Meet your farmer
Hi, my name is Zoë. I grew up in the valley but have recently spent time farming and living the Aloha life in the Hawaiian islands. I am very passionate about food access and spend lots of my time contemplating food access and it’s pinch points at Rainshadow. But right now, I am feeling grateful. This time of year just brings that out.
Photo credit: Zoë Griffith
What… are we going… to do… with all this food?
I (Zoë, a Rogue Farm Corps intern) wondered between my own grunting and the squeaking of cabbages. It must have been quite the sight as Adam, Simon, and I hauled nearly 3000 pounds of cabbage through the field and up onto the flatbed, flinging ourselves up on top. Sarahlee drove us back to the Farm Stand and I realized that to live and work at Rainshadow is to be in a perpetual state of awe at how much food we grow here.
Photo credit: Zoë Griffith
Cabbage larger than your head and farmers Adam and Simon on top of Cabbage Mountain. It was so smoky that week that all farmers were wearing KN95 or respirators to protect their lungs from the junk in the air.
Much of that is made possible by our ragtag crew of ranchy rebels who wake up each day and work to bring this place to life. Each day I’m inspired by us — us as in Sarahlee and her crazy, beautiful vision; us farmers with our capacity for joy in the midst of challenge (and our huge biceps); Chef, who has preserved hundreds of pounds of food this summer months while simultaneously cooking for weddings, longtable dinners, and the farm fam every day; Al working around the clock to bring our community onto the farm; Melody helping us in the store; Tall, Wes, and Big Country doin’ cowboy stuff like wrangling cows and getting our food from point A to B; Chris and David holding us all together; Mark fixing our rusty — sorry, I meant to say trusty — farm trucks; Jer and Brandon with all their know-how… the list goes on forever.
It goes on forever and also includes YOU! You make it possible, too. You who believe in a healthy, community-based food system and choose to support Rainshadow in growing one — even when we force cabbages the size of small children upon you. Each week we serve more than 200 of you and your families. There are times when I wonder how the Farm Stand’s door bell hasn’t fallen off yet.
Most of the time, though, I’m thinking about how grateful I am to be here, in a place that values the work farmers do. To witness what farmers can accomplish when supported by their community has been inspiring. From seed and food sovereignty to soil and watershed health — topics my fellow farmers have written to you about — I’ve been learning a lot.
Like who and what it takes to build a community. Because the list doesn’t end with farmers and their CSA members. Community organizations like Redmond’s Neighbor Impact Center, HDFFA, and the Food Bank are also working to grow a more resilient Central Oregon. In August alone we donated hundreds, possibly thousands, of pounds of fresh food to these organizations and the people they serve. Whether I go on to start my own farm business, manage someone else’s farm, or take what I’ve learned and help another community grow in the way Central Oregon has, everything I’ve learned here at Rainshadow and in Central Oregon will help me do it.
Join us for Customer Appreciation Day, Saturday, October 23!
Mark your calendars and join us on Saturday, October 23 for a day of gratitude, gleaning, small plate eating, live music, and farm tours.
Every year after we finish harvesting our winter storage crops we open up the 25-acre to our community. It is impossible for us to harvest everything. There are always treasures that we missed. Join us and glean for your pantries!
We also celebrate you with food on this day. Our kitchen prepares and serves a variety of farm to table small plates ranging from soups to salads to sliders.
While you are here, stock up on flour, meat, and other goodies from our farm store!
Come make a day of it as we celebrate you and the end of our summer growing season. This is a great opportunity to get you and your kids in the dirt and remembering (**or learning**) where your food comes from!
You all mean the world to us let’s spend the day together.
This week, Bend Farmers Market Small Meat CSA folks, it’s finally your turn: you will get short ribs and ground beef, and all other Meat CSA shares will be getting an assorted meat share. This will finally catch us up on the short ribs!
Thanks for being a part of our community,
Please email us and let us know if you can’t make Wednesday or if someone else is picking up for you. We can’t wait to see you on Wednesday!