March 5, 2018


Photo by Girl Meets Dirt.
Girl Meets Dirt fruit preserves encompass all that’s good in the food world. In addition to being an artisan product, made on a fairytale-like island, from ripe, seasonal fruit that is often picked from century-old orchards, these preserves have unique and unexpected flavors that set them apart from anything else we’ve tried – and we keep going back for more.

Photo by Girl Meets Dirt.
These old-fashioned preserves are a kind of love letter to Orcas Island’s heirloom orchard history. Founder Audra Lawlor moved to the island back in 2011 after leaving a Wall Street job and the conveniences of city life. She, her husband and two dogs left the big city to farm five acres of land on this small island off the coast of Washington. They grow fruit and herbs that they preserve by hand using traditional French methods, that help to capture the abundant tastes of summer.

Although life on their “farmette” isn’t always easy, they've loved starting a business that makes delicious preserves in copper pots, with care and old-school techniques.

Photo by Girl Meets Dirt.
Girl Meets Dirt is inspired by high quality, locally sourced and carefully crafted fruit preserves. These traditional jams emphasize structure and pure, ripe naturally grown fruit. Their ingredient lists are short and sweet and they don’t use commercial pectin, but instead, rely on time and concentration for structure.

Photo by Girl Meets Dirt.
One flavor in particular (Shiro Plum with Mint) is a preserve Audra made during her first summer on the farm. The Shiro plums pair perfectly with the wild spearmint that Audra found growing nearby. The only addition is organic cane sugar and organic lemon juice, which makes for a vibrant jam, chunky with pieces of ripe fruit incorporated. This preserve works well with both the sweet and the savory. Audra recommends serving this flavor with goat cheese, fresh Ricotta or blues of all varieties.


We are excited to be carrying several of the Girl Meets Dirt flavors in your online farm stand including Pink Bartlett, Rhubarb Lavender, Pear Balsamic, Shiro Plum with Mint and more.

How To Add Girl Meets Dirt Fruit Preserves to Your Delivery:
CSA members - head on over to our online farm stand to customize your upcoming delivery. Market is open from noon on Thursday until 2 pm, 2 days before your scheduled delivery day. After you confirm your produce items, click the orange button "Confirm and Continue To Other Farm Products" to add to your delivery.

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February 8, 2018

Tomato Season

Tomato Season

Farm News

Technically there are four seasons on the farm – spring is always the first when I think of the chronological order of the season. Everything is green, plans are new - spring always gives the most hope for the upcoming farming season. Spring gives way to summer with the heat. The sun beats the green grass on the hill into a golden dry yellow, and everything on the farm begins to scream for water. As the heat subsides, the thought of rain as a possibility arrives with the fall. Fall is the season I long for every year. It is when we begin to know how things are going to end up, and more importantly, it signifies that we are on the home stretch to the slow time. The winter warming fire in the living room is literally the light at end of the tunnel for a full year of farming.

In reality, the four seasons of the farm fall into two types of life – life with and life without tomatoes. Life with tomatoes has started. It is too cold outside, but we clever humans have developed an artificially warm greenhouse where the humid smell that feels like humus surrounds trays of millions of little tomato seeds that have germinated into tiny tomato plants. At this point, they are not even recognizable as tomato plants, but their smell gives them away. Even tiny little tomato plants have the grown up tomato smell on their leaves.

Outside the greenhouse, we wait and hope for some more water. The cover crops are growing well. The hearty winter vegetables are doing fine with the light frosts of the morning, and they find time to grow in the sunny, California winter days. The tomato fields lie empty, already bedded up, waiting for things to dry out just enough to begin the final preparation for the tomato plants that are still smaller than a pea sprout in the greenhouse. Hopefully next week, we will inject the drip tape into the fields and get the sub main lines in place to connect the tomato plants life line of water to the pumps that will feed their thirst during the inevitable summer heat.

Enjoy your boxes this week and know we are busting to get your summer bounty in the ground on schedule.


January 9, 2018

Let's Talk About our Food System

Let's Talk About our Food System

Farm News

As summer turned to fall, our lettuce seed was tucked into soil in a plastic tray under a greenhouse. The tiny seeds germinated. For 35 days, they grew until their roots were confined by the limited soil in the transplant tray.