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October 2017 Farmer Notes

October 2017 Farmer Notes

With the gold and crimson hues filling the foothills; with the lengthening shadows, gathering raptors and southbound geese; with the hold-out robins foraging new worms from the suddenly wet soil from first-snow… comes my favorite of season.  Ahh, at long last the blessed fall.  There may be too many reasons to list why I so… Continued

Customer Profile: Chef Dave Miller of Portage Bay Cafe

Customer Profile: Chef Dave Miller of Portage Bay Cafe

by Ashley Lodato, Bluebird Grain Farms staff writer photos courtesy of Portage Bay Cafe Chef Dave Miller of Portage Bay Cafe has jokingly commented that in his family, his career choices were entering the service or restaurant work. He’s only half joking. “I’m the first male in my family not to join the military in… Continued

Farro Stuffing with Winter Greens and Apples

Farro Stuffing with Winter Greens and Apples

Get ready for Thanksgiving!  Here’s an awesome stuffing recipe that forsakes the usual white bread cubes and instead features seasonal vegetables and our whole grain emmer farro. By Mary Miller of A Passionate Plate Ingredients 2 Cups Bluebird Grain Farms Emmer Farro 10 Cups chicken stock 2 Bunches swiss chard 2 Bunches kale 1/4 Cup olive… Continued

September 2017 Farmer Notes

September 2017 Farmer Notes

Swallows have gathered and gone, as have the bluebirds, hummers and meadowlarks while the sun lowers and days shorten with the autumn equinox already past. Although there may be a certain melancholy to the fading of summer, some of us are glad the smoke has finally cleared and the temps. have moderated and, truth to… Continued

September 2017 News and Announcements

September 2017 News and Announcements

Fall is here, both officially and weather-wise, and we are excited!  The cool temperatures have been a welcome relief to the heat of the summer, and the mountains look beautiful with their first dusting of snow. We have a little harvesting left to do at the Big Valley fields, so we’re hoping major precipitation holds… Continued

Minestrone Soup with Farro

Minestrone Soup with Farro

Recipe by Bluebird Grain Farms We love this minestrone soup- it’s a great way to use up vegetables from the garden! It makes a great warming dinner after a day of field work in cool fall weather. Recipe Serves 4 Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 medium red onion, chopped 2 medium carrots, peeled and… Continued

August 2017 Farmer Notes

August 2017 Farmer Notes

August:  Dust, heat, smoke and a full eclipse. Swallows gather; bluebird families frolic in the birdbath. Hummingbirds take their last nourishment from our flowers and feeder before heading out, while the yellow jackets thicken. As wet as the spring was, summer has been ever the drier. Not uncharacteristically, August has been a struggle to work… Continued

Lake Chelan Artisan Bakery: Customer Profile

Lake Chelan Artisan Bakery: Customer Profile

by Ashley Lodato, Bluebird Grain Farms staff writer On a foggy day last February after skiing the Echo Ridge Loppett, my kids and I stopped at the Lake Chelan Artisan Bakery (LCAB) to fuel ourselves up for the drive home. My friend, the owner and chief baker of LCAB, Lindsay Evans, was not at the bakery… Continued

Blackberry Pie with Ancient Grain Crust

Blackberry Pie with Ancient Grain Crust

Ingredients: Pie Crust- yields 2 crusts 1 1/2 cup Einka® (einkorn) Flour 1 1/2 cup Pasayten Hard White Whole Wheat Flour 1 teaspoon salt 3 tablespoons sugar (optional) 1 cup (2 sticks) chilled butter, cut into small pieces 6 tablespoons ice water Filling: 2 pints of fresh blackberries, approximately 1.5 lbs. 1/2 cup sugar 3… Continued

July 2017 Farmer Notes

July 2017 Farmer Notes

  Glory be… we’re having an ole’ fashioned summer here in the Methow. Which means nothing but high pressure: Days in the 80’s and 90’s, zero precipitation, on and off wind, very “stable weather.” This is not something we take for granted. Although working day after day in the intense sun and afternoon heat is… Continued

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