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Summer 2015 – October, Week 11

What’s in the Box:

Celery, Cucumbers, Yellow & Purple beans, Bell pepper,
Baby bok choy, Cilantro, Tomatoes, Cameo apples,
Dried Lavender (not intended for eating)

Dear Members,

What do farmers do when they take a weekend trip out of town? Visit other farms of course. It kind of sounds silly reading it, but that is exactly what Heidi and Nat and I did this past weekend. We pointed the Ford f-350 north and headed up to the Skagit Valley to check out some farms and ranches during their two day ‘Festival of Family Farms’. We visited Cascadian Farm outside Rockport and checked out their blueberry harvester and had ice cream and actually picked a few pumpkins. We spent a few hours painting baby pumpkins and shopping for a variety of unique plants at Cloud Mountain outside Everson. We had brisket and corn on the cob, and visited with cattle and draft horses at Ovenell’s Double O Ranch outside Concrete. In short, we had a whirlwind tour of some great farms in the Skagit Valley and left with a deep appreciation for the farms themselves and what they are doing, as well as a lot of respect for the way Whatcom county has supported them and created an atmosphere where the contribution these agricultural businesses make to the community and the region are highlighted and acknowledged. Are you listening Lewis County?

This week’s delivery continues the trend into fall and includes some cool weather loving Bok Choy, some fresh crop apples, and our first celery. Also included in this delivery is two bunches of dried lavender. It was harvested this Summer and was hung in the barn to dry.  What to do with a bunch of dried lavender? Put it into a vase to enjoy as a dry bouquet, or make a lavender sachet to place in a drawer or somewhere you would like a fresh scent.

What you’ll need for a lavender sachet:

A square of pretty fabric (Heidi recommends at least an 8″ square)

A ribbon to tie it with-long enough to make a bow
Remove the lavender flowers from their stems with your fingertips over a large cookie sheet or bowl. Place the flowers in the center of the cloth, fold the fabric on the diagonal and gather the fabric edges together.  Tie at least an inch below the fabric edges and trim any long edges. Easy!

Please enjoy this week’s delivery and stay tuned as we continue our journey into Fall.

Mike

Winter 2014 – February, week 1

What’s in the Box:

Carrots*, Purple carrots*,
Garlic*, Parsnips*, Leeks*,
Dried lavender*, Woogie Bee Honey,
Braeburn apples, Concorde pears,
Cremini mushrooms, Yellow onions
& Russet potatoes.
*From our farm

 

Dear Members,

Whenever anyone has a complaint about the weather here in western Washington I am quick to say that I can’t help but like it – I live here on purpose. The trick, of course, is to live here with purpose.  Farmers like Mike and Heidi are full of purpose.  Watching plans take shape for all that will be produced and delivered in the coming year (and beyond) is an amazing coming together of dreams and realities intricately fitted together – not unlike Mike’s annual jigsaw puzzle. The framing pieces are your plans for a delicious, healthy and purposeful life. You are the anchor piece in our plans and we are so proud to be part of yours.

Even though we are still working in a little snow here in the Boistfort Valley and have lots of yummy fare still coming in our Winter Shares, the 2014 Summer Season is taking shape!  As in years past, we are offering Early Bird pricing for Summer Shares paid for in full before May 1st.  It is one way for us to say thank you for supporting your local organic farmer and participating in the stewardship of western Washington farmland.

Please visit the website at http://www.boistfortvalleyfarm.csaware.com/store and place your order, either paying in full or using the handy installment plan.  We deliver to a few less sites in winter so if the website doesn’t offer your favorite spot just remember that we will solidify our delivery calendar in June and we can update your delivery location then.

Rachel has come up with some first-rate recipes for this week’s offerings so I had best leave her a little room.  I find a lot of promise in a grey February day, as if some purpose is assured!  Let me know how we can help with your plans for the coming season.  I look forward to hearing from you.

– Bj