A friend of mine, Justine Mallon from the Summit Haus in Ashford, WA,
recommended your food after I asked her what she ate on her Denali climb.
I will be climbing Denali this spring so I have started to organize my meal
plan. I was wondering if you have ever put together a Denali package that
includes foods that are geared toward 21 days of mountaineering. They would
have to be lightweight, full of energy and easy to cook/clean up. Maybe you
have some suggestions for me?
I ordered some of your dried meals for our boat prior to a sailing round the world record attempt.
We were in France, you in Moscow, Idaho and it was not easy, but we did it and it was for the best.
This record was done in a singlehanded way which means that our skipper was to sail the boat, obviously, as fast as possible, maintain the boat, do the navigation, send us some media material, and feed herself to keep her energy level up. This is where you did real good even though you weren't there...
The feedback from Ellen after her trip, that also ended up being a success, was awesome and all to your credit! Nothing is a more delicate subject than food for solo sailors. Often you have so many things to do hours on end that you end at some stage having to make a choice between eating a meal or sleeping for 20 minutes. The intake of food is there, for not a steady thing like in normal life, and the level of carbos, proteins and fat you take per meal has to be as high as possible because you don't know when your next meal will be and you will never be able to take as many calories as you have just burnt.
The past has forced us to try various brands, some were ok, others less ok. You guys did pass the test with high marks and the doctor that did the first check on Ellen after the finish line was very pleased of her physical condition...that must mean something!
So anyway, I don't dribble on and on normally about this kind of stuff, but I thought I would let you know that we were very happy to do business with you and look forward to do more in the future. And that to see a high level of nutrition in dried foods topped by organic quality, we are very impressed.
Thanks again for a good job done. Take care.
P.S. On Christmas Day, and as a gesture of solidarity, I had a serving of pasta while Ellen was battling down in the southern ocean. Well... it tasted good!
Jim from Artic Treks sent me your e-mail. We just returned from a trip to the artic refuge with him and ate and very much enjoyed your food. Could you please send us any information you might have so we may order from you. We are interested in the 15 lb. bulk packs as we try to keep a large supply of food stuffs on hand. The Lentil Curry soup was fantastic good, and not just because it was cold and we were very hungry! We thank you in advance for any information you can provide.
To whom it may concern:
I write to express my appreciation of your wonderful backpacking food.
Ordering from the website today, I was reminded of a long hike (two 8-day
legs) on Minnesota's Superior Trail that I made in 2003. It was my first
extended trip using your food, and I was very impressed.
In short, it is the best damn backpacking food I have ever eaten, and I
doubt I'll ever buy anything else. Every single item was great. Portion
sizes were exactly right. Burning a strip from the package made it easy to
prime and light my Svea stove (add that to your list of tips!).
You guys even make a Chili-mac that tastes good. Unreal. I'm looking
forward to eating your food again this year in the Ozarks and the White
With very best regards,
I am extremely pleased with the service I received. It was easy to talk to the farmers and employees. I love your products.
I am excited for our trip to Zambia and Malawi.
Zalika Eboni Merriman
I'm back from Norway after having completed the 36 mile cross-country classic ski race among 9,000 other skiers in late March. Most were Norwegians but also some 360 from over 20 other countries including 35 from the US (ID & MT skiers among them).
We, Carol and I, enjoyed the sample you sent of Black Bean Hummus as well as the other spicy instant treats. Great for car travel & quick meals in motels. My Norwegian friends liked the pea soup. You have some very excellent organic products we like. Keep up the good work.
Your Sicilian Polenta is beyond compare (don't tell my Italian great-aunt) but nearly impossible to find. Ye Old Country store catalog please!
I just wanted to write and tell you how good your food is. I finished off the creamy Mashed Potatoes that you sent. Every time I attempt to make mashed potatoes, they always turn out too thick, but yours were truly creamy. The refried beans were also really good. It's nice to be able to whip up a quick meal by just adding boiling water. Not only does it make a perfect outdoors meal, it's great for us college guys. The Eat Your Veggies is better than the few frozen store brands I've tried. I'm going to make the Chocolate Fudge Cookies soon. They sound great.
Thank you for your recent box of goodies. I can't wait to try them. I have told my friends that I finally found some outdoor food that tastes good :)
Hi MaryJane and Nick!
Just a quick hello, and many thanks for the great
food. Things are good. Haven't had any good climbing weather yet, but we
have been busy establishing a high snow cave and getting it stocked. At
this point we have a tent down in the town of El Chalten (two hours easy
hiking down a beautiful trail), a tent camp here at Rio Blanco camp, and now
a snow cave camp high up at Passo Superieur (three hours up snow, if your
pack is light and the wind is calm).
