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What a Year!

We had all intentions of keeping up with our blog page last season, but in reality we became side-tracked with the busy demands of farm life among other things.  We have a number of resolutions to meet in 2012. One of which is to blog more and keep you all informed on farm happenings.

Some exciting things have happened since our last post. In September, after 9 years together, Josh and I tied the knot. We felt it was time to throw a big party. Some longtime friends hosted our celebration at their lovely historic home on the Skookumchuck River in Centralia. We had an amazing local meal which was farm sourced by yours truly and cooked by local chefs. We roasted a locally grown pig and grilled fresh Quinault River salmon. We also enjoyed locally baked breads from Market Street bakery topped with cheeses from Black Sheep Creamery. We decorated the tables with flowers thanks to Janet at J Foss Garden Flowers. It was a day we will always cherish and were so happy to have our friends and family surrounding us. So many people contributed their talents which made it even more brilliant.

We had a prolific fall harvest. The mild weather allowed us to sell greens that are typically not available in late fall.  The late harvest also allowed us to start serving some additional restaurants. We are excited to be serving Blue Acre Seafood, The Coterie Room, The Pink Door and Taste. Josh is still delivering to Seattle restaurants and Olympia Food Co-ops once a week.  It keeps things interesting digging in the mud this time of year.

We have big plans for Newaukum Valley Farm in 2012. We have decided to begin the application to become certified organic.  We have always used sustainable growing practices, but a stamp of approval certainly won’t hurt. The application process is lengthy and expensive, but we are hoping to have the farm certified by late spring.

Josh has been doing a little recreating on the local rivers fishing for steelhead and salmon. We’ve been enjoying the fruits of his labor the last few weeks. Fish tacos and homemade fish and chips are common winter meals! I’ve been busy promoting independent films this winter through my company and working with the local farmers market as a board member.  Josh is starting to sift through his catalogs to prepare for his seed buying extravaganza.  It is hard to believe that seed starting will begin next month!

That’s it for now. Here’s to 2012! May it bring joy, love and good eating to you all!

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