Edible flowers? Illinois Ave Urban Farm has them.
Looking for healthy heirloom and specialty vegetables and flowers grown in the living soil of our urban Bemiss/Logan/Chief Garry Park neighborhood?
Edible flowers? Illinois Ave Urban Farm has them.
Peas be with you! It's the brief fleeting season for tender, delicious pea shoots and tips. Pea shoots or tips are so delicate that you can typically only find them in your garden, local farm stand, or farmer's markets. We will have them at Illinois Ave Urban Farm Stand this week in the red cooler.
If you have not tried pea shoots and tips, you are in for a treat! They are called they’re called dou miao in
Mandarin. These boutique delicacies are served raw in spring salads or quickly stir fried (wilted). https://www.seriouseats.com/2010/01/seriously-asian-snow-pea-tips.html
Did you know that I served as a medic and behavioral science specialist in the army from 1979 to 1989? Being one of the first women trained in a mixed platoon at Fort Dix NJ during the post-Vietnam era was an experience! Nowadays, I am an enthusiastic supporter of our local Vets on the Farm, President of Inland Northwest Community Gardens - INCG, a Master Gardeners of Spokane County - WSU, and one of the Spokane County Master Composters/Recyclers. Our health and the health of the environment is the key to our future.
So, it's especially fun creating red, white and blue bouquets from the diverse and healthy flowers we grow in our front yard Food Not Lawns INW garden. One of my fave "solo cup" bouquets features fire engine red geums, bright white snapdragons, and blue cornflowers. Ask me which one of these flowers is even edible and can be used to garnish tender mesclun lettuce salads!
All of our boutique veggies and flowers are grown regeneratively ("beyond organically"), so you don't have to worry about pesticide contamination on your family's tables or pollinators dying in our ecosystems. Like Illinois Ave Urban Farm to follow us and share to help grow our sustainable local food network to make American Main Streets economically healthy again.
Looking for a rainbow of heirloom tomato starts for something different than at the big box store? We are the home of the super rare Tyborski Plum tomato, perhaps one of only 2 growers of this heirloom in the world. We specialize in Polish and Eastern European tastes such as Soldacki (a delicious big beefsteak), Opalka (a paste tomato shaped like a very long pepper), Black Krim, and Black From Tula tomato. Also look for White Beauty, Great White Beefsteak, Orange Strawberry, Pineapple (a bicolored), Mr. Stripey (another awesome bicolored beefsteak), Supersweet 100 (cherry), and Sungold (cherry) tomatoes. Illinois Ave Urban Farm will be open today!
Illinois Ave Urban Farm will have our farm stand umbrella out Wedneday though Saturday this week. Don't miss our fun "Solo Cup" bouquets featuring the best of our garden, often featuring Bachelor Buttons. Also look for Bachelor Button starts on the plant wagons. And edible Bachelor Button flowers in the early summer salads or edible flower boxes in the cooler. Buy some also for your dried flower arrangements!
Bachelor Buttons are a quaint, picturesque, old-fashioned kind of flower. These cornflower blue, pretty in pink, royal purple, maroon, and dark black flowers became popular in the Victorian Era https://blog.gardeningknowhow.com/tbt/bachelors-button-plant-history/ Bachelor Buttons adorn bungalow neighborhoods perfectly. Plus, they grow in poor sandy or rocky soil, are drought tolerant, pollinators love them, and they are even edible! The Chef's Garden says that they taste slightly of cucumber or raw green beans.
And then there's that absolutely lovely story about the name's origin. GardeningKnowHow says, "This specimen was often worn in lapels of the courting gentleman of days past, hence the common name bachelor button." https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/bachelor-buttons/growing-bachelor-buttons.htm
I don't plan to have the Illinois Ave Urban Farm Stand out this weekend or early next week due to rain and garden projects. But, you can always request your order here on facebook or call 509 328-2523 for curbside pickup. Or, we would be delighted to deliver your order FREE in the Bemiss, Logan, and Chief Garry neighborhoods.
Especially if you are looking for lovage straws for your Bloody Mary or tomato juice mixes, and looking forward to a relaxing time. More about love and lovage straws here https://laidbackgardener.blog/tag/straws-made-from-lovage/
Waited a winter and through quarantine for the freshest, local, beyond organically grown, most tender spring mesclun lettuce mix? This spring mix with Austrian Copper rose petals and baby dill makes an awesome bounty. Get it fast, because spring will turn into summer's heat soon.
