• Farm4Fun w/ Katy Thornton

  • Aug 4 2022
  • Length: 51 mins
  • Podcast
  • Summary

    • Welcome to a Farm4Fun episode 
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    • @kaitlynthornton Instagram 23.8k @katyjthornton02 257.5k TikTok 
    • Meet Kaitlyn Thornton, a 4th generational farmer, born and raised on her family’s ranch in Tonasket, Washington. 
    • The family farm started with 100 acres in the Tonasket area by her Great Grandfather, Roy. The farm eventually went to the wayside until Kaitlyn’s father shared the same passion as Roy and picked up where he left off. Buying back the family’s land piece by piece, the farm grew from just 27 acres to over 440 operational acres.
    • Our orchard is 30 minutes from the Canadian border in Tonasket.
    • She also manages the TikTok account for SugarBee apples, a proprietary variety that the family happens to farm as well. She has a passion for connecting consumers to their food source and helping consumers understand what it really takes to run a farm and how to choose a great eating apple. 
    • Kaitlyn has also started a business of her own. What started as a challenge in High School to see if she could sell 20 boxes of apricots on Facebook, has now grown to a full-blown business, Kait’s Crates. 
    • The first year she sold over 400 boxes of fruit, 500 the following year, and over 1,000 the year after. With the power of social media, everywhere. She has now earned the name “Apple Queen” in the Tonasket area
    • Washington State University class of 2023
    • YEEYEE Apparal
    • What kind of apples do they have?
    • Is it only apples?
    • What kind of equipment does he run?
    • Does she farm with family?
    • Do you irrigate? 
    • which type?
    • How has the weather treated you this year?
    • What’s the future hold?
    • Any time for other Hobbies or collections?
    • really interested in engines so last summer I started hanging around a diesel shop with big semi-trucks used for transportation. I learned a lot about mechanics but I also got to spend time with the truckers who hauled the fruit, so it was fascinating to hear about that side of the business as well.
    • Best ag SWAG gift you have ever been given or gave away?
    • New Year New Question
    • What is the best advice you have been given?
    • What do you wish we would have asked you?
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