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

Amanda recently made the move from California to Washington, and once she became part of the Primal Island team she knew she had definitely found home.  The opportunity to grow with such an amazing business and group of people, all while creating healthy deliciousness every day, is something she feels very fortunate to have.

When away from her work family Amanda enjoys hiking and experimenting in the kitchen making tasty vegan creations.








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.





Operations manager

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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