Having your instant pouch cook meals is a real boon in the snow caves
where fuel is at a premium. In order to eat, we have to first melt the
water and then heat it, and we go through at least one fuel cartridge a day
up there. It's great to be able to make hot water and add a soup package in
my tupperware bowl. The soup is 'cooking' while we're making more hot water
for the next course. Since we don't have to waste fuel in boiling or
simmering food, we get to eat more and faster. That's what we like!
A sad reality: it's too cold here to make our sprouts grow!! We've even
tried sleeping with the Nalgene bottle in our sleeping bags. I think
sprouts like a much warmer climate (sensible little creatures). But
everything else is great. Here's a little recipe idea for you: mix Nextum
baby cereal with your oats, and then add a little dried milk, sugar and
cinnamon. Add hot water and let it 'cook' (rehydrate) itself. Yum!! If you
hazelnuts and sunflower seeds too, it's real luxury! And here in South
America, they eat gallons of dulce de leche. It's kind of the equivalent of
peanut butter in terms of availability and general all-purpose use (in
candies, cakes, you name it). Sort of a brown, tasty creamy caramelized
spread. It's the perfect frosting for the chocolate chip cookies from your
So we're definitely not starving out here... Hope you're both well, and
Steph and Dean
Just now used your backpack meals I got two years ago; they kept perfectly fresh and tasty. I hiked 8 days across Zion National Park and your back pack meals were my dinners. I enjoyed them all; particularly liked the Black Bean Soup and Split Pea Soup and the lemon bits in the no-cook Tabouli. I really appreciate everything about them: your writing on them, simplicity of directions, low-low fuel usage, variety/taste, ease of packing and disposing of packing (the paper is great for cleaning the dishes afterwards), lowfat, and organic. Bravo!
Dear MaryJane & the gang at Paradise Farm:
Recently, my wife and I went on a 2 month tour of the U.S. We called you up and asked your advise on how much Backcountry Food to bring with us since we were camping most of the way out. Well, after 11,000 miles and 2 months later, we came home well fed and totally happy with our ecocuisine experience. Your new dairy line is fantastic. Also, we turned many people onto your food. I will supply the addresses so you can mail them catalogs if you would please. One of our best experiences was waking up in Yosemite National Forest to your Outrageous Outback Oatmeal. Thanks so much. We're excited about the new catalog. If you need anything give us a call.
Mitch & Irene Joy
I discovered your products in an unusual way. A group of us were up from Florida late this summer, hiking in the Sawtooth Wilderness Area. We found a large zip lock bag on the trail which was packed with some of your products. It apparently had been dropped by a previous hiking group. We had been out on the trail for a couple of weeks and were running very low on food so we decided to serve them up. We tried your Tabouli, Hummus, and Salsa products. They were wonderful!
Our group does the majority of our hiking back East around the Appalachians. Where can I find your products in Georgia, Florida, or North Carolina? Can you send me a catalog of all of your products?
Dear Paradise Farms:
I have found Paradise Farm's "Back Country Food" to be an exceptional product that is pleasing to the palate and nutritious. That is quite an accomplishment given the fact that sometimes freshly prepared foods do not pass that test.
I have used Paradise Farm products during training and have never been disappointed. The knowledge that the ingredients for these products have been raised using organic methods is especially important to me.
Your past support of the International Arctic Project was instrumental in bringing us closer to our goal of increasing awareness of global environmental systems. On behalf of everyone involved with the International Arctic Project I thank you for that support and your continued interest in our environment.
International Arctic Project
St. Paul, MN
Dear Ms. Butters,
We are Peace Corp Volunteers/vegetarians in the Solomon Islands. It's a beautiful country but the traditional diet is low in protein, particularly if meat, poultry and fish are eliminated. My mother recently sent us two of your products-Black Bean Soup and Tabouli. The soup in particular is a great supplement to the local staple of baked sweet potato. Just wanted to let you know your products are being enjoyed in the 'backcountry'.
Rachel Tonsend and Ed Staples
Thank you for responding so thoroughly and with such encourgement to my inquiry. Your response really boosts my interest in eating better. I enjoyed reading your catalogue. It is very personable, and your stories inspire hope and faith and diligence. They are a testimony that life can be lived fully and wonderously. In reading, I feel rallied. Here's wishing you a bountiful harvest, in seed and soul.
I was out in New Mexico over the summer. I picked up a packet of your product. It was a vegan fry bread. I'm very interested in getting more of this stuff and seeing what your selection is. I have a whole bunch of friends who are into backpacking that DO care about how they eat. Unfortunately, I haven't seen a product like yours anywhere in this area. Can you send me a catalog so we can order direct from you?
