About Us

Our Founder

My name is Marybeth Shirley. For over twenty years, I have been on a journey towards health and happiness.

I have a passion for food, nutrition and health. After moving to Seattle in my 20’s I immersed myself in a local specialty foods business while attending college. This led to 20+ years of striving to cook healthy organic food for myself and my family. Eliminating grains from my diet made such an impact on my health, both mental and physical; I have brought the family along with me on the journey. At first kicking and screaming and now fairly compliant!

Marybeth Shirley, founder of Primal Island, lives with her
family on a farm on Whidbey Island, north of Seattle, WA.

Let me tell you, there have been some twists and turns along the way. I have embraced a number of food philosophies. From vegetarian/vegan to The Westin A. Price Foundation, then finally landing on the Primal/Paleo diet in November of 2011. If you want to read up on the what’s, why’s, and how’s of Primal/Paleo diet, check out the website and person that was my inspiration www.marksdailyapple.com. If you want to get your hands on some fantastic, healthy, paleo diet, grain-free products, welcome to Primal Island.

After many requests to buy the granola we were making in our home kitchen I have decide to “go for it” and make it available to as many people as possible. My goal is to make eating a grain free and organic paleo diet like our ancestors did, easy in the modern world. Keep your eyes out for more products which will be available soon!

Marybeth Shirley
Founder & Chef

Our Team


Kitchen Manager

Andy is in charge of keeping things running smoothly in the kitchen, but really he just tries to keep up with the wonderful people he works with.

In his spare time he enjoys all manner of nerdery as well as skillfully flipping coins and balancing things on the tip of his finger.



Hannah also works to make sure things run smoothly and efficiently in the Primal Island kitchen.  She loves the adventure of small business and will take on any task that needs doing. 

When she’s not baking the world’s tastiest granola, she enjoys staying active, exploring the Pacific Northwest and photography. 



Katherine loves helping to introduce healthy, inclusive, and delicious food options to people’s lives. From baking granola to connecting with customers, she says her experience at Primal Island has been both fun and meaningful.

In her free time, Katherine enjoys connecting with nature and reading endless piles of books.


Marketing manager

Annie joins the Primal Island team with almost a decade of experience in marketing and management. From small e-commerce stores to goliath 2,000-person nonprofits, she excels in creative problem solving for all types of businesses.

In her free time, Annie also works as an intern with a local CSA farm. It is her hope to build useful skills and knowledge so that she can become a valuable contributor to her community as an advocate for food justice.


Administrative assistant

Henry started baking in the Primal Island kitchen in 2017. He loved baking and selling granola at the farmers market. He now works remotely while attending school at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.

Henry spends his free time devouring podcasts, usually while baking pastries or scheming up his next backpacking trip.

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