Dec Holiday Harvest + Winter update

Summer's stored bounty is ready for us to share with you this holiday season!

Summer’s stored bounty is ready for us to share with you this holiday season!

Happy Holidays, friends! I’ve been blissfully quiet on the internet front the last few weeks. While we are excited to get going on everything related to 2016, we needed some time to simply relax after the 2015 season. We’ve filled that time with so many wonderful gatherings with friends and families, a choir concert, Rusty’s birthday, adventures outside, and farm work here and there too (I’ve posted a few fun photos at the very end of this post!).

And, now, we want to take a pause from our break to say HELLO, WORLD! And offer you the opportunity to buy some really good organic food to eat at your upcoming holiday events (and/or just to stock your pantry while you wait for the 2016 CSA to begin on January 14!).

You’ll find the availability list below — check it out and decide what you want to order. Then place your order by the end of Sunday, Dec 20, using the handy form supplied below the list! We’ll harvest your items for you and bring them to our downtown McMinnville storefront next Tuesday, December 22 for you to pick up between 2 and 4 pm. We accept cash or check payments. (Yes, this opportunity is open to anyone, not just CSA members. Our storefront is located off of the 2nd Street parking lot between Evans and Davis St in McMinnville).

Any other questions? You can email us farm (at) oakhillorganics (dot) com.

Now, make your list! …

  • Apples ~ Choose Goldrush, Newton Pippin or Liberty ~ $3/lb
  • Salad mix ~ A hardy mix of winter salad greens ~ $7/lb
  • Red Russian kale ~ $3/bunch
  • Dinosaur kale ~ $3/bunch
  • Chard ~ $3/bunch
  • Cabbage ~ $2/lb (order by the each)
  • Celery leaf ~ Perfect for making stock/soup or using in stuffing ~ $2/bunch
  • Delicata winter squash ~ $1.50/lb (order by the each)
  • Acorn squash ~ $1.50/lb (order by the each)
  • Butternut squash ~ $1.50/lb (order by the each)
  • Spaghetti squash ~ $1.50/lb (order by the each)
  • Pie pumpkins ~ $1.50/lb (order by the each)
  • Marina di Chioggia winter squash ~ $1/lb (order by the each)
  • Sweet potatoes ~ $4/lb
  • Beets ~ $1.50/lb
  • Parsnips ~ $1.50/lb
  • Carrots ~ $2/lb
  • Red potatoes ~ $2.50/lb
  • Yellow potatoes ~ $2.50/lb
  • Leeks ~ $4/lb
  • Garlic ~ $8/lb

Also, available for purchase while you are at our storefront during those pick-up hours (You can also add some of these items to your Holiday Harvest list if you want to make sure to get something!):

  • Stewing hens ~ These birds were raised on pasture with organic feed. They make the most delicious stewed meat and broth that will knock your socks off. $3.50/lb
  • Ground beef ~ From our pastured beef. All parts of the cow go into our grind, and it has amazing flavor. ~ $7/lb
  • Pork ~ We’ll have a fresh batch of pork products ready for purchase, including artisan-made, no nitrates-added bacon and ham. Chops, bacon and ham are $12/lb and roasts, shanks and grind are $8/lb.
  • Lamb ~ We still have a few cuts of lamb left in the freezer!

Place your order using this easy form (remember to please order by the end of Sunday, December 20 so that we have time to harvest it before Tuesday, December 22! This time of year, we need a bit more time to get our harvests done to account for the possible extreme weather vagaries. Thank you!):

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Your cell phone number (required)

Your Holiday Harvest order

Questions or other comments?

* * * While you’re here, we also want to ask: Have you signed up for our 2016 CSA yet? You can do so now using this easy online form. * * *

And, as promised, here are some fun photos from our recent winter adventures on (and off of) the farm:

We finished building our new greenhouse! The kids and I helped secure the poly (ok, I helped -- the kids played their little dirty child hearts out all around us). It's always magical to get that plastic up and suddenly have a large dry space in which to play (and plant crops too).

We finished building our new greenhouse! The kids and I helped secure the poly (ok, I helped — the kids played their little dirty child hearts out all around us). It’s always magical to get that plastic up and suddenly have a large dry space in which to play (and plant crops too).

While we have certainly enjoyed outdoor adventures in recent weeks, indoor play has made up a bigger chunk of our time than at any other point in the year. We've made a lot of fun things.

While we have certainly enjoyed outdoor adventures in recent weeks, indoor play and creativity have made up a bigger chunk of our time than at any other point in the year. We’ve made a lot of fun things.

For Rusty's SIXTH(!) birthday, we went on a morning hike at Baskett Slough Wildlife Refuge. The weather was crazy windy, but we caught a break in the rain and enjoyed ourselves quite a bit. We even saw a smoldering tree that had been hit by lightning the day before! (It was was at the edge of a field nearby, not at the refuge itself.)

For Rusty’s SIXTH(!) birthday, we went on a morning hike at Baskett Slough Wildlife Refuge. The weather was crazy windy, but we caught a break in the rain and enjoyed ourselves quite a bit. We even saw a smoldering tree that had been hit by lightning the day before! (It was was at the edge of a field nearby, not at the refuge itself.)

I am pretty sure Dottie is possibly the only three year-old to have ever worn a wetsuit on a Christmas tree cutting outing in Oregon. Pretty sure, anyway.

I am pretty sure Dottie is possibly the only three year-old to have ever worn a wetsuit on a Christmas tree cutting outing in Oregon. Pretty sure, anyway. The odds seem good.

And, later, we all donned wetsuits to go play around in the rising flood waters on our lowest field. The kids got pulled around on Casey's surfboard. Fun was had by all.

And, later, we all donned wetsuits to go play around in the rising flood waters on our lowest field. The kids got pulled around on Casey’s surfboard. Fun was had by all. (This is BEFORE going outside, obviously. Splashing in water in a wetsuit didn’t really permit me to carry a camera — no pockets.)

And speaking of flooding, lots of folks have checked in with us amidst all the extremely wet weather we’ve had here in Oregon recently. Folks were concerned about the island and flooding. And, yes, we are now seeing the water rise, but our floods always come after the wet weather. The island soil itself is so well drained that immediate drainage isn’t a concern – we get wet when the Willamette rises because of all the water entering the watershed. Right now we’re coming down from a recent high water event, but it was just barely at “Action Stage.” In a few days, the river is predicted to go back up, this time a bit above “Action Stage,” but not much. So far! Of course, once the river is high, it becomes easier for it to go higher. So, we make plans accordingly!

But, meanwhile, so many of our friends in other areas have been more directly affected by the recent rains! Our thoughts are with everyone who had flooding basements and worse over this wet December!

Now we are actively look forward to the upcoming holiday events. So many more gatherings with loved ones to cherish. We wish you all a very blessed holiday! We look forward to more good food and times in 2016. You’ll hear from us again soon! (And if you’re signed up already for our 2016 CSA, you should receive your confirmation materials in the mail before New Year’s.)

Gratitude and peace to you this December!

Your farmers, Katie & Casey Kulla

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