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Posted 9/5/2013 4:30pm by Josh Elmore.


Red hen on her side
     flips dust under her wing
     the free leg powerful,
          levering leaves and dirt,

 In the afternoon Manzanita shade
     her sisters too,
     this joy of dust and scrabble
          after morning’s

Brisk scratch of bugs and weeds –
     they are all “seventeen”
     just into a life
          of egg-bearing pride,

May health, beauty,
     long life and wisdom
     come to the barnyard fowl,
          with humans to serve them:

World made for Red Hens.

          ~ Gary Snyder 

 

Fall is in the air, leaves are starting to change and my mind wanders to far away places.  Good friends write from Kathmandu, whisking my thoughts to the high Himalaya and prayer flags whipping in the cold, brisk winds.  My own prayer flags flutter in the yard as the animals graze and dust, for the moment taking me into their simple existence.  My mind comes back and I start thinking about this season with it's abundant rains and large farm stands.  The garden sits waiting for all of us to descend into it's weed choked paths, pruning and pulling the fruit of all this rain.  I still keep sensing the end of the season approaching, but for now the air remains cool but not too cold and the rains still come.  Traveling will remain in my head for now, whispering and pulling me back to the incense and smoke filled alleys.  Soon though, I'll walk in those distant hills and think back to this moment.

We thought it would be another rainy and cold farm stand last week, but as the musicians arrived carrying bundles on their backs and smiles on their faces, the rain stopped.  It was a magical evening of dancing couples, acoustic music drifting out of the cracks in the barn and lots and lots of hungry bellies to feed.  Allison was busy preparing the live food plates and the children ran about gathering the empties. Our little Peaceful Meadow cafe was busier than ever, so thanks to all of you who waited patiently for your meal.  We've sure enjoyed watching old friends chatting with new neighbors and newcomers from down on the plains visiting for the first time.  We'll look forward to seeing you all again this coming Saturday, September 7th from 4:30 - 8:30.

News from the Farm –  Another night of music awaits!  Our friend and neighbor, Todd Adelman (of Todd Adelman and the Love Handles, http://toddadelman.com) will be filling the barn with some solo acoustic music.  We sure are lucky to have such amazing performers in our back yard!  It promises to be another enjoyable evening and we hope you can join us for this week's Music in the Barn.  Todd will be playing around 6-8 pm.


So, you might ask yourself what it would be like to live with 2 goats, 2 500 lb. hogs, 19 chickens, three dogs (one of which is a puppy) and two cats all clustered around our house in the hills!  The horses, donkeys and llamas are somewhat self sufficient so I won't include them here, just yet.  We made the decision to bring all the animals close to the house to help with predators and to integrate them more closely into our daily life.  It's been a fun experiment in animal husbandry!  Meals are usually spent with all the dogs and cats resting around our low (floor seating) table, and the two goats peeking in through the door doing their best to convince us to let them in too.  The chickens mill around our windows as well, dusting and raising a ruckus anytime one of them lays an egg.  Our walks with the dogs now have to include the two goats since they think they are dogs too!  And, as I sit here typing this newsletter I keep hearing what sounds like an elephant knocking up against the house.  The hogs have really grown!  Life is full with all these little (and not so little) beings running around, but it all seems to fit the natural order of things.  Goats jumping in the car, chickens pecking around our shoes in the mudroom, hogs flinging mud at the windows and puppies rolling around with the rooster kind of puts a nice little spin on this crazy dance we call living! 

Dogs - Dogs are more than welcome at PMF, but this year we have lots of animals running around (Llamas, Goats, Pigs, Chickens) so we're asking that dogs be kept on a leash while on the farm.

Please check out our farm pictures on Facebook to see some New Pictures.   

Our farm stand is this Saturday from 4:30-8:30 pm (September 7th, 2013).   Come on by and enjoy some visitin' by the barn and some tasty raw treats while you shop for the most locally grown produce on Magnolia!

Here's what we'll have at the stand this week:

Potatoes
Radishes
Mizuna
Tat Soi
Kamatsuna
Pac Choy
Red Mustard Greens
Corsair Spinach 
Wild Arugula
Flat Leaf Arugula
Sugar Snap Peas
Green Beans
Swiss Chard

Daikon Radishes
Purple Top Turnips

Red Russian Kale
Green Curly Kale
Dinosaur Kale
Zucchini
Yellow Scallopini Squash
Bennings Green Tint Squash
Yellow Crook Neck Squash
Suyo Long Cucumbers
Basil

This Week's Raw* Organic Snack:

Mexi Nut Tacos - walnut crumble, avocado verde sauce, fresh pico de gallo, cashew chipolte cream sauce served on a garden fresh collard leaf
 
Massaged Kale Salad with Olive Oil/Lemon Dressing
 
Organic Raw Coconut Macaroons (Blonde and Chocolate)

Raw White Chocolate Blueberry Cheesecake
 
Raw Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake

Raw Mud Slide Pie

Raw Peach Cobbler with Cashew Cream

Fresh Organic Cucumber Lemonade
Fresh Organic Watermelon Juice

*What's "raw" food all about?  Raw, or "Live Foods" are fresh unheated, whole, unprocessed organic fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds that when prepared in this way retain all of their natural enzymes, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and nutrients.  It's like rocket-fuel for our body and mind!  Feel free to ask us more about raw, living foods if you're interested.  All of the food prepared at PMF is "raw", organic and alive with goodness!


