Building Earth Farm Announces Summer CSA, Fruit Subscription

The folks at Building Earth Farm wish you all, “Happy Spring, local food-lovers!”

“We are already planting seeds for this year’s garden, the initial tilling has been wrought, the weed whacker had it’s first outing today, and the promise of summer’s sweetness is just beginning to swell. We need to know ASAP if you plan to join us for our 2017 summer/autumn food adventure.”

The quick details are:

2017 CSA price is $575/full Share and $290/half Share

The schedule for the CSA is:

June 17, 24
July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Aug 5, 12, 19, 26
Sept 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Fruit Only Shares – $330 for 8 Weeks, provided every 2 weeks.

They will finalize the start date for Fruit Only once they’re sure how the season is moving but the tentative schedule for the fruit subscription is:

June 17
July 1, 15, 29
Aug 12, 26
Sept 19, 23

Signups are now open and are required by May 5th. Deposits for CSA and summer fruit share are due by May 15. First come, first served.

For those of you not sure what a CSA entails, or want more information about The Building Earth Farm’s CSA and Fruit Subscription, read on!Read More

An Apple Affair Makes Annual Appearance This Sunday, October 23

applefest3This Sunday the folks from the old Madrona Grove Fruit Truck and the Building Earth Farm will lay out a variety of apples to sample and buy, at their annual Apple Affair. This year’s Apple Affair is at Rignall Hall, 8131 Urquhart Road NW, Olympia.

“We’ll be bringing in apple varieties from a number of small family farms throughout the Okanogan. Join us for a free apple tasting and community apple potluck dessert table, Olympic Mountain Ice Cream, coffee, tea and hot apple cider. Bring the whole family!”

An Apple Affair
Sunday, October 23
12 noon to 4 PM
Rignall Hall

From their web page, we read, “The event starts at noon and goes until 4pm in a flurry of activity that leaves the sample plates mostly empty by around 3:30, so come early for the tasting and stay for some apple treats and rub elbows with your neighbors.”

In the past, the apple inventory has been limited and they suggest you bring along a box or other container to carry some apples home with you.


Building Earth Farm Announces “An Apple Affair” and Winter CSA Subscriptions

Building Earth Farm and the folks from the old Madrona Grove Summer Fruit Truck are announcing the Return of “An Apple Affair”. After a one-year hiatus, ‘An Apple Affair’ is back!

“For those of you who aren’t familiar with this event,” writes Jeannine Anderson, “‘An Apple Affair’ is a once-a-year opportunity to sample and purchase some of the finest apple varieties in Washington State.” Inspired by Feil Orchard in Wenatchee, An Apple Affair brings together varieties that have been grown for over a century by the Feil family, as well as some varieties grafted by the ever-curious Jack Feil. Feil is an octogenarian who continues to experiment with grafting unique varieties onto old orchard standards. Many of the apples featured will come from this farm, but there are several farms’ hard work represented at the Affair. Each apple variety and farm gets full credit on the table-talkers found next to each sample plate.

Apples specific for baking, drying, preserving, storing and eating out of hand are featured at this local food fair. If you are someone who thinks you wouldn’t know the difference between the sweets, tarts, juicy and old-fashioneds, there is a community apple potluck table where local residents prepare their favorite varieties in traditional and new recipes. Everyone is encouraged to taste for them selves why one type is suggested over another. Bring your own favorite recipe to share, or just come and sip coffee, tea or local cider while learning about the apples.

Apple inventory will be limited and you should bring a box or other container to carry some apples home with you. The Building Earth Farm will provide paper bags and pens for labeling so you don’t forget the names of your newfound favorites.

An Apple Affair
Sunday, October 19
12 noon to 4 PM
Rignal Hall
8131 Urquhart Rd NW, Olympia, WA 98502

For more detailed information visit or email Jeannine at

“Join us for An Apple Affair to taste old favorites, discover new ones, meet the neighbors and remind your self why autumn isn’t so bad after all.”