It's a gorgeous day! Drop by Illinois Ave Urban Farm Stand for fresh rhubarb (pies and crisps!), spring mesclun lettuce (with dill or edible flowers) mix, a boutique offering of heirloom tomato and other starts, edible flowers and perennials in 1/2 gallon or larger pots, and these cute hand-embroidered lavender stuffed sachets. Got a baby shower or child's birthday coming up? Check out those adorable teddy bear lavender stuff sachets!
What heirloom tomatoes? We are the home of the rare Tyborski Plum (only one other seller in the world), Opalka, Soldacki, Great White Beefsteak, Aunt Ruby's German Green, Black from Tula and many more tomatoes. Also get your Chinese Pink Celery, Celeriac, Purple of Sicily Cauliflower, Horseradish, Jaune du Poitou Leeks, and other fun boutique and heirloom veggies!
Cooking with lilacs! Let us know if you need some beyond organic, regeneratively grown blossoms for your culinary endeavors!
May Lilac Recipes ~ lilacs are beautiful and the fragrance is haunting...but did you know that the flowers are edible? Here are the best lilac recipes!
Prairie Sky Farms - Blooms and Pommes
🐝 We have Beehives in our Orchards every year to help with pollination. Bees are vital to Orchards, and to our nation’s food farms 🐝
Sighted here in WA state 5 months ago, and it’s a huge concern from farmers all the way up the chain to food security specialists & research scientists. Our local Extension office has put out many alerts and us WSU Master Gardeners are trying to inform the public. Please keep a lookout for these large orange & black striped hornets. If you see one, please call our County Extension office 509 477 2048 so any hives can be eradicated and we can stop an invasion before it happens. ( also what’s the deal with WA being ground zero for zombie-like things in 2020🤷♀️🤣)
Just nice pollinators, flowers & blossoms over here on the Prairie please 🐝🌸🌷
What's for dessert? Slow cooker rhubarb sauce! 3 1/2 to 4 quarts of rhubarb, 1+ cups of sugar (add to taste), 1 cinnamon stick, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 tsp lemon juice (to preserve color).
Cook on low from 8 or more hours until thickened. Blend (I use a stick blender). Serve over ice cream, sponge cake, or just eat from a cup.
Message Illinois Ave Urban Farm Stand on facebook, email [email protected] or call H 509 328-2523 to place your order for fresh farm stand rhubarb or other spring produce listed on the fresh sheet below. $2.50 a bunch.
We can deliver porch-side within our local Bemiss, Logan, Chief Garry, and Minnehaha neighborhoods at no extra charge. Or, place your order today for curbside pickup tomorrow.
Did you know that spring leeks are heartier and more flavourful than those big behemoths harvested in the summer or fall? The smaller in diameter, the more tender is a spring leek. Order your awesome bunch ($8) of pencil-sized leeks harvested just for you at Illinois Ave Urban Farm Stand. Curbside pickup or delivery to Bemis/Logan locations.
Check out this Leek Apple Cheddar Soup and other recipes for tasty spring leeks from https://www.runningtothekitchen.com/a-guide-to-spring-vegetables-leeks/ Unlike fall leeks, recipes with spring leeks generally call for both leaves and white shank. Plus, leeks are a great source of vitamin K, maganese, vitamin B6 and vitamin A to boost your immune system, perfect for right now.
Discovered that you need a new or better cutting board? Illinois Ave Urban Farm Stand has you covered with curbside pickup during coronavirus social distancing. Your order of one of these beautiful black cherry boards grown on the home place, sawn on Gramp's woodmizer mill, and made by grandson Jozef Sloma would set aside some cash for his college this fall. College Education Cutting Boards!
p.s., to go with the cutting board, pickup some fresh rhubarb for pie! Or, sorrel for Polish schav soup!
College Education Cutting Boards! American (Black) Cherry from back east. Sawn on Gramp's Woodmizer sawmill. Enjoy the fruits of Jozef Sloma's summer labor!
Illinois Ave Urban Farm Stand
APRIL 2020 FRESH SHEET
Beyond Organically grown Veggies and Flowers –Look for Umbrella!
Farm Stand Open For Curbside Pickup – PM Order on Facebook, Call H 509 328-2523, or email [email protected]
Food Not Lawns!!! Callum & Sloma, Proprietors
Happy April 19th National Garlic Day!
Let me know at Illinois Ave Urban Farm Stand if you're interested in "beyond organic," heirloom garlic still available in limited quantities from our 2019 crop. $1.25/bulb. Still available: Polish Hardneck, Inchelium Red (softneck), Yugoslavian Porcelain, Doukhobour Marbled Purple Striped, and Chesnok Red. Let me know in advance requested quantities and your preferred pickup day/times by: message to Illinois Ave Farm Stand, call H 509 328-2523, or email [email protected].
