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November Farmer Notes

November Farmer Notes

That fast, the countryside has transformed from a very brief fall to early winter. The birds know it, the deer dread it, we humans perhaps feel mixed. Regardless, Mother Nature rolls on with unending surprises; with unending beauty. You’ve read it here before: Mother Nature always has a way of balancing things out. At the… Continued

Potlatch Pilaf Stuffing with Apples, Walnuts, and Fried Shallots

Potlatch Pilaf Stuffing with Apples, Walnuts, and Fried Shallots

Copyright Bluebird Grain Farms Yields: 6 – 8 servings For some people, the pièce de résistance of Thanksgiving is not the turkey, but the stuffing. Simple to prepare, Bluebird’s Organic Potlatch Pilaf Stuffing with Apples relies not on the high carbohydrate count of typical stuffing, but instead on the hearty foundation of split emmer’s high… Continued

October Farmer Notes

October Farmer Notes

From a late start to Fall, we’ve gone right to an early beginning of winter in scarcely 3 weeks’ time!  My, a faster change I do not recall here in the North Cascades.  Yet, I had the feeling, after months on end of high pressure, that we might be  “living on borrowed time”. Indeed. The… Continued

Cranberry Walnut Einkorn Energy Bars

Cranberry Walnut Einkorn Energy Bars

  Yield 12  bars Need a whole grain, homemade, grab-and-go breakfast? These chewy bars have plenty of protein thanks to Greek yogurt, walnuts, and fiber from the whole grain einkorn flour to keep you full and satisfied all morning long.  Ingredients 1/2 cup plain or vanilla Greek yogurt 1/3 cup brown sugar (packed) 1/3 cup… Continued

Farms to Neighbors: the Methow Conservancy's pandemic response to local food supply and demand

Farms to Neighbors: the Methow Conservancy’s pandemic response to local food supply and demand

by Ashley Lodato, Bluebird Grain Farms staff writer photos courtesy of Alyssa Jumars and Red Shed It doesn’t always happen, but when demand and supply are aligned, it’s a collective win. When the COVID crisis hit the United States, several things happened simultaneously in Methow Valley food systems. First, The Cove, the Methow Valley’s food… Continued

Farro Pasta

Farro Pasta

Yield 4 Servings Ingredients 1 1/2 cups Emmer Flour 1/4  cup semolina for work surface 1 tablespoon water 1/2 teaspoon of fine salt 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 large eggs, beaten Method In a food processor, combine Emmer flour and salt and process for 5 seconds. Separately, combine eggs, water, and oil. With the machine… Continued

September Farmer Notes

September Farmer Notes

We are a couple of days past the autumn equinox as I write these notes, and finally, we got a shower last evening! This is noteworthy because I believe it has been 3 months since we’ve had significant rain and our drought rolls on. Up here in the Rendezvous, we’ve also been frost-free for 6… Continued

Raspberry-Thyme Einkorn Muffins

Raspberry-Thyme Einkorn Muffins

Recipe yields 10-12 Muffins Ingredients: 2 ½ cup einkorn flour or einkorn baking mix ½ cup brown sugar ½ cup white sugar 2 teaspoon baking powder (omit if using einkorn baking mix) ½ teaspoon cinnamon ¼ teaspoon allspice ¼ teaspoon salt (omit if using salted butter) 1 ¼ cup frozen raspberries 2 teaspoons flour for… Continued

August Farmer Notes

August Farmer Notes

  And there lay this lovely note tucked under a hand-made scythe alongside my combine when I arrived to check on our Pasayten hard white wheat field. The note read:  “Farmer Sam, Wishing you and all at Bluebird Grains Farm a bountiful and successful harvest! Here’s a piece of the valley history for you to… Continued

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