Portland Farm Share: Helsing Junction Farms

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It’s May, so that means we’re counting down the days until our Helsing Junction Farms organic farm share starts. The start of our farm share feels like the start of summer and a clean slate for healthy eating. 20 weeks of joy that always starts with sweet strawberries, cherries, pretty pink radishes, turnips, bok choy, and tender lettuces and ends with delicious winter squash, pears, beets, and more yummy greens. It’s such a dream! All our beautiful, organic produce for 4 and a half months comes from Annie and Sue’s amazing 42 acre farm. They are two inspiring, hardworking ladies who have been at it for over 25 years and employ a lot of women in their team. It always feels great to support women in agriculture and, for me, it feels especially so during the current political climate.

A SWEET DEAL: Get $20 off your Helsing Junction Farms order with code: HONEY17

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WHAT WE’RE GETTING FOR 2017:
We are a household of 2 people who like to eat out at least a couple times a week, so we could probably be very happy with the Mini Share from Helsing Junction Farms. However, we also love to eat piles of veggies, cook big batches of meals to freeze, and I am known around our house of being very enthusiastic and greedy about fruit, so we get the Medium Share and the Fruit Share. The Medium Share is substantial for 2 people and is meant for 2 to 3 people. This year, we are adding the fantastic Flower Share back into our week, and we are giving the Canning Share and the Storage Share a whirl on top. I’m really interested in doing some big batches of pickled veggies and this three part Canning Share even includes the pickling dill and garlic, recipes, and instructions! So nice. The Storage Share is exciting because it comes near the end of the farm share season in week #17 and it will be nice to have a bunch of root veggies, squash, and apples leading into darker fall days and that time before the holidays start to ramp up. READ ABOUT SHARES.

SOME FAVORITE MEALS:
Last year we made a lot of delicious things with our farm shares — we had the Medium Share, the Fruit Share, and the Handcrafted Cheese Share. Aside from making simple yummy daily meals, there were some standouts: the roasted cherry rose ice cream, the roasted lavender peach ice cream, a few watermelon cucumber basil feta salads, the huge green bean radicchio herb and feta salads, many snacks of perfect radishes and french butter, ricotta toast with berries or sugar snap peas, whole roasted fava beans, grilled halloumi with berries and herbs, slicing open a bright yellow melon to find sweet blush pink fruit inside, easy and impressive cast iron pan frittatas, veggie pizzas on the grill, roasted maple delicata squash rings, apple and pear crisps, grilled lavender jack cheese sandwiches, pureed cauliflower pear soup, and pear cardamom muffins to name a few.

SHARE OPTIONS: MINI SHARE (1-2 people) • MEDIUM SHARE (2-3 people) • LARGE SHARE (3-4 people) • HEALING SHARE (2-3 people, no nightshades) • CHEF SHARE (for restaurants) • PALEO SHARE (low-glycemic index) • JUICE SHARE (for juicers!) • FLOWER SHARE (so beautiful!) • BULK SHARE (strawbs, basil, potatoes) • STORAGE SHARE (winter squash, root veggies, potatoes, apples) • CANNING SHARE (green beans, beets, cukes, dill, garlic) • FRUIT SHARE (magic) • SAUERKRAUT SHARE (raw w/probiotics) • YOGURT SHARE (from happy cows) • HANDCRAFTED CHEESE SHARE (sheep, goat, cow) • MORE INFO

HOW WE ROLL:
If you have been wanting to sign up for a farm share, I really encourage you to do it. This is the best farm farm we’ve ever supported because of the options, the care to detail, the quality, the communication, the people, and the variety in every box. It takes a combination of meal planning and spontaneity to find your rhythm, but it’s fun and inspires you to look at more recipes (the massive Helsing Junction Farms recipe database will be up on the new site soon!!) and to get creative while eating fresh, organic, healthy food. I definitely feel healthier, have more energy, and lose a few pounds that I need to shed, but feel like I’m eating yummy stuff ALL DAY LONG. We’ve had farms in the past that gave us unrealistic quantities of things we liked, but could never finish before they were gone. We eat everything in our farm share from HJF and always have the option of putting our share on hold up to twice a year if we know we are going to be out of town or too busy to get through our box (you get a double share at a later date of your choice). There are also opportunities throughout the summer and fall to purchase bulk shares of fruits (jam!) and veggies, and delicious extras from Sue and Annie’s farm buddies. SEE SHARE OPTIONS + SIGN UP. Don’t forget to use the $20 off code (HONEY17)!

