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Harvesting the Fruits of Our Labor

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Harvesting the Fruits of Our Labor

Red Dog Farm is a magical place this time of year! With fall right around the corner, it’s very exciting to see just how much the farm has transformed since the spring. There are many moving parts on the farm as well as many people who come together to accomplish the tasks that translate into collective results. It’s really a treat working here. It’s a very dynamic and engaging job—every single day. This year was my first year on the farm, and I’ve learned so many things! I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to learn to operate the...

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Always Improving

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Always Improving

As the crew hurriedly and with great haste hustles to harvest the bounty that is a September harvest, it is also a time to hustle to finish up projects before the rains come! September is the great intersection of summer and fall: where sweet juicy tomatoes sit next your beets on a dinner plate, where the fog sits heavy in the valley in those sweet cool mornings, where you wear your sweatshirts for a couple hours longer in the morning. It’s a month where you reflect on the summer, think towards next season, plant bulbs and seeds that will...

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Late-Summer Elotes

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Late-Summer Elotes

September is a pivotal month on the farm. With the harvest moon rising this Saturday, we’re in the last month of our high-production season. We’re still swimming in strawberries: while our crew’s been hustling to pick them all, the squash have been steadily growing underneath their big green vines and are, suddenly, everywhere—decorating the farm in green, orange, red and blue. Now, the rising sheets of white remay, multicolored brassica blocks and emerging green lines represent the next phase of carrots, winter radishes, kale and spinach....

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Taking Your Veggies Hiking

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Taking Your Veggies Hiking

When most people think of hiking food, they imagine trail mix, energy bars, and PBJ sandwiches. I’d like to suggest that veggies can also make excellent trail food. Hiking is a thirsty endeavor, and sometimes plain old water doesn’t quite quench the thirst of someone who’s been active in the sun for hours. But there’s nothing more refreshing than a crisp cucumber after a good sweat: not only are cucumbers 95% water, they also offer a host of vitamins and minerals to reintroduce the pep to your step. Red and yellow...

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Coming Together in Late Summer

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Coming Together in Late Summer

Hello, end of August! Time has flown by this season and with only a week(ish) left before September and the onset of fall, it truly feels like this summer was too short. But working on the farm, feeling the heat of the sun, makes me reflect and be thankful for the opportunity to be part of a wonderful crew. All who make their way to Red Dog Farm, whether they’ve traveled along the Pacific Coast, made a farther trek from the East Coast, or come from somewhere in between, all share a joy in the work we do together. It’s not often you can find a...

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Vegetables the Size of Your Head

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Vegetables the Size of Your Head

Hello CSA fam, Well, we’ve made it – ‘tis the season of abundance! Almost every field here at the farm is full right now of growing veggies. Some are new successions of young greens like spinach and arugula that we will harvest for our delicious salad and spicy mixes. Others are growing big and tall like our corn (probably a few weeks out), onions, kale…lots of things, really! I’ve always been impressed by the size of the vegetables we grow here at Red Dog. Left to their own devices, our lettuces, kales, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini and...

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A Farm or a Canvas?

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A Farm or a Canvas?

Working on the farm feels to me like working in an art museum. Around every corner, in every row, and under every leaf there is something beautiful hiding, and the longer you look at it, the more you’ll see. Tomatoes peeking out from underneath the greenhouse tarps show us their rainbow from green to red as they ripen, growing heavy and bright on the vine. The green beans from afar appear to be small bushes with nothing to discover, but once you begin peeling back layers of vines the bean pods reveal themselves, standing out from the vines in...

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The Sweet Onion: Patience and Payoff

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The Sweet Onion: Patience and Payoff

August first! Feeling like it’s finally peak season around here. Peak season means harvest, harvest, and harvest! Bounty! Abundance! Summer hot crops! And for me this year, August first and peak season means the end of my job as greenhouse manager on the farm. Just last week I moved the last of the plants out of the greenhouse to prepare them for planting. Now as I walk through the greenhouse, there are no more plants to pet, just empty tables waiting to be filled next season. We grow everything from seed here except berries. This means that...

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A Legacy of Farm Work

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A Legacy of Farm Work

As I begin another harvest day on the farm, I look up and see the beauty of the mountains and trees around me and hear the conversation and laughter of my coworkers starting the day. Later, as I cut spinach and I look at the soil on my hands, I can’t help but think of my grandfather, who worked on farms here in Washington so long ago. My grandfather is, in a way, still here. Growing up, I was often told about my grandparents’ work as migrant farm workers. I listened to my aunts, uncles and cousins talk about favorite crops they...

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Strawberries like Gifts from the Earth

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Strawberries like Gifts from the Earth

This season has left many of us Pacific Northwesterners feeling like an audience on the edge of our seats, awaiting the climatic shift of the seasons. Needless to say, this spring wasn’t just raining cats and dogs — mane coons and St. Bernards fell like drops from the sky! As you can imagine, this record-breakingly wet spring has had a dramatic affect on the crops. So as we continue to greet the long summer days… Finally! We have reached the mouthwatering and delicious berry tsunami that we warmly greet each year. As I look out on the...

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