We believe in being different, we learn differently, teach differently, have different ideas, and different people. Being the difference is identifying abilities and improving them. Every day it allows us to share important moments with millions of people through the food we produce. To make Owyhee “The Difference”, it requires each of us to be the difference, we are the difference.
The Owyhee family is built on a solid foundation thanks to the determination, sacrifice, and hard work of our founders. We have grown to now have 11 family households working alongside each other everyday. We work hard together and celebrate our wins and support each other through the lows and highs. We try hard to bring a part of our family traditions with every job we do from us to you.
Shay (3rd Gen) is the general manager of our Parma packing location. He is a busybody in the packing house and on social media where you can find him as “ Shay farm kid”. His desire is to keep the legacy alive that was started by his grandfather, our founder Owen Froerer.
Grandma (1st Gen) runs the books and the farm and has been involved since the beginning of our farm. She is wise beyond measure. And keeps on the straight and narrow.
Craig ( 2nd Gen) is the manager of the farm. He has been farming since he could walk. His knowledge of farming is as wide and deep as our farm, he is always willing to teach it to others, his sons, and grandchildren, or anyone who asks.
Bailey (3rd Gen) is our marketing director, and agri-tourism guide. Her experience as an Oregon FFA State Officer and living and working on a farm has taught her many things about the agriculture world. She would love to teach the world where their food comes from.
Chase (3rd Gen) manages the onion crop, he is involved from ordering the seed to harvesting the crop. He has a true love for farming and his children. He gets his kids involved with farming any chance he gets, preparing us for the 4th Generation.
Sales director she works on delivering and following through. She is always looking for new leads but never forgets the ones she has.
Transportation specialist, he prides himself on building relationships with good companies and drivers. He grew up in the small town of Nyssa and found his way back about 6 years ago when joining the Owyhee team.
Sales assistance and director of shipping, she can multitask like a champ. She helps get trucks out on time, loaded correctly and keeps things in order (which isn’t an easy job).
This was the name given the beautiful Sandwich Islands by Captain James Cook when he discovered them on his second voyage in 1778. Afterwards, they were called the Hawaiian Islands.
The association of this name with a river, a range of mountains, and a county in Idaho came about through the activities of the Hudson Bay Company, when in 1819, three Sandwich Island Indians, or Owyhee’s, under the leadership of Captain Donald Mackenzie, were trapping on the river that now bears the name when they were attacked by a band of Naked Indians and killed.
After this time the river was known as the Sandwich Island River and was later called the Owyhee River. The mountains and the county were subsequently named for the river. Originally, as expressed by Captain Cook, the word meant Delightful, Beautiful, or Satisfying, which is truly symbolized in the famous Owyhee.
Extremes in climate mean more risk for farmers and more volatility for non-farmers. Operations like ours are the best hedge against these extremes. We control all aspects of the process. We are the farmer, grower, packer, shipper and processor. The buck stops with us. It also means the transparency of process and control is something you will seldom see and that’s because we have nothing to hide.
We want to improve the land and improve our chances for survival into the future. This means our team of specialists here at Owyhee Produce are constantly taking real world steps to reduce our impact on the environment. We are doing our part to “Make a Difference”.