Huelgas, nectarcots, and other veggie vocabulary

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Friends of the farm stand Maria and John! Thanks for coming to our new Beacon Hill spot in Plaza Roberto Maestas at El Centro de la Raza.

Plaza Roberto Maestas is our new farm stand spot in Beacon Hill on Thursdays, just around the corner from the Station. ROAR is honored to have the chance to share this public space, in the midst of a mixed-use affordable housing complex built in memoriam to the legacy of former farm worker, foundational Seattle organizer, agitator, and champion of multi-racial coalitions for civil rights, the late Roberto Maestas. This neighborhood is in the midst of social and economic change, like much of south Seattle. The Plaza serves as both symbolic reminder of the past and holds physical space in the present for communities engaged in the work of self-determination. Like Roberto says: The only one who’s gonna save you from you is you. Y’all come, and bring a little extra $$ for tamales, tortas, and pupusas from the other plaza vendors.

Meanwhile, in the Yakima Valley (where Maestas led a farm worker labor strike in 1970 — peep the video!), apricots and nectarines made a fruit baby and it is DELICIOUS. We get them from Collins Family Orchard. They’re called nectarcots. A bargain at $2.50/pound, we stocked up for this week and so should you. Read on for the full fresh list, watch Roberto’s interview, think on the complexity of history, geography, and food systems. La lucha sigue. See you at the farm stand.

Fava Beans – Osprey Hill Farm, Acme – $2.25/pound

Collard Greens – Osprey Hill Farm, Acme – $1.75/bunch

Summer Squash – FaithBeyond Farms, Auburn – $1/pound

Green Beans – Hopewell Farm, Everson – $2/pound

Broccoli – Hopewell Farm, Everson – $2/pound

Sweet Corn – Lyall Farms, Sunnyside – $.50/ear

SOLD OUT Nectarcots – Collins Family Orchard, Selah – $2.50/pound

SOLD OUT Peaches – Collins Family Orchard, Selah – $2/pound

SOLD OUT Cherries, Rainier – Collins Family Orchard, Selah – $4/pound

SOLD OUT Spring Onions – Cedarville Farm, Everson – $2/bunch

SOLD OUT Beets, Red – Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson – $1.50/bunch

SOLD OUT Raspberries – Hima Farms, Everett – $2.50/half pint

SOLD OUT Blueberries, Blackberries, Raspberries – Sidhu Farms, Puyallup – $2.50/pint

SOLD OUT Sprouting Broccoli – CityGrown Farm, Seattle – $2.50/bunch

SOLD OUT Cucumbers, silver slicers – Klesick Family Farm, Stanwood – $1.50/pound

SOLD OUT Carrots – Ralph’s Greenhouse, Mt. Vernon – $1.50/bunch

 

 

Tuesday  – Rainier Ave S. & S. Rose St., 4-7pm
Wednesday – High Point Juneau P-Patch with Market Garden Farmers, 32nd Ave SW & SW Juneau, 4-7pm
Thursday – Plaza Roberto Maestas at El Centro de la Raza, 16th @ Beacon Ave S, 4-7pm
Friday – Hillman City, Rainier Ave S. & S. Orcas St., 4-7pm
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Beginning Farmers = Beautiful Food

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Beginning farming students hard at work! Photo: SAgE Sammamish Valley Student Farm – sagestudentfarm.weebly.com

Shouts to SAgE Sammamish Valley Student Farm for a strong showing at the farm stand this week. This amazing program — a collaboration between Edmonds, Skagit, and Seattle Colleges — helps aspiring agrarians learn small farming, food systems, and urban agriculture. They help supply their campus culinary programs with produce direct from the farm, and go beyond veggies to learn about raising critters like sheep and ducks. Whatever their curriculum is, it’s definitely working! Check out their Swiss chard, heirloom summer squash, and Baltic red kale at your neighborhood ROAR stand this week.

