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December Farmer Notes

December Farmer Notes

As the afternoons grow ever short, finches and chickadees hurry to fill up on the sunflowers we’ve left for winter. Truth to tell, an edging of snow now crowns the sunflower’s circular face,  almost as round as that of Raggedy Anne. We’ve traded the sodden month of November – emphasis on sodden – for the… Continued

Customer Profile: Devra Gartenstein of New Day Cooperative Distribution

Customer Profile: Devra Gartenstein of New Day Cooperative Distribution

by Ashley Lodato  / Bluebird Grain Farms staff writer Early in the pandemic, says New Day Cooperative Distribution co-founder Devra “Dev” Gartenstein, “grocery store shelves were stripped bare and so many small local producers had lost important revenue streams like farmers markets and dine-in eating.” In response Gartenstein, a “serial entrepreneur” who has owned and… Continued

October Farmer Notes

October Farmer Notes

It’s here.  Fall, and all the colorful glory!  This October couldn’t have been any nicer with mellow 60-70 degree days on end, and cooler nights running on for the first three weeks. Crisper air; crispy leaves, resulting from Canada’s bristling breeze pushing down from the northern prairies and mountains. The Hunter’s Full Moon prompted geese,… Continued

Squash & Cider Soup with Caramelized Farro and Apples

Squash & Cider Soup with Caramelized Farro and Apples

Recipe developed for Bluebird Grain Farms by Acacia Larsen. Serves: 4-6 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 olive… Continued

Customer Profile: Astoria Co-op

Customer Profile: Astoria Co-op

  by Ashley Lodato, Bluebird Grain Farms staff writer photos courtesy of Astoria Coop As the dark days of late fall and winter descend upon the Pacific Northwest, the minds of professional and domestic cooks alike turn to foods that nourish, comfort, and bring cheer. And in times like these, those who are fortunate enough… Continued

September Farmer Notes

September Farmer Notes

Ahhhhh….autumn at long last!  And as mellow of a September as this, I can not recall. Which is a strong statement given that September is presumed by many as the mellowest month on our calendar.  I can’t get enough of the slow  evenings. Evening begins much earlier now and almost suddenly however, evening in of… Continued

Bluebird Expansion Project

Bluebird Expansion Project

After several years of planning and many gentle nudges from our Bluebird community, we are delighted to announce that we have broken ground on our new processing facility. Our new building will be located just off of Highway 20 between Winthrop and Twisp (about 5 miles south of our current location) on our 32 acres… Continued

August Farmer Notes

August Farmer Notes

Wow!  The request I wrote at the end of my last notes was for those displaced by our July fires to be back in their homes with no lives lost. This hope for our valley here was one hundred percent granted!  Mother Nature just never ceases to amaze. We couldn’t have had a more drastic… Continued

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