Just call me Farmer Pippimamma!

By October 23, 2014 Pippi Ramblings

I love Halloween. It is one of my absolute favorite holidays. This year I had to deal with my pesky cat, Duncan getting into my garden beds…see my Renton Reporter column.

Learning a few tips and tricks from local gardeners, I finally figured out a way to grow pumpkins! Check out these glorious beauts! I am so friggin’ proud of myself.

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Homemade Pizza at Camp Ossorio

By October 16, 2014 Pippi Ramblings

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I love making homemade pizza with my kids. Most people have no idea how easy and fun it is to make…the secret is adding seasoning to the dough (cheddar cheese powder, salt, garlic powder) to make it taste delicious and use my favorite local cheese by Beechers! Yum!

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Pippimamma and crew on an adventure with City Fruit

By October 15, 2014 Pippi Ramblings

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/carolyn-ossorio/the-giving-tree_b_5812310.html

Check out the link above and read about our super fun adventure with City Fruit! An amazing organization.

City Fruit Picking Tour…

By August 28, 2014 Pippi Ramblings
City Fruit Harvest! www.cityfruit.org

City Fruit Harvest!
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City Fruit is a non profit organization based in Seattle that picks fruit and distributes it to hungry people…what a concept!

Pippimamma Jammin’ at Whole Foods

By July 13, 2014 Pippi Ramblings

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Pippimamma giving a free canning demonstration! All preserves made today will be donated to a local food bank.

Pippimamma’s Bee Pollen Honey Hotcakes with Triple Berry Compote!

By July 8, 2014 Pippi Ramblings

 

Pippimamma’s Honey Hotcakes and Bee Pollen Compote

1 cup flour

½ cup oat flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons butter

1 egg

1 ¼ milk

3 tablespoons honey

In a large bowl whisk together flours, salt and baking powder.  In a separate bowl whisk egg, then add milk, honey and melted butter.

Optional: Heat oven to 200 degrees and place pancakes in heat proof platter to keep warm.

 

Pippimamma Honey Fruit Compote

1 cup cut strawberries

1 cup blueberries

1 cup raspberries

1/3 cup honey

In a large sauce pan over medium heat add fruit and honey.   Cook about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until liquid is reduced to medium thick syrup.

 

Yogurt and Bee Pollen Topping

1 cup of plain yogurt

1 tablespoon honey

Mix together.

 

Stack pancakes, pour on berry compote, add a spoonful of honey yogurt and sprinkle top with ¼ teaspoon bee pollen.

How to eat a bug at Camp Ossorio! Pippimamma is always here to keep you informed!

By June 17, 2014 Pippi Ramblings

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/carolyn-ossorio/tarantula-tempura_b_5306641.html

Having the bug chef, David George Gordon out to Camp Ossorio was incredible…what a great guy!

I had to take out a bunch of nutritional claims I quoted from the bug chef’s book and I could use that as the copy for the blog??

According to The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook, “Many protein-rich bugs are also good sources of vitamins, minerals, and fats.”

Gordon’s book, also advises, “Are you worried about warding off Osteoporosis? Then eat crickets, which are loaded with calcium. Want to avoid Anemia? Try termites; they’re rich in iron. One hundred grams of giant silkworm moth larvae provide 100 percent of the daily requirements for copper, zinc, irone, thiamin and riboflavin. It turns out that animals that eat greens have higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids, the “good” fats with anti-oxidand powers that can help thwart forms of cancer and disease.”

See my Huffington Post piece for more details!

pippimamma apron!

By May 6, 2014 Pippi Ramblings
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Check out my new, custom made apron from amazing artist KB!  Check out her website at www.kokoleo.com.

Bug Chef at Camp Ossorio

By April 25, 2014 Pippi Ramblings
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Stay tuned for upcoming episode three at Camp Ossorio where we meet Bug Chef and (gulp) eat deep fried Tarantula and other bug fare!

Forks in the Road: Visit to Willapa Hills Sheep Farm

By September 19, 2013 Carolyn on ParentMap, Pippi Ramblings
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We were three hours from Seattle and at least a half an hour from cell coverage when we hung a right at the Willapa Hills Farm sign.  We continued down a long driveway toward a farm nestled on the banks of the Chehalis River — 100 acres of beautiful timbered hills and lowland pastures populated by over a hundred milking ewes grazing in the fields.

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Willapa Hills Sheep Dairy and Farmstead Cheese owner Amy was there to greet us and she flashed me that universal mom smile of understanding as my brood and I tumbled out of the minivan (Amy and her husband Stephen have three children: Willem, 10; Lucas, 8; Lillian Grace, 6).

In 2005 Amy, a naturopathic physician, and Stephen, who worked in faith-based non-profits, left behind city life to raise their family and milking sheep at the historic Stannek family farmstead.