We hope to see you on Saturday!
 

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Posted 8/29/2013 10:18pm by Josh Elmore.


The birds have vanished into the sky,
and now the last cloud drains away.

We sit together, the mountain and me,
until only the mountain remains.

~Li Po

 

The magic of the mountains has been in full force these past couple of weeks.  Thunderstorms rumbling across the hills have become an almost permanent part of our days up here.  These early mornings I sit out on the deck, drinking tea, relishing the last days of summer while up in the high mountains the aspens are already starting to turn.  Golden hues mix with green and whisper of the coming fall, light fades earlier and nights bring a crispness to the air that begs for some wool.  Our summer is so short up in the mountains, yet so full of vibrancy and life.  The veggies drink in the abundance of rain and reach up toward the sky dreaming of a long lazy harvest season that will never happen.  We’ll keep pretending the first freeze is somewhere out there in the distant future, all the while knowing Jack Frost is sneaking up ready to paint the world in white.

Two weeks without harvests have given us some monster squash!  The veggies are definitely enjoying all this rain.  It promises to be a full and abundant farm stand this Saturday, full of good cheer, music and lots and lots of beautiful high altitude produce.  We might have one of the shortest growing seasons, but once these high hills start producing we get to enjoy some of the most tender, sweet and delicious veggies around.

Please come out and join us this coming Saturday, August 31st from 4:30 – 8:30.


News from the Farm
–  Not quite all of the new hens are laying yet, but we might just have enough eggs this Saturday to sell a few 1/2 dozens.  Lots of people are interested, so we're planning to sell eggs by the 1/2 dozen only.  Our chickens are free range, eat only organic and receive lots of love and affection which makes for some super tasty eggs!   


Weeds, weeds and more weeds!  Did I mention the rains?  Well, the rains have been happening since early July and I can't even remember the last time I turned on a sprinkler.  Fortunately for us, most summers are like this with afternoon monsoon rains taking the job of irrigation.  This year has been especially wet, so we've been trying to stay ahead of the weeds, which is no small task.  Our number one weed, if you can call it that, is actually the wild amaranth.  The amaranth plant was widely used by Native Americans and is quite a nutritious little grain.  The greens are edible and the seed can be popped/roasted or ground into a meal. Harvesting the seeds can take quite a bit of work so we tend to pull all the amaranth in the garden, or cut it in areas where we have no veggies.  It's quite prolific and enjoys disturbed soil.  Take a look around and you'll notice it all around the garden, it's a tall weed with a fuzzy pointed top.


Music in the Barn - Gypsy Swing Revue will be joining us this Saturday for our Music in the Barn.  You can check 'em out at their website, gypsyswingrevue.com.  It promises to be a lively evening and we're super excited to host our good friend Anthony and his wonderful music again in the barn.  They plan to start around 5:30 and will play 'til the stand ends (8:30 pm).


Dogs - Dogs are more than welcome at PMF, but this year we have lots of animals running around (Llamas, Goats, Pigs, Chickens) so we're asking that dogs be kept on a leash while on the farm.

Please check out our farm pictures on Facebook to see some New Pictures.   

Our farm stand is this Saturday from 4:30-8:30 pm (August 31st, 2013).   Come on by and enjoy some visitin' by the barn and some tasty raw treats while you shop for the most locally grown produce on Magnolia!

Here's what we'll have at the stand this week:

Potatoes
Radishes
Mizuna
Tat Soi
Kamatsuna
Pac Choy
Red Mustard Greens
Corsair Spinach 
Wild Arugula
Flat Leaf Arugula
Sugar Snap Peas
Green Beans
Swiss Chard

Daikon Radishes
Purple Top Turnips

Red Russian Kale
Green Curly Kale
Dinosaur Kale
Zucchini
Yellow Scallopini Squash
Bennings Green Tint Squash
Yellow Crook Neck Squash
Suyo Long Cucumbers
Basil

This Week's Raw* Organic Snack:

Sunflower Paté Salad Wraps - sunflower seed based paté served over a collard leaf and drizzled with a cashew garlic cream sauce

Pickled Cucumber Salad

Massaged Kale Salad
with Olive Oil/Lemon Dressing
 
Organic Raw Coconut Macaroons (Blonde and Chocolate)

Raw White Chocolate Blueberry Cheesecake
 
Raw Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake

Raw Mud Slide Pie

Raw Peach Cobbler with Cashew Cream

Fresh Organic Cucumber Lemonade
Fresh Organic Watermelon Juice

*What's "raw" food all about?  Raw, or "Live Foods" are fresh unheated, whole, unprocessed organic fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds that when prepared in this way retain all of their natural enzymes, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and nutrients.  It's like rocket-fuel for our body and mind!  Feel free to ask us more about raw, living foods if you're interested.  All of the food prepared at PMF is "raw", organic and alive with goodness!