Feel free to ask me any questions! I recommend following the ladies at @helsingfarmcsa on Instagram and HelsingFarmCSA on Facebook. It’s really nice to see their planting progress, farm fun, upcoming music events, and yummy harvests. Also, once you sign up for a share, you get newsletter updates regularly and emails letting you know what will be in your box that week.

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PDX Event: Caravan Traveling Market

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CARAVAN TRAVELING MARKET • Sun, May 21 • 12PM to 6PM • 403 SW 10th Ave • DETAILS

YAY! Make sure to head down to The Cleaners at Ace Hotel this Sunday, May 21, to shop the Caravan Traveling Market! There will be 13 local shops, artists, designers, bakers, and a tarot reader coming together to offer up their lovely things. You’ll find handmade home goods and decor items, macramé plant hangers and wall hangings, jewelry, new and vintage clothing and accessories, dreamy baked goods, artist prints, wonderful cards, modern ceramics, lots of amazing vintage eyewear, and the opportunity to have your tarot cards read. There are also sure to be lots of special markdowns happening. Come have some fun with these sweet people! Free admission! Caravan Traveling Market goes from 12PM to 6PM at The Cleaners at Ace Hotel Portland — located at 403 SW 10th Ave. MORE INFO

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Friday!

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Hello! Happy almost weekend, friends. I hope you get to spend the weekend with loved ones and Happy Mother’s Day to those of you with kiddos. I have so many amazing ladies in my life who are helping to raise a wonderful generation and some who have already raised fantastic humans. I know there are many more of you out there. I’d also like to recognize that this isn’t the easiest holiday for a lot of women and men (hi! I’m with you!) for a lot of reasons. Some of us are childless not by choice and have been down very painful paths, some of us don’t have mothers or don’t have loving mothers, some have lost their mothers, some have to celebrate and mourn at the same time, some have lost their children… I see you and you’re all in my thoughts along with the amazing moms. It can be hard to be at the social media party for this one, so if you’re in this camp with me — I recommend avoiding social media portals this weekend and just be kind to yourself. Do things that make you happy, treat yourself to something special, and remember: You are not alone. xx Jen

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♥ Get 20% off everything at OLO Fragrance with code: OLOMOM now thru 5/14/17. Get yourself over to OLO’s dreamy Portland flagship store at 1407 SE Belmont St!

♥ Get 20% off at Shop Boswell with code: HAPPYBIRTHDAY thru 5/16. PDX friends — stop by the Shop Boswell Anniversary Party + Sale this Saturday 5/13 at 729 SE Morrison St!!

♥ Get 20% off at Jane’s Vanity with code: 20FORMOM now thru 5/14/17.

♥ Get 25% off all clothing at Beklina with code: MAMALOVE25 now thru 5/16/17.

♥ Get 20% off everything at Uni with code: LADYLOVE now thru 5/14/17.

♥ Get 15% off regularly priced pretties at Annie Bukhman with FLOWERS15 thru 5/14/17.

♥ Get 20% off everything at Tiro Tiro Jewelry with code: SWEETPEA now thru 5/12/17.

♥ Get 30% off everything at Plante with PLANTELIFE thru 5/16/17. Free U.S. shipping always!

♥ Get 15% off everything at Vuela with code: SWEET15 now thru 5/15/17.

♥ Get 15% off everything at Tradlands with MADRE thru 5/16/17. Free U.S. shipping!

♥ Get 20% off everything at Anna Joyce with code: MOMLOVE now thru 5/16/17.

♥ Get 20% off at Upper Metal Class with code: MOMSTHEWORD now thru 5/16/17. PLUS, UMC is donating 5% of their sales to Bradley Angle to help women in need. Stop by T’s amazing new Portland shop Project Object at 2502 NE Sandy Blvd!