Our consortium of (other) farmer friends are also bringing you broccoli two ways, the first of the peaches (!) and crisp, snappy English cukes. Here’s what else is hot for mid-July:

Cherries, Rainier and Bing – Collins Family Orchard, Selah – $4/lb
Nectarcots – Collins Family Orchard, Selah – $2.50/lb
Beets, Red – Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson – $1.75/bunch
Beets, Golden – Ralph’s Greenhouse, Mt Vernon – $1.75/bunch
Berries – raspberry, blueberry, blackberry – Sidhu Farms, Puyallup – $2.50/half pint
Blueberries – Hopewell Farm, Everson – $3/pint
Broccoli – Hopewell Farm, Bellingham – $1.75/pound
Rainbow Carrots – Ralph’s Greenhouse, Mt Vernon –  $1.75/bunch
Orange Carrots – Ralph’s Greenhouse, Mt. Vernon – $1.50/bunch
Corn, sweet bicolor – Lyall Farms, Sunnyside – $.50/ear
Onions – Cedarville Farm, Bellingham – $2/bunch
Squash, summer mix – Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson – $1.75/lb
Fava Beans – Southern Exposure Farm, Sedro-Wooley – $4/pound
Sugar Snap Peas – Southern Exposure Farm, Sedro-Wooley – $5/pound
Lettuce, Red Butterhead and Speckled Romaine – CityGrown, Seattle – $1.50/bunch
Collards – Steel Wheel Farm, Fall City – $2.25/bunch
SOLD OUT English Cucumbers – Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson – $1.75/lb
SOLD OUT Raspberries – Tualco Valley Produce, Monroe – $3.75/pint
SOLD OUT Heirloom Summer Squash – SAgE, Woodinville – $1.50/lb
SOLD OUT “Neon” Swiss Chard – SAgE, Woodinville – $2/bunch
SOLD OUT Baltic Red Kale – SAgE, Woodinville – $2/bunch
SOLD OUT Savoy Cabbage – Skylight Farm, Snohomish – $2/lb
SOLD OUT Sprouting Broccoli – CityGrown, Seattle – $2/bunch
SOLD OUT Arugula – Caruso Farm, Snohomish – $3.25/each
SOLD OUT Broccoli – Skylight Farm, Snohomish – $2.50/lb
SOLD OUT Peaches – Collins Family Orchard, Selah – $2/lb
SOLD OUT Apricots – Collins Family Orchard, Selah – $2.50/lb
See you at the farm stand!

Back Back from Cali Cali

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Farm truck at City Slickers Farm, an amazing food access project in West Oakland

Team ROAR has been in sunny Oakland and Berkeley this past week/end learning all about garden education and meeting with amazing producers and food organizers. We’re feeling invigorated from the Edible Schoolyard Project Intensive Conference, inspired from a visit to City Slicker Farms, and full of farmers market ideas after visiting markets here. Huge thanks to all our gracious hosts and hooray for the Bay!

Hopefully we’ve got enough of everything to get us through the week. We’re in Rainier Beach Tuesday at Rainier & Rose, High Point on Wednesday at the P-Patch Market Garden on 32nd & Juneau, Beacon Hill at the Station on Thursday, and Hillman City on Friday. All markets 4-7pm. See you soon!

What’s fresh this week: 

SOLD OUT – Apricots – Collins Family Orchard, Selah – $2.50/lb

Basil – Viva Farms, Burlington – $1.75/bunch

SOLD OUT – Beets, Golden variety – Ralph’s Greenhouse, Mt. Vernon – $1.70/bunch

SOLD OUT – Beets, Red variety – Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson – $1.70/bunch

Carrots – Ralph’s Greenhouse – $1.75/bunch

Collard Greens – Cedarville Farm, Everson – $1.50/bunch

Sweet Corn – Lyall Farms, Mattawa – $.65/ear

Garlic Scapes – Viva Farms, Burlington – $1/bunch

SOLD OUT – Cherries – Rainier & Bing varieties – Collins Family Orchard, Selah – $4/pound

Fava Beans – Alvarez Organics, Mabton – $3/pound

Onions, sweet yellow – Alvarez Organics, Mabton – $1/pound

SOLD OUT – Raspberries – Viva Farms, Burlington – $3/pint

Squash, yellow & green zucchini – Alvarez Organics, Mabton – $1.25/pound

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Garden classroom at the Edible Schoolyard, Berkeley, where conference attendees participated in a hands-on seedling transplanting lesson with Farmer Tanya

West Seattle, We’re Back

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High Point Juneau Market Garden Farm Stand opens July 5!!! We are SO happy to spend some time with our farmer friends again. These hardworking ladies grow the finest greens and herbs around, and gorgeous bargain bouquets, so be sure to visit this on-site market to meet the producers and see where the magic happens. 32nd SW & Juneau St, 4-7pm.