The Building Earth Farm is also announcing it’s 2014 – 2015 Winter Box Subscription.
According to Jeannine, “We will offer the highest quality, locally sourced, mostly organic, winter fruits and vegetables, along with a selection of specialty items such as cheese, eggs, baked goods and nuts.”
The winter box features produce such as winter squash, carrots, onions, potatoes and the like from local farms, including ours, and Washington-grown fruit such as apples and pears. “As long as the chickens cooperate, we’ll supply our own eggs and add other wonderful items to fill in the box from the Pacific Northwest such as cheese and nuts and baked goods from The Bread Peddler (classic French baked goods) and 8 Arms Bakery (traditional and gluten-free available), both in Olympia.  We will get citrus assistance from our friends in sunny California.” That’s right, this box of food is relatively local but we aren’t afraid to source lovely avocados, dates, tangelos and other tropicals to beat the rainy day blues.
Building Earth Farm’s Winter Food Box Subscription
Pick Up Time and Location:  10:00 – 12:00 at the Farm, 9140 Steamboat Island Rd. NW.
Pick Up Dates:  November 22, 2014, December 20, 2014, January 17, 2015, February 21, 2015, March 21, 2015.
How Much: $625 – Full Shares only (but you can share with friends and family).
Deposit Amount: $325.00 due by October 19th. $300 Balance due by January 17, 2015.
How many does this feed?  Just about anyone can use a monthly infusion of wonderful food that is designed to last. Apples, pears, nuts, roots, garlic, etc. can last at least several weeks. According to Jeannine, “We have busy, single folks as well as larger families who devour this box every month.”
“We only have space for 16 boxes so let us know as soon as possible if you are interested.” Contact Jen at
Happy Fall from the crew at Building Earth Farm!

Madrona Grove Fruit Stand Opens Tues, Jun 26

Residents on the Steamboat Peninsula have long supported the efforts of Michael Manos and Jeannine Anderson and have benefited from having their Madrona Grove Fruit Truck in our area. This Tuesday marks the start of a new season of produce availability from Jeannine and Michael.

The Madrona Grove Fruit Stand is located at the Building Earth Farm, 9140 Steamboat Island Road NW.

The Madrona Grove Fruit Stand is at Building Earth Farm two days a week, Tuesday and Friday,  from Noon to 7pm.

They will operate until the end of September.

Look for Madrona Grove at the Shelton Farmer’s Market on Satudays from 9am – 3pm.

For more information regarding either the Building Earth Farm or the Madrona Grove Fruit Stand, see the web site they jointly operate at

For information about goings on in our neighborhood, visit us on our Facebook Page. 

Madrona Grove Announces Their Winter Produce Subscription Program

Winter is around the corner and now is the time to subscribe to the Madrona Grove Winter Produce Program. Your order will be packed with staple winter vegetables, fresh winter storage apples and pears and tropical and citrus fruits (because we all need our vitamin C in the depths of winter), plus other goodies like bread cheese and chocolate truffles from Washington food producers. Staple winter vegetables include potatoes, garlic, onions, carrots, turnips, beets, parsnips, and fresh greens.

Madrona Grove will continue to have fresh crisp storage apples and pears from Washington farmers throughout the winter, and you can order extra boxes of these now for pickup at the Apple Affair on October 30, or be satisfied with their inclusion in your subscription. They’ll continue to work with local producers to bring you eggs, greens, dried  and canned fruit, cheese, baked goods and anything else that’s well produced and sounds delicious. You’ll need just a bit of adventuresome nature because the folks from Madrona Grove will be choosing and packing the order for you with an aim to give you a balanced, diverse selection of food items.

Click here to download an order form to complete. Send it by mail to Madrona Grove, with your check for $312.50. That’s half of the subscription price of $625.00.

For $125.00 per month you’ll receive yummy healthful food with the knowledge that 90% of those dollars are staying active in the local economies of our county and state.

Thanks again for continuing to support small, sustainable agriculture and business, and the efforts of Madrona Grove to bring farm fresh food to our neighborhood.

Jeannine and Michael

Madrona Grove
Summer Fruit Stand


Madrona Grove’s “Apple Affair” Returns October 30

Come taste and buy over 25 varieties of apples from small Washington farms. In what has become a Fall season tradition, Madrona Grove, the fruit truck people, invite you to come and try tasty apple dishes. If you have a favorite apple dish, bring it and the recipe to share. They’ll provide the Olympic Mountain ice cream, coffee, tea and hot apple cider.

Sunday, October 30
12 noon to 4 PM
Prosperity Grange

Apple supplies will be limited on the day of the event, but you can order apples by the box for pickup on the day of the event by calling Madrona Grove at 866-2810, by sending them an email at, or by placing an order with them, in person. They are at the Building Earth Farm, 9140 Steamboat Island Road NW, Tuesdays and Fridays, 12 noon to 7 PM. They are also at the Shelton Farmer’s Market from 9 AM to 3 PM until September 30.


Building Earth Farm and Madrona Grove Fruit Truck Readies for the 2011 Season

Building Earth Farm, at 9140 Steamboat Island Road, is now taking orders for the 2011 season and announcing a Summer Celebration on July 1st. In the Griffin area, we’re lucky to have access to a variety of local agricultural producers. We’ve written about Building Earth Farm on this blog, before. And, Building Earth Farm is one of the locations for the Madrona Grove Fruit Truck.

