What was once the Van Lierop Bulb Farm that spanned five family generations is now home to Farm 12, a family-owned restaurant serving up wholesome, thoughtfully prepared dishes using fresh ingredients from local farms. Farm 12 offers fresh American fare — applewood smoked turkey sandwiches with Beecher’s white cheddar, lemon herb salmon with seasonal veggies, a killer sloppy joe, and more.
In 2015, Krista Linden purchased the farmland that sat dormant for 10 years and wanted to breathe new life into it. Krista is the founder and executive director of Step By Step — a nonprofit supporting low-income and at-risk mothers — and wanted to rehabilitate the land to help expand the organization’s programs while honoring the farm’s history. Through her nonprofit, Krista uses Farm 12 to help low-income mothers enter the workforce by providing them with work at the restaurant, bakery, event hall, and moss basket shop.
Fun Fact: Farm 12 gets its name from the Bulb Exchange. Each flower farm in the surrounding Puyallup Valley were assigned numbers, and the Van Lierop Bulb Farm was number 12.