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April Farmer Notes

April Farmer Notes

Evening. I stare straight at our fully blooming Apricot tree as I tap this month’s notes from the back porch. The two Labs snore mightily nearby, sprawled out on the fir planking as if it were 100 degrees out. Still full of winter-thickened blood, the first 60-70 degree days here in late April make us… Continued

Customer Profile: Chef Maria Hines

Customer Profile: Chef Maria Hines

by Ashley Lodato Bluebird Grain Farms staff writer photos courtesy of Maria Hines For Seattle Chef Maria Hines, food is medicine. The James Beard Award-winning chef, restaurant founder, cookbook author, and climber has long been a food enthusiast, with a childhood spent helping her mother cook on evenings and weekends. But it is only in… Continued

March Farmer Notes

March Farmer Notes

                   Springs Concerto                      The way a spring creek leaps    rolls and glistens    in the sharp, March sun;    each bubble     a gone-by snowflake    each turn    a great crawling out    from the white blanket    and such burrowing in.     New eyes blink- … Continued

February Farmer Notes

February Farmer Notes

Winter remains alive and well here in Cascade foothills with some of the coldest temperatures of the season and more white fluff continuing to fall from the sky. It’s beautiful looking out, and beautiful once out albeit a bit chilly! Chickadees rush the feeder, along with Purple Finch, and in place of Waxwings, we’ve had… Continued

Customer Profile: Guerra's Gourmet

Customer Profile: Guerra’s Gourmet

by Ashley Lodato, Bluebird Grain Farms Staff Writer photos courtesy of Guerra’s Gourmet In the 1980s, Lino Guerra noticed something. Everyone, it seemed, was suddenly interested in peppers. At the time, Lino was farming with his father in the Yakima Valley, growing peppers alongside tomatoes, peas, onions, and other produce. In response to demand for… Continued

January News and Announcements

January News and Announcements

  Good Food Winners! We are delighted to announce that three of our grain products won the 2021 Good Food Foundation “Good Food Award” in the Grains category.  This is our second year in a row that our products have won, last year was the Einka & Lentil Blend.  We would like to  acknowledge the… Continued

Customer Profile: Gabriel Kiritz of Rising Grain Project

Customer Profile: Gabriel Kiritz of Rising Grain Project

by Ashley Lodato, Bluebird Grain Farms staff writer photos courtesy of Gabriel Kiritz Rising Grain Project‘s Gabriel Kiritz baked his first loaf of bread at age 16 under inauspicious conditions: under a rainy tarp on the coastline of Prince William Sound on a NOLS kayaking expedition. “And I didn’t return to baking for ten years,”… 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

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