Thursday, May 27, 2004

The HFM Grapevine
The Official Newsletter of the Hillsdale Farmers‚ Market Vol. 3 Issue 2
"All the news that's fresh, we print"

Getting to Know You
One of the primary objectives of the Hillsdale Farmer's Market is to build a meaningful connection between our vendors and shoppers. Over the first two seasons, I know that many HFM shoppers have developed at least a passing familiarity with many of our vendors. This season we decided to try and ratchet things up a notch through an ongoing series of vendor profiles published in every issue of The Grapevine. In many cases these profiles will be written by the vendors themselves and will touch upon a wide range of topics: personal bios, growing methods and philosophies etc.
In today's issue, we kick off our series with a look at Pitkin / Winterrowd Farm out of Canby, OR. They debuted at the Hillsdale Market in the early part of last year and dealt mostly in plant starts. (Tip for all you gardeners out there: I planted one of their Giant Syrian heirloom tomato starts last year and wound up with some of the tastiest, meatiest tomatoes I've ever eaten!)

Profile: Pitkin / Winterrowd Farm
Or. Local Boy Makes Good

By Tom Winterrowd

Many of us - at one time or another - dream of becoming a farmer and a millionaire.
As an extension agent once told me, the best way to attain both goals is to start with a plot of land and two million dollars.

Paul Pitkin and I (Tom Winterrowd, Wilson High Class of ‚69) started Pitkin Winterrowd Farms in 1999. We began with considerably less than two million dollars and a 21-acre plot of land in Canby that has been farmed since the late 1800s. Today we operate a nursery growing heirloom tomatoes and apple trees (192 varieties), table grapes (30 varieties), paw paws, gooseberries, currants, pears, fruit orchards, and row crops. We also raise chickens.

We use sustainable practices including mulching, composting and cover cropping (with vetch, clover and buckwheat). With the exception of blueberries, all of our crops are propagated on the farm from seeds, grafts or divisions. 80% of our farm fuel consumption is biodiesel; 100% of our orchards and 50% of our row crops are on drip irrigation.

Throughout the season, we offer market customers the following products:

Spring: Veggie starts, heirloom tomatoes, peppers, herbs.
Summer: Potatoes, garlic.
Fall: Peppers, heirloom tomatoes, winter squash, herbs, fruit. We also feature a wide variety of "value added products" (garlic grower kits, garlic braids, barbeque woods and chile ristras)
On Sunday, stop by and say hello!

Eamon Corner
By Eamon Malloy, HFM Manager

This weekend is just the third market session of the season. Looking at the produce availability, one might think it's the middle of June. Strawberries have been available since the middle of May and other fruit will be coming to market weeks sooner than expected. Trevor Baird (of Baird Orchard) will be bringing Chelan cherries this weekend. We are expecting that blueberries, corn and other heat loving fruits and vegetables will come in early this season too. Speaking of warm weather: What better way to cool off after a hard day of market shopping than with a cerveza fria and nachos at Mucho Grande? The restaurant is open for lunch on Sundays and welcomes market patrons, loaded baskets and all. Anyone interested in keeping track of produce availability at the Hillsdale Farmers‚ Market during those weeks when The Grapevine lay fallow can do so by checking the market‚s new weblog at You‚ll find back issues of the newsletter posted there as well. The Hillsdale Branch Library will be at the market on June 6 to kick off its summer reading program. Stop by the table and sign your children up for a summer of reading fun.Your friendly market manager made one mistake when he listed the winter market sessions. The January sessions will be January 16 and January 30. Sorry for the confusion.

Sue‚s Recipe o‚ the Week
With the overwhelming variety of goodies already available at the Hillsdale Market this season, we put out a frantic call to our friend Sue Poff. Throughout the market‚s first two seasons, Sue's recipes instructed Grapevine readers some very creative ways to prepare and enjoy market ingredients.
Sure enough, Sue came through with a humdinger of a recipe that takes full and delicious advantage of the early advent of the Hood River strawberries and the fresh chicken available from Perendale Farms (call Connie by Friday @ 503.630.3561 to arrange a pick up).

Strawberry-Chicken Salad
Makes 4 servings

1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons dried cranberries
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 tablespoon lime juice
2 cups diced cooked chicken
1 cup sliced celery
1/4 cup chopped red onion
1 1/2 pints hulled fresh Oregon strawberries,
Lettuce leaves

1. In large bowl, combine mayonnaise, dried cranberries, salt, curry powder and lime juice.
2. Add chicken, celery and onion; toss, cover and chill.
3. Just before serving, slice enough strawberries to make 2 cups; gently toss with chicken mixture.
4. Line platter or individual serving plates with lettuce. Mound chicken salad in center. Garnish with remaining 1 cup whole strawberries.

What's Fresh for May 30
Okay, get your pencil, paper and cookbooks handy and start planning those menus for the week ahead. Here‚s what you can expect to find, fresh, at the Hillsdale Farmers‚ Market on Sunday.

Baird Family Orchards, Dayton:
Berries/Fruit: Cherries

Bear Creek Floral, Tillamook:
Other: Artichokes.

Deep Roots Farm, Albany:
Berries/ Fruit: Strawberries.
Bulb/Root Veggies: Beets, Garlic, Onions, Radish, Turnips.
Leafy Greens: Arugula, Chinese Cabbage, Collard Greens, Kale, Lettuce, Spinach.
Other: Cucumbers, Sugar Snap Peas.

Earthshine Gardens, Sherwood:
Other: Plant starts, Eggs (From Above the Clouds Farm)

Happy Harvest Farm, Mt. Angel:
Beans & Peas: Peas.
Berries/Fruit: Strawberries.
Other: Cucumbers, Zucchini.

Lone Elder Farm, Canby:
Beans & Peas: Fava Beans, Sugar Snap Peas.
Berries/ Fruit: Strawberries.
Bulb/Root Veggies: Beets, Carrots, Green Onions, Radishes, Walla Walla Sweet Onions.
Herbs & Spices: Cilantro.
Leafy Greens: Cabbage, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Spinach.
Other: Asparagus, Rhubarb, Zucchini.

Peak Forest Fruit, Banks:
Mushrooms (Wild): Carconcello, Morels, Porcini (til mid-June)
Mushrooms (Cultivated): Maitake, Shiitake.

Rick Steffen Farm, Silverton:
Beans & Peas: Green beans.
Other: Asparagus.

Salmon Creek Farm:
Other: Tomatoes (Hydroponic)

Unger Farms, Cornelius:
Berries/Fruit: Strawberries (HOOD RIVERS!!!, Selva)

Market Guests for May 30

Musical Guest: Short-Boulé Band.
Guest Orgnization: Multnomah County Library Hillsdale Branch Summer Reading Program

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