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{what we’ve been up to recently}

02.25.12

The cattle have moved into the barn!  In all the hustle and bustle that has been going on around here lately, I realized that I totally forgot to share {other than on our Facebook page} that the cattle had made it safe and sound into the barn.  We literally got them all in moments before they started bedding down for the night out in the pasture- and therefore wouldn’t have budged an inch.  Moving the whole herd is always exhilarating; and this time was no different.

It has felt like practically over night we kicked into high gear around here.  The peace and ‘ease’ of winter is slowly slipping away with the darkness, and the energy of spring is felt just as much as the sun’s warmth on our skin when it peaks through the clouds.  I thought being I haven’t been as ‘on top’ of my blogging posts as I would like, I’d give a little run-down of what we’ve been up to recently:

Jeremy, our Head Administrator {and Chief Whip Cracker} has been working hard at many integral parts of new and existing admin projects.  Afton Field Farm is officially now an LLC, with a sub S corp.  With this comes many many many phone calls, emails, scans, fixing & editing various marketing materials {which we are still slowly working on} setting up new bank accounts, starting pay roll, paying lots of professional fees and insurance and taxes… the list goes on.  But Jeremy has been working his little fingers off making sure everything stays organized.

We’ve also started new Buying Clubs.  We now have Buying Clubs in Eugene, Salem, SW Portland, Lake Oswego, SE Portland, and NE Portland; with the potential of more coming through out the year.  Jeremy has also been putting a great deal of effort into our Buying Clubs, customer relations, certain aspects of marketing, and making sure it all is clear, compatible, and organized for accounting purposes- and our sanity.

For Valentine’s Day, I made a wonderful feast {well, mini feast} for Mr. Farmer Jones and myself.  I will definitely have to share the menu and recipes with you because it was all d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s.  I learned this great appetizer from Willis.  It’s Gorgonzola stuffed dates wrapped in bacon and drizzled with a balsamic vinegar honey glaze.  My mouth is watering just talking about it!  So good!

As I mentioned, Tyler took me to the beach for an end of the week Valentine’s Day celebration.  It was wonderfully relaxing and rejuvenating.  Today we are all going to the OSU Small Farms Conference.  It is always encouraging to see old friends, meet new ones, learn something new, and be overall inspired.

Have a great weekend!  Hopefully I’ll be back here to share more about what we’ve been up to.

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