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Growing in the Valley: October 2014

If you are driving around the Skagit Valley this time of year you will surely see potatoes being harvested.  Fresh market potatoes (red, yellow and white varieties) are one of the predominant crops grown here.  This month’s interview is with Darrin Morrison, a potato farmer in the Skagit Valley.  Darrin is co-owner of Skagit Valley Best’s Produce […]

First Wave of Fall

The Festival of Family Farms marks a turning point for me. The weekend itself, always the first in October, is usually sunny and clear. However, there is a crispness in the air and the evening darkness seems to slip in quite early.  Things slow down on the farm and I can finally start to look […]

Herb of the Month: Thai Basil

 September’s Herb of the Month
Thai Basil
We have been growing many different types of basil on the farm. In general, basils are associated with happiness, luck and flavor and their sweet aroma always puts me in a better mood.  My great grandfather’s name was Basil and I have had an affinity for this herb for a long […]

12th Lambs & My Favorite Poem

On a frigid, but sunny, January evening we had our first set of triplets born on the farm. The next day the Seahawks won the Superbowl against the Denver Broncos. We normally give our new lambs a name that has the first letter as their mother. So Ruth’s babies became Richard Sherman, Russell Wilson and Rose.

 

We […]

Growing in the Valley: September 2014

Farmer meets chef.  This month on Growing in the Valley we talk with acclaimed chef Dan Barber.  Dan has been a longtime advocate for the food-to-table movement and operates three restaurants in New York: Blue Hill, Blue Hill at Stone Barn and Blue Hill Cafe.  Recently, he published his first book The Third Plate which […]

Welcome September! The first day after Labor Day is overcast and a bit chilly here. I imagine this makes the back-to-school blues feel a little easier. I myself am torn. We have had a great summer and I hope we continue with nice, warm weather through September. However, I am also comforted by this noted […]

Laughing & crying & still picking squash

One week left in August, moving into the last four months of the year.  The weather this month has been beautiful and warm, but there is a chill in the morning air.  However, our squash plants are still going strong and many other crops are ready to harvest as well.

Despite the lovely August days we […]

Growing in the Valley: August 2014

Welcome to our monthly Harmony Field’s podcast called Growing in the Valley. This show airs the second Friday of the month on 91.7 KSVR (www.ksvr.org) after the news at 5.  Although I have been doing radio interviews for several years I am excited to share this monthly podcast with you on our blog. The interview will first […]

Sweet summer evenings

I am not ready to say goodbye to July. It has been a hot and fast month with hot and fast days.  Things are growing quickly in the fields and the rains of this past week were both a fine relief for us and a boost to all the herbs and produce.  Here in late […]

Sunhats, supermoons and saying goodbye

The heat turned up this week and we sure felt it in the field.  Sunhats everyone! The plants are happy, though, and with this extra boost of warmth they are starting to outgrow the weeds.  We also witnessed a fantastically beautiful super moon, one of the three happening this summer. The light of the moon […]