waywardspark June 15 we send out the first of our quarterly honey sampler boxes. This one will include Bigleaf Maple & Dewberry, Clary Sage & Hairy Vetch (a people's choice favorite), and Blackberry & Salal plus you'll get notes about nectar source species, apiary ecology, and honey character. Order just the summer sampler or four seasons of varietal honey. This a great way to get deliciously interesting honey (for yourself and/or to share) while supporting our family business and @oldbluerawhoney 's efforts to select better Northwest-adapted survivor honeybees. #oldbluerawhoney 13h

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waywardspark We found a rubber boa this evening. 3d

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waywardspark Springhill Farm always has the best fennel. 3d

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waywardspark Homemade tomato sauce with lots of fresh garlic and herbs, mozz, blue, and garlic scapes #wsbarbecuebaking 5d

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waywardspark This a rough skinned newt that I saw on my run the other day.

Right now, I should be writing, but instead I'm prepping for homemade pizza and listening to podcasts. I know I blather about my favorite shows all the time, but I just finished the episode of The Moment where @briankoppelman interviews @pjvogt and Alex Goldman of Reply All and TLDR, and not only was it fascinating, but during the discussion, they mentioned nearly all of my current podcast obsessions: This American Life, Planet Money, and StartUp (of course) but also Adam Carolla, Death, Sex, and Money (coming to Portland on Saturday!), and Love + Radio. I also heard @briankoppelman on The Gist with Mike Pesca recently. Now if only @dansavage or Nate DiMeo made an appearance on The Moment, my life would be complete. (Yes, I have eclectic taste in audio storytelling.)
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  •   waywardspark @con_e I've heard of Roman Mars. He's 99% invisible? Haven't gotten into it yet, but I probably should. 5d
  •   con_e You definitely should especially after the incredible story Radiolab did on the Frikis, this last 99% Invisible podcast really hit home for me. I need to learn more about Cuba. And I love how they are under 20 minutes for those times when you don't have an hour:) 5d
  •   adamgrahamphoto I love podcasts. I'm getting caught up on Start Up and Reply All. I think you might really like Fugitive Waves. 5d
  •   jamminginmd Oooh. Just discovered The Allusionist...fun podcast about words and language. Several new ones in these comments that I'll be trying out! 5d
  •   waywardspark @jamminginmd That's another one I've heard of but haven't tried. 5d
  •   waywardspark @adamgrahamphoto Thanks for the suggestion. 5d
  •   onotes I've got to give podcasts another try. 5d
  •   waywardspark @loureira Yes! 5d

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waywardspark Pesto grilled cheese plus boysenberry-fennel seed kombucha (homemade) with a side of @sternmanrule 's brilliant, beautiful new book, Yogurt Culture. Cheryl's been one of my favorite people to follow on IG for a long time, and her blog 5 Second Rule is always witty, smart, and full of approachable but creative recipes. As someone who owned a dairy goat for seven years, I'm in love with most dairy products but yogurt especially, and this book covers the full spectrum of yogurt possibilities from savory to sweet to frozen from a global, multi-ethnic respective. Anything Cheryl touches is gold in my mind, but this book in particular is something you're gonna want to get yer paws on for a lifetime of yogurt reference material. #teamyogurt #yogurtculture 6d
  •   nedahbegins Yum! We love pesto grilled cheese (also with turkey or chicken inside or some spinach!) 6d
  •   nedahbegins They also freeze great for kids lunches :) 6d
  •   wellfedfarm Thanks for the heads up. I am going to look for that book now 6d
  •   bluedogfamilyfarm I will have to check that out as a former goat girl and fellow yogurt lover:) 6d
  •   sternmanrule Oh, Camille! What an incredible honor and surprise! Thank you, thank you, thank you. 6d
  •   sternmanrule @wellfedfarm @bluedogfamilyfarm Please do. I'd be truly honored. 6d

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waywardspark Ookow is a funny flower name. 1w

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waywardspark So proud of my kid today after he finished his first triathlon (100 m swim, 3 k bike, 1 k run). It was a rough, flustered start because they started early, and the organization wasn't great, so we weren't sure what we were supposed to be doing, but he's a champ and finished 7th out of 26 overall. (I, on the other hand, was a nervous wreck the whole time.) 1w

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waywardspark Pre-flip cranberry upside down cake (recipe from @davidlebovitz 's blog) I managed to sneak a run in while it was baking, so now I can enjoy all of tonight's potluck fare. 1w

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waywardspark I pulled some runty fresh garlic for the house. 2w

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waywardspark Finger painting this morning with Charlotte, age 5. "I love you and I lov potry (poetry)" + "I (apples)"
Also two great podcasts this morning: Mystery Show (I was shocked to see that Mystery Show's Facebook page only had 8 likes including mine, so I'm gonna conclude that I'm one of Starlee Kine's 8 biggest fans.) + And Eat It Too (with hosts @littlehousepantry and @mollydunkncrumb and guests @mollyorangette and Matthew Amster-Burton talking about sliced bread)
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waywardspark Country dog in the city with a wall of succulents. Portland is pretty great. 2w

