Who knew blueberries were so beautiful all year round? The whole farm is exploding with color, and we’re loving it! Best of all, our vibrant summer berries are still available, fresh as ever, in the freezer aisle of your favorite grocer! 🍂
No tricks here, only treats! Our cauliflower is looking tasty as ever this season and is enjoying these brisk, Fall mornings on the farm. 🍂
(Continued from last week...) Today, Natalie is our Main Farm Irrigation Farm Manager at Stahlbush. Her main duties are managing a team of 8 irrigators who monitor, move, and control irrigation systems around the Main Farm fields. Each day is different as each field and crop has different needs – therefore, her day to day usually includes a shovel, gloves, and lots of walking- 5 miles on a good day. Each morning, Natalie checks on fields she knows are almost ready to be watered. She stomps out to the middle of each field, where she places an orange flag marking the tensiometer, which acts as an artificial root and indicates soil water and the need for irrigation. She also checks the soil visually – digging up a small section with her shovel, she checks it for its ability to form a ball, color, and stickiness. “Watering the right amount is important,” she explains, “too little and the plant becomes stressed, decreasing the yield, too much water leads to nutrient loss– our job is to make sure the crops get just the right amount to allow high yield, resilience, and health”.
Natalie Edward began her journey to Stahlbush at Oregon State as an Undergraduate. Before her time at university, Natalie traveled internationally to developing nations, which led her to understand the importance of preserving earth’s natural resources from a young age. Witnessing first-hand how sustainable practices can impact a community, she was inspired to do everything she could to learn more. When she found herself in a soil science class at Oregon State, she found a way to channel her interests in sustainability. On the first day of class, her professor jumped to the front of the room and exclaimed “Who wants to save the world?”. Natalie looked around at her timid classmates, and before she knew it, raised her hand high and proud proclaiming, “I want to save the world!”. At the end of her first semester studying soil science, Natalie knew she had landed on her passion and was readier than ever to change the world. • • • • Check back next week to learn more about what Natalie does at Stahlbush, and more behind the scenes photos!
Mornings on the farm are sure crisp with everything covered in dew, but by the afternoon we’re enjoying the warm, brilliant sun - that’s why we love Autumn! 🍂🌾 What is your favorite thing about Autumn?
Another beautiful harvest in the butternut fields is underway! Frozen Butternut Squash is so diverse - we love it in soups, roasted, on salads, and more.
Jessica, one of our field reps here at Stahlbush Island Farms can’t live without her iced coffee, sunglasses, and waterproof boots. To find out more about her and the story behind these photos, follow the link in our profile! 🍃
We can’t get enough of all your creative recipes! @nutritionbysam
made a late-summer meal that is a perfect rainbow mix of beautiful veggies and our deliciously simple Frozen Garbanzo Beans. Tag us in your unique recipes for a chance to be featured! 😋🍃
Rolling into the weekend... 🌾
Here at Stahlbush, we’re starting to see glimpses of Fall all around the farm. Berry harvest is wrapping up, a few trees are turning from green to red, and the mornings are cooler and crisper. Another season, another harvest is upon us! 🥕🍂
It is definitely starting to feel like Fall around Stahlbush. The air is crisper, the leaves are beginning to turn, and we’re wishing more than ever we could savor Summer a little longer! Luckily, our Summer flavors are around all year long. 🍓😊
This week saw the first rain on the farm in ages, which means our summer berry growing season is coming to an end. We’re a little sad, but knowing that our favorite berries are waiting for us, fresh as ever, in the freezer cheers us up! Today on the blog, we’re celebrating our favorite berry recipes, link in bio! Photo courtesy of Oregon Berries. 🍓
We grow what we love, from our family farm to your family table. Find us in a freezer aisle near you!
Sound on for some peaceful sounds for your Wednesday afternoon. 🍃
From our family farm, to your family table - that’s what we’re all about at Stahlbush. 🍃
| our tractors have undergone a bit of a makeover since 1985. Today, we’re using the first tractors in Oregon with GPS-guidance systems for precision, efficiency, and awesome-ness. 👍
Some snaps from our company barbecue! One thing that’s for sure, we know good food when we see it! 😍 Find recipes, like the cobbler pictured here, on our blog to get a peek at some of our summer favorites! Link in bio.
Getting our hands dirty this Friday afternoon, and spending some time in the beet field. These beets are almost ready for harvest and we’re so excited to share their beautiful, vibrant color and unique flavor with you! 🍃