Newsletter No. 4

Hello from vibrant valley farm ! The field is almost full with vegetables and flowers as we enter summer. Happy Summer! We're building a new hoop house, harvesting a ton and hosting a Solstice party this Saturday ... We hope you all can come.
 

This weekend Kara and I went to an indigo and shibori class put on by Wildcraft Studio. We've hosted Wildcraft on the farm to lead a natural dyeing workshop where we deadheaded all sorts of flowers like zinnias and safflower to cook up dye pots and dye wool and silk. They'll be out here again this fall and in trade we got to take the indigo class. As some of you know we are growing indigo after a collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Craft and PNCA and Rowland Ricketts (renowned indigo grower and artisan). We've learned a bunch about growing and experimenting with dyeing fresh leaves from the farm and dye packets from the Internet. And we've become obsessed with dyeing, experimenting, and learning as much as possible about indigo and other natural dyes.

In this weekend's class we tried dyeing techniques by manipulating fabric with stitching, wood blocks, folding and tying. It was super fun. Stay tuned for ways you can experiment and dye with us!


IN THIS WEEK'S BOUQUET:

  • Cress pods
  • Safflower
  • Yarrow
  • Sweet peas
  • Nigella
  • Snap dragons
  • Delphinium
  • Clarkia
  • Acroclinium
  • Liatris spicata
  • Lupine
  • Dusty Miller
  • Lamb's ear
  • Sunflower
  • Cosmos
  • Mignonette
  • Agrostemma
  • Statice
  • Saliva
  • Globe thistle
  • Cynoglossum

IN THIS WEEK'S BOX:

  • Bilko cabbage
  • Swiss chard
  • Kale
  • Silky salad
  • Snow peas
  • Thyme 
  • Broccoli 

THIS WEEK'S RECIPES:

 

01. SWISS CHARD FRITTERS

 

02. WARM CRUNCHY SNOW PEA SALAD