Gal about town and ROAR outreach coordinator Liz Davis will be at Wednesday’s market to keep you hydrated and informed about upcoming workshops in the neighborhood. Carmen Berrysmith will also be making her ROAR debut; she’ll be a regular staffer in High Point and a few of our other markets, and we’re thrilled to have this Youth Garden Works veteran’s expertise and support! Swing by and give her a hard time warm ROAR welcome!

Here’s the list — but all you really need to know is CHERRIES and SHISO and TOTALLY STUNNING LETTUCE:

Beets – Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson – $1.50 bunch

Raspberries & Blueberries – Sidhu Farms, Puyallup – $2.50/pint

Bok Choi – Cedarville Farm, Everson – $1.90/pound

Broccolini – CityGrown Farms, Seattle – $2/bunch

Cabbage, green – $1.30/pound

Carrots – Ralph’s Greenhouse, Mt. Vernon – $1.75/bunch

Rainier Cherries – Collins Family Orchard, Selah & Lyall Farms, Mattawa – $4/pound

Collard greens – $1.60/bunch

Kohlrabi – CityGrown Farms, Seattle – $2/bunch

Red Butter Lettuce – CityGrown Farms, Seattle – $1.50/head

Green mini butter lettuce – CityGrown Farms, Seattle – $1/head

Summer Squash! Green Romanesco and Yellow Zucchini – $1.60/pound

 

 

What’s Fresh at the Farm Stand June 27 – July 1

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Nuestra Mision es de ofrecerle producto fresco y cuidar mas el medio ambiende, y la salud de nuestra Familia y Comunidad.” Bold mission and beautiful produce from this week’s featured farm, Northwest Green Farm. They are growing Mexican calabaza and chilacayotes in Mt. Vernon, along with a large variety of vegetables and fruit. Don’t miss the stunning Walla Walla Sweet onions they sent us for the farm stand this week!

FRESH SHEET – JUNE 27 – July 1

Beets – Ralph’s Greenhouse, Mount Vernon – $1.75/bunch

Carrots – Ralph’s Greenhouse, Mount Vernon – $1.75/bunch

Japanese Turnips – CityGrown Farms, Seattle – $2/bunch

Kohlrabi – CityGrown Farms, Seattle – $2/bunch

Fennel – Cedarville Farm, Bellingham – $2/each

Walla Walla Onions – Northwest Green Farm, Mount Vernon – $1.50/lb

Green Curly Kale – Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson – $1.60/bunch

Green Tomatoes – Hedlin Farms, Mt. Vernon – $2.75/lb

Rainier Cherries – Collins Family Orchard, Selah – $5/lb

Apriums – Collins Family Orchard, Selah – $2.50/lb

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Salvador and Misael Morales Owners and Farmers of Northwest Green Farm

 

Rooty & Fruity – What’s Fresh at the Farm Stand June 20-23

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Thanks to all the intrepid peddlers who stopped by our table at the Station Block Party on Saturday! So amazing and inspiring to be among the best people and projects happening in South Seattle. Y’all cranked out a record number of bike-powered smoothies, too — check out the whole glorious gallery of smoothie portraits over on Instagram.

Wednesday’s solstice marks the official arrival of SUMMER!!! Our lineup of fruits and veggies reflects the best of what’s fresh above and below ground.

Welcome back *it* vegetable kohlrabi (not a root, don’t believe the hype) and sweet, crunchy Japanese turnips (yes, this one’s a root, but eat the greens too), both from our friends at CityGrown.  This will be our last week for Pink Lady apples, but stone fruit is ready so look for Chelan cherries and apriums (apricot + plum hybrid) from Collins Family Orchard. Full fresh list below; catch us in Rainier Beach, Beacon Hill, and Hillman City this week.

