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!

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

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

Our Team

Hannah Hunsberger

Kitchen Manager

Hannah is responsible for making 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. 

Emily Switzer


Emily is a health and fitness coach on top of her work at Primal Island. She is passionate about helping people achieve wellness goals, and she is currently working toward a certification in nutrition.

Born and raised on Whidbey Island, Emily has a natural respect and understanding for healthy foods, ingredients, and cooking. Connecting with Primal Island has been a perfect fit for her on her plant-based natural food journey.

Outside of work, she enjoys hiking and biking the Pacific Northwest with her husband and 5-year-old son. 

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