PRODUCER SPOTLIGHT | CHUBBY BUNNY FARMS

Chubby Bunny Farm Founder and Top Bean, Michael Deitering harvesting kale.

PRODUCER:: Chubby Bunny Farm

LOCATION:: Everson, Washington

PRODUCTS:: Fresh, seasonal produce! 

When asked, Michael tells me that Chubby Bunny Farm grows primarily mixed vegetables including basil, tomatoes, and beets at their farm near Everson, Washington. He also explains as the Founder and Top Bean at Chubby Bunny, that the farm began in the fall of 2014, as his agricultural internship was winding down.

Melina Meave works the Chubby Bunny Farm booth at the Ferndale Farmers Market.

Since the farm's inception, the focus of the farm has been to provide healthy food to those living and thriving in Western Washington through the Ferndale Farmers Market, local outlets such as Acme Farms + Kitchen, and local food banks. 

We know that farmers eat some of the best food around, so I asked Michael about his favorite meals. He shared, “Although seasonal produce is always a spotlight at the dinner table, a fresh Caprese Sandwhich is what powers the growers these long summer days. Thinly sliced plum tomatoes (we prefer the Stupice* variety from Territorial Seed) adorned with fresh basil leaves and a crumble of farmer's cheese fills bellies and rejuvenates hearts.” 



*Chubby Bunny’s Stupice tomatoes were included in last week’s Locavore Boxes. I can confirm these tomatoes that Michael describes as, “early, tasty, and abundant” can definitely become a seasonal favorite! 

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ACME FARMS + KITCHEN REWARDS

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Every week that you order from ACME Farms + Kitchen you're not only getting delicious, nutritious food delivered right to your door, you're supporting dozens of local farmers and food producers right here in our region. Your purchases help farmers keep farming, bakers keep baking, milk cows producing... your interest and support of local products keeps our food economy strong and makes it possible for all of us to eat well.

The support you provide these local producers is outstanding and we think you deserve to be rewarded so we've started a Rewards Program. Each time you place an order supporting our locals you'll earn points that can be redeemed to save on future orders.

You'll also be rewarded for sharing us with your friends (YES! We finally have a referral program!), following us on Facebook, Instagram and more.

It's super easy to get started. Visit the SHOP page and choose your shopping area.

On the right side of the page you'll see an orange tab that says "Earn Rewards!"

Once you click on that tab you'll be promoted to 'Create a Store Account' or to log-in to your current account.

Once you've created an account or logged in to your account (by logging in, you will automatically activate your rewards account), click on 'EARN POINTS'. You'll see the options to start adding points to your account right away.

NOTE:: The site will automatically issue points when you place an order. No extra steps needed.

You can see your points total by clicking on 'REWARDS'. (You do need to be logged in to see this.) 

You will also receive an email each time you earn points. The email will tell you how many you've earned and give you you're points total.

 

When you're ready to redeem your points, simply click on the orange 'Redeem' button. A code will automatically pop up in the window. Use this code when placing your next order. The code will also be emailed to you.

How can I earn points?
  • Create a store account, +200 Points
  • Make an order, receive +1 Point for every $1 spent
  • Refer a friend - give your friend 10% off, get +500 points when they make their first purchase
  • Your Birthday, +200 Points
  • Share our website on Facebook +200 Points
  • Follow us on Instagram +50 Points
  • Like our page on Facebook +50 Points
What are the rewards?
  • $5 Discount for 500 Points
  • $10 Discount for 1,000 Points
  • $30 Discount for 2,500 Points
  • $70 Discount for 5,000

Questions? Email [email protected]

 

 

 

PRODUCER SPOTLIGHT | TWIN SISTERS CREAMERY

Twin Sisters Creamery

Twin Sisters Creamery owners, Jeff and Lindsay Slevin. Look closely and you'll see Jeff and Lindsay's twin daughters Maddy and Lexi in the background.

PRODUCER:: TWIN SISTERS CREAMERY

LOCATION:: Ferndale, WA

PRODUCTS:: Whatcom Blue blue cheese, currently working on R&D for Whatcom White, an Irish style table cheese. 

Owned and operated by Lindsay and Jeff Slevin, Twin Sisters Creamery proudly sources the 100% Jersey Cow Milk they use for their cheese from Twin Brook Dairy in Lynden, WA. Twin Sisters is a raw milk cheese producer so quality and single source are very important to Lindsay and Jeff. 

Twin Sisters Creamery

When asked how they got their start Lindsay explains, “I've been in the foodservice industry for over 18 years, and always loved cheese! Most recently I worked for DPI Specialty Foods, a large cheese importer and distributor where I furthered my knowledge and became a Certified Cheese Specialist through the American Cheese Society in 2012. Jeff has a background in IT and manufacturing, so after years of us wanting to start a family business together becoming artisan cheese makers made sense.” 

Sharing her passion for cheese with their customers is Lindsay’s favorite part of her daily work. She was happy to answer my question when asked about her favorite use for her blue cheese, Hands down... a Whatcom Blue Cheese Burger.  Whatcom Blue has amazing melting qualities on burgers, steaks, in sauces, pasta... It is easy to slice and holds its shape when melted, it also becomes more pronounced in flavor. Delicious!” Another favorite she shares is simply crumbled in a fresh mixed green salad with strawberries or pears and candied pecans. 

Have you tried the Whatcom Blue yet? It was featured in last week’s Local Chop Salad Kits in the blue cheese dressing and will be included in this week’s Locavore Boxes served with grilled steak sandwiches.

Twin Sisters Creamery 

Try Twin Sisters Whatcom Blue with one of our favorite recipes. This recipe is perfect served with any meal, as an appetizer, or even an easy and delicious snack.