FRESH SHEET – JUNE 20-23

Beets – Alvarez Organics, Mabton -$2.75/bunch

Fava Beans – Alvarez Organics, Mabton – $2.50/lb

Spring Onions – Alvarez Organics, Mabton – $2/bunch

Japanese Turnips – CityGrown Farms, Seattle – $2/bunch

Kohlrabi – CityGrown Farms, Seattle – $2/bunch

Strawberries – Viva Farms, Burlington – $3.50/pint

Garlic Scapes – Viva Farms, Burlington – $1/bunch

Collard Greens – Slanted Sun Farm, Everson – $1.75/bunch

Cherry Radishes – Viva Farms, Burlington – $1.50/bunch

Napa Cabbage – Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson – $1.50/lb

Green Tomatoes – Hedlin Farms, Mt. Vernon – $2.75/lb

Chelan Cherries – Collins Family Orchard, Selah – $4/lb

Apriums – Collins Family Orchard, Selah – $2.50/lb

Pink Lady Apples – Collins Family Orchard, Selah – $2/lb

 

Strawberries at the intersection!

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This week is a big one for ROAR, full of early-season delights. We open in Rainier Beach on Tuesday, 6/13, and can’t wait to see our Rose St. neighbors again! You get two chances to catch us in Beacon Hill — once at our regular Thursday market 6/15, and again on Saturday 6/17 at the Station Block Party. ROAR will be there with the smoothie bike (!), sharing space with Kamayan Farm and celebrating everything good about South Seattle. Festival is free and all-ages, so make time to come through.

On to the veggies: Farm Stand this week features strawberries from Skagit Valley’s Viva Farms, an incubator supporting beginning farmers in our region. Also back is asparagus from Alvarez Organics, and perhaps our favorite seasonal delight — garlic scapes — also from Viva. That beautiful lettuce in the picture is lovingly grown by Beacon Hill’s Nurturing Roots Farm and could be yours today. Shop early and shop often for these delicious, time-limited offerings!

Effective Thursday, we’ll have Pink Lady apples, cherries, and more snap peas; until then, here’s the fresh list:

Tuesday – 4-7pm – Rainier Beach, Rainier Ave S & S Rose St.

Thursday – 3-6pm – The Station Coffee Shop, 16th Ave S & S Lander St.

Friday – 4-6pm – Hillman City, Rainier Ave S & S Orcas St.

WHAT’S FRESH AT THE FARM STAND

Strawberries – Viva Farm, Burlington – $3.25/pint

Garlic Scapes – Viva Farm, Burlington – $1/bunch

Rainier Cherries – Lyall Farms, Mattawa – $4/lb

Sold Out Snow Peas – Megana Farm, Yakima – $3.50/lb

Sold Out Green Tomatoes – Hedlin Farm, Mount Vernon – $3.00/lb

Sold Out Collard Greens – Slanted Sun Farm, Everson – $1.75/bunch

Easter Egg Radish – Caruso Farm, Snohomish – $2.25/bunch

Asparagus – Alvarez Farm, Mabton – $4.50/lb

Beets – Alvarez Farm, Mabton – $2.75/bunch

Spring Onions – Alvarez Farm, Mabton – $2.00/bunch

Sold Out Butter Lettuce – Nurturing Roots Farm, Beacon Hill – $2/head

Plant Starts! Eggplant – $2/ea, Sungold Tomato – $3.50/ea

 

Follow us on Facebook & Instagram for the latest updates. See you at the farm stand!

 

BRING THOSE BEETS BACK!

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Week two of our summer season means STRAWBERRIES! Sidhu Farm in Puyallup and Collins Family Orchards are churning out their first crop of the year, and they’re going fast. Alvarez Organics is back, too, with the sweet, crunchy miracle of snap peas and BEETS. We’re on Beacon Hill Thursday, Hillman City Friday. Read on for the full lineup of offerings, and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates. See you at the farm stand!

Thursday – 3-6pm – The Station Coffee Shop, 16th Ave S & S Lander St.

Friday – 4-6pm – Hillman City, Rainier Ave S & S Orcas St.

