Food & Forests: The Food Front Cooperative Grocery

Food Front Counter, Image Courtesy of Peter Hayes

Food Front Counter, Image Courtesy of Peter Hayes

Food Front Cooperative Grocery recently remodeled their NW Portland store, putting in a new countertop created by Jetwoodshop from wood at Hyla Woods, both BLA members. Longtime supporters of local, responsibly grown food in the Pacific Northwest (and winners of Edible Portland’s 2013 Local Heroes Award), Food Front has expanded this concept to the support of local, responsibly-grown forestry. Food Front was founded in 1972 and now has over 10,000 owner-members.

Nestled in their cornucopia of local produce, seafood, and more, are local cutting boards from nearby Hyla Woods. These cutting boards are made from raw lumber delivered to BLA Member, Trillium Pacific Millwork, whose employees are passionate about operating a triple bottom line business to benefit their customers, employees, communities and environment.  (Hyla Woods cutting boards can also be found at: Portland Audubon, Montinore Winery, and Lloyd Farmers Market.)

It was then only natural that Food Front contacted Peter Hayes of Hyla Woods to replace their countertop. Peter carefully selected beautifully figured, kiln-dried wood that had been harvested from a standing, dead oak tree.  As shown in the process photos below, the wood was shaped and finished by James Thompson of Jetwoodshop. James is also a BLA member and finds that the organization is a wonderful way to combine his wood-crafting vocation and his Nature Conservancy restoration avocation.

“A sign above the counter educates customers about the link to local forests,” notes Peter. Now patrons can eat locally, responsibly sourced food on a locally, responsibly sourced table! Check it out in person. Visit the Food Front Cooperative’s NW Portland location.

BLA Members Involved: Hyla WoodsJetwoodshop, Trillium Pacific Millwork

Wood Species Used: Oregon White Oak

Project Type: Countertop