We hope to see you on Saturday!
 

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Posted 8/19/2013 8:12am by Josh Elmore.
No Farm Stand this Saturday (Aug. 24th)

We'll see you next week on the 31st, have a great weekend!  
 

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Posted 8/15/2013 11:02pm by Josh Elmore.


Thoughts

When all thoughts
Are exhausted
I slip into the woods
And gather
A pile of shepherd's purse.

Like the little stream
Making its way
Through the mossy crevices
I, too, quietly
Turn clear and transparent.

~Ryokan

 

We sit, singing bowl sings and all at once the world is quiet.  Not without sound, just noises coming and going without all the associated chaos our mind imposes.  Chickens clucking and cooing outside the window as the mountain jay and ravens peck through their morning treat.  The goats noisily pruning the wild roses and the distant bray of the neighbor’s donkey wafting over the meadow.  A scratch, a shifting child and we still hold the silence.  This is our moment to be still together, to let all of life simply wash over and through us.  It doesn’t last long, but for that moment I glimpse, ever so lightly, the simple flow of Nature.  The singing bowl sings once more and we chant, filling our minds with a simple verse to hopefully sustain a little bit of this feeling as we head off into our day.

Out in the meadow stringing electric fence, the grass reaches up to my chin and the ground feels soggy.  My boots squish and the wind blown grass brushes my face.  The children drive the truck full of fence posts and supplies.  The dogs chase chipmunks while the horses wait patiently at the gate and we all enjoy a morning under the beautiful crisp blue mountain sky.  We finish our chores and the horses are thrilled to have some fat grass to munch while we’re all happy to have a little sun kiss on our skin.  We hear the rooster crowing and the goats calling, and when we get back to the house we find good friends waiting with smiles on their faces.  Life sometimes just happens so nicely, so simple and yet so full. 

It seems like rain has been the theme for the summer, but last Saturday we enjoyed a lovely evening with not a drop!  It was our first evening farm stand without some sort of inclement weather and it also happened to be our busiest stand ever.   Our food is definitely “slow food”, but I hope we didn’t keep people waiting too long for their Live Food plate and cheesecake!  The rains returned in full force in the following days, so we’re still enjoying quite a lush summer monsoon.   The garden continues to thrive, so lots of bountiful harvest is in store for this coming weekend.  Please come out and join us this coming Saturday, August 17th from 4:30 – 8:30.


News from the Farm –  The hens keep laying, but we're still waiting on the bulk of the flock to start giving us some of those beautiful eggs. The little ones are slowly gaining in size, and hopefully we'll have full nesting boxes soon!  


I finally gave up on the house garden after days and days of catching the goats munching our veggies.  They seemed intent on feasting and I failed in all my attempts at fixing the fence.  But, good news! Our little flower bed with the Dr. Seuss elderberry bush is back.  The flowers are starting to bloom again and the elderberry is full of leaves.  I don't think we'll get any berries this year, but at least my fence repairs are holding and we have a little color in the yard.  Goats!  They sure do like to eat, but so far I think they might just be my favorite farm animal.


We're still harvesting a few potatoes from the hills and our 2nd planting of radishes is coming on strong.  So expect some tasty root veggies this week!


Music in the Barn - We were so delighted with the evening of music from Anthony Salvo and friends and are thrilled to have them back! Anthony mentioned that it might be a different group of musicians with a more Gypsy Swing vibe this time.  Should be an awesome evening!  Please mark your calendars as they are playing on August 31st from 5:30-8:30 pm during our farm stand.


Dogs - Dogs are more than welcome at PMF, but this year we have lots of animals running around (Llamas, Goats, Pigs, Chickens) so we're asking that dogs be kept on a leash while on the farm.

Please check out our farm pictures on Facebook to see some New Pictures.   

Our farm stand is this Saturday from 4:30-8:30 pm (August 17th, 2013).   Come on by and enjoy some visitin' by the barn and some tasty raw treats while you shop for the most locally grown produce on Magnolia!

Here's what we'll have at the stand this week:

Potatoes
Radishes
Mizuna
Tat Soi
Kamatsuna
Pac Choy
Red Mustard Greens
Corsair Spinach 
Wild Arugula
Flat Leaf Arugula
Sugar Snap Peas
Green Beans
Swiss Chard

Daikon Radishes
Purple Top Turnips
Bull's Blood Beets
Red Russian Kale
Green Curly Kale
Dinosaur Kale
Zucchini
Yellow Scallopini Squash
Bennings Green Tint Squash
Suyo Long Cucumbers 
Basil

This Week's Raw* Organic Snack:

Raw Pizzas - Molé sauce, Cashew Cream Cheese, Brazil Nut Parmesan, Hemp Seed Pesto, Olive Tapenade, Micro Greens

PMF Farm Fresh Salad with Olive Oil/Lemon Dressing
 
Organic Raw Coconut Macaroons (Blonde and Chocolate)

Raw White Chocolate Blueberry Cheesecake
 
Raw Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake

Raw Mud Slide Pie

Fresh Organic Cucumber Lemonade
Fresh Organic Watermelon Juice

*What's "raw" food all about?  Raw, or "Live Foods" are fresh unheated, whole, unprocessed organic fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds that when prepared in this way retain all of their natural enzymes, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and nutrients.  It's like rocket-fuel for our body and mind!  Feel free to ask us more about raw, living foods if you're interested.  All of the food prepared at PMF is "raw", organic and alive with goodness!