I will respond ASAP if I can fill your garlic order, bag it and have it waiting for you for curbside pickup! Remember, wear your mask and practice social distancing!
Garlic has many amazing health benefits and we celebrate that on National Garlic Day. We have compiled some of our best recipes featuring garlic to get you started on your garlic journey.
Illinois Ave Urban Farm Stand is quiet for the winter and deep frosts at night challenge the greens in the cold frames. But, other local vendors like Prairie Sky Farms - Blooms and Pommes have wonderful flowers blooming in time for your Valentine's Day orders. #BuyLocal #Sustainability #LocalIsBest
What’s your best Valentines gift ever? Mine was in 1989 and it was an Arby’s sandwich. Scratched on top of the yellow styrofoam container was a heart. Weird right? What’s weirder is I was a young 21 year old girl, pregnant and hadn’t had a good meal in almost 2 weeks, living off the milk & sugar at the free coffee station at work. I quickly developed a taste for coffee in those lean times. Milk and sugar = free carbs! 😂The hardworking guy who etched that heart was my husband and he had just sold his entire music collection of 800 cassettes to buy us groceries and me a sandwich. When he pulled up, 1.5 hours late, I was famished & weak & didn’t know how we were gonna keep living this way. And there he was, with an Arby’s sandwich etched with love. I cried. No not because of the food. But because he sold the most valuable thing he had. Back then records & cassettes were only produced in a certain quantity. You had to scour record stores for all your fav bands. Maybe you’d get lucky with re-releases. If you traveled you’d go to the record store in town to try and find that coveted Genesis album. I mean some of Peter Gabriel’s early stuff? That ain’t even on ITunes. His was Supreme. I promised we’d try to buy it all back but he shrugged it off. The extra $800 bucks never came. But the baby came, healthy & happy. And with lots of hard work our financial situation, & eating habits changed.
(Ok so maybe I still eat Arby’s 😂)
I know you guys—you’d give her the world if you could.
Here’s my offering for Valentines, flowers all season long. Not flowers for Valentines *Flowers-all-year- long Baby* If you’re not familiar with “Local Flowers” swipe for pics. We are professional specialty growers & some weeks you’ll receive an armload of Tulips, Ranunculus or Peonies, others will be mixed bouquets as shown. The last pic is a table arrangement that was made with one of our late summer bouquets. Purchase on my website shop, link in Bio. Pick up locations In Cheney & S. Hill. Delivery available. You won’t have to sell your iPhone to get her this, thank goodness. But Arby’s never hurts. 😉 All Valentines orders will have an email gift card delivered to the recipient! @arbys @ Cheney, Washington
Susan Mulvihill says that 2020 is the year of the lavender! It won't be long until the snow melts and you can look for pollinators buzzing on the lavender, lavender starts, fresh flowers, dried lavender bouquets, hand-embroidered lavender sachets on the Illinois Ave Urban Farm Stand!
Did you know the National Gardening Bureau has declared 2020 the "Year of the Lavender"? I cannot say enough good things about lavender but I'll try: they are low-maintenance, drought-tolerant, deer-resistant, and fabulous pollinator magnets! On top of that, we don't trim them back until very early spring because birds eat the seeds during the winter months. Here in our zone 5b garden, we grow 'Munstead' and 'Grosso'. Which varieties are you growing or are you intending to plant some in your garden this year? Here's a link to more info: https://ngb.org/year-of-the-lavender/.
Kimberly Lango, one of my friends from Master Gardeners of Spokane County - WSU, teaches classes about wreath-making and sells some beauties over at her Prairie Sky Farms - Blooms and Pommes. Relocalization of our food, fiber, and forest network makes us all that much more of a community. And, featuring some creativity that you'd look hard to find anywhere else!
I hope everything you’ve ever believed in at Christmas time comes true for you this year! Enjoy these magical days✨✨✨
“Us gardeners, we do a lot to sustain our gardens. But sustainable, see that’s old news. Because it leaves you in the same damn place. Where a big movement of the gardeners are going right now, they are going regenerative. Because regenerative gardening actually helps reverse climate change, by building soil.” Illinois Ave Urban Farm has officially mapped ourselves as a #ClimateVictoryGarden, just as narrators Ron Finley and Rosario Dawson recommend. Such a hopeful, positive "grassroots" movement. Robert A. Sloma and I think this is especially appropriate, because a former owner of our 1928 bungalow built one of the main garden beds as a Victory Garden in World War II. You too can find a #ClimateVictoryGarden near you, or list your own garden, because how we vote with our fork helps fight climate change!
