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January 2017 Farmer Notes

January 2017 Farmer Notes

Juncos and chickadees and our annual flock of brilliant Bohemian Waxwings ring in the New Year here at Bluebird. These little birds indeed seem to be the lively “icing” on an otherwise cold, white countryside cake! Just in the past few days the temperature has moderated from a sustained stretch of below zero nights and… Continued

January 2017 News and Announcements

January 2017 News and Announcements

Happy New Year! We are excited to dive into another year of growing and processing our organic whole grains. There’s always something new to be learned in farming, and we’re looking forward to applying our knowledge gleaned from the 2016 growing season. This is an especially important year for all of us to push forward on… Continued

Greek Vegetable Pie

Greek Vegetable Pie

Ingredients:  3/4  Cup Olive Oil 2 Cups Yellow Onion, finely diced 1 Teaspoon Oregano, dried 1 Teaspoon Thyme, dried 2 Cups Zucchini, finely diced 1 Cup Mushroom, thinly sliced 4 Cups Baby Spinach 2/3 Cup Feta Cheese 1/2 Cup Split Emmer Farro 2 Eggs, slightly beaten 1/2 Cup Greek Yogurt 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice, freshly… Continued

December 2016 Farmer Notes

December 2016 Farmer Notes

The gray and withered countryside of November has given way to a brittle and whitened landscape in these Rendezvous foothills, with sharp, cold Cascade peaks beyond. Perfect for the Winter Solstice here, just 30 miles south of ‘ole Canada… And as the snows begin, we are heartened by the fact that sleigh-bells, indeed, will ring!… Continued

A Century of Bread from Sandholt Bakery

A Century of Bread from Sandholt Bakery

by Bluebird Grain Farms writer Ashley Lodato If you’ve been looking for an excuse to visit Reykjavík, Iceland, Sandholt Bakery is the answer. It might seem like a long way to travel for a crusty sourdough loaf or a flaky Danish, but add in the bakery’s nearly 100-year history and you’ve got an educational opportunity on… Continued

Emmer Pear Pound Cake

Emmer Pear Pound Cake

Recipe by: Michelle Pearson for Bluebird Grain Farms Yield: 1 cake Ingredients: 3 cups plus 2 Tablespoons of Bluebird Grain Farms Emmer flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 2 cups sugar 5 ripe pears, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch slices 1 cup butter, softened… Continued

November 2016 Farmer Notes

November 2016 Farmer Notes

Opening stanza from Robert Frost’s My November Guest : “My Sorrow, when she’s here with me Thinks these dark days of autumn rain Are beautiful as days can be; She loves the bare, the withered tree; She walks the sodden pasture lane.”   The wettest October we’ve seen here in the Valley has now run… Continued

November 2016 News and Announcements

November 2016 News and Announcements

We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! This is a holiday that we savor here at Bluebird. Our field work is (mostly) finished but the granary and packaging room are humming, so this day of reflection, rest, and giving thanks comes at the perfect time. Of course, we also all love to cook and this… Continued

Squash & Cider Soup with Caramelized Farro & Apples

Squash & Cider Soup with Caramelized Farro & Apples

Recipe developed for Bluebird Grain Farms by Acacia Larsen. Makes 4-6 Servings Ingredients: 1 Medium/large or 2 small winter squash (about 4 cups cooked squash) 2 Tablespoons olive oil Kosher or sea salt 1 Cup Bluebird Emmer Farro 3 Cups apple cider 3 Cups chicken broth (or vegetable broth) 4 Tablespoons butter, bacon fat, or… Continued

October 2016 Farmer Notes

October 2016 Farmer Notes

A cloudy day from the porch…. Beginning here by following up on the end of last month’s Farmer Notes…The weather has been far more conducive for eating than ‘being out on the land.’ If not the wettest Methow October to date, it has to be close. I’m sitting here in the kitchen listening to the… Continued

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