We hope to see you on Saturday!
 

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Posted 8/8/2013 1:17pm by Josh Elmore.


Drink Your Tea

Drink your tea slowly and reverently,
as if it is the axis
on which the world earth revolves
- slowly, evenly, without
rushing toward the future;
Live the actual moment.
Only this moment is life.

~Thich Nhat Hahn
 

We drive up to the front gate after an afternoon of grocery shopping in town.  Bustling streets give way to a whispering wind through the pines.  Quiet seeps in from all directions, then I hear a soft grunt from the pigs.  Always noticing when we drive up, maybe they sense that I need to take a deep breath and feel Nature whirling around us all.  Maybe they just say hello and gently remind me that their evening meal needs to be delivered.  I like to think they have a deep understanding of Nature and if I could only see it from their eyes for a brief moment that I too would understand.  I grab the grocery bags and walk down the path into the warmth and comfort of home. 

The next morning I sit searching for a poem, tea cup steaming, the children quiet for a bit!  I try to sip my tea without thinking about the list of farm chores and get a fleeting glimpse of this single precious moment.  The toast pops and the little feet start running around and my mind once again enters the day around me.  “Papa, I think the oatmeal burned!” 

As the farm stand started last week the clouds moved in, low hanging and onimous like a fall snow storm.  Another rainy farm stand greeted the first visitors, but Anthony and friends made it to the barn without getting too wet and the sweet music lifted our spirits.  The musicians played on through the cold with numb fingers and bright smiles and we all kicked back in the hay and enjoyed another peaceful evening at the farm.  Thanks to everyone who came out and a big special thanks to the musicians!  We plan to have them back soon.

Our next farm stand is this coming Saturday, August 10th from 4:30-8:30 pmHopefully we'll have good weather and lots of fun games and conversation!


News from the Farm
–  More hens are laying and the eggs are piling up.  Of course, they tend to be the size of a Robin's egg right now, but we're enjoying them all the same.  Every time a hen lays an egg we hear some commotion and look out to see Flora the rooster running toward the hen house making all sorts of noises.  I think he gets a little concerned each and every time a hen makes her, "I just laid an egg" sound.  It's as if he's the perpetual anxious first time papa.


The children couldn't help themselves and started digging around the potato hills recently.  They brought me a little handful of beautiful red and gold new potatoes.  We should be able to start "stealing" from the hills soon to get some little new potatoes.  We'll keep you posted as the harvest starts happening.  It promises to be a good potato year!  We might even suprise you with a little basket of 'em to sell this Saturday.


Music in the Barn - We were so delighted with the evening of music from Anthony Salvo and friends and are thrilled to have them back! Anthony mentioned that it might be a different group of musicians with a more Gypsy Swing vibe this time.  Should be an awesome evening!  Please mark your calendars as they are playing on August 31st from 5:30-8:30 pm during our farm stand.


Dogs - Dogs are more than welcome at PMF, but this year we have lots of animals running around (Llamas, Goats, Pigs, Chickens) so we're asking that dogs be kept on a leash while on the farm.

Please check out our farm pictures on Facebook to see some New Pictures.   

Our farm stand is this Saturday from 4:30-8:30 pm (August 10th, 2013).   Come on by and enjoy some visitin' by the barn and some tasty raw treats while you shop for the most locally grown produce on Magnolia!

Here's what we'll have at the stand this week:

Mizuna
Tat Soi
Kamatsuna
Pac Choy
Red Mustard Greens
Corsair Spinach 
Wild Arugula
Flat Leaf Arugula
Sugar Snap Peas
Green Beans
Swiss Chard

Daikon Radishes
Purple Top Turnips
Bull's Blood Beets
Red Russian Kale
Green Curly Kale
Dinosaur Kale
Zucchini
Suyo Long Cucumbers 
Basil

This Week's Raw* Organic Snack:

Mexi-Nut Tacos with Cashew Jalapeno Cream Cheese, Avocado Verde Sauce and Pico de Gallo 

PMF Farm Fresh Salad with Olive Oil/Lemon Dressing
 
Organic Raw Coconut Macaroons (Blonde and Chocolate)

Raw White Chocolate Blueberry Cheesecake
 
Raw Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake

Fresh Organic Cucumber Lemonade
Fresh Organic Watermelon Juice

*What's "raw" food all about?  Raw, or "Live Foods" are fresh unheated, whole, unprocessed organic fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds that when prepared in this way retain all of their natural enzymes, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and nutrients.  It's like rocket-fuel for our body and mind!  Feel free to ask us more about raw, living foods if you're interested.  All of the food prepared at PMF is "raw", organic and alive with goodness!


We hope to see you on Saturday!
 

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Posted 8/2/2013 8:45am by Josh Elmore.