Thank you for organic, whole food products, cellophane wrappings and recycled soy ink packaging! I ran across a box of your Falafel in a friend's cupboard and had to comment on the quality of the product and packaging.
Thanks from Arcada!
Dear MaryJane (and Cindylou),
past summer we used your food for our canoe and fishing trips. In
the past we have had outfitters pack food for us, and the weight
of the food packs are just too heavy. The food packed by the outfitters
often requires way too much preparation, produces way too much trash,
and tastes terrible (it often does not reconstitute well). Your
food is much lighter, easier to cook, creates very little trash,
and, best of all, it tastes like it was made right in our own kitchen.
I am often frustrated when I go to outdoor stores for gear and do
not find your food there, but find other brands (that the manger
and the store purchaser knows is less quality food).
I have enclosed a picture of my outback wife who is the best thing
that has ever happened to me. She is now 14 weeks pregnant and ready
to bring another outdoors person into the world.
Thank you for your product,
I was recently on a climbing trip to Colorado and had purchased
two of your meals just before leaving. I did it primarily because
of the serving size, not too big, not too small. I had never tried
your products before and the meals sounded good. I prepared one
of the Santa Fe Pasta at 12,800 ft in the bag. Much to my surprise
NO CRUNCHIES! Plus it was very good.
Thank you so kindly for your most heart-warming exquisite magazine.
It is a "de-stressing" format. Back to nature, the natural,
the beauty of the heart and soul of it all.
It's an honor to have had an inside view of your farm; the activities,
the land, the fruits of your labors and the staff that helps make
God bless you all,
Hi. We used your food last year backpacking in Patagonia and we
think it's the best prepared food we've ever had. We need another
order by December 30 — we are going backpacking in New Zealand.
Thanks and have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Good work, everyone!
I placed an order with you several weeks ago based upon a recommendation
from an online RV website. When it arrived, I put it in my RV. Saturday
afternoon at our 4 o'clock munchies, I had the opportunity of sharing
your corn salsa with a hungry group of RVing Women who were camping
together. It was a huge hit.
I'm sure you've already thought about sales to RVers since we're
such a huge market and weight is a priority for most of us.
On a recent backcountry trip down near Navajo Mountain,
Ariz., we got a small but hot piñon fire going. We found
two perfectly flat pieces of red sandstone and laid one right on
the coals. We then took your Garlic Pesto Fry Bread and squeezed
out the whole bag onto the ungreased hot stone. After the bread
started rising, we carefully put the other flat rock on top. After
15 minutes or so, we lifted the rocks off and had these perfect
golden brown loaves. Oh my! The three of us went through four bags
that evening. OK, enough for now. I'm getting hungry...
P.S. Your Outrageous Outback Oatmeal is GOD
IN A BOWL!
Patagonia Sales Representative
I've tried a multitude of backpacking foods, both
freeze-dried and dehydrated. Your selections are a breath of fresh
air. I'm not a vegetarian, but your food could certainly persuade
me to start. I was genuinely distressed to learn that MSR is discontinuing
your line of food to the backpacking shops, but now that I've found
you on the Net, who cares. I'd rather buy from the source anyway.
Keep it up, and thanks for doing such a fine job.
Editor's note: Although our MSR line is being discontinued, you
will now be able to buy our foods in the same stores under our own
brand name, MaryJanesFarm backcountryfood, as well as here on our
Dear Ms. Butters,
We wanted to tell you how much we enjoy your absolutely
delicious backpacking food! We've been backpacking for over 15 years
and usually the tasteless backpacking food drives us out after about
six days out. Now we hike for about two weeks, thanks to your healthy,
tasty and interesting meals. It has made our trips so much
more pleasant. We especially love your Chilimac, Couscous & Lentil
Curry, Minestrone Couscous, Alfredo Pasta, Red Pesto Pasta, Spuds
w/Spinach and Cheese, and ALL of your breads (what a treat!)
Thank you, thank you, thank you, you've made our
backpack trips so much happier!
Kim & Sam
Here's a backpacking tip for MaryJanesFarm breads
and backpacking baked goods. They taste good on or off the trail.
The herb bread and brownies won the taste test at my house. As we
were doing our taste test at home, we didn't want to dirty our muffin
tins, so we broke out the paper cupcake liners. This also worked
beautifully on the trail as they are lightweight and can "bake"
in a container next to the fire. While a convection oven is the
best, any container you can cover and put by the fire works well.
Using the cupcake paper liners saves the need for a pan and oil.