I’ve often had a similar dream. At home we have our own “working” farm: A half-acre for our dog, cat, gerbils, guinea pigs, chickens and rabbits to graze upon.  The chickens were attacked and eaten one night by raccoons and the guinea pigs by our neighbor’s dogs… Farm life isn’t easy or for the faint of heart.

My daughters — Sophie, 13 and Amelia, 9 — are anxious to experience what it’s like to work on a real farm, or, more specifically, what it is like to help farm animals being born and to milk animals for food.

I figured it was beyond time to get these kids to a real milking farm the day Amelia ran into the house and blurted out, “Mom!  I just milked Roxy!”

Roxy, her rabbit, had recently given birth to a litter and Amelia had been heavily involved in the breeding process.

“How exactly do you milk a rabbit?” I asked.  I had seen Roxie’s “teats” and the feat seemed nearly impossible.

“Like this,” Amelia said, pausing to lift her hands into the air, she pinched her thumbs and pointer fingers together into micro crab pincers and wiggled them up and down.

“I wanted to see for myself what bunny milk looked like,” she explained matter-of-factly.

Amelia’s curiosity is infectious.

“What does it look like?” I asked her.

“It looks clear, kinda like tap water that’s a bit cloudy.”

I’m always thrilled when my kids are curious about how stuff works, and part of what I love about being a mom is figuring out how opportunities and wasy to encourage their curiosity that don’t include buying a goat.

That day spent on the Willapa Hills Farm our farming curiosity was sated. We learned how to make cheese, milk sheep, collect eggs from chickens; we caught and released a frog down by the Chehalis River that runs through the property; we toured a shipping container that Amy and Stephen transformed into the new Willapa Hills Country Store that sells cheese and wine; and watched a pack of pony-sized wooly white “working” dogs whose job it was to fend off coyotes.

Willipa Hills Fresh Sheep Milk Cheese With Marinated Tomatoes

Ingredients:

One to two fresh rounds of Willapa White or other fresh lactic-style sheep milk cheese (cut into 1/4 inch round slices)
8 large tomatoes (cut into 1/4 inch thick slices)

Dressing:
2/3 cup olive oil
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 chopped green onion
4 Tbsp. capers
2 cloves of crushed garlic
1 to 2 tsp. salt to taste
Fresh ground pepper to taste
Fresh chopped basil to taste
Fresh parsley to tastes

Preparation:

Place sliced tomatoes in a glass serving dish or deep plate. Set a sliced round of Willapa White onto each tomato slice. Spoon dressing over tomatoes and cheese and marinate for several hours in the refrigerator.

We also learned how the Whole Foods Local Loan Producer Program has been instrumental in making Amy and Stephen’s farming dreams come true.

That day on our visit to the farm we had the pleasure of meeting Denise Breyley, Whole Foods Market Forager for the Pacific Northwest region. Denise grew up on a small family farm in Ohio and has worked at Whole Foods Market since 1985. Denise’s job is connecting Whole Foods customers to the people who grow, raise and produce the products stocked in Whole Foods stores and sharing their stories.

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“The Local Producer Loan Program provides low-interest loans to help local producers flourish.  In addition to featuring local products in our stores we’re putting our money where our mouths are by providing up to $10 million in low-interest loans to independent local farmers and food artisans. We’re proud to support small producers who need a hand, not a handout, to help them make their dreams reality.”

As a mom of five, I spend a lot of time in grocery stores.  I love supporting local farmers and artisans. I became curious about Amy and Stephen’s story after reading about them at Whole Foods and devouring their delicious award-winning Big Boy Bleu artisanal cheese spread.

For farmers like Amy and Stephen being discovered by Denise at their local farmers market where they sell their cheese was as life-changing as a small-town musician being discovered by Simon Cowell.

“The Whole Foods Market Local Producer Loan Program has opened up a world of possibilities for us.  The equipment we purchased from the proceeds of their low-interest loan more than doubled the shelf life of our artisan spreads, significantly expanding our potential market area and enhancing their accessibility for consumers.”

“And as for Denise… We have a very select group of family and friends who I call the ‘True Believers’ and Denise is one of them.  Denise has been unwavering in her belief in our products and in us as small producers.  As we have faced any number of challenges, Denise has always had our back.  She is family and any success we achieve is in part thanks to her unwavering support!”

Resources

Interested in making your own cheese? Here are some terrific suppliers for families who want to make cheese at home:

The Cheese Connection

The Cellar Homebrew (online store that sells cheese-making supplies and kits)

Get up close to your food! Visit a local farm near you:

Willapa Hills Sheep Farm

Fox Hollow Family Farm

Remlinger Farms

Kelsey Creek Farm Park

The Farm at Swan’s Trail

Jubilee Biodynamic Farm

Learn more about supporting local small producers:

Denise Breyley blog, The Local Forager

Information on Whole Foods Market Local Producers Loan Program