Keep close to Nature's heart...
and break clear away, once in awhile,
and climb a mountain or
spend a week in the woods.
Wash your spirit clean.

~John Muir


What an amazing summer we're having here in the foothills!  The rains have kept the soil moist, the evenings cool and the mornings crisp and light.  The wildflowers are still bursting with yellows, blues and purples, filling the meadows and grassy spots with dazzling colors.  Life, in all its splendor, awakens each morning and reminds me of the fragile nature of each moment.  Always changing, always moving with the wind our lives flow from day to day.  Only when we stop long enough to notice the small bits of life's dance can we truly understand.  Learning that even the trees and flowers can bring us wisdom in their way...

Muddy barefeet, rain drenched hair and lots of smiles and laughter accompanied the Saturday evening badminton game.  It was a true mountain style event!  The evening turned wet once again, but that didn't stop us from having a great time playing games and enjoying the company of friends and neighbors.  Thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy the fresh veggies, good food and fun!

Our next farm stand is this coming Saturday, August 3rd from 4:30-8:30 pmIt promises to be another lovely evening on the meadow full of camaraderie and music...


News from the Farm
–  We have three new hens laying eggs now, so we're gathering a few little eggs a day in addition to our one or two big ones.  I expect we'll have all the girls laying within the next couple of weeks.  It's been fun for the children to find these little jewels in the nesting boxes each day!    

The goats, Almanzo and Mani, keep finding their way into our house garden and flower bed.  Our days are puncuated with a "Goats are in the garden Papa!" yell from somewhere in the house.  Good thing the boys are still small enough to pick up!  We now have an elderberry bush that looks like something out of a Dr. Seuss book. 

Thanks to the Nederland Area Seniors for coming out to visit the farm on Wednesday. We met some wonderful people and enjoyed introducing the animals and touring the veggie patch!  The visit ended with a little cucumber lemonade and conversation under the shade of the barn.  The gooseberries may have been the highlight!


Music in the Barn - We're so thrilled to announce our first "Music in the Barn" on August 3rd during the farm stand.  Our good friend, Anthony Salvo and his friend Tito Malaga, will be performing Rhumba Flamenco and Andalusian music to delight our ears.  Anthony is our daughter Lila's violin teacher and an amazing performer.  We haven't seen the Anthony Salvo/Tito Malaga trio perform yet, but I guarantee it will be a beautiful evening of wonderful music.  Please come out and join us!


Dogs - Dogs are more than welcome at PMF, but this year we have lots of animals running around (Llamas, Goats, Pigs, Chickens) so we're asking that dogs be kept on a leash while on the farm.

Please check out our farm pictures on Facebook to see some New Pictures.   

Our farm stand is this Saturday from 4:30-8:30 pm (August 3rd, 2013).   Come on by and enjoy some visitin' by the barn and some tasty raw treats while you shop for the most locally grown produce on Magnolia!

Here's what we'll have at the stand this week:

Mizuna
Tat Soi
Kamatsuna
Pac Choy
Red Mustard Greens
Spinach 
Wild Arugula
Flat Leaf Arugula
Sugar Snap Peas
Swiss Chard

Daikon Radishes
Beets
Red Russian Kale
Green Curly Kale
Zucchini
Suyo Long Cucumbers 
Basil

This Week's Raw* Organic Snack:

Falafels w/Lemon Tahini Sauce 

Almond Toast

Almond Hummus with Olive Tapenade

PMF Farm Fresh Salad with Olive Oil/Lemon Dressing
 
Organic Raw Coconut Macaroons (Blonde and Chocolate)

Raw White Chocolate Blueberry Cheesecake
 
Raw Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake

Raw Mud Slide Pie

Fresh Organic Cucumber Lemonade
Fresh Organic Watermelon Juice

*What's "raw" food all about?  Raw, or "Live Foods" are fresh unheated, whole, unprocessed organic fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds that when prepared in this way retain all of their natural enzymes, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and nutrients.  It's like rocket-fuel for our body and mind!  Feel free to ask us more about raw, living foods if you're interested.  All of the food prepared at PMF is "raw", organic and alive with goodness!


We hope to see you on Saturday!
 

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Posted 7/25/2013 9:31am by Josh Elmore.


O waters
wash us, me,
under the wrinkled granite
straight up slab,

and sitting by camp in the pine shade
Nanao sleeping,
mountains humming and crumbling
snowfields melting
soil
building on tiny ledges
for wild onions and the flowers
Blue
Polemonium

great
earth
sangha 


~Gary Snyder  


The waters have been coming as they usually do this time of year.  Just as we feel like we can't possibly keep up with the daily irrigation on the farm, July monsoons bless us with passing thunderstorms and their life nourishing rain.  We've been lucky not to have any big hail storms yet since all of our veggies are just now gathering their big leaves.  Every year on the farm we hit this point where things start to really happen, the earth shows us her magnificent way of bringing forth and sustaining life.  I sit here listening to the early morning bird song and gaze out on a yard full of puddles and wet leaves.  The animals are still resting in their barns, the children sleep and the gentle sounds of mama preparing for another day in our little family's life waft up from downstairs.  The tea pot sings, the crows caw and life begins to stir once again on the farm...