♥ Get 10% off at Rebecca Mir Grady with code: SPRINGTIME10 now thru 5/14/17. PLUS, Rebecca will be donating 10% of sales to Planned Parenthood through Mother’s Day.

♥ Get 15% off everything at Betsy & Iya with code: BESTMOM now thru 5/13/17. If you’re in Portland stop by the Betsy & Iya shop at 2403 NW Thurman St.! *Valid online only. Discount may not be applied to previous purchases, custom orders, or the purchase of gift cards.

♥ Get 15% off everything at Flutter with code: MOMMY now thru 5/16/17! Plus, they have the Magic Hour Revolution candles for $20, and all the money goes to an organization that Brandie chooses monthly (ACLU, Standing Rock are past ones) and they also have amazing postcards of King the Flutter shop cat that are $1, and all the money goes to the Partnership for Safety and Justice. Portland peeps — get over to the brick and mortar at 3948 N Mississippi Ave!

♥ Get 20% off everything at Tilde with code: MOMLOVE now thru 5/10/17. Plus, free U.S. shipping on all orders $100+. Portland folks — make sure to stop by Tilde’s great shop in Sellwood at 7919 SE 13th Ave! Their annual Mother’s Day event is coming up!

♥ Get $10 off orders of $50 or more at Red Sail with code: THANKSMOM now thru 5/14/17! Portland peeps — stop by the Red Sail shop at 1723 NE Alberta St!

♥ Portland friends — get 10% off at Ink & Peat until Mother’s Day when you mention Honey Kennedy and make sure to stop by the shop on Friday, May 12 for the Ink & Peat Mother’s Day Shopping Event! Get 20% off everything and there will be some lovely treats and drinks. Ink & Peat is located at 3808 N. Williams Ave. MORE INFO.

♥ Get 20% off everything at Kiersten Crowley Jewelry with code: MOMLOVE now thru 5/14/17 — including sale items. Plus, free U.S. shipping always!

♥ Get 15% off everything at The Yo! Store with code: YOMAMA now thru 5/14/17. PLUS, Yo! offers free U.S. shipping! If you’re in Portland, stop by Yo! at 935 NW 19th Ave!

♥ Get FREE U.S. SHIPPING at Woonwinkel on orders $250 or more. Make sure to stop by their beautiful shop in downtown Portland at 935 SW Washington!

♥ Get free worldwide shipping at Seaworthy on all orders over $200!

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PDX Event: Shop Boswell Birthday Sale!

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SHOP BOSWELL BIRTHDAY Saturday, May 13 1PM to 5PM 729 SE Morrison St.

YAY! It’s birthday party time! Shop Boswell is having their 1st anniversary and Brookes is celebrating with a fun Birthday Party & Sale! There will be rosé, snacks, 20% off in the shop, a sample sale, and Brookes will be bringing in a bunch of special vintage clothing pieces. Plus, you’ll see Boswell buddies there with their beautiful goods! Shop designs from Uni Jewelry, Another Feather, Better Late Than Never, Open Air Museum, Notary Ceramics, and Good Support. I recommend picking out a dreamy, handmade summer hat, a pretty linen top, cute leather slides, and some wonderful jewels! Come early for the best selection! Shop Boswell is located at 729 SE Morrison St. ♥

A SWEET DEAL: Get 20% off at Shop Boswell with code: HAPPYBIRTHDAY thru 5/16.

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Shop Boswell photographs by Jen McCabe.

Seaworthy: Bestir Collection

Marisa was inspired by Matisse and Picasso for her new Bestir Collection from Seaworthy. I’m enjoying seeing nods to Matisse and abstract shapes popping up in a lot of incarnations right now and these new jewelry designs really channel that spirit. Every collection from Seaworthy has me declaring it my favorite of all-time from Marisa and Bestir is no different — I love every single piece. My favorites are the Kamala Earrings, the smaller abstract Ruby Earrings, the long Ilhan Earrings, the Shirley Necklace in brass and malachite, the Marie Necklace, the Sonia Cuff, the Emmeline Ring Set in brass and turquoise, and the Sophie Abstract Opal Face Ring. More HERE.

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Images courtesy of Seaworthy.