Brooke and Sam traveled to San Francisco in January to receive an award from the Good Food Foundation for their Einka and Lentil blend. The awards honored 207 winners from 37 states. Bluebird’s Einka and French Lentil blend is made with the ancient grain einkorn and rich, peppery lentil legumes, was a standout in a taste test of more than 40 entries in the grain category from across the country. The winners were announced at the Herbst Theater in the historic San Francisco War Memorial and performing arts center on Jan. 17th. Speeches were given by Michael Pollan, author, journalist, and professor who has written extensively on the places where nature and culture intersect, and Alice Waters, author, chef, and owner of the famous Chez Panisse, a Berkeley, California, restaurant known for its organic, locally grown ingredients.
Einka and lentils are a match made in heaven for flavor and cook time. The toothsome texture lends itself to the perfect starch served for breakfast, lunch, but mostly dinner! Check out our latest baked chicken recipe with Einka and lentils, you’ll love it.
We are delighted to introduce our new operations manager Easton Branam. Easton joins us with extensive experience as senior-level facilities planner. She brings expertise in workflow optimization and systems planning. Easton is a military veteran and has worked as a communications officer in the army coordinating complex logistics with military teams. Easton has been at Bluebird for a month now and we feel so grateful to have such a highly qualified person join our team.
March 2nd Brooke Lucy will be traveling with two Bluebird employees Tiffany Scott and CJ Anderson to Expo West Natural Food Show in Anaheim this month. Although Micky Mouse will be close, Brooke and crew don’t expect to be Micky-mousing-around. Bluebird will have a booth at the expo thanks to a USDA Value-Added Producer Grant that Bluebird received last fall. Bluebird will be located in the “certified organic” product hall. This will be a great opportunity for Bluebird to connect with new and existing buyers and educate people about what we grow and process. If you plan to be at Expo West this year come see us in booth #2187, Hall B.
Team C got 2nd place in the “family category” at the Ski to Sun Relay and Marathon sponsored by Methow Trails early this February. Sam, Brooke, and Bluebird’s packaging coordinator Casey Kutz skied the course in just over 2 hours. We meant to call ourselves “Team Bluebird” but auto-fill had a different plan and spit out…… c. Needless to say, we had fun and particularly enjoyed seeing farmer Sam in his lycra onesie.
As of December 2019, all of our Bluebird Grain Farm products are certified Kosher. The kosher certification was prompted at the request of our Jewish customers. And we are glad to finally get the certification, many thanks to a USDA Value-Added Grant. If you purchase our prepackaged items you will not see the certification stamp on the bag anytime soon- all of our bags were pre-printed a year ago and it will take us some time to make this transition. Rest assured, all products are certified Kosher as of December 2019.
As of January 2020, we are out of our Washington heritage rye berries and need to keep what we have left for seed stock. The good news is that we have sourced similar organic fall rye from a farm in Montana which we will be offering in bulk and pre-package until harvest.
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