The weather was so delightful last Saturday and we enjoyed quite a full gathering.  Neighbors, old friends from Boulder, new friends just made and plenty of animals made for a sweet time on the meadow.   At one point during the evening I looked out from behind my counter and saw groups of people visiting, a game of baseball cranking up and in the distance a massive thunderstorm catching the last rays of the sun over the plains.  The near full moon started to shine in earnest and our last two visitors walked in after a long horseback ride, just in time for some sushi and pie!  The light waned and just like bird song that starts to fade during this time of night, the people started to say goodbye and slowly disappear towards their cars, bikes and long walks home.  I can't quite express what it all felt like, but there was something special in the way we all gathered and played and then drifted off...coming together for a short while, enjoying life and gently leaving, only the memory tickling our mind for another week.


Our farm stand is this coming 
Saturday, July 27th from 4:30-8:30 pmIt promises to be another lovely evening on the meadow...


News from the Farm
– During the busiest time of our farm stand last week, our dear little friend Milla came up and told us the most wonderful news.  She had just stopped by the hen house on her way down to the farm to take a peek in the nesting boxes.  Amazingly, she found the tiniest little chicken egg!  Our new girls are starting to lay!  It's such a treat when new hens lay their first eggs, they start out like little robin eggs and as the days pass we start getting more and more.  We now have two new eggs every day, and expect more in the coming weeks as the flock starts this new phase in their life.  Thanks Milla for finding our first!  


It's been pretty quiet in the animal world this week, no big adventures to report.  The pigs I think are enjoying all this cool weather and moisture.  The hens, of course, are happily clucking and getting ready for their new role as food producers.  The llamas, donkeys and our sweet little pony, Alo, are all busy eating this year's bounty of grass and such on the meadow.  We've been feeding everyone bits of the left over harvest of greens from the farm and it must be doing wonders for their inner peace!  This farmer is also enjoying a little peace and quiet since all the animals are so content.


Save the Date - We're so thrilled to announce our first "Music in the Barn" on August 3rd during the farm stand.  Our good friend, Anthony Salvo and his friend Tito Malaga, will be performing Moroccan and Andalusian music to delight our ears.  Anthony is our daughter Lila's violin teacher and an amazing performer.  We haven't seen the Anthony Salvo/Tito Malaga trio perform yet, but I guarantee it will be a beautiful evening of wonderful music.  Please mark your calendars!


Dogs - Dogs are more than welcome at PMF, but this year we have lots of animals running around (Llamas, Goats, Pigs, Chickens) so we're asking that dogs be kept on a leash while on the farm.

Please check out our farm pictures on Facebook to see some New Pictures.   

Our farm stand is this Saturday from 4:30-8:30 pm (July 27th, 2013).   Come on by and enjoy some visitin' by the barn and some tasty raw treats while you shop for the most locally grown produce on Magnolia!

Here's what we'll have at the stand this week:

Mixed Asian Greens (Mizuna, Pac Choy, Tat Soi, Kamatsuna)
Red Mustard Greens
Spinach
Purple Mizuna 
Wild Arugula
Flat Leaf Arugula

Daikon Radishes
Kamatsuna
Red Russian Kale
Green Curly Kale
Zucchini
Suyo Long Cucumbers 
Basil

This Week's Raw* Organic Snack:

Patè Wraps - Sunflower Seed Patè in a fresh leaf wrap with Cashew Red Pepper Cream Sauce

Fresh Dill and Cucumber Salad

PMF Farm Fresh Salad with Olive Oil/Lemon Dressing
 
Organic Raw Coconut Macaroons (Blonde and Chocolate)

Raw White Chocolate Blueberry Cheesecake
 
Raw Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake

Fresh Organic Cucumber Lemonade
Fresh Organic Watermelon Juice

*What's "raw" food all about?  Raw, or "Live Foods" are fresh unheated, whole, unprocessed organic fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds that when prepared in this way retain all of their natural enzymes, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and nutrients.  It's like rocket-fuel for our body and mind!  Feel free to ask us more about raw, living foods if you're interested.  All of the food prepared at PMF is "raw", organic and alive with goodness!


We hope to see you on Saturday!
 

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Posted 7/18/2013 8:15am by Josh Elmore.


When it is understood that one loses joy and happiness in the attempt 
to possess them, the essence of natural farming will be realized. 
The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but 
the cultivation and perfection of human beings.

~Masanobu Fukuoka (author of One Straw Revolution)  



Seven friends came to help our family last week to prepare for the Saturday farm stand.  Between rain and thunderstorms we picked, thinned, and weeded the farm while conversations ebbed and flowed down the moist garden paths.  Children worked alongside adults, friends for decades we came together and set aside the world to give our attention to all these little green beings.  It was a wonder to watch, when I took a moment, seeing and hearing all these friends quietly doing their work.  The earth was breathing us into her life, whether we recognized it or not at the time.  We ended our days feeling a sense of joy that doesn't come from anything in particular, just a freshness like the cool evening mountain air after a day of intense rain and thunder.  Did we even notice what plants we harvested?  Maybe Mother Nature was simply picking the weeds of our mind while we sat.


