Illinois Ave Urban Farm

Illinois Ave Urban Farm Looking for healthy heirloom and specialty vegetables and flowers grown in the living soil of our urban Bemiss/Logan/Chief Garry Park neighborhood?

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 p...
02/05/2020

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/.

12/12/2019
Prairie Sky Farms - Blooms and Pommes

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✨✨✨

11/14/2019
Upworthy

“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

11/09/2019
Washington State Conservation Commission

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.

Our season at Illinois Ave Urban Farm Stand is soon coming to a close. Is your mouth watering for the very last Tyborski...
10/22/2019

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....
10/06/2019

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!

You won't want to miss heirloom tomato season at the Illinois Ave Urban Farm. Open today from 11 am to 6 pm-ish. We have...
09/21/2019

You won't want to miss heirloom tomato season at the Illinois Ave Urban Farm. Open today from 11 am to 6 pm-ish. We have Soldacki (a Polish beefsteak), Opalka (a Polish paste tomato), Tyborski Plum (a super rare heirloom great for eating), Black Krim, Pineapple, Ananas Noire (bicolored), Great White, White Beauty and more. Get some basil, and enjoy a fresh tomato salad today!

Visit Illinois Ave Urban Farm Stand today (open 11 am to 6ish pm) Don't you love those seasonal farm stands and farmer's...
09/14/2019

Visit Illinois Ave Urban Farm Stand today (open 11 am to 6ish pm) Don't you love those seasonal farm stands and farmer's markets? Some of our own favorites include Elithorp Farm at the The Spokane Farmers' Market, The Good Shepherd Lamb Co at the Kootenai County Farmers' Market, Fore Lot Farm at the Millwood Farmers' Market, and Coles Orchard. While many vendors sell lettuce and tomatoes, we love best for the local specialties as well as stockpiling gifts for the upcoming holidays.

What's unique at ours? The very, very first of the fall 'Long Island Cheese Pumpkins' has been harvested for sale today. This heirloom almost went extinct because it is buff colored (turning burnt orange in storage by early spring), flattened like a wheel of cheese, and was bred as a keeper, so it doesn't take well to mechanical picking, distribution, or processing.

We also feature:
1. Jozef's hardwood College Education cutting boards made with love and Gramp on the woodmizer sawmill. Great gifts for friends and family who love to cook or for youngsters headed off to school and new adventures!
2. Dried Lavender Bundles (only $5) for one of the least expensive prices in town. Perfect for culinary uses, sachets, decorations, and many other uses!
3. Home of the Tyborski Plum Tomato, a delicious Polish specialty. We are one of only 2 or 3 growers of this rare heirloom worldwide.
4. Pick up on of our hand-embroidered lavender filled sachets today - great for holiday gifts, a fragrant sleep aid, or non-toxic deterrent of clothes moths.
5. Leek Pearls! Leeks take a long two years to mature, so the pearls which form at the base of a leek during the 2nd year of this biennial are a culinary rarity.
6. The first of the celeriac, so you can look forward to a tasty celeriac slaw (one of our faves), roasted celeriac and other root veggies, celeriac in savory soups and stews, mashed celeriac with potatoes, or many other delicious recipes!

Perfect fall weather. We woke up to the temperatures in their 50's, and forecast is for a beautiful clear day in the 70s...
09/12/2019

Perfect fall weather. We woke up to the temperatures in their 50's, and forecast is for a beautiful clear day in the 70s. Because of the cold nights, our root vegetables are busy storing sugars for winter, so expect the celeriac and other farmstand delicacies freshly dug from the living earth to taste their very, very best.

Here's a photo of Illinois Ave Urban Farm Stand's succulent organically grown mesclun lettuce, Zlata (golden) beer radishes (slice, salt, and serve with your favorite beverage!), and wonderful celeriac. Open today from around 11 am to 6 pm. If you haven't tasted celeriac, one of our favorite recipes is for celeriac slaw https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/5136/celeriac-coleslaw

Home of the Tyborski Plum and other heirloom tomatoes! Drop by for your mouthwatering taste of summer before the season ...
09/11/2019

Home of the Tyborski Plum and other heirloom tomatoes! Drop by for your mouthwatering taste of summer before the season turns!

The season's bounty is coming to a close. Celebrate this Rare Harvest Moon with bounty from the Illinois Ave Urban Farm ...
09/10/2019
Organic Life

The season's bounty is coming to a close. Celebrate this Rare Harvest Moon with bounty from the Illinois Ave Urban Farm tomorrow, Wednesday, and through Saturday this week. And don't miss that Friday the 13th Harvest Moon!

