I’ve added a new page for Farm to Table Events to the blog for those who are interested in what is happening in our area, or perhaps are for looking for ideas for how to promote their own farm.
News from the farm:
The full heat of high summer has arrived on our little farm in the Cascade foothills. The surrounding hills are taking on the golden brown color of toast, and the earth is beginning to cry for water as the hard clay soil shrinks and cracks. June’s luscious cherries have just about played out, and our blueberries are now ripening at a mad dash. We are managing to stay one step ahead of the birds this year, so there are plenty of these sweet blue gems to sell and barter, as well as for home consumption. Blueberries are available just about everywhere here now, and you may catch a glimpse of the famous Ima Blueberry at your local Market or agricultural festival. Intrepid women (I have not come across any Blueberry Bobs yet) brave the summer’s high temperatures and don hot, huge and rotund blueberry costumes, promoting Oregon blueberries across the state. Visit the Oregon Blueberry Commission web site for all things blueberry, and where Ima will appear next! There are a lot of good photos of Ima out there!
The long, hot but generally dry days are balanced by short, but deliciously cool nights at this time of year. The temperature can swing from a low of 40 or 50 at daybreak, to a high in the 90s or low 100s during the day. Gardens take off in the heat. Tomato, eggplant and pepper starts that were idling in June suddenly put on height and girth, squash and other assorted curcubits throw out long vines that grow so fast they look as if they could snag the ankle of a farmer tarrying too long in one place. Everything grows and ripens in its season, and the living is good, if not a bit overly busy! Rick has been occupied keeping shoot growth in check in the vineyard, as the little bunches of green unripe grape berries put on weight. Mother Nature has fired the starting gun, and it is a race now with time, weather, wildlife and human energy until the last crop comes in this fall.
New! Please visit the new page for Farm to Table Events on this blog site. Producers and growers team up with chefs, restaurants and wineries to educate the public as to how and where their food is raised, as well as promote locally grown and locally prepared food. Rain Shadow El Rancho, owned and operated by ranchers Joe and Karen Schueller, will be hosting one such event on August 9th, starting with a tour of their buffalo ranch in Scio, followed by a winery tour and dinner at Marks Ridge Winery in Sweet Home. Details and a flyer are available for download on the Farm to Table Events page. Spread the word!
Music news (schedule posted on the Performance Schedule page)::
I will be performing again at Cornerstone Coffee in McMinnville, Oregon on Friday July 25th. Cornerstone does much to support local music, and I encourage visitors to stop in and enjoy the food and drink, even when there isn’t music playing. Help support venues who give their support to the Performing Arts!
The weekend of July 25th is also International Pinot Noir Celebration weekend in McMinnville. This 3 day event attracts people from around the globe who come to enjoy Pinot noir and northwest cuisine. There will be good food, wine and music all around McMinnville that weekend!
For the Science and Sci Fi buff readers of this blog, I must mention McMinnville is also home to an annual UFO festival in May. In May of 1950, a UFO was photographed there over the Trent Farm. The story appeared in the June 26, 1950 issue of Life magazine. Read the article below, look at the photos, and judge for yourself! ‘Nuff said!
Just a reminder, the local Farmers’ Markets are in full swing now, and most feature a variety of music and dance along with fresh produce, meats, cheeses and home-made goods. Support your local growers and artisans. Many wineries also feature music during the summer season. Check your area listing for details!
In your area, wherever you may be, please do all you can to help keep your own local music alive. Go out and see someone you don’t know, host a house concert, download songs or buy CDs. Or even just stop for a minute to hear someone at a Farmers’ Market. Live, local musicians provide a wealth of talent most people will never hear about in this age of iPods, Internet and TV.
Bookings and home-grown produce:
Lavinia and Rick Ross
Salmon Brook Records / Salmon Brook Farms