It was a lovely farm stand this past Saturday, thanks to all our friends who braved the torrential rains to come hang out.  The rains passed just in time and everyone enjoyed playing lots of lawn games and passing the evening connecting with neighbors and friends (old and new).  


Our farm stand is this coming 
Saturday, July 20th from 4:30-8:30 pm.  It's such a lovely time of day up here on the meadow as the sun dips behind the hills and the heat of the day gives way to the cool evening.


News from the Farm 
– Well, we were hoping for some rain and boy did we get it!  Our yard is full of sand and the driveway is once again full of runnels from the huge rainstorms we experienced last week.  As you might imagine, the garden is just bursting with life force.  There's nothing quite like rain for nourishing the plants, weeds included!  We're busy thinning and weeding this week in preparation for Saturday's Farm Stand and all the animals are enjoying the cool temps.  


It seems like everyday we have a little animal craziness to keep us on our toes...just last night, as I was once again coaxing the goats out of our house garden (they've just about eaten all of our flowers and veggies at the house), the family started screeching that the "pigs are out!"  Our not so small Jampo decided it was time to feed himself and just casually pushed his way out under the fence!  He was heading straight for the feed bucket, but thankfully the lid was secure and I was able to convince him to come back and eat with Shamma.  So, while the children prepared for bed, Papa quickly screwed in some boards to reinforce the fence by the pig feed.  Also, as we were putting the hens to bed the kids noticed a hen on top of the hen house, she looked just like a live weather vane.  With a little sweet-talking, Col and I were able to get her to hop down on top of the gate and then into the house.  Whew, just another day of rounding up the animals for a quiet night on the Peaceful Meadow.  Of course, around midnight the cats woke me up knocking bottles over in the bathroom...a little mouse needed a rescue!


Dogs - Dogs are more than welcome at PMF, but this year we have lots of animals running around (Llamas, Goats, Pigs, Chickens) so we're asking that dogs be kept on a leash while on the farm.

Please check out our farm pictures on Facebook to see some New Pictures.  

Our farm stand is this Saturday from 4:30-8:30 pm (July 20th, 2013).   Come on by and enjoy some visitin' by the barn and some tasty raw treats while you shop for the most locally grown produce on Magnolia!

Here's what we'll have at the stand this week:

Baby Mixed Asian Greens (Mizuna, Pac Choy, Tat Soi, Kamatsuna)
Baby Red Mustard Greens
Baby Spinach
Wild Arugula
Baby Beets/Greens

Radishes
Kamatsuna
Basil


This Week's Raw* Organic Snack:

Raw Sushi - Daikon "rice", marinated shitake mushrooms, almond basil pate, fresh veggies and sprouts, homemade pickled ginger, cashew ginger shoyu sauce

PMF Farm Fresh Salad
 
Organic Raw Coconut Macaroons (Blonde and Chocolate)
 
Raw White Chocolate Blueberry Cheesecake
 
Raw Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake

Raw Blackberry Swirl Cheesecake

Lime Mousse Tart

Fresh Organic Cucumber Lemonade
Fresh Organic Watermelon Juice

*What's "raw" food all about?  Raw, or "Live Foods" are fresh unheated, whole, unprocessed organic fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds that when prepared in this way retain all of their natural enzymes, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and nutrients.  It's like rocket-fuel for our body and mind!  Feel free to ask us more about raw, living foods if you're interested.  All of the food prepared at PMF is "raw", organic and alive with goodness!


We hope to see you on Saturday!
 

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Posted 7/10/2013 11:49am by Josh Elmore.


Through the ample open door of the peaceful country barn,

A sun-lit pasture field, with cattle and horses feeding;

And haze, and vista, and the far horizon, fading away.

~Walt Whitman

  

Hello friends, summer has officially begun with hot and breezy clear blue days.  As I sit here pondering what exactly to say in this newsletter, our two little goats call out looking for their midday snack.   The children sit reading a book while we all take a little breath, cooling down after a morning spent working in the fields.  The farm is starting to look like something other than a wind swept patch of dirt, lots of plants spreading their tiny arms wide to the beautiful warmth of the sun.  We had a little spell of afternoon thunderstorms but otherwise it’s been a hot and dry June, so the sprinklers have been humming almost non-stop.  The chickens peck and scratch outside my office window, the breeze blows softly and my mind wanders to all those little tasks yet to be finished.  But as I breathe, the thoughts slowly fade away…


We’re officially starting the 2013 season this coming
Saturday, July 13th from 4:30-8:30 pm.  Yes, we’re trying out the farm stands in the evening this year, so please let us know what you think.  Many of us love to get out early to enjoy these beautiful mountain days. So, we thought the evening would be a wonderful time to spend gathering, playing games and eating delicious goodies.   It's such a lovely time of day up here on the meadow as the sun dips behind the hills and the heat of the day gives way to the cool evening.