Caramelized Onion + Blue Cheese Crostini

1 Baguette
2 Tbsp Butter or Olive Oil
1 Onion, sm-med sized
6 oz Whatcom Blue Cheese

Preheat oven to 475F. Slice baguette on the bias resulting in a 1/4-1/2” crostini. Toast in oven until beginning to brown. Remove from oven and set aside.

Thinly slice onion. Heat butter or oil in a skillet. Add the onion and a pinch of salt. Cook over medium heat until the onions are very soft and beginning to caramelize. Remove from heat. 

Top the crostini with the caramelized onions and crumbled blue cheese. Bake for 3-5 minutes or until the cheese is near melted and bubbly.

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3 DAY WEEKEND - HOSTING GUESTS THE ACME WAY!

ACME Farms + Kitchen Locavore Boxes

We have guests staying for the long weekend so I wanted to be sure to have enough food. Here’s what I bought to feed my family and friends::

Large Locavore Box, Double Protein - Burgers and Clams!!!
Mini Ready Made – Hot Dogs, Baked Beans and Potato Salad
Salad Kit – Ceasar Salad with Blackened Tofu
Snack Kit – Smoked Salmon, Fromage Blanc and Bagel Chips
Brownie Mix – New Mix from Krista’s Baking Co.
Cherries – Smallwood Farms
Beyond Box – Sun Tea, Bitter Baker Coffee Cake Mix, Pickles + more

One of the best things about my order besides all the delicious local food? All these things were delivered right to my door, saving me time to get ready for my guests! 

This weekend’s menu includes::

SATURDAY
Breakfast:: coffeecake with fruit
Lunch:: caesar salad + flatbread meal from Locavore Box
Happy Hour:: smoked salmon + herbed fromage blanc and sun tea (fingers crossed for sun!)
Dinner:: clam meal + hot dogs for the kids
Dessert:: brownies! with sliced strawberries from Beyond Box

SUNDAY
Lunch:: food truck out at the Ski to Sea Race finish line
Happy Hour:: toasted demi baguettes with camembert + honey from Beyond Box
Dinner:: burger meal with pickles

MONDAY
Breakfast:: scrambled eggs and fruit
Lunch:: black bean soup from Locavore Box

This week’s boxes includes food from over 23 local producers::

Flying Bird Botanicals
The Bitter Baker
Breadfarm
Krista's Baking Co.
Spielman Bagels
Sweet Creek foods
Mt. Townsend Creamery
Burk Ridge Farm
Sky Harvest Produce
Joe's Garden
Prairie Road Farm
Olympia Provisions
Bellingham Pasta
Samish Bay Cheese
Taylor Shellfish
Red Duck Ketchup
Ciao Thyme
Moon Valley Organics
Spring Time Farm
Mama's Garden
Cedarville Farm
Moondance Farm
Rabbit Field Farm
 

Follow us on Instagram for photos of this weekends meals - acmefarmsandkitchen

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EATING WITH THE SEASONS

    

  

Eating food that is local and in season is the best way to ensure you’re consuming high quality, nutritious food. When we choose to eat what’s currently ripe or ready for harvest and grown in our community we can skip the lesser quality options that have traveled across the country or even around the globe. Eating local and in season not only guarantees better, tastier food, it also supports our local farmers and can make us feel more connected to our place.

For some of us, eating with the seasons can take some getting used to. International shipping of food has made it easy and possible to eat items that are in season in other, far away places. Yes, we can start buying strawberries in March but those strawberries don’t really taste that great. If we’re patient, we can enjoy the most delicious local strawberries a few months later in June (or in this year's case May!).

ACME Farms + Kitchen Locavore Boxes are an excellent example of what it’s like to eat with the seasons. Because of our commitment to sourcing locally you’ll always find items that are currently in season in our region. 

Like all of you, we are very excited about the spring time and the food items this season brings. Farmers are planting the seeds and starts that will provide our local, seasonal choices this spring and summer.

You can see the change in season in our boxes already as we move from the root based veggies, hearty greens, and storage crops of winter to more tender veggies and leafy greens. So far this spring, we’re enjoying fresh asparagus, radishes, rhubarb, and local spot prawns, all currently at the height of their season.

We look forward to including more of our region’s spring time and summer bounty as it becomes available.

Farmer Anna, Osprey Hill Farm

To get a better understanding of timing for local crops we talked with Farmer Anna Martin of Osprey Hill Farm.

The photos above show the trays that Osprey uses to start seeds. They also show the progression of the growth of their yellow storage onions. This season, Osprey will grow 12,000 onions that take up about 1,350 linear feet of growing space. This seems like an incredible amount but Anna assures us they don’t plant a lot of onions.**

When asked if they start all their plants this way Anna said, “Many of our seeds are started in plug trays like this one, but not all. Some crops don't like to be transplanted so we direct seed those crops including: carrots, beets, beans, turnips, parsnips, radish, cilantro. Notice something these crops have in common? Roots! Yes, indeed. These are mainly root crops.” 

Anna shared that the time from germination to transplant into the ground varies by the crop and is based on how aggressively they grow. Their quickest turn-around time from tray to ground is for cucumbers and summer squash, taking only 3 weeks. Celery takes the longest at 12 weeks.

After many seasons of farming, Anna and her husband Geoff have learned what grows and sells well and have adjusted their yearly crop plans accordingly.

It takes so much work for our local farmers to dial it all in, to bring us the fresh, local food we enjoy. Join us in supporting their hard work by committing to eat as seasonally as you can. We’re certain you won’t be disappointed.

**Follow the progression of Osprey’s onions with us on Facebook and Instagram.

Check out this guide for a better idea of what crops become available by season in our region:

Local Crops by Season

Many thanks to Sustainable Connections and their Eat Local First campaign for sharing this handy guide!

Eat Local First

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