The Three Sisters
Corn, squash, beans. Three vegetables that have been grown together in the Americas for centuries. Before the pilgrims arrived, the Iroquois people had long perfected the method of farming these plants together. While no one claims to improve on that method, our farmer friends continue to innovate towards tastier, more beautiful specimens.
As summer days grow shorter, the Three Sisters are at their peak. Corn grows sweet. Beans are tender and crisp. Summer squash comes in the palest green and the brightest yellow. Cook them together.
In honor of the three sisters, and the mutual support they represent, in this letter you will find some of our favorite farming sisters: Female farmers and farm owners who are and have been on the vanguard of sustainable farming in Oregon.
From Shari Raider’s trailblazing Sauvie Island Organics to Nitza Bernard of Willow Bar Farm, whose first season was only one year ago, women farmers and farm owners have been innovators, artisans and entrepreneurs.
Dragon Tongue Beans, grown by Tanager Farm, are perfect cooked with slowly sautéed red topedo onions and heirloom tomato.
Katie Boeh of Fox & Bear Urban Farm has provided some of our most stunning produce this season – including these Tiger Stripe melons.
Founded in 1993, Shari Raider’s Sauvie Island Organics turns it out: Dress these carrots with separate vinegars and oils and serve side by side.
Tooting our own horn.
If you hadn’t noticed, we love to talk about produce. Whether purple potatoes, red corn or green garlic, we want to share. That’s why we are incredibly pleased and flattered whenever we are asked to share our knowledge.
Looking for tips that will last you all year long? Portland Monthly featured Josh’s insight in this article on Portland’s produce obsessions (on newsstands now).
No one thinks they look good on TV, but that doesn’t stop Josh. Looking for a primer on peak-of-the-season tomatoes? (yes, really, still and RIGHT NOW) Join Josh on AM Northwest and walk through all the heirlooms – and what to do when you have too many!
Perhaps you are having a little decision paralysis? Let us decide for you!Discovery Box subscribers get a full box of new, unusual or just plain delicious produce from Rubinette every two weeks – including bonus buys from Josh’s Saturday trips to the farmer’s market. At only $34/box, this packed pick of produce come with recipes and tips to help you make the most of your new discoveries. The fall subscription season starts on September 9th!
Stay up to date with us on Instagram to make sure you don’t miss your favorite varietal. Don’t feel like picking your own? Too much to choose from? We are happy to pro-rate the Rubinette Discovery Boxand set you up for the rest of the season!
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