It won’t happen again until August 13, 2049!

This year's 2019 dried lavender bundles for all your cooking, crafts, and fragrance needs! Get your lavender wood for sm...
09/10/2019

This year's 2019 dried lavender bundles for all your cooking, crafts, and fragrance needs! Get your lavender wood for smoking or the grill before the season's BBQ season is over. Lavender wood is great for flavoring veggies, fish, lamb, and more! We've got some lovely hand embroidered lavender sachets to safeguard your clothes this winter or soothe your sleep. You won't want to miss the cute teddy bear lavender sachets for a baby shower or other gift! This week, we plan to be open from Wednesday-Saturday, about 11 am to 6 or 7 pm.

Come visit Illinois Ave Urban Farm Stand this Labor Day after 10 am!!! Sugar Pie Pumpkins, Golden Zucchini, Green Zucchi...
09/02/2019

Come visit Illinois Ave Urban Farm Stand this Labor Day after 10 am!!! Sugar Pie Pumpkins, Golden Zucchini, Green Zucchini, gigantic Spanish Black Radishes, Zlata (Polish Gold) Radishes, Black Krim and other heirloom tomatoes, wonderfully affordable "Solo Cup" flower bouquets, massive dried Jaune du Poitou leek stems, alpine strawberry starts (get them in before winter), oca plants (tastes like an already buttered sour creamed potato), and more!

Even if the umbrella is not out, the Illinois Ave Urban Farm Stand has what you need. Knock on the front door and get la...
08/24/2019
Revenge of the clothes moths: as numbers boom, can they be stopped?

Even if the umbrella is not out, the Illinois Ave Urban Farm Stand has what you need. Knock on the front door and get lavender bundles for your sachets today! The clothes moths will not thank you...

They destroy sweaters, carpets and even wall insulation – and their population has tripled in five years. But there are ways to quell these insatiable insects

The Illinois Ave Urban Farm will be open today, but our iconic umbrella and table of flowers and fresh farmstand food wi...
08/04/2019

The Illinois Ave Urban Farm will be open today, but our iconic umbrella and table of flowers and fresh farmstand food will not be out at the roadside due to unhealthy air quality. Only our signs will be on the sidewalk as we are limiting our time outdoors to what is necessary for picking, planting, weeding, watering, and other taking care of the garden tasks. Farmstand customers are instead invited to call 509 328-2523 to arrange their orders ahead of time or just drop by and we will get it ready for you. Just knock on the front door and ask for rhubarb, tender young summer squash, pickling cucumbers, dill flowers, college education cutting boards, solo cup bouquets, or our other specialties. Today, we may feature some fresh white currants on the stand (get them early while they last), which Bob says "taste like champagne."

May we recommend fermenting or sautéeing your tender young summer squash indoors instead of grilling outdoors? Most of us look forward to summer. It's sad when we can't enjoy the Inland Northwest's outdoor activities to their fullest. However, do you know support of the local food network and a small urban farmer who grows "regeneratively" (beyond organic) is invaluable, especially during wildfire and smoke season? Compost can cool the planet? Kathleen Callum and Robert A. Sloma are definitely cool composters. The former is one of the volunteer Spokane County Master Composters/Recyclers, spreading the word about it's benefits at multiple Indoor & Outdoor, Regenerative Agriculture, and other public talks and classes yearly that that organization, the Master Gardeners of Spokane County - WSU, and Inland Northwest Community Gardens.

Why talk about composting especially today? It's wildfire and smoke season with a vengeance here in the Inland Northwest. The wildfire near Keller and Lake Roosevelt NPS has ballooned to 5600 acres. The Williams Flat Fire started when lightning storms moved through the area. Here's the Incident Report link https://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx Smoke has socked in the Lilac City https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2019/aug/03/spokane-may-see-smoke-from-wildfire-near-keller/ Likely, that smoke will drift through the passes to settle in Missoula next, before joining the particulates of other wildfires and drift eastward.

