Snake River Produce Company, LLC specializes in providing Spanish Sweet onions of superior quality in a variety of packaging and sizes. Located in Nyssa, Oregon Snake River Produce ships red, white, and yellow onions from August until April.
Suzanne Takasugi was raised in Clayton, a small farming community in Western Wisconsin. At a very young age, she began helping in the family hardware and farm store – stocking shelves, assisting customers, and keeping the books.
Suzanne attended the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where she obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration: Marketing Degree with a Minor in Accounting. She graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors and was a member of Alpha Lambda Delta – Academic Honor Society, Phi Beta Lambda – Business Society, and the American Marketing Association. While working on her education, Suzanne also worked for the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire as a Student Assistant and Paraprofessional.
After graduation, Suzanne moved to St. Paul, Minnesota where she worked for the Waldorf Corporation as an Estimator/Assistant Scheduler and Customer Service Representative from 1986-1992.
While on vacation in the Carribean, Suzanne met Patrick Takasugi. They were married and Suzanne moved to Wilder, Idaho to take over the farm office management for Takasugi Seed Farms. Suzanne and Pat have three children – Taylor, Cole, and Paige. Taylor is studying Bio-Chemistry at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Cole and Paige are attending Bishop Kelly High School.
Since moving to Idaho, Suzanne has been very involved in the community – working on the Girl Scouts of Silver Sage Council Board of Directors; Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church Transition Team Member; and the Canyon County Farm Bureau Board of Directors. She has also been active in the local schools as an Art Mom, Classroom Assistant, and Home Economics Instructor. During that time, she has also completed the Farm Management Program at Boise State University.
Following Pat’s passing in 2011, Suzanne took over his role and interest in Snake River Produce Company, LLC. and continues to manage the farm in Wilder and Homedale, Idaho.
Idaho-E. Oregon Onion Committee (USA Onions) Supports a “Healthy Lifestyle” in the Onion Country Community
Our very own Tiffany Cruickshank and Snake River Produce were involved in bringing the St. Alphonsus Mobile Mammogram Unit to Nyssa. Check out more details in the official press release below!
In December, Idaho-E. Oregon Onion Committee (USA Onions) Shippers worked with a Boise, Idaho based hospital, St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, to bring their mobile mammogram unit to various onion packing sheds in Idaho and Eastern Oregon. The mobile mammogram unit spent a half day at each shed and provided mammogram services to shed employees and members of the community.
USA Onions Marketing Director, Sherise Jones remarked, “Participating in programs of this nature supports the Promotion Committee efforts to encourage a “healthy lifestyle”, which is a message that is reflected in many of the Committee’s promotion campaign efforts.” “This includes the current grilling campaign platform with Weber-Stephens Products LLC that focuses on healthy recipes that incorporate USA Onions and grilling techniques”, Ms. Jones added. “The Committee is always pleased to see shipper members take action to contribute to our community’s health and well-being. Bringing the mobile mammogram unit to members of the onion industry is certainly a positive step in a “healthy” direction.”
According to Tiffany Cruickshank, IEOOC Promotion Committee Member, and a USA Onions Shipper, “When Tamara Bybee, another USA Onions Shipper reached out to me with the idea of bringing the St. Alphonsus Mobile Mammogram Unit to our facilities, I was immediately on board. We have all been impacted by breast cancer in one way or another and mammograms are vital to early detection which can save lives. We all know the process is generally not convenient, nor is it fun – but by bringing the Mobile Mammogram Unit to our employees, we eliminate those barriers and provide breast health services in our local community. I cannot stress enough the ease of working with the Mobile Mammography Unit – from the setup, to their arrival, and completion of the on-site mammograms, the process was smooth and simple and our facility is excited to have them back again next year!”
The Saint Alphonsus Mobile Health Screening Coach is a 40-foot long mobile unit that travels to numerous sites throughout the region providing the same high quality health screening services that you get from Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho.
The Mobile Health Screening Coach travels to southwestern Idaho, eastern Oregon and northern Nevada and is used primarily to provide screening mammography services. Saint Alphonsus provided over 3,000 women with mammograms last year.
Onion Chip Nachos
4 C. Cornmeal
1 C. 160 degree water
1 C. flour
½ C. cornstarch
Super Colossal Yellow IEO Onion
extra flour as needed
your favorite nacho toppings
Whisk hot water into cornmeal. Whisk in eggs, flour and cornstarch for batter. At service cut ½ Super Colossal onion into triangles. Toss onion sections in flour and coat with batter. Fry at 375 degrees for about 3 minutes. Drain oil and transfer chips to heatproof platter. Top with cheese and various nacho toppings. Bake until cheese melts. Enjoy!
Farming and agriculture have always been a part of Ken Teramura’s life – his father Kay Teramura farmed in the Clackamas, Oregon area until 1942 when he was shipped to Minidoka, Idaho because of the war. In 1943, Kay worked soils near Caldwell, Idaho and in 1945; Kenneth Teramura was born in Ontario, Oregon. Kay founded Teramura Farms, Inc. in 1952 where he and his wife Dorothy raised onions, potatoes, sugar beets, garlic, wheat, and corn.
Kenneth graduated in 1968 from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering. Following graduation, he started K & K Teramura Farms. Shortly thereafter, Teramura Farms developed the first commercial onion topper called “Onion King” manufactured by Open Harvester in Boise, Idaho. Additionally, they began sales of the first rod weeder for onion lifting – called the “Colorado Rod Weeder” from Denver, Colorado.
Currently, Kenneth and his wife Maxine are the owners of Teramura Farms, Inc. and Ken is one of the original founders of Snake River Produce Company, LLC in Nyssa, Oregon. Ken and Maxine have four children: Janette (Brian) Kameshige, Kimiko (Chris) Oune, Lynette (Danny) Miyasako, and Richard (Kami) Teramura.
Together, Ken and Maxine enjoy traveling as much as possible, fishing occasionally, and watching their grandchildren participate in athletics. They also have regular get-togethers with former classmates and frequent their condominium in McCall, Idaho.
Ken is an active member of the American Society of Ag Engineers, National Onion Association, Oregon State Jackmond Foundation Fellows, Oregon State University Alumni Life Member, OSU Experiment Station Advisory Board, and he is a Past President of Japanese American Citizen League.