Hi friends and farm-ily,

We hope August is treating everyone well.  As farmers this time of the season always feels like the “in-between” time.   When most of the fall crops are in and the summer crops are just beginning to really go off and ripen, when we anxiously await the arrival of a new calf, piglets and anticipate celebrating the first year of our young heifers life.

It’s a great time of the season to remember the magic.. to stay inspired and appreciative of all that the season and warm weather brings.  A time of the year that brings the bounty that sustains us throughout the winter months… it’s a wonder how it all works but it’s so neat.  Harvest becomes a longer part of our days but hopefully by now (after so much love) the plants are being productive on their own.  We are still amazed when the tomatoes decide to turn on the light switch and begin ripening hundreds at a time vs. the slow trickle of ripe fruit in the beginning.  All that anticipation and then the inundation… and just when we think we can’t harvest or eat another one the weather shifts and turns our efforts indoors where we can, plan and put up food for the winter.


As the summer bounty gets started think of all the ways to put up your extra veggies!  Pickled cukes, beans, squash, beets, onions, peppers etc.  Freeze or dry herbs, peppers, tomatoes, squash, beans etc.  And tomatoes.. so many things to do with tomatoes!  Stewed, sauce, salsa, jam, ketchup, paste & sundried!  Sunshine in every bite all winter long.  If you find yourself with more time in the Fall & Winter months (vs. the busy-ness and heat of the summer) .. it’s always great to put tomatoes in a freezer bag to process later in the season when there’s more time.  Here’s an easy little how-to for sauce that we put together at the end of the season in 2011.

Pickling Cucumbers.  We have pickling cucumbers for sale for those of you who are interested in putting up some pickles for winter or gifts.  Please let us know how many lbs you would like and we can let you know availability and get those orders ready for you for the coming week.  $2/lb.

Sign up for our Fall CSA continues… you can read more on our Fall CSA Page where you will find the sign up at the bottom. We’ve been working real hard and are SO excited for the fall season ahead.  In order to be added to our official member list be sure to sign up online and drop off/mail your CSA deposit as soon as you can.  CSA shares are available on a first come, first serve payment basis and we expect to fill up quickly.  We look forward to sharing in the bounty with you through the Fall season!


Enjoy the week and we’ll see you all soon!  We have some visitors this week from Austin, Texas (and might recognize them from our CSA Farm Video) so be sure to say hello and welcome them back to Oregon!  They’ll be here for the next couple of weeks.

Wishing you all the best and enjoy another beautiful summer week in Oregon!

your farmers

Jess & Brian

dirty hands, clean hearts

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