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Reminder:  Final CSA Payments are due by tomorrow, Wednesday JUNE 1st !  Please see email “Final CSA Payment Due by June 1st” for details.  

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The Spring Avalanche.

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It’s that time of the year where all the things on the farm must be done. Tending to early Spring crops, harvesting, preparing beds for mid summer crops, seeding, transplanting, weeding, flame weeding, watering and irrigating, filling trays and starting seeds for Fall crops and thinking of all the things to be started later in the month for over wintering/the Winter CSA. And then there’s 3,000lbs of produce that we harvest each week for our amazing CSA members. Rotating the livestock, building fences, irrigating the pasture, loading and stacking the first of the hay… Some farmers call it the Spring Avalanche. Now it feels like it’s turning into the Summer Tsunami. Where the lists keep growing and you hardly have time to cross something completely off the list without something else quickly taking its place. It’s kind of insane and a whole lot of crazy.   We must be crazy, right? The good kind? It’s a pretty darn productive kind of crazy.. but crazy nonetheless. And we love it (that must be the crazy part). Makes us think of this quote,

A farm is a manipulative creature. There is no such thing as finished. Work comes in a stream and has no end. There are only the things that must be done now and things that can be done later. The threat the farm has got on you, the one that keeps you running from can until can’t, is this: do it now, or some living thing will wilt or suffer or die. Its blackmail, really.” -Kristen Kimbell

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The most important thing we can do is eat well because that’s what keeps us so darn productive – gotta take good care of ourselves. Farmer Brian wanted me to mention that his favorite kind of cookie is oatmeal raisin if any of our members happen to be baking near or on their CSA day.. who’s he kidding.. he likes all kinds of sweets 😉

It’ll probably be another long week for us with the 10day forecast (98 degrees?!) The days always start out with taking care of the livestock followed by early morning harvest, irrigating and other random things that need to get done followed by some planting, seeding or weeding after early dinner (have you seen the video of the new Stand ‘n plant we bought last week? It’s been a game changer for planting!)  We’ll be busy prepping new ground over the next few days with compost, fertilizer and lime for our winter squash, pumpkins and melons. An acre of delicious goodies all ready to be planted! There is too much to get done, as we ease ourselves into 16 hour work days, so we probably won’t be at  pick ups this week but do cheer us on and send us some of that awesome energy you all are storing up from the tasty veggies. We always appreciate a friendly wave if you see us bouncing along on the tractor or hoeing the fields!

Our 10,000th CSA Share! We figured out that this week marks harvesting our 10,000th CSA share! Two farmers, one farm… that means we’ve each harvested roughly 5,000 shares each and it also means by the end of this year we’ll have harvested and distributed over HALF A MILLION POUNDS of produce total over the last 7 years! Crazy sauce.

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Learn a little bit more about your farmers…. Last Fall your farmers had the amazing opportunity to be interviewed for the Farmer to Farmer podcast with Chris Blanchard. Chris asked us about the start of the farm, how we manage the farm as a couple and we even take a trip to Uganda. The Farmer to Farmer podcast has been a huge inspiration to us and many other farmers and we couldn’t have been more excited to participate!  Have a listen at the link below and enjoy.

Podcast Link: farmertofarmerpodcast.com/episodes/powers or look up the Farmer to Farmer podcast episode #40 on iTunes.

Last October I reflect on how farming brought Brian and I together and you can read more about that here: https://workinghandsfarm.com/2015/10/13/to-adventure-week-22/

Words of Encouragement. We wanted to give a shout out to all our members for their amazing feedback and slurry of food and recipe related posts on the WHF Members Page of Facebook. You all have been killing it. SERIOUSLY! It’s been such a huge source of inspiration for us – we eat a lot of vegetables (as you can imagine) and it’s been SO fun to cook and prepare some new things! Thank you all for sharing. It’s really such an amazing resource for members both new and old. And as we’ve said before it completes our food journey here on the farm to hear and see how the hard work is being utilized and enjoyed! We love it so so much.

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Online WHF Farmstore. Have you visited our online farmstore recently? Here’s the link: http://workinghandsfarmstore.com/collections/all  We have updated our online farmstore featuring NEW and improved USDA recipes and cuts that make our pastured heritage pork shine! We now have products available by the share and by individual cuts.

We are thrilled to be working with a new USDA certified processor who is also a lady farmer and has been selling custom cuts at the Beaverton Farmers market for the past 16 years.  Her and her husband have built a beautiful new facility and proudly provide a completely allergen free environment (for those concerned about peanut, gluten and dairy allergies).  Between their knowledge of providing the finest uncured/no nitrate added options and our unbelievable heritage pork we couldn’t be more excited to offer these new products to you.

Exciting New Uncured & Nitrite-Free** Items!  

**No Nitrites/Nitrates Added except for naturally occurring nitrates in celery powder and sea salt

  • Applewood Smoked Uncured Bacon
  • Applewood Smoked Uncured Shoulder Bacon
  • Small Boneless Uncured Hams (2-4lbs)
  • Canadian Bacon Uncured
  • Smoked Pork Chops
  • Spare Ribs
  • Baby Back Ribs
  • Pork Tenderloin

Over 10 different kinds of Fresh & Smoked Sausages!

  • Fresh Bratwurst Sausage Links
  • Fresh Country Breakfast Sausage Links(sugar free too!)
  • Fresh Spicy Italian Sausage Links
  • Fresh Hot Italian Sausage Links
  • Fresh Sweet Italian Sausage Links
  • Fresh Linguica Links
  • Smoked German Sausage Links
  • Smoked Kielbasa Sausage Links
  • Ground Hot Italian (no links) – Your Farmer’s Favorite!
  • Ground Pork Sausage (no links)

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And we’ll be adding a few more items next week! Spread the good word and forward the WHF online farmstore link: http://www.workinghandsfarmstore.com to friends and family!  Help us to build a great customer base full of folks that want to invest in sustainable agriculture and reach out to family and friends about our amazing pastured pork.

Enjoy this week’s veggies!  We look forward to hearing and seeing what you all come up with this week!

With kind regards,

Your Farmers

Jess & Brian

dirty hands, clean hearts