Regenerative gardening can actually help reverse climate change. 🌎 Via Kiss The Ground
Washington State Conservation Commission
In honor of Veterans Day, we want to celebrate Vets on the Farm, a program launched by Spokane Conservation District that gives veterans access to farming, ranching, and other agricultural-based employment. Whether it's working for our national security or our food security, we're so grateful for their service!
Our office will be closed on Monday, November 11 for the Veterans Day holiday.
On seeds, decolonization and the feminine side of things — a conversation with Rowen White
A conversation with Rowen White about seed stewardship, permaculture and her Native American heritage.
Our season at Illinois Ave Urban Farm Stand is soon coming to a close. Is your mouth watering for the very last Tyborski Plum, Soldacki, Opalka, Black Krim, or other heirloom tomatoes? Plus, we’ve got Small Sugar Pie, Long Island Cheese, and other winter squash and pumpkins for you just in time for holiday displays and dinners. 'Tis also the season for fall root crops.
This a perfect time to scoop up holiday gifts like Jozef’s hardwood "college cutting boards" (his college fund), lavender filled hand embroidered sachets, bouquets of dried Jaune du Poitou leek blooms, bundles of dried lavender for crafts or fragrance, or our rare Tyborski Plum tomato and other heirlooms seeds.
Ask us about a “Gift Economy” alternative to the cash economy; we’ve got fresh red grape jam, pinot noir grape jelly, and Polish dill pickles in that corner of our stand.
Come along to the Inland Northwest Community Gardens - INCG's fall speaker event on Friday October 25th. Dr. Chang from Gonzaga University is talking about native pollinators. Illinois Ave Urban Farm Stand is donating this lovely pollinator themed lavender sachet, a Long Island Cheese pumpkin, and a big harvest basket stuffed with jelly, jam, Jerusalem Artichoke, oca (a tuber from the Andes that tastes like an already buttered sour creamed potato, and other goodies). The facebook link to the INCG Speaker event is Fall Potluck, Pollinator Talk, Seed Swap, Resources and Meeting and https://incgincommunitygardens.org/incg-fall-speaker-and-potluck-event/
Can you hear the beet of local food? We grow both golden beets and Detroit Red. It's a marvelous, sunny day in the 60's. Despite the heavy frosts (and even snow in some places), we've got lots of fresh produce on the Illinois Ave Urban Farm. Come visit us today! p.s., if you are firing up the grill for one more summer BBQ, grilled beets are delish!
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Freshly picked, beyond organic produce grown right in our northside Spokane Washington USA neighborhood. This page and our stand offer the seasonal bounty of the Earth, unusual and heirloom produce, occasional culinary recipes old and new, a little bit of local food network philosophy and classes, and hope for a more sustainable future amidst an increasingly urbanized global environment. When the farm stand umbrella is up in our driveway and you are looking for locally grown goods, just knock on the front door or holler at the back gate!
Proprietors Kathleen Callum and Robert Sloma are currently restoring a 1928 California style bungalow, advocate for Food Not Lawns on their own lawn and community garden, are archeologists, and have one son. Both grew up gardening, have helped the family make maple syrup at the Callum Sugarbush in New Hampshire, sold produce at a farmer’s market in New Hampshire, and a boutique organic restaurant in Vermont. They volunteered as community garden managers on Spokane’s northwest side, prior to its development by the non-profit who owned the land. Both are grateful to a V.A. loan, thanks to Kathleen’s service in the military, used to purchase their 1928 California Craftsman, which they are restoring.Now besides gardening on their own urban lot, and gleaning from their old Italian neighborhood trees, they rent a plot at the Chief Garry Community Garden.
Robert Sloma’s parents immigrated from Poland. He missed speaking Polish when he moved to Washington State, so was inspired to bring together Polish-Americans in the Inland Northwest through Spokolonia (an amalgam of Spokane and Polonia). Robert is passionate about heirloom tree fruit, works for a local tribe as an archeologist, and graduated from S.U.N.Y. Plattsburg and University of Leicester, England in Anthropology and Historical Archeology. One of his favorite facebook posts videos, , narrated in both Polish and English, demonstrates how to make caraway and juniper berry flavored naturally fermented sauerkraut the traditional way.
Kathleen graduated in Geology and Anthropology from University of Montana and Quaternary Studies from University of Maine (now the Institute for Climate Change), retired from U.S.D.A. after suffering a stroke, specializes in early agriculture and horticulture, is the President of Inland Northwest Community Gardens, volunteers as one of the WSU Master Gardeners-Spokane County, and is one of the Spokane County Master Composters/Recyclers. She is passionate about growing the local food network, community sustainability and resiliency, and #ClimateJustice. Gardening and taking care of Earth’s bounty helps inspire her and keeps her going.