photo (11)November has been a fast month, but activity on the farm has slowed down quite a bit just in time for the holidays. The swans are occupying the fields again and we experienced several hard frosts over the past few weeks.  This will be our last post until February 2015, so we can regroup and plan for the year ahead. Thank you for reading and caring about what we do!

This past month involved a lot of traveling. At this year’s annual Tilth Producers of Washington conference in early November I was elected to the board and I am excited to get more involved with organic agriculture advocacy and education throughout the state over the next few years.  Mary Berry (daughter of Wendell) was one of the featured speakers and I appreciated her talk about the realities and opportunities facing the next generations of farmers.  Her work at the Berry Center is very inspirational to me.

In our community, Dean and I were happy to play some music at the Annual Bow Little Market Holiday Festival.  Is was a lovely event filled with many great craftspeople, growers, food vendors and artists! If you missed it be sure to add it to your holiday schedule next year.  photo 1 (10)Finally, I visited some family in the mid-west over an extended weekend. We made an early Thanksgiving together and I also had the chance to visit the cemetery where my grandparents were buried.  As you may have read in earlier posts, I lost two grandparents over the summer and due to the cost of flying and time constraints of the farm I wasn’t able to get back to Wisconsin for their funerals.  This recent trip allowed me the time to say my goodbyes as well as appreciate faraway family that I don’t get to see very often.

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Thank you all for reading my posts and for following the farm activities.  Our next event is a wool felting workshop in January.  Be sure to sign up early. Gift cards are also available if you are looking for the perfect sheep-inspired gift for someone special. Until then, enjoy the peace and comfort of deep winter.

You may already be in the kitchen cooking away today, but I also wanted to share some great and healthy Thanksgiving recipes that use a lot of specialty vegetables, including our beloved kohlrabi.

Happy eating, happy celebrating!

In gratitude,

Jessica