Cascadian Farm Organic Goodness

WELCOME TO OUR ALMANAC! READ ABOUT ALL THINGS ECO FROM ORGANIC VEGGIE
GARDEN TIPS TO GREEN FAMILY ACTIVITIES.

There’s nothing more synonymous with summer than sweet corn. It has become an essential part of any summertime cook out. We love to eat it and we love to grow it. At Cascadian Farm we grow our sweet corn organically. Which means we don’t use any synthetic pesticides or genetically modified organisms (GMOs), making it good for you and for the land.

Yes, organic sweet corn tastes delicious, but it also has many great health benefits that you should take note of. It’s a good source of many nutrients including thiamin (vitamin B1), pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), folate, dietary fiber, vitamin C, phosphorus and manganese.

Aside from eating sweet corn right off the cob, there are many great recipes to incorporate it into your diet. Here are some of our favorites. Enjoy!

Roasted Tomato- Corn Chowder

Corn and Black Bean Salad

Creamy Corn and Broccoli Chowder

Last week we snapped a few photos of the Blueberry Picker and showed them to you on Facebook. Here is a video of it being assembled. Farmer Jim is pretty excited to show it off. Enjoy!

Have you had a chance to pick fresh organic blueberries this year? In Washington state, we're at the tale end of our picking season. So if you haven't yet...you should soon!

Hello Friends! We’ve been extremely busy on the farm lately as we’re in the middle of our blueberry harvest. It’s an exciting time for us because we get to see all of our hard work pay off with plump, juicy berries ready to be picked.

With all the excitement surrounding the blueberry harvest, we figured it would be a great time to do a “Best of Blueberries” post, highlighting some of the blueberry posts that we have done over the last year. So here it is, the best of. Enjoy!

Farmer Jim's Organic Advice- Farmer Jim let's you in on his secret to growing such delicious organic blueberries.

Behind The Crop: The Blueberry- Take a look at all the great health benefits of blueberries and why they are referred to as a "super food". You’ll also find some amazing blueberry recipes.

Vanilla Blueberry Almond Bread- Kari Burks shares a wonderful recipe inspired by her favorite, Vanilla Blueberry Almond Pancakes. Thanks Kari!

Can it be? Is this really the first week of August? Wow, the summer has really flown by. As we look back over the summer, we have had so many amazing recipes come through our organic feed. So, we thought it would be fun to pick our favorites and share them with you. We would love to hear how you enjoy them, let us know what you think in the comment box below.

Easy Summer Dessert: Strawberry-Apricot Galette:

Ginger-Soy Beef Tenderloin Kebabs:

Vanilla Bean Gelato:

Smoked Barbecue Ribs:

Grilled Artichokes and Easy Garlic Aioli:

Photos By Shaina Olmanson

Nothing says summer quite like a camping trip. Fresh air, the great outdoors, and gourmet food!? That’s right, just because you’re “roughing it” doesn’t mean you have to “rough it” when it comes to the food you eat while you’re out there. Although you don’t have a full kitchen to cook in, you can still cook great tasting gourmet meals on the campsite. With a little creativity and some simple food prep before you leave, you’re on your way to the most delicious camping trip you have ever had. Here are some great recipes to try on your next camping trip courtesy of cookeatshare.com.

Photo By Rob Lee

BREAKFAST:

Egg Fusion

LUNCH:

Pork and Hominy Chili

APPETIZER:

Ceviche de Pescado

DINNER:

Parmesan Fish Fillets

DESSERT:

Campfire Apple Pie

For the last 37 years, we’ve been proud to deliver quality food that’s certified organic and guaranteed delicious. We started out with a little farm in the Skagit Valley of Washington, selling our berries and jams at the Pike Place Market in Seattle. Since then, we’ve expanded quite a bit and now sell our fruits, vegetables, cereals, bars, and other products in co-ops and grocery stores across the country. Over the years, our commitment to producing and sourcing delicious organic ingredients, grown without chemical fertilizers or pesticides, has never wavered.

One resource that has been essential to Cascadian Farm and our farming partners is the Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF). OFRF’s mission is to “foster the improvement and widespread adoption of organic farming systems.” They do this by sponsoring organic research projects funded through their grant- making program. They also distribute the findings of these projects to organic farmers and conventional growers who are interested in converting their farms to organic. Ultimately, OFRF strives to convert more farm land into organic acres through the education of farmers, the public, and government agencies.

Cascadian Farm has supported OFRF since its inception in 1990. Working together, we’ve seen thousands of acres of land converted from conventional farms to organic farm systems — saving literally tons of chemicals from ending up in our rivers, lakes, and ecosystems. In addition, OFRF provides resources and information to help farmers achieve higher yields, lower pest and disease levels, and run profitable organic farms.

“Personally, I have worked with Gene Kahn, Cascadian Farm’s founder, and his team for decades. More recently, we have worked together on policy-related issues, shared research-related results, and supported the free exchange of ideas among the men and women of the organic farming industry. Cascadian Farm has supported OFRF since the day it was founded.”

-Bob Scowcroft, Executive Director, OFRF

We’re proud to support OFRF, and we hope you’ll join us. Learn more at: www.ofrf.org.Proud to Support: The Organic Farming Research Foundation

Hi Friends! This week, Farmer Jim gives his expertise on how to grow some amazing blueberries. Typically blueberry plants last about 25 years, but Jim has developed a system in which he expects his plants to last 75-100 years. His secret? It’s all about making the blueberries feel at home! Take a look.

Hello friends! We hope you had a great Fourth of July weekend! We wanted to share some exciting news we found out last week. We knew our granola bars were good, but the best? Well, we are excited to announce that Cascadian Farm Fruit and Nut Granola Bars were voted Best Granola Bar by SELF magazine in their 2010 Healthy Food Awards. If you haven’t tried one yet, you’re in for a treat. Click here to find out what store in your area carries them. A big thanks to SELF magazine for the support.

This week Jim sheds some light on why it’s important to rotate your crops each season. If you have any other questions, leave them in the comment box below. Thanks and enjoy!

Sweet, tart and tasty, there’s nothing quite like raspberries. That’s why we love growing them at Cascadian Farm. They are such an interesting fruit, as they’re one of only a few in which we consume their seeds. As a matter of fact, those little seeds are very high in vitamin E. Not to mention, the rest of the fruit is high in fiber and contains vitamin A, folate, antioxidants, and numerous minerals. We love it when foods are both delicious and nutritious. And that’s why raspberries are such a great fruit to incorporate into your diet.

Here are some of our favorite raspberry recipes.(click on the photo to see the recipe) If you have a tasty raspberry recipe that you would like to share, we’d love to hear from you. Please leave your recipe in the comments section below.

Grilled Chicken and Raspberry Salad

Raspberry Granola Bars

Raspberry-Ginger Cider

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