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The Many Names at Red Dog Farm

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The Many Names at Red Dog Farm

What’s in a name? We all know and love “Red Dog Farm,” lovingly named after farm owner Karyn’s old farm dog, Rupert. But you might be surprised to know all the other places, things, and humans we give names to in order to run the farm smoothly.For example, with over 20 acres of fields, we give each field a name in order to know where crops will be planted, where to go for harvest, where to set up irrigation, and on and on. Most of our fields are named after old country musicians: Townes, Loretta, and Patsy, to name a few.Since we use radios...

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Renewal in Springtime

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Renewal in Springtime

Welcome to 2022 CSA! I am so happy that it’s finally April and we can once again start harvesting and packing our beautiful produce and tulips for you! It’s been a busy winter, as usual, with projects and preparing for the new season. We have a lot of familiar faces in new roles this year. In fact, I think only one person is doing the exact same job as last year! So there have been a lot of conversations and training all winter. The farm crew has been busy cleaning and tidying and getting the farm ready for another big season. Our maintenance...

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Thank You for Your Support This Year!

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Thank You for Your Support This Year!

It always surprises me every year when we make it to the end of another farming season. Where oh where does the time go?! And yet here we are, on the tail of 2021 and our last CSA share of the season. One of my favorite things about farming has become these wonderful young people I get to meet and work with. Some of them stick around the farm for just four months, and others keep coming back for six years! Eventually they all move on and do some amazing things. This year, I am saying goodbye to some very talented farmers, many of whom are...

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Counting Down and Looking Back

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Counting Down and Looking Back

As I begin my countdown to my last day at Red Dog Farm, I find myself reminiscing about the person I was when I first arrived here in July 2019. Who knew I would love farming so much! I have learned so much about vegetables, farming, the PNW, people, and about myself. A few skills that have become valuable in my day-to-day work at the farm are expert pallet jack operator and “human scale.” “Human scale” refers to the ability to guess the correct weight of an object “right on the money,” whether it be a 25# root bag, 40# box, 0.5# loose greens...

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Appreciating the Potent Flavor of Winter’s Salad

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Appreciating the Potent Flavor of Winter’s Salad

It’s that time of year again where I get to geek out about radicchios—winter’s salad! Perhaps I like radicchio because we share Italian roots, or perhaps it’s because I appreciate their winter hardiness and vibrancy. I like a vegetable that can endure the winter months. I find that people often like to admire their beauty, but when challenged to use them in the kitchen, feel at a loss. I understand! I didn’t know what a radicchio was before working at Red Dog and it took me a couple years into working here to actually take one home. Now...

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Selling Plant Starts: Not Just for Springtime

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Selling Plant Starts: Not Just for Springtime

Shopping for baby plants for your garden in springtime seems like a long way off during the wet, cool winter. But here on the farm, selling plant starts is nearly a year-round endeavor. As the farm office manager, I spend most of my time at a computer, and these days, that means entering data from this spring’s plant starts sales into a spreadsheet so we can better analyze our sales and plan for next season. Soon, Karyn will be meeting with the PT Food Co-op and Chimacum Corner Store to negotiate which of our nearly 100 varieties of...

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Working in Weather

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Working in Weather

Today was one of the worst weather days we have had on the farm since I started here, almost six months ago. Rain, high winds, and an omnipresent cold combined to form inescapable, unpleasant conditions in the fields. Our roads have turned into muddy rivers, our fields into lakes. As we harvest, we are pelted by rain, we slip in the mud, and we feel the water soak through our outer layers into our inner ones. Yet, through it all, my friends keep their spirits high. Perhaps the joviality I notice comes from the relief of knowing that, after...

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Beet and Fennel Soup for Cool, Rainy Days

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Beet and Fennel Soup for Cool, Rainy Days

As the encroaching clouds of fall loom heavy over the heads of the field crew, who is harvesting our end-of-season veggies, we here at RDF turn up our collars and pull tight our hoods against the chill of the wind and the spackling of rain that seems to come almost daily these days. There is something deeply satisfying in seeing the full turn of the seasons: from the planting of the first seeds in early spring to our much anticipated, if not somewhat melancholy, chore of putting our beds to rest for the winter. There is much to do around the...

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Welcoming Winter

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Welcoming Winter

As we say goodbye to October, it’s becoming very clear that winter is upon us. The nights are getting colder, the days are getting shorter, and I’ve found myself opting to stay in my bed watching movies rather than getting out into the woods during my free time. Driving to the farm this morning, I was greeted by a beautiful sunrise over Mount Rainier followed by frost-covered fields here at Red Dog. The orange light reflecting on the icy fields made for a beautiful sight, especially after we had such a clear weekend. It’s moments like this...

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Delicious Fall Nutrition

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Delicious Fall Nutrition

I love Fall. The shorter days dictate more rest. The seasonal foods assure hardy comfort. The blustery weather encourages wool sweaters, book reading and craft projects. What’s not to love?! One food that most symbolizes fall to me is the pumpkin. One of my goals this fall is to make (and eat) more pumpkin pie! It’s the easiest pie to make and practically a health food with pumpkin, milk and eggs. Pumpkin soup is another favorite in our house. Sometimes we go with sweet spices like cinnamon and ginger, other times we take a more Thai turn...

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