News from the Farm
– Lots has been happening at Peaceful Meadow Farm these days, finishing up construction, watering, weeding, getting to know new animals, 1 sick pig and to top it all off we’ve had a weasel visiting!  We were just starting to wrap up the chicken run when lo and behold, Lila looked out of our living room window and spotted a little weasel/ermine.  She was right smack in the middle of all the hens!  Whoa, you should have seen the family scramble, running this way and that trying to catch the little booger.  Well, they don’t call them weasels for nothing!  He darted back and forth and finally scurried up into the woods.  That changed everything for our chicken run and we had to re-think how tight it should be.  So, we decided to make a “weasel proof” run off of the hen house and now the girls hopefully have a safe place to hang out when we aren’t at home.  Of course, when we're here the girls are happily ranging all around our house and yard.  We’ve seen the little ermine a few times since, always right amongst our hens, but for now she seems content hunting the local chipmunks.  Jampo, the pig, was sick for a little while, but he’s feeling better now, wallowing in the mud and back to his sweet self.  Everyone else is doing well, enjoying all the beautiful summer weather!


Dogs - Dogs are more than welcome at PMF, but this year we have lots of animals running around (Llamas, Goats, Pigs, Chickens) so we're asking that dogs be kept on a leash while on the farm.

Please check out our farm pictures on Facebook to see some New Pictures.  

Our farm stand is this Saturday from 4:30-8:30 pm (July 13th, 2013).   Come on by and enjoy some visitin' by the barn and some tasty raw treats while you shop for the most locally grown produce on Magnolia!

Here's what we'll have at the stand this week:

Baby Mixed Asian Greens (Mizuna, Pac Choy, Tat Soi, Kamatsuna)
Baby Red Mustard Greens
Baby Spinach 
Radishes
Kamatsuna
Basil
Baby Beets/Greens

This Week's Raw Organic Snack:

Raw Pizza - Hemp Seed Pesto, Cashew Jalepeno Cream Cheese, Olive Tapenade, Micro Greens, Brazil Nut Parmesan

PMF Farm Fresh Salad with Lemon Olive Oil dressing
 
Organic Raw Coconut Macaroons (Blond and Chocolate)
 
Raw White Chocolate Blueberry Cheesecake
 
Raw Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake

Fresh Organic Cucumber Lemonade
Fresh Organic Watermelon Juice


We hope to see you on Saturday!
 

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Posted 6/6/2013 2:09pm by Josh Elmore.


In the mountains it's cold.
Always been cold, not just this year.
Jagged scarps forever snowed in
Woods in the dark ravines spitting mist.
Grass is still sprouting at the end of June,
Leaves begin to fall in early August.
And here I am, high on mountains,
Peering and peering, but I can't even see the sky.

 ~han shan (tr. g. snyder)


The cold…ahh, the cold and wet spring, walking through the meadow on an early morning these days is like a refreshing dip in a chilly mountain stream.  We thought it would be another intense, dry, wildfire filled summer of nail biting and “fire plans”, but Mother Nature came and blessed us with an abundance of beautiful moisture.  It’s always a crazy dance up here in the foothills, trying to grow food amongst the difficult mountain weather.  So, after taking a season of rest last year we’re excited to once again embark on this little farming adventure in the hills!

Happy Spring to you all!  We’re more excited than ever to bring you farm fresh, organic produce and our delicious Organic Live Food Brunches!  The meadow is popping with vivid greens and wildflowers, and the first sprouts are peeking up on the farm.  We’ve been busy preparing the soil (a challenge after so much snow/rain), planting seeds in soil blocks in the greenhouse, cleaning up after almost two years of rest at the farm and taking time to breathe in the beautiful spring mountain air! 

Lots of things happening now as we enter the busy time of our year, so stay tuned for News from the Farm and follow us on Facebook to see the latest pictures.

News from the Farm:  Babies, babies everywhere!  Yes, we have lots of new animals on the farm.  Since we last connected, we’ve rescued two farm hogs, two male goats and refreshed our flock with 16 new baby chicks!  Wow, it’s been quite the animal adventure.   The hogs (Shama and Jampo) are now almost two, and are quite happy enjoying their life in the mountains.  The chicks are nearly full fledged hens (too many names to write here) and are happy to be mingling and living with our three old girls.  Our newest additions, Mani and Almanzo, the baby goats that we just adopted a few weeks ago are still living in the house and getting bottle fed 4 times a day.  Oh, and did I mention the two feral kittens we adopted…  Whew, it’s been a full couple of years getting to know all these sweet beings and figuring out how to care for them in the best way possible.

And, speaking of taking care…we’ve decided to bring all the animals closer to the house which has kept us busy constructing a new hen house and a new goat barn.  The pigs already live next to the house, kind of like a large doghouse off of our back porch.  But, now we have all the chickens and the goats happily foraging in our yard!  What a joy it’s been to welcome all these little beings into our life.  We look forward to introducing you all soon!

We hope to start our Saturday Farm Stands again this year around July 4th, so stay tuned for more news and pictures and please sign up for our newsletters at http://peacefulmeadowfarm.org/mailinglist , if you haven’t already.  And, if you’d like to see the latest pictures from around the farm, like us on Facebook.


See you soon, please keep up all those rain dances to keep our mountains moist!

 

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