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End of the Season

Rainbow over Persephone Farm

A rainbow over our last CSA harvest yesterday.

Happy (last) CSA Wednesday, everybody! What a season! As the CSA wraps up this week, so does our season here at Persephone. Our last official day of work is Friday, then we’ll all move on to our next steps in the next week or so. Looking back over the past 8 months it is really incredible how much this farm has transformed. Brand new areas have been turned into productive farmland, and all of us workers have grown and learned so much valuable knowledge. This week we’re wrapping up any loose ends, getting as much cover crop in the ground as possible, and harvesting our last rounds of flowers and vegetables. The weather today is a nice full-circle reminder of when we got here at the end of February, and the farm is starting to look more and more like it did when we arrived. Our few over-wintering crops are being prepped for colder temperatures to come, some by being nestled in the greenhouses or others by being sprayed with a cold-toughening kelp spray.

Five Persephone farmers posing with flowers

A throwback to one of our late Fridays making bouquets for market as a crew! From left to right, Brian, Kristina, Rebecca, Taylor, and Brooklyn, Persephone crew 2016

We hope that you all have enjoyed sharing in the bounty of the season with us. By supporting our farm you have allowed all of us flower-novices to learn the full cycle of flower growing, harvesting, and arranging — an experience we will all cherish for a long time. We have also all learned so much about vegetable production as well, and have been exposed to delicious regional treats such as pea shoots, sweet turnips and purple sprouting broccoli! From all of us at Persephone Farm 2016, including all of our pollinators like the one below, we would like to thank you for your kind words and continued support, and hope that you have a nice and relaxing winter.

– 2016 Persephone Interns

Farmer Rebecca holding a flower with a honeybee

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Kale magazine

All Hail The Kale

Rebecca in her spring green sweater and kale

Rebecca and kale

Persephone Farm kale and our “chief kale evangelist”, Rebecca Slattery, were featured in the January/February cover article of Edible Seattle. If you’re on the ferry this month check out the big brochure rack if you’re lucky you might find the back issue free for the taking. Written by friend of the farm, Abra Bennett, the article “All Hail The Kale” expounds on the history, benefits and popularity of this versatile veg. Plus it includes Agate Pass Cafe’s chef and owner Marty Bracken’s recipe for Kale Apple Salad with maple vinaigrette (Rebecca’s favorite kale salad.)

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2012 apprentices Ben and Cody making bouquets last Summer

2012 apprentices Ben and Cody making bouquets last Summer

This coming Wednesday, August 21st, please join us at the Johnson Farm on Bainbridge Island for Bouquet Making 101: A Flower Arranging Class with Rebecca Slattery.

Come learn from a pro! Rebecca will share flower arranging principles and tricks at the beautiful Johnson Farm. Class starts at 3pm and runs til 4:30 pm (please feel free to leave earlier if you wish).

The class fee is $25 which will include instruction and the opportunity to make two fresh flower bouquets to take home. (Basically, the $25 just covers the cost of the flowers. The instruction is free.)

Please feel free to invite friends and spread the word. All are welcome.

If you are able to attend, please let us know by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, so we know how many buckets of flowers to harvest before the class. Call (360) 297-1877 please leave a message or email Rebecca. (No drop ins, please or we might not harvest enough flowers!)

We hope to see you Wednesday!!

Sunflower bouquet

Beautiful Persephone Farm flowers

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Last Saturday, Martha Stewart was in Indianola to attend a wedding reception for our mutual friends, Dan Hinkley and Robert Jones, founders of Heronswood Nursery. She dropped by Persephone Farm to see what we are all about. With an entourage of a dozen or so fans we strolled the fields admiring the height of the season flowers and vegetables. Martha knew the names of all the plants and we had fun comparing gardens, hers stretching from Bedford NY to Mt. Desert Island, ME. One of her personal gardeners was with us and he seemed to be taking lots of notes and shooting pictures. Who knows where this might lead? One place could be an Edible Seattle article written by longtime farm supporter, Abra Bennett. We’ll keep you posted on that. TV? That’s another story!

When asked, “what are your favorite tomato varieties?” MS replied “Big Boy” and “Better Boy” . For the record, Rebecca’s favorites are Brandywine and Cherokee purple.

She spied a fig tree pendulous with the largest figs either of us (or anyone else in the group) had ever seen. This is the 10 year old tree’s first year of fruiting, and she was the first to catch a glimpse of the huge fruits. No one could identify the variety. Can you?

big figs

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