Summer Celebration
Friday, July 1st
4 PM to 7 PM
9140 Steamboat Island Rd. NW

On the afternoon of July 1st, the Building Earth Farm will open its’ garden gates to celebrate the opening of the season. There’ll be samples to taste and purchase.

Building Earth Farm Stand
Open weekly Tuesdays and Fridays, 12 noon to 7 PM
Beginning in late June (Mother Nature sets the exact date)

The Madrona Grove Fruit Truck will once again bring Washington-grown fruits picked at the perfect ripeness, local vegetables, and weekly surprises to you at 9140 Steamboat Island Road.

Building Earth 2011 Harvest Dates

Broiler Chickens
July 15, 16, 17
August 19, 20, 21
September 23, 24, 25



Building Earth Farm is now taking orders for broiler chickens. Their animals are raised without antibiotics or hormones; outdoors on pasture, connected with the ground. The chickens and turkeys are also fed organic grain.

For more details and to put your order in for broiler chickens, contact the Building Earth Farm directly:
9140 Steamboat Island Rd. NW
Olympia, WA 98502

Madrona Grove’s “An Applie Affair” October 24

Join Madrona Grove (the fruit truck people) at “An Apple Affair” to taste and buy over 25 varieties of apples from three or more small Washington farms.

Sunday, October 24
Noon to 4 PM
Prosperity Grange

They’ll also be offering for sale baked goods as well as select winter storage vegetables.

Indulge in tasty apple dishes from the community apple potluck and if you have a favorite apple dish, bring it and the recipe to share. Madrona Grove will provide Olympic Mountain Ice Cream, coffee, tea and hot apple cider.

Apple supplies will be limited on the day of the event, but you can order apples by the box for pickup on that day by calling Madrona Grove at 866-2810 or sending them an email at

We hope to see you at An Apple Affair!

Naturally Raised Meat and Eggs from Building Earth Farm

Local residents Jason Jurst, Jen Johnson, and Iris Johnson Hurst operate Building Earth Farm, located in the 9100 block of Steamboat Island Road NW. Building Earth Fam provides naturally raised meat and eggs. Harvest dates for their boiler chickens are coming up soon and they are taking orders for those as well as grass-fed lamb and holiday turkeys.

Building Earth Fam was started in 2007 by Jason Hurst and Jen Johnson. This ten-acre organically maintained farm is in its third year of producing fresh pastured poultry and eggs. In 2010 they are introducing turkey and lamb production to their farm.

They are excited to be adding to the economic vitality of our community, and to the health of both their family members and the families of other residents in the Griffin area, through sustainable, organic agricultural practices.

Building Earth Fam raises egg layers, broiler chicken, turkey and lamb. Their animals are raised without antibiotics or hormones; outdoors on pastuer, connected with the ground. The chickens adn turkeys are also fed organic grain.

Their egg layers get plenty of fresh air, sunshine, grit and bugs and you can tell that when you eat the eggs; full of flavor with deep golden yolks. Eggs are available for pickup at the Farm most times of the year, and from the Madrona Grove Summer Fruit Truck through September, for $4 per dozen. Give them a call at 867-9331 to find out when and where to pick up your farm fresh eggs.

Broiler chicken harvest dates are:
July 23, 24, 25
August 27, 28, 29
October 1, 2, 3

Harvest dates for grass-fed lamb are in September and October.

Holiday turkeys are available in mid-November and mid-December.

Click here for an order form with more details on the harvest and how you can pick up your order. Also included in the download is a form you can complete to request further information about Farm offerings and projects including Supper Club dinners and cob building workshops.

Building Earth Farm
9140 Steamboat Island Rd. NW
Olympia, WA 98502

Text is from the Building Earth Farm flyer, which is distributed at local businesses and available directly from the Farm.

Reserve Your Place for a 6-Course Organic Meal, Hosted by Local Farms

Madrona Grove, Building Earth Farm and Hot L Farm present:

An Evening of Fine Dining

Saturday, February 20
6:00 – 9:00 PM

Treat yourself to a unique dining opportunity AND support your community’s farms. Come feast on a seasonal meal of local, organic food, and Washington wines, lovingly prepared by local chefs and winemakers. The Prosperity Grange on Steamboat Island Road will be transformed for the evening into a rustic/elegant venue for a sit-down dinner, served banquet style.

Cost is $40 per ticket. Each ticket includes a 6 course, organic meal, two glasses of wine, a raffle of local goods and services, and the knowledge that your meal supports the future of food.

Wow! What a deal.

Arrive at 6:00 for music, appetizers and a glass of Washington white wine.

Only the first 50 lucky participants will get in to this seasonal event premiere. Vegetarian selections available. For reservations call 360-866-2810, or by email to