Wednesday, February 11, 2009

News from Summer & Spark @ Dee Creek and Locavore/Farm Connect Delivery for 2.11.2009

From Summer & Spark @ Dee Creek:

Yesterday we awoke to snow again! Not much, just enough to be absolutely beautiful! We got news over the weekend that our county did qualify for some disaster assistance, and will know more details in a week or so.

Yester-eve was spent preparing our 'parts list' for a hoop raising party here at the farm this coming Sunday. More details on our website calendar. Please contact the farm or Anne if you'd like to participate! While you're on the website, check out our Blog for several new entries!

We have a few new events scheduled for February, also on our website calendar. Tomorrow night is our second (and last for this season) Meet the Farmers event at the Clark County PUD building - across from the library on Mill Plain Blvd. Come and explore your CSA options! This event is FREE to the public.

This week we have extra 'tea party' goodies -- jam, teas, cheeses, soap (okay, not very tea-like, but still a new something!). And for all you love birds out there, happy Valentines Day! ~Summer


All of the milk produced for our deliveries cheeses are from goats raised at Dee Creek farm. The cheeses are handmade here, too! Just in time for V-Day: Two styles of red pepper spiced aged cheese.

Hot-4-U, $6-8.75/4.3-6.3oz packages
Good plain for snacking, grating, or melted on a burro or pizza! This heart-shaped cheese with locally grown red peppers in a spicy, aged, unpasteurized, goat cheese.Somewhere between Gouda and Cheddar with ZING! Check out the photo below!

Valentella, $5.50/4 oz packages
Heart-shaped, goat cheese similar to above, but melted and hand-stretched before molding.

Wyatt, $1.38oz/sizes vary from 4oz-7oz packages
This semi-hard, Gouda-style, unpasteurized goat cheese was aged with a natural rind, rubbed with Olive Oil.The character is recumbent of a wild bleu cheese, with an untamed, musky note.

Aged Feta, $5.50/container retail, $5.00/container CSA - block or crumble
Creamy block or crumbles of unpasteurized aged feta. Try in rice dressing, warm pasta dishes, pear & hazelnut salad, deviled eggs, bowl of beans.

$2.50/half-dozen (limited)
Through February eggs will be less predictable, and so we are not offering the CSA option this month. This week we will have eggs from DCF (at last!), Creative Outlet, and Nature's Choice. Be sure to recycle egg cartons that you pick up at our deliveries with us!

Raw Honey,
Quart/$12, Pint/$7, Half-pint/$4
Raw honey in glass (sometimes plastic) jars form Honey House Farm in Brush Prairie - super local! Great for allergies! Assuming all goes well, we'll stop in at their place on Thursday for honey before deliveries.

Dried Herbs, $4/packet
From Garden Delights in Brush Prairie, these herbs were hand prepared from chemical-free herbs. There are several mixes available, including: Dilly Dip, Italian Blend, Mexican Blend, Herb Dip, Herb Butter, Herbal Dressing. All great in soups, dressings, dips, butters, cheeses...

Jellies, $5/8oz jar
Strawberry, low sugar
Apple, low sugar
Raspberry, low sugar
Blackberry, low sugar
White Grape, NO sugar
The above also come from Garden Delights, in Brush Prairie. A multi-generational farm, this Mom and daughter team work hard on creating healthful, local, and delicious foods. Generally known for their herb packets & natural doggy treats, they are also a produce CSA farm!

Herbal Teas, $3/each
Minty Cocoa (chocolate mint, peppermint)
Cold Calming (sage, dutch tea time, lemon balm, chamomile)
Lemon Mint Medley (lemon balm, peppermint, spearmint)
Stress Relief (lemon balm, chamomile, lavendar)
Hand blended by the ladies at Garden DElight with chemical-free herbs, mostly grown at their farm, these blends are sure to be delicious! �Each comes with 4 tea bags.

Wild & Naturally Preserved Eats,
Mushrooms, Fresh - 1/4 lb bags
Maitake, $4.00
Shiitake, $3.00
Mushrooms, Vacuum packed Frozen 1/4 lb packs
Porcini 4.50
Chanterelle 4.00
Mushrooms, Dried half-pint jar
Chanterelle, $5.00
Porcini, $5.00
Berries, Vacuum packed Frozen 1 lb packs
Elderberries 5.00
Himalayan Blackberries, $3.50
Wild Huckleberries $9.00
Organic Blueberries $4.00

Dried Snack and Meal Helpers -
(Already chopped, diced, sliced, portioned, and packaged just right for 1-2 meals)
Org. Walla Walla Onions (great for snacks, sandwiches, salad toppings...) $1.25
Org Red Onions (great for stir-fry, burgers, sandwiches, macaroni & potato salads...) $1.25
Org. Heirloom Tomatoes (snacks, great for pasta or rice dishes, saute` w/vegs...) $2.00
Dried Wild Elderberries $2.00
Frozen or Dried Rosehips, $2.00
The above comes from Nature's Choice, a Vancouver business, operated by a couple who collects & sells wild eats, and prepares naturally preserved foods.

Natural Soap, $4/bar
This was hand crafted by Summer (me!) for the holidays, but with the snow and flooding, our holiday specials sort of went by the wayside. No worries! With a bit of snow, the peppermint bars will still be glorious! They are made with various oils, and contain no fragrance, just essential oils! The vapors are soothing and head-clearing.


Remember that in an effort to be more efficient, and less wasteful, we're going to stop writing individual receipts when you place your order, if possible.

Anyone and everyone can order from our deliveries, not just "subscribers"! To any newcomers on the e-list, welcome! Also rest assured that all farms contributing to our deliveries all meet several standards: chemical-free, sustainable, natural, family farming... If you have questions about any of them, don't hesitate to ask, or check them out yourself!

To order, click here and specify what you would like.
All checks go to "Dee Creek Farm", or bring cash.
We fill pre-orders first, then it's first come, first served!
We do mostly pre-orders at deliveries, rather than Farmers Market style.
Please help us in this by pre-ordering what you can!

Summer & Spark
Email: summer at deecreekfarm dot com
Farm Phone: 360-225-9711
Cell Phone: 360-903-6956 (no service at the Farm)

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