Ranchhouse Kitchen Recipe: Ranch Eggs

I live on and run a ranch in Southwest Texas that has been in my family for generations. We have been in continuous operation as a sheep and goat ranch for over one hundred years. It has been a blessing to raise my children here, where heritage runs deep. You can follow my Texas ranch…

Featured Ranch: Lone Star Barn

How long have you been practicing the American tradition of ranching? My husband and I moved our family to the ranch 15 years ago. The ranch has been in my family for over 100 years, even before that my grandparents and great -great grandparents were involved in ranching nearby. What (or who) inspired you to…

Farmhouse Kitchen Recipe: Athol Orchards Apple Dumplings

In America’s early history, farmers and bakers took the time to make beautiful food in the name of highlighting a prized harvest during a time when food wasn’t easy to come by. In this case, apples. During the 18th century, one such traditional treat was the New England Apple Dumpling. Having studied Colonial history and…

Featured Farm Craft: Athol Orchards

How long have you been practicing the traditional art of growing “historically significant” apples? We established our preservation orchard and farm in the Autumn of 2016. That October my family and I planted about fifteen apple trees on a chilly rainy day in North Idaho. We now have 120 historically significant and rare apple trees…

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Farm Pilgrimage

A Modern Day Journey Back To Our Agrarian Roots

September: Southwest Region FarmMade Cookbook Contributors
Click HERE to read more about each farm stop in The Farmgirl Monthly!

We welcome you to be our guest as we virtually farm hop, embarking on a monthly journey to rediscover our agrarian roots. Adventure is abound when seeking homegrown skills that nurture self-reliance and true grit. Presently, there is a newfound interest in an old-fashioned lifestyle. A life much less focused on material things and increasingly more about growing nutritious food, functional crafts and a thriving home life. In elevating the farm to sacred, we propose to be your guides as we pass along generational knowledge and time-honored traditional skills from farms the world over. Farms that are like living history museums of preserved cultural wonder.

We are most familiar with holy places such as temples, churches and cathedrals, but who isn’t equally awestruck with the natural world and its ancient trees, rivers and sacred stones? A farmer is immersed in the natural world and notices its miracles daily. Miracles of soil regeneration, seeds sprouting and the births of newborn animals. Weather patterns, annual migrations, and life cycles are all a part of a farmer’s relationship with Mother Nature. As a modern-day Farm Pilgrim there are many opportunities to take notice of the marvels a farm presents.

Are you ready to be a Farm Pilgrim? No need to book accommodations, secure the typical transport of plane, train or automobile, or check itineraries. This journey starts in your heart with a willingness to learn new things and make long-term sustainable changes. We encourage you to “rest and stay awhile” when visiting each farm stop. This is a pilgrimage of both purpose & project with many discoveries and delights along the way. Each destination affords a reprieve from modern life and an opportunity to absorb ancient ways of living. The point of this pilgrimage is to ask the questions and obtain the answers your soul has been seeking. Questions like “How do I create a life for my family that is life-sustaining?” or “How far am I willing do go in order to carry out my dream of self-reliance?”

To begin, you will notice multiple “farm stops” along a pre-determined route. When you click on any destination, it will light up and prompt you to click through to that farmer or retailer’s website. When arriving you can peruse their offerings for purchase and/or obtain helpful information in order to grow your farm and garden knowledge base. Each contributor along the route is highlighted in our monthly newsletter, The Farmgirl Monthly (Sign up today!). This small publication holds a wealth of information starting with a Featured Farm Craft, Farm Crafts for sale, Farm Tradition articles, a Farmhouse Kitchen Recipe and Farm Extras. Please follow along as we introduce our beloved contributors one-by-one on all our social media channels. You will surely be inspired and come away feeling a connection to the farm like never before, along with new found abilities to elevate your own life to sacred. We hand you a passport to virtually travel with us and become pilgrims of change!!

“We have neglected the truth that a good farmer is a craftsman of the highest order, a kind of artist.”

-Wendell Berry

“Preservation Highway”—Fruit Loop Edition.

Sponsored by: Ball Canning

It was SO exciting to embark on this “canning and crafting” extravaganza!!! We hit the open road in our vintage 1959 Oasis Trailer, through the picturesque Hood River/Columbia Gorge Fruit Loop Trail, this past Fall. We happily hopped from farm to farm gathering the late summers bounty. Farmgirls across the nation had sent us traditional family Farmhouse Kitchen Recipes. So we got to work freshly picking, peeling and slicing our gathered harvest into Ball jars, creating wonderful works of edible art. Ball Canning became a household name starting in the late 1800’s. They continued to popularize food preservation after WWII by publishing the Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving, which is now in its 37th Edition with over 500 recipes. Their plum jam recipe is tried and true. It made its debut using a bucket of plums we sacredly picked from a 100 year old plum tree. We encourage everyone to learn the time-honored traditional skill of canning. By celebrating the old-fashioned Farm Pantry and stocking its shelves together we collectively keep tradition and culture alive. There’s nothing more beautiful than a well stocked pantry meant to nourish family and friends through a long, cold winter. Do you can? What is your favorite recipe? Email us at info@farmmade.com to share!

Our inaugural Pie-Way Tour was EPIC! Baking pies out of our 1959 Vintage Oasis trailer and gathering farm traditions as we visited the cranberry bogs of the Oregon Coast, fruit orchards of the Columbia River Gorge, grain fields of the Palouse, and ranches in the Wallowa’s. The next road trip starts in the Spring of 2019 taking us along the Pacific Coast of Oregon and California all the way to Big Sur! Be sure to sign up for our newsletter and follow us on social media for our pie-making extravaganza. Thank you for your support!

Pacific Northwest Pieway

“Shepherd’s Grain is excited that FarmMade is using Shepherd’s Grain pastry flour in their beautiful yummy pies. It is nice to work with Patti and her daughter who are all about showcasing farmers skills and their traditions through sharing their recipes. Their mission matches Shepherd’s Grain in wanting to support the family farmers.” – Shepherd’s Grain Flour