Growing wildfire and smoke seasons are a symptom of global climate change. We're proud that the farm stand's gorgeous flowers and tasty produce abound with health despite the smoke. That's because we take care of our living soil, which recycles our air, with generous applications of compost. Your participation in regenerative agriculture, of which compost is an essential component, not only cools the planet, but feeds the world. https://regenerationinternational.org/cool/

International Compost Awareness Week features an awesome poster this year! Perfect for organizations and people reaching out about environmental awareness, climate change, or the need to recycle carbon into living soils for a healthier Earth. "Speaking of the ICAW2019 poster, it's now available for sale. International Compost Awareness Week says, "Order yours today and be ready for ICAW May 5 - 11."

https://www.compostfoundation.org/ICAW-Store

For more about International Compost Awareness Week, the Composting Council Research and Education Foundation, or how recycling carbon back into the soil cools the climate, visit https://www.compostfoundation.org/ICAW/ICAW-Home

Also visit Kiss The Ground, Regeneration International, and Rodale Institute for more about the soil's role in fighting climate change through reducing levels of greenhouse gas in Earth's atmosphere by sequestering it in the soil. Did you know that our soil is one of the only "sinks" actually starved for carbon? One pound of carbon in compost holds up to 40 pounds of water, banking precipitation in case of drought, allowing soil life to "glue" soil and prevent runoff erosion in watersheds. International Compost Awareness Week says, " By composting, carbon captured by plants from the atmosphere is returned to the soil. In addition, the compost, when returned to the soil, provides resistance to drought and disease, adds nutrients, improve its workability and reduce the release of nitrous oxide." Just add compost to save money on your fertilizer bill and protect the environment at the same time! Cool!

Hoping to cool down with a long tall one? We've got candy mint (peppermint), spearmint, and chocolate mint to make those...
08/01/2019

Hoping to cool down with a long tall one? We've got candy mint (peppermint), spearmint, and chocolate mint to make those refreshing and good for you ice cold ice teas. While we're on the topic of herbs, good drinks and luscious food, Illinois Ave Urban Farm also sells sage, oregano, thyme, parsley, Genovese basil, Holy basil, dill, lemon balm, bee balm (Monarda), and lovage. Also try lovage straws in your savory drinks like tomato juice today! Most tea and culinary herbs are in our red farm stand cooler. If you don't see what you are looking for, just ask!

Heirloom garlic? Illinois Ave Urban Farm Stand boasts Inchelium Red (a softneck), Yugoslavian Porcelain, Doukhobour Marb...
07/31/2019

Heirloom garlic? Illinois Ave Urban Farm Stand boasts Inchelium Red (a softneck), Yugoslavian Porcelain, Doukhobour Marble Purple Striped, Chesnok Red, Polish White, and Spanish Roja. All of the latter are a type referred to as "hardneck" or ophio garlic.

What's the difference? Softneck garlic is the garlic that one finds almost universally in grocery stores. It stores well, braids well, and is generally mild in flavor. We grow the heirloom Inchelium Red, a local garlic historically found on the Colville Indian Reservation. This photo shows braids of Inchelium Red at the farm stand.

Hardneck garlic, in contrast, can typically only be found at farmstands like ours, farmer's markets, kitchen gardens in the know, or other seasonal specialty locations. Hardneck garlic does not store as long. It features complex flavors reminiscent of wild garlic. Once cured, the clove skins typically slip off easily- a feature valued by cooks and chefs everywhere.

Get your garlic while still available! We'll be open today, Thursday, Friday, and perhaps one day on the weekend. Generally from 11 am or noon until 6 pm or 7 pm in the evening. Or, message us and we'll be glad to open by appointment, if available!

The greenest structure is the one already built. To go with our lovely Food Not Lawns yarden! Lot of yummy Gold Filet sn...
07/31/2019

The greenest structure is the one already built. To go with our lovely Food Not Lawns yarden! Lot of yummy Gold Filet snap beans, Tyborski plum and other heirloom tomatoes, fragrant lavender, chocolate mint and other herbs, and gorgeous flowers!

Garlic harvest is one of our favorite seasons at the Illinois Ave Urban Farm Stand. We've been growing 5-10 different va...
07/25/2019

Garlic harvest is one of our favorite seasons at the Illinois Ave Urban Farm Stand. We've been growing 5-10 different varieties of garlic like Inchelium Red (softneck), Polish White (hardneck), and Chesnok Red for about two decades now. The garlic bulbs you see at farmer's markets, farm stands, and other local food network sellers like us have often been through an intensive harvesting and curing process. Click on the photos below to learn more about specialty garlic harvesting and what it means for your kitchen storage of this delicacy for winter cooking!

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Spokane, WA
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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.

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Your tomatoes next to Bruce Springsteen's????!!!! Bruce GARDENS? How are the Boss' 'maters, anyway?? Do tell. Thanks.