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Customer Profile: Chef Holly Smith and Cafe Juanita

Customer Profile: Chef Holly Smith and Cafe Juanita

by Ashley Lodato, Bluebird Grain Farms staff writer Arriving at Kirkland’s Cafe Juanita feels a little bit like arriving at the home of a friend. A friend who is an exceptional cook and fantastic hostess, with a fabulous house and enviable yard. Although the mid-century modern house has served as a restaurant for more than… Continued

Customer Profile: Cow & Clementine

Customer Profile: Cow & Clementine

by Ashley Lodato Bluebird Grain Farms staff writer photos courtesy of Cow & Clementine Like many people, Cow & Clementine bakery owner Joe Cowan found himself having trouble digesting wheat. But unlike many people, Joe sought and found a solution. After consulting with his father, the renowned holistic physician Dr. Thomas Cowan, Joe began baking… Continued

Customer Profile: Executive Chef Patrick Durgan and the Bellingham Public Schools Food Services Program

Customer Profile: Executive Chef Patrick Durgan and the Bellingham Public Schools Food Services Program

by Ashley Lodato Bluebird Grain Farms staff writer Imagine these items on a menu: Asian Beef Rice Bowl with Broccoli Spring Roll, Chicken Cordon Bleu Sandwich, Chicken Yakisoba. Vegan Chickpea Masala. Sounds like the kind of place you’d want to eat, right? Then imagine those menu items created from scratch using locally and regionally sourced… Continued

News & Announcments

News & Announcments

By Brooke Lucy We almost missed two months of posting our newsletter. Jeeeeeez….  I don’t know if we have ever missed a month in the last eight years.  Alas, life has caught up with us, no excuses, here are some of the reasons why… I attended two food shows in the last two months, The… Continued

April Farmer Notes

April Farmer Notes

Spring!  Sort of. Truth to tell, the birds all seem to think spring is here though April has come along begrudgingly.  I’ve begun the seasonal habit of taking coffee on the south porch as opposed to fireside, to better hear and see what really is going on.  From this perch I’ve been listening to both… Continued

Customer Profile: Danielle Gibbs of Sage Mountain Natural Foods

Customer Profile: Danielle Gibbs of Sage Mountain Natural Foods

by Ashley Lodato staff writer, Bluebird Grain Farms photos courtesy of Sage Mountain Natural Foods                 As if farming, running a fermented vegetables business, teaching in Wenatchee Valley College’s sustainable agriculture program, and raising three kids under the age of 12 weren’t enough, Danielle Gibbs had to go… Continued

Chef Profile: Executive Chef Dolan Lane of Portland, Oregon's Red Star Tavern

Chef Profile: Executive Chef Dolan Lane of Portland, Oregon’s Red Star Tavern

by Ashley Lodato Bluebird Grain Farms staff writer photos by Aubrie Pick With a resume that includes culinary leadership at restaurants named for the Pacific Northwest’s most renowned explorers, Executive Chef Dolan Lane might be mistaken for a man who favors hardtack and pemmican. After all, the namesakes of Portland restaurants Clarklewis and Meriwether’s survived… Continued

November Farmer Notes

November Farmer Notes

  “ The desolate, deserted trees,      The faded earth, the heavy sky,” Oh, I can’t help but quote Robert Frost’s My November Guest when one of my absolute favorite months settles in.  Indeed the trees are bare, and skies have turned heavy here right around the year’s earlier Thanksgiving.  This, however, only after weeks and… Continued

Vendor Profile: Sno-Isle Food Co-op Anchored in Community

Vendor Profile: Sno-Isle Food Co-op Anchored in Community

  by Ashley Lodato  / Bluebird Grain Farms staff writer In these times of corporate conglomerates, independently-owned businesses are a welcome prospect and employee-owned co-ops are downright refreshing. Sno-Isle Food Co-op (Sno-Isle) located in North Everett, WA, is one such breath of fresh air. The 21-year-old non-profit retail food source is democratically governed by a board… Continued

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