff like that; it was a big project, and I actually worked with a group of [WSU] mechanical engineering students in a capstone class to design the dehydrator room.
Smoot’s Flavor Farm is hyperlocal, and products can be found at farmers’ markets in Pullman and Moscow, in local restaurants occasionally, and from indirect customers, Myron said.
“I have an online store, and I post all the fresh herbs I have on the store, and people can place an order and then pick it up at the farmers market, which ensures that I have what they want. to the market,” said Myron.
Most of the farm’s fresh herbs are sold through its Community Supported Agriculture group. For 18 weeks each summer, people can get a fresh bouquet of culinary herbs that are selected to pair with other produce that customers can find at the farmer’s market or in their own backyard, Myron said.
“I also give them recipes and ideas to try with the herbs, so that’s really popular as well,” Myron said. “I’m trying to come up with some ideas to help people get inspired and use products they find at the farmers market that maybe are starting to get a little redundant, and maybe they need with a little spark of inspiration.”
Although Myron cannot grow tea leaves, she buys them to mix with the tea herbs she grows and makes them into herbal teas, she said.
“Grapefruit green tea is very popular, and I also make a mint and basil tea which has cinnamon basil and I think spearmint, mixed in with a few other things, and it’s just delicious. . It’s my favorite,” said Myron.
Katie Emerson, a friend of Lindsay’s and a member of her CSA, has seen Myron’s business thrive since its inception, Emerson said.
“I think she did a terrific job. I think that’s something this area really needed,” Emerson said. “I was getting herbs and they were rotting in my fridge because I didn’t know what to do, so it’s wonderful because I don’t have anything to grow, but I still get fresh herbs and I’m still learning how to actually use them.