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Fall update from the farm and new markets!
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FIELD REPORTS ARE BACK
Wow! What a wild weather season it's been. We've had it all — heat, humidity, monsoon-like downpours, wind and more wind, power outages, smoke from the wildfires up and down the west coast, and often with mixed fog from the usual seaside air here. We're grateful that this wasn't the weather in spring while the blueberry plants were in bloom, one gust of wind like we've had this past week would have knocked the majority of the flowers off and that would mean our crop would have been mostly gone. Eesh, farming is wild & wonderful.

We're wrapping up the post-harvest season and getting the plants ready for their annual slumber. Soon we will be mulching to build up tilth. We’ve done this extensively since we took over the 65 year old conventional fields and converted them to organic. Mulching adds nutrients, helps fertility, retains moisture, suppresses weeds and diseases, and keeps their roots warm through the winter months.
 
Below is a visual of what it takes to run Bow Hill Blueberries:
We've wrapped up some of these items, are about to embark on the first, recently finished the third, and once the leaves fall from the plants, we'll begin the second of pruning every plant by hand. Once finished with the pruning process, we take all the trimmings and add them back to the organic matter that feeds the soil. Then it all begins again.

No rest for the weary, but hey, we love it.
Drifters Fish will be here next Saturday, 11AM–4PM handing our their CSF (Community Supported Fisheries) shares*. We'll be offering samples of Drifters Fish smoked salmon topped with our Organic Pickled Heirloom Blueberries. All atop a slice of Breadfarm rye with a light spread with Samish Bay Cheese's Vache!⁠ We'll also be running a promo of 15% off for any Drifters Fish customer who makes a purchase with us**.

*Drifters Fish will not be selling any new shares or fish on the 24th
**Our promotion is only for our pickled, powder, and gift boxes


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photo credit: Drifters Fish's Instagram
We know it's wildly early to begin thinking about holiday gifts, but if we've learned anything in 2020, it's that things can change dramatically in an instant. Why not get your holiday shopping done now, so you can sit back, put your feet up, and relax, so you can *maybe* enjoy some part of 2020. We all deserve a little less stress as we end this crazy year.

2020 GIFT GUIDE

 
Get your FREE tickets to Gobble Up* — hosted by Urban Craft Uprising and the Northwest's premiere food show! You can now attend from anywhere in the world! We'll be vending at it once again and there will be multiple live demos, flash sales, and giveaways throughout the weekend. As a bit of a preview, we'll be doing three live demos, one per day, followed immediately by three correlated flash sales. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and/or Pinterest for more info.

*The dates have been reduced from what the event tickets say and are indeed the 13th through the 15th

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graphic credit: UCU's events page
Have kids interested in film? Or maybe you are! Mix your routine up by getting passes for your aspiring filmmaker and/or yourself to the 14th annual NFFTY (National Film Festival for Talented Youth). Our son, Wylie, has a music video featured in the festival this year. This year's trailer is wonderful and shows the amazing power and resilience of our world's youth.

VIEW TRAILER
graphic credit: NFFTY's Instagram
MARKET UPDATE
We've heard from many of you that you missed us in Edmonds this year (we missed you too). Good news for you all, we'll be back for 6-weeks this holiday season. We are attending the Edmonds Holiday Markets the first three weeks of November and December.

Bellevue folks, we'll be at the extension markets that start TODAY at 10! Those are every third Saturday of the month through December.

Anacortes peeps — we'll be continuing in Ana until the end of the regular market season on the 31st. Then we will be at the Holiday Markets on November 21st and 22nd at 
the Port Transit Shed at the end of Commercial Avenue. After that, we'll be at the Winter Markets, every second Saturday, January through April before the regular market begins again in May.

Hey hey, Bellingham! We are coming to you through the end of the year and then we'll continue through with the usual Third Saturday Markets until the regular season picks up again come April.

Ballard, we've got you year-round. Nothing to worry about. Though, if you want to, you can always pre-order through the
Ballard Online Farmers Market. We may be adding more gift boxes to that as the gift-giving season draws nearer.
CURRENT HOURS
Monday to Saturday: 10–5
Sunday: 11–5
We have all our usual products, Bow Hill merch, frozen blueberries, blueberry ice cream made by Lopez Island Creamery, West Coast Pop's blueberry-lime popsicles, and gift boxes for your early holiday shopping.
FIND YOUR PERFECT RECIPES FOR THE HOLIDAYS
With love and support,
Harley, Susan, Amelia, Wylie,
and the whole Bow Hill family
P.S. Need an extra bit of encouragement these days? Our friends at Sustainable Connections put some positive encouragement out when they wrote:

Fall is a time of change, and sometimes that change can be dramatic...Professor Aisha Ahmad of the University of Toronto...describes the "six-month wall." After six months of dealing with a major disruption in life, we can feel a bit like things might never get better.

But, she says, they do. We've learned how to get groceries, have meetings, school our kids, exercise, and even socialize safely. This took a lot of mental effort, though, and we need to allow ourselves to recover. What better time than the onset of fall, and what better way than by eating good food?

We have so many options for good, local food to help us break through the six month wall. Farms are still harvesting fresh food and fully stocked with storage crops. Farmers Markets are still selling directly to the public. Restaurants are still up and running with delivery, carry-out, and some with dine-in service. And if  food preservation is a hobby or interest, now is a great time to give a gift to your future self or start on gifts for the holidays.

So if you're feeling stressed out by the ongoing challenges of daily life, take a step back. Think about how you can nourish yourself and your family with good food from local farms, restaurants, grocers, and markets.
 

We're wishing everyone the best as we push past that six-month wall.  xxoo, Bow Hill
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