New Things

It’s raining! I love the smell but I can’t help but wonder what it means for market tomorrow. If you’re reading this- don’t let it deter you! Produce-wise this is one of our most exciting harvests yet. Tomorrow we’ll have TONS of tomatoes (ask about bulk discounts), heirloom zucchini, fresh onions, carrots, green beans (1st harvest for this succession so super delicious), basil, beets, cilantro, peppers, eggplant, spinach, lettuce, fennel, garlic, Caribe potatoes (we love them and Conner is cooking them up right now), and cabbage.

The other very exciting news is that our produce is all over town! We have been sharing the goodness with Old Oak Oven, Creekside Grill, and Silver Grille. Today we also sold bulk tomatoes to Portland Homestead Supply so that they could have tomatoes on hand for canning. After slow tomato sales at market last week we got busy here as well and now have huge pots of roasted heirlooms needing to be canned….

Speaking of canning, a little rain is a perfect excuse to put up some veggies. We hope you’ll come by tomorrow. Ask us about our favorite freezer/pantry filling recipes – soups, pesto, sauces, etc.

 

Old Things

Well maybe not that old but it has been awhile since I’ve had time to sit at the computer….Since the last post we’ve gotten three Black Welsh Mountain sheep, been selling produce all over town, gotten awesome DRF organic t-shirts, gotten 5+ hours of uninterrupted sleep, and eaten some really good food. Absolutely wonderful weeks.

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One of our three new lambs.

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Market leftovers + Old Oak Oven dough= dinner

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Silverton Farmer’s Market July 27, 2013

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Silverton Farmer’s Market July 20, 2013

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Growth

Life, babies, plants, markets, and summer all seem to be hitting their stride….Thank goodness for family, friends, good local seed, flame weeders, ladybugs, sweet smelling flowers, and delicious food. These factors- and many more- have made for moments of celebration. There are certainly some hurdles this first year, as you’d expect with a first  year on new ground, and we’ve learned many good lessons already for next season:

– Plant more beneficial habitat for the good bugs

– Buy a new tiller (there’s a long to-buy list but this is a priority)

– Flame all the beds to kill baby weeds before we plant (flaming is much easier on the soil than tilling)

– We have cucumber beetles and they like almost everything we grow- develop a strategy to beat them!

-Sarah needs to take a week of in the spring to help get the major spring planting in the ground

The past two markets have been great, we continue to meet very cool folks, and are already looking forward to next week.

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Silverton Farmer’s Market July 13, 2013

Sweet corn and dry beans. 2 of the 3 sisters.
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Sweet corn and dry beans. 2 of the 3 sisters.

We are going to be swimming in peppers.
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We are going to be swimming in peppers.

Baby carrots tossed with olive oil and salt. Broiled on low until browned. So delicious!
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Baby carrots tossed with olive oil and salt. Broiled on low until browned. So delicious!

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Silverton Farmer’s Market July 6, 2013

Our First Silverton Market

I’ll embarrassingly admit that I was rockin’ out in the truck on the way to market today. We’ve dreamed of farming for so long now that to see it finally being realized is a lot to get excited about. It was a crazy week getting everything together- signage, chalkboard, harvests, table clothes, baskets,

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etc- but it totally paid off. Today at market we had: garlic scapes, spinach, snap peas, snow peas, cilantro, dill, butter lettuce, romaine, chard, kale, and beets. We did a decent job of estimating sales and have a much better sense of what folks are looking for (more cilantro, less snow peas). After

everyone got a round of naps in this afternoon I was able to upload some shots from this week.

Thank you to everyone who came out to support us. It is great to be getting to know our neighbors and building local community!

Potential new items for next week’s market- Diggin’ Roots Farm organic cotton T-shirts (!), a whole lot more peas, and new potatoes for perfect 4th of July potato salad.

Potato flowers at sunset.
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Potato flowers at sunset.

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The blossom from our yellow snow peas- amazing!

Early June Update

There hasn’t been much time to write lately. Between lack of sleep, a Brassica weed seed bank that is keeping us very busy, off-farm work, and a 6 month old learning how to crawl- we’re glad to just be taking photos! The Silverton Farmer’s Market has started and we’ll be there the first weekend in July. A week ago we weren’t sure what vegetables we were going to have for market and now we’re worried we might have to start sooner than that. After a long hiatus we are so thrilled and thankful to be growing our own produce again. It feels so good!

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Just to give you a sense of the INSANE weed pressure we are dealing with. It could be worse- at least they are easy to pull annuals. (These beds were re-tilled.)

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Chard- our first harvest!

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Baby farm feet

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Planting strawberries.

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100 feet of raspberries!

Breaking ground and other exciting things…

We love friends who help us pull weeds.
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Friends helping weed the garlic.

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Family make it possible (and keep us sane).

Our kitchen window view.
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Our kitchen window view.

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Attacking the blackberries that were eating the barn.

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We couldn’t wait for a greenhouse to start some seeds.

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Breaking ground with our disc on the 2 acres we’ll be farming this year.

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The pasture after one pass with the monster disc that we hired out. This fall we’ll be seeding it to perennial pasture.

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We got a drain installed on this building so that we have dry usable space.

Finding place…

Greetings!

This post is long overdue but our life has been overwhelmingly full the past couple months…

After a very long search, in August 2012 we finally purchased a property with which to explore our agricultural ambition.  The rectangular 47 acres sits just an hour or so south of Portland off of highway 213. There is a seasonal creek, a pond, an oak lined horizon, and about 35 acres of tillable land. In the next couple years we’ll be developing conservation contracts, replanting pasture, building fences, fixing infrastructure, creating infrastructure, establishing a market, and nurturing a few acres of vegetables, a small flock of sheep, chickens, and a newly arrived member of the human family- our son Wendell Jack (born in Dec. 2012).  Over the course of a lifetime we hope to find the sweet spot of a fully diversified, direct-market family-farm – an idealistically hyphenated endeavor.  There is a tendency to float wide-eyed through the infinite opportunity of a grand vision brushed upon a blank canvas.  And so we look to the land, our relationships, and our local community keep our feet firmly on the ground.

As we dive into an incomprehensibly robust season of life, we’d like to continue cultivating community and exploring opportunities for partnership and collaboration.  This post is the first of many as we build Diggin’ Roots Farm anew.

Thank you all for your continued support.

Sarah Brown and Conner Voss

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