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waywardspark Watching a pastry professional roll croissants is so mesmerizing. I snuck this photo during a great conversation with Kim Boyce, the owner of @bakeshoppdx . Kim and her team are now using @oldbluerawhoney is some of their delicious pastries. 2w

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waywardspark These are some of @oldbluerawhoney 's best hives, the ones he's selected and is using for breeding new queens. Apparently the nectar flow is insanely strong right now, and these ladies are taking full advantage of the resource opportunity. Making tons of honey when there's a flow but the weather isn't great is just one of a number of different traits he looks for in a breeder hive. (Turn on the volume. Last bee post of the day, I promise.) #oldbluerawhoney #beekeepingitreal 2w

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waywardspark We have two honey varietals for sale that include poison-oak nectar and pollen: Poison-Oak & Chittum and Blackberry & Poison-Oak. When I sample these honeys at events, one of the things I get a lot is, "I didn't know poison-oak had flowers!" Well, now ya know. (But I wouldn't recommend getting this close. Leave that to the bees.) #oldbluerawhoney 2w
  •   tubbytay83 How does the poison oak honey taste? 2w
  •   waywardspark @tubbytay83 Delicious, actually. 2w
  •   waywardspark @ciderandrye Full bloom right now for optimal flower viewing (and rash getting). 2w
  •   tubbytay83 Interesting i have heard that. We have a good amount of it up in the foothills maybe next year if we get some water to fall from the sky i will sneak some hives up 2w
  •   oliviabham This may be a dumb question but how can you tell where the honey comes from? Like the specific plants? 2w
  •   waywardspark @oliviabham That's a question I get often. If the bees are on a pollination contract in a big field of just one blooming plant (clover, orange blossom, meadowfoam) than it's pretty obvious what they're making honey with. In natural areas, honeys are rarely monofloral, so we label ours with "primary nectar sources", meaning primary by volume of nectar or influence on flavor. There are a number of visual and olfactory signs in an apiary when the bees are making surplus honey. Henry takes meticulous notes during this time about what's blooming in the area so that when he returns a few weeks later to harvest the honey, he can mark the frames of capped honey with primary nectar species. 2w
  •   mlblev Can the pollen in the honey cause a reaction or does it act more like an allergy immune boost? These honey bee posts are so interesting. @waywardspark 2w
  •   miaokitty I agree ^^ so interesting!! 2w

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waywardspark The hives we have at home are part of @oldbluerawhoney 's breeding and selection program, working to find better Northwest-adapted honeybee genetics. They're bringing in a ton of pollen and nectar right now (mostly from poison-oak, scotch broom, and chittum flowers), and a few are plugging out (storing pollen in the brood best) and getting swarmy. This is a queen cell that Henry destroyed before caging the existing queen and prepping the hive to be a queen cell builder. #oldbluerawhoney 2w

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waywardspark He's checking hives at home this morning. I told him to smile. Then I got stung in the face. I'm still a total weenie about getting stung, but I will say that the cheek (like today) or nose is always better than the lip or eye. #oldbluerawhoney #beekeepingitreal 2w

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waywardspark The chickens are terrified and camped out practically on our front porch after this morning's cougar incident, the third time I've seen the big cat right next to the house. 2w
  •   amber3tucker Blast that air horn long and loud next time that big cat comes around! Sorry your family is having to deal with this . 2w
  •   danicasekulovska @bellasekulovska @ally.danica кокошки 2w
  •   waywardspark @rawreputation @mammabear3 The barn in the photo is the chicken coop, but the cougar has been coming in broad daylight not at night. 2w
  •   oregontamaraz In broad daylight???? Sounds like a young one. I'm so sorry, cougars are frankly my worst fear. Are you fenced in enough to where you could keep a guard donkey around? They will at the very least let you know when one's around if not stomp it to death. 2w
  •   maisongrise So sorry 2w
  •   mskittywebster Beautiful chickens 2w
  •   goldgirl5 Love your farm! 2w
  •   lilystockman Poor cluckers! Can't believe how bold your big cat is! 2w

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waywardspark Dog in the iris. Same place, different day. 2w

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waywardspark Good morning! I have three pairs of tickets to the @motherearthnewsfair in Albany, OR on June 6-7 to GIVE AWAY. You guys know the Mother Earth News Fair, right? Two days of workshops on homesteading, gardening, preparing and preserving food, raising small-scale livestock and bees, green building, renewable energy, natural health, etc. plus a couple hundred vendors selling cool stuff, live animals, and good food. Kids 17 and under get in free.
To enter, simply leave a comment below naming your favorite farm animal. I will pick three entries at random tomorrow morning. Good luck! #MENF
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