Kraemer Farms began as a small-acreage farm in the first half of the 20th century, operating on a mixture of commercial and subsistence farming; the family grew what might be sold for a decent price, and what might be of use to the family. Diversification, therefore, is part of the traditions which underlay the Farm's continued success a century later. Due to crop rotation and economic factors, not every one of these crops are grown by Kraemer Farms every year, but they are often featured in our planting schedule.
Zucchini has been a mainstay on Kraemer Farms for many decades, and is a relative rarity in the modern era, insofar as it is a labor-intensive crop. Despite this, it is consistently profitable for the Farm and our employees alike.
Hazelnuts are a recent addition on Kraemer Farms, and on many other farms throughout the Willamette Valley. Their value lies in their commercial potential, and the low input of labor they require. Like the vineyards, hazelnut orchards are permanent fixtures, making their planting in appropriate locations of utmost importance.
Perennial Rye Grass/Tall Fescue
Collectively referred to simply as "grass seed," these two grass species are similar to hazelnuts, in that they are crops requiring low labor inputs. Moreover, given the frequency with which lawns must be replanted there is a reliable market for this crop.