WHAT’S FRESH AT THE FARM STAND

Pink Lady Apples – Collins Family Orchard, Selah – $2/lb

SOLD OUT Baby Bok Choi – CityGrown Farms, Seattle – $2/bunch

Burlot Cherries – Lyall Farms, Mattawa – $6/lb

Strawberries – Collins Family Orchard, Selah- $3.50/lb

SOLD OUT Asparagus – Alvarez Farm, Mabton – $4.50/lb

Beets – Alvarez Farm, Mabton – $2.75/bunch

Spring Onions – Alvarez Farm, Mabton – $2.00/bunch

Snap Peas – Alvarez Fram, Mabton – $4.50/lb

Butter Lettuce – Nurturing Roots Farm, Beacon Hill – $2/head

Plant Starts! Eggplant & Shishito Pepper – CityGrown – $2/ea

Meet the Producers: High Point P-Patch Market Garden

Since 2015, ROAR has had the tremendous pleasure of growing a partnership with Cambodian farmers working the land and providing nutritious food to the High Point neighborhood. This community has been our host for Wednesday night farm stands, where they have been selling traditional herbs, gorgeous greens, heirloom tomatoes and more for over fifteen years. It is truly an honor to work along side such powerful people and share their story here. Be sure to read all the way to the end to get farmer Oun’s recipe for Beet & Kale Salad!

Story written by Samantha Poyta, Dept. of Neighborhoods P-Patch Intern | Khmer Translation by Sokunthea Ok

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Oun Yeav, left, and High Point Farm Stand shopper at a summer market

Oun Yeav and Phoeurn Khrm love to feed their community. For over 15 years, these women have been growing food in West Seattle for their family, friends and neighbors. And in recent years, these gardeners have worked to build a successful weekly farm stand at the High Point P-Patch and a CSA program that delivers food onsite and to Seattle’s north end. For Oun and Khrm, to see a growing number of customers buying high quality food from their garden makes them proud. They love nurturing seeds to plant and finally to customers’ dinner plates!

Oun, Khrm and the other High Point P-Patch gardeners understand the importance of eating fresh, organic food. In fact, they view their work as serving the health needs of their community. Since many High Point residents are low-income and refugees, Oun and Khrm like serving these community members who might not otherwise have easy access to nutrient-dense food. These gardeners hope to continue offering locally grown, organic produce to their neighbors so that the whole community can have better health!

hp-gardenersGardening has been therapeutic and a good stress relief for Oun and Khrm. As Cambodian refugees, Oun came to Seattle in 1986 and Khrm came to Seattle in 1990. Without knowing the language at first, both of these women found it very difficult to feel connected in a foreign culture. Then in 2000, they began volunteering at the High Point P- Patch and found that their knowledge of growing food in Cambodia enabled them to connect with their neighbors in a way that brought tremendous joy to them. Not only did the gardeners find a stronger sense of community that was previously missing in their lives, but they also began to feel better physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Now, the High Point P-Patch is a place where many Cambodian neighbors congregate, eat good food and help out the main gardeners on farm stand days. hb-onions

Over the years, Oun and Khrm have become master gardeners. In Cambodia, the main plants they grew were peanuts, cotton, corn, potatoes, black beans, green beans and rice. While growing these crops required a high skill set from the gardeners, Oun and Khrm say that growing food in the Pacific Northwest is much more challenging than in Cambodia. Whereas in Cambodia the tropical climate and longer hours of sunlight facilitate plant production, the High Point gardeners say they had to learn how best to monitor their garden beds to account for the shorter days, cloud cover and constant rain in the Pacific Northwest. Over the years, Oun, Khrm and the High Point gardeners have perfected their gardening skills and the bountiful supplies of kale, spinach, zucchini, tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans and potatoes from the garden (and much more) are proof of that!

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In their own lives, Oun and Khrm have seen how eating fresh vegetables has benefited them. Here is a healthy recipe from the gardeners that they make using produce they grow from the High Point garden:

Beet and Kale | Salad Serves 4

  1. Wash and peel bunch of beets, cut into large slices.
  2. Rinse and chop bunch of kale.
  3. Toss kale and beets with salt, pepper and oil (ex: olive or sesame).
  4. Roast beets for 45 minutes in oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Let beets cool and then mix with kale. Add additional oil for dressing.
  6. You can also add sliced apples, toasted walnuts or goat cheese to your salad!
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