So, for those who like to eat well and travel light, the cupcake
liners work well. Happy Trails!
Interim Marketing Manager, North Coast Co-op
My climbing partner loves you and would like to
have your baby! Well not quite, but your food ROCKS! It kept us
alive in Patagonia and Antarctica on a three month expedition. As
health conscious, eco-minded vegetarians, we were thrilled to find
an alternative to pre-packed commercial camping food. Keep doing
what you do!
Thanks for all the yummy memories,
I'm back from Norway after having completed the
36-mile cross-country classic ski race among 9,000 other skiers
in late March. Most were Norwegians, but also some 360 from over
20 other countries including 35 from the U.S. (Idaho and Montana
skiers among them).
Carol and I enjoyed the sample you sent of Black
Bean Hummus, as well as the other spicy instant treats. Great for
car travel and quick meals in motels. My Norwegian friends liked
the Pea Soup. You have some very excellent organic products. Keep
up the good work.
We just wanted to let you know that your Couscous
& Lentil Curry is unparalleled in taste! Keep up the great products,
we can't get enough!
Tim and Betsy Adkison
Idaho Falls, Idaho
Last year my husband and I went on backpacking
trips throughout Idaho, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Wyoming and Montana.
On our trip through one of those states, we picked up some of your
Garlic Pesto Fry Bread. It was the best garlic fry bread I had ever
had, as well as being very easy to make up in the backcountry.
My husband and I live in San Rafael, Calif., which
is just north of San Francisco. Because we enjoyed the bread so
much, I wanted to find out if you had any distributors in the area
or a catalog that we could order from. I also would like to see
what other products are available for our future backpacking trips.
I hope your business is doing well. I appreciate
your time and I look forward to hearing from you.
San Rafael, California
I received my order on Tuesday, April 11, 2000.
Everything seems to be in order. Thanks for the very professional
protocol. I have been a fan of your product line for the past six
months and thank you for your integrity and customer sensitivity.
With confidence and approval, I will recommend your business to
all who are interested.
Hi MaryJane and everybody.
Just wanted to thank you for your help on the phone
a little while ago about gluten-free products. My wife Sylecia has
Celiac's Disease and it can be a nightmare finding foods that she
can eat when we're not at home. This is true in general, but finding
something that we can take hiking that doesn't require several hours
a day of preparation promised to be nearly impossible, especially
considering that we generally try to eat organic foods whenever
possible. Your products are truly a gift from the camping gods.
And fortunately, there are two or three places around here that
Thanks again. We'll be thinking of you while we
explore Zion for the next couple of weeks.
I am writing at Creek Cabin, 16 miles up the West
Fork of the Gila River in the world's first designated wilderness
area. It is a good place for a wilderness ranger to enjoy your Kettle
My name is Lucas Cox and this is my first season
as wilderness ranger; for this, and for the opportunity to test
your simple food, I am thankful.
Buying organically grown food, to me, is one of
the single most effective means of environmental conservation. For
me, one who picks tiny bits of aluminum out of fire-rings, this
food choice makes my low impact lifestyle that much more effective.
Again, I thank you and encourage your efforts.
Silver City, New Mexico
Greetings from Erie! The first and last time we
communicated, it was 3:00 a.m. Idaho time and you were awaiting
a call from your daughter. Sorry to interrupt your sleep! My trip
to the Adirondack High Peaks was immensely enjoyable. I hiked solo
and spent four days trudging over 10 peaks. Thank you for the Lentil
Soup. It was very tasty. I am eager to try other Paradise Farm organic
food. I will follow with an order.
Thank you so much for putting together the box
of Backcountry Food packets for us for our trip. You and they were
life savers. We lived on your foods the whole two weeks probably
ate out only twice. It was great. Our favorites are the Chilimac,
Alfredo Pasta, East African Pea Soup and the Garlic Pesto Fry Bread.
(The last two make a wonderful supper together.) I left one of your
catalogs at a little "healthy foods" store in California called
'Noah's Ark'. Nice place.
We love your foods. I also cooked them for myself
after Tracy and Dave came home and I was by myself so easy,
I noticed a few years back, prior to the sale of
my farm, that many seagulls (at least 100) would follow my neighbor's
plows and harrows. None would follow mine. On close examination,
I found his corn ground full of life with bugs, worms, grubs, etc.
My corn ground was void of all life; just dead. I had my corn fields
sprayed at the two and one-half pound rate with atrazine for at
least the prior 10 years.
My neighbor cultivated his corn; he never sprayed
on weed control. All other factors remained the same.
I thought this might be of interest to you and
White River Junction, VT