Our 13-acre farm in Indianola includes two cultivated acres, orchard, pastured poultry, open fields and habitat for birds and other wildlife. Biodiversity is key to our success. We provide our customers with a wide array of vegetables while maintaining a balanced ecosystem in our gardens.

Farmers Rebecca Slattery and Louisa Brown use careful crop rotations, homemade compost, beneficial insectaries and patient observation to avoid pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Though not certified organic, our practices are stricter than the national organic standards. Deep ecology and sustainability are our aims—“moreganic.” —Watch video about the farm by Chris McElroy.

One of our client’s weddings was recently featured on Rustic Wedding Chic, a popular DIY wedding blog. It was a local farm wedding at Raspberry Ridge Farm in Poulsbo, WA. Thanks to Blue Rose Photography for the beautiful shots of our flowers, and congratulations to Adrienne and Nick!

See more about our wedding flowers here.

Reception Decorations

Reception Decorations

Bridesmaid's Bouquet

Bridesmaid’s Bouquet

Bridal Bouquet

Bridal Bouquet

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Gazpacho

Lots of tomatoes and a really long cucumber!

Lots of tomatoes and a really long cucumber!

CSA subscribers are enjoying lots of great cucumbers and tomatoes right now. Onions and garlic have also appeared in our boxes. Hmmm, how about some refreshing gazpacho (chilled tomato soup)? My Mom raved about this gazpacho recipe she found online. I finally tried it myself, it was easy and delicious. Next time I’ll use the blender, I made a bit of a mess using the Cuisinart (too much liquid).

Source: Ree at The Pioneer Woman Website
Check it out for her entertaining story and many photos illustrating the process (chopping and dicing included).

Serves: 8 (keeps pretty well in the fridge)

Ingredients
2 cloves Garlic, Minced
1/2 whole Red Onion, Diced
1 whole Large Cucumber, Diced
5 whole Roma Tomatoes, Diced
1 whole Zucchini, Diced
2 stalks Celery, Diced
1 dash Salt To Taste
1/4 gallon Tomato Juice (or V8)
1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/8 cup Red Wine Vinegar (to taste – I used more that 1/8 cup)
2 Tablespoons White Sugar
6 dashes Tabasco
1 dash Black Pepper To Taste

  • In the bowl of a food processor or in a blender, combine the minced garlic with half the red onion, half the cucumber, half the tomato, half the zucchini, half the celery, half the tomato juice, olive oil, red wine vinegar, sugar, Tabasco, and a dash of salt.
  • Pulse until all ingredients are blended well; mixture will have a nice speckled, colorful texture.
  • Pour into a large bowl and add the rest of the tomato juice, and half of the remaining onion, cucumber, tomato, zucchini, and celery. (Reserve the rest of the diced vegetables for garnish.)
  • Stir mixture together and check seasonings, adding salt if needed. Chill soup for at least a couple of hours; soup needs to be very cold!
  • Remove the soup from the fridge and stir. Check seasonings one last time. Ladle into a bowl and garnish with remaining diced vegetables, a sliver of fresh avocado, sour cream, and cilantro.

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These and other playful pictures of working on the farm are on our Facebook page. If you haven’t visited and “liked” our page please do.

Huge lettuce heads and farmer and apprentice

Our lettuce heads – Claire & Louisa

Farm Intern having fun wearing a pea mustache

Dillion sports a pea mustache

Farm apprentice and a large bunch of beautiful beets

Danica’s got beets!

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Our scape crow!

Our scape crow!

Week two of the CSA shares included a curly bunch of garlic scapes. They were tender and had a mild garlic flavor. Tasty!

What’s a scape? Some plants in the allium family (garlic, onions, shallots, leeks, and friends) begin reproduction by growing a long round stalk with a spire-shaped point called a scape. Eventually, a flower will emerge from the scape’s tip, from which the plant sends its seeds.

Store garlic scapes in an airtight container or upright in water and use fresh; or freeze. Cook them any way you would asparagus or try…

  • blending them into hummus
  • mashing into guacamole
  • chopping into a salad
  • adding to pesto
  • pureed with potatoes
  • topping pasta dishes

 

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