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Seasonal Sandwich: Fall

September 25, 2014

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We've created a taste masterpiece this fall with butternut squash from Sprouting Farm.  It's vegetarian, but bacon can be added, should you need it.

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BUTTERNUT + GOAT CHEESE Butternut Squash, Apple Butter, Maple Butter, Goat Cheese + Baby Kale $5 half / $8.50 whole

ADD BACON $1.50 half / $3.00 whole

On The Farm: First Frost

September 18, 2014

Last week our farm manager, Ethan, filled us in on what happens as summer weather turns into fall. Vegetables that love the heat like heirloom tomatoes and basil are slowing down (goodbye, we loved you), but plants that thrive with cool temperatures are beginning to show their colors. Ethan warned that the first frost might be the end of some of our favorite summer staples, and he was right.

Last week I must have jinxed the farm by talking about how a frost would affect the plants because last Thursday and Friday we got a light frost out on the farm. Many of the plants are doing quite well despite the cool temperatures, but a few plants were damaged. Some of the damage is season ending for plants, but many of them will be fine. The basil plants endured the most damage. Basil is a very sensitive plant and doesn't do well with low temperatures.

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Despite the end of the basil season, there's a lot to look forward to on Sprouting Farm this fall. The beets are thriving and currently being served on our Roasted Beet + Apple salad!

 

On The Farm: Compost Tips to Try at Home

August 28, 2014

Composting has taken the PNW by storm. We geek out on all things green so here's a breakdown to help you with basic composting in your own garden.

With Sprouting Farm now in full bloom, we're turning our sights towards weeding, which has given us an over-abundance of compostable material. Instead of leaving all of the weeds in the pathway, we've been placing them in a pile, off the field, so they can be broken down by the microbes in the soil.

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To speed up the process you can 'turn' the pile, which is the non-technical term for mixing. Another technique is to add water to the pile and break the weeds into smaller pieces. Make two piles if your compost heap is split in drastically different stages of decomposition. Once it's fully broken down you can spread it in your garden for a super nutrients boost! (Kind of like cold-pressed juice… for your plants).

__TPmKYcI_81784FrziUJY70pOG5yhsZSFDgdWr5FYwUsing weeds to compost is convenient because it keeps your garden pathways clear. Plus, any weeds that grow in your garden are taking up nutrients intended for your edibles or flowers. When we remove any plant material whether it is a weed, a vegetable or a part of one of our crops, we are removing nutrients from the field. Composting allows us to recycle the nutrients rather than letting them go to waste. Any weeds or even vegetables that aren't at the peak of freshness can be added to your compost pile and eventually make their way back to the soil.

Now Open In Kirkland!

August 7, 2014

Homegrown_lunch_rush We've been busy this summer building two new sandwich shops on the Eastside. In July, we opened in Kirkland just off Kirkland Ave at 104 Lake Street across the street from Lake Washington. A big thank you to Kirkland for welcoming us into your 'hood with open arms! photo We're looking forward to the Redmond store opening in mid-August. Check out this article by King 5 with details about the restoration of the 1911 Redmond State Bank building, which will be our new home in just a few short weeks! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram for scrumptious sammie pics and updates, and check out our website for a full list of locations, cool new merchandise and online ordering.

On The Farm: Trellis Styles - What's IN

June 27, 2014

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This week we're back with some additional tomato advice, Ethan, explains:

Certain plants are prone to bending or falling over so it's important to keep them supported. We use a support method called trellising, it's less time consuming and less expensive than the cages you see in home-gardens. We tie twine to posts roughly five feet apart and then weave the twine around the plants. It's quick and easy to add more twine as needed.

Sometimes tomatoes get so heavy that the plant can't support itself. Trellising tomatoes protects them from the weight of their fruit. Keeping the plants moving vertically also helps to increase airflow, and keeps them from touching one another. Increasing airflow helps to dry the plant canopy and reduce disease issues. Just like us, if one plant gets sick and touches another plant, disease can spread. This makes touching taboo. Some of the grafted tomatoes received their second level of twine which was added roughly three inches above the first level.

Stay tuned for more updates from Sprouting Farm as well as photos and other news!