Mother’s Day Gift Ideas That Are Under $15

We have put together a list of our favorite Mother’s Day gift ideas that are under $15! The best part? Almost all of these gifts are from small makers, crafters and farms like ours. So, take a look and order away (links are in the headings)!

One Fork Farm’s Wildflower Honey Caramels

One Fork Farm Caramels

One Fork Farm produces decadent, old-fashioned caramels  made with honey, cream, and butter from Oregon’s Willamette Valley, sea salt from the Oregon Coast, and locally-crafted spirits, teas, and chocolate. They never include corn-syrup or anything artificial and every piece is cut, wrapped, and packaged by hand at their McMinnville kitchen by people who truly care about producing the finest quality Oregon caramels possible. The Wildflower Honey caramel is the one that started it all! Made with the finest local ingredients including Willamette Valley wildflower honey and sea salt harvested from the Oregon Coast, these rich decadent caramels abound with Northwest honey flavor.  Cost: $10/4 oz

Aggie’s Fig & Rhubarb Soy Candles

These vintage-inspired Travel Tin Soy Candles are made with all-natural soy wax, cotton wicks, quality fragrance oils, and recyclable packaging. They’re hand-poured and hand-labeled in small batches at Aggie’s little Bungalow Studio in NE Oregon. Aggie’s loves adding unexpected twists to their product line now and then, and this is one of them! Tart notes of rhubarb are blended with a sweet burst of fresh fig for a hearty, sophisticated and fruity scent. Cost: $9.95/4 oz travel tin + free shipping on orders of $15 or more until May 15th, 2018! 

King Fresh Brown Sugar Hazelnuts

This Oregon family farm grows, harvests, processes and packages all of their hazelnuts. The business is a partnership between a mom and 2 daughters. They started packaging their hazelnuts about 3 years ago on a very small scale. In 2017, they decided to try and expand their business which included new packaging, an updated website, online sales, and marketing to venues all over Oregon. Their business vision has blossomed into distributing to many more places in Oregon as well as venues in 5 other states! King Fresh is currently in the process of building a new facility to make processing much more efficient. These packages of Hazelnuts make a tasty snack and unique addition to a cheese platter. Cost: $13.50/16 oz package

The Chicken Chick’s Guide to Backyard Chickens

Such a fun gift for anyone who wants to keep chickens in their backyard! ‘The Chicken Chick’s Guide to Backyard Chickens’ takes enthusiasts through all aspects of small-flock ownership. You’ll find all the info you need on feeding, housing, flock health, and more. Internationally known as The Chicken Chick, Kathy Shea Mormino brings an informative style and fresh perspective on raising backyard chickens to millions of fans around the world. An attorney by profession, Kathy is the founder and one-woman creative force behind her wildly popular and award-winning Facebook page and blog, The-Chicken-Chick.com. Cost: $13.38 through Amazon Prime, $16.50 for signed copy at The-Chicken-Chick.com

Savory Spice Shop Tikka Tacos Spice Mix

Savory Spice Shop in Portland (Sellwood), Oregon is locally owned and operated. Our farm uses their spices in our fruit spreads because of their quality and freshness. For this mix, they started with some of their most popular seasonings and married new flavors into them to create their new SPICE ‘n EASY recipe named ‘Tikka Taco.’  Tikka Massala is one of our best-selling curries and taco seasoning is one of our top-selling products overall. Customers love them both, so they tweaked and tested and tweaked some more to find the ideal balance to create a new family-friendly flavor that is delivered with an easy-to-make recipe. We love it here and think it’s an essential mix for any home cook or foodie! Cost: $4.75/1.75 oz 

The Bliss Dahlia from Swan Island Dahlias

Swan Island Dahlias is a family owned and operated farm that has been in Canby, Oregon for over 90 years. They pride themselves in selling top quality, beautiful dahlias for everyone to enjoy. Swan Island Dahlias grows almost 40 acres of dahlias and opens their breath-taking fields  for visitors August and September. The ‘BLISS’ Dahlia was introduced in 1989. It is a 4″ delicate blend of rose mauve with soft yellow toward the center. Give your mom something that blooms every year and adds beauty to her yard! Cost: $10.95

St. Fiacre’s Farm Oregon Harvest Berry Blend Loose Leaf Tea

Hand blended with the best of Oregon’s harvest season, including Mt. Hope Farm’s Aronia Berries! St. Fiacre’s Farm products are a reflection of their belief that they are stewards of the land and that food is our best medicine. Each tea has been carefully crafted to not only look beautiful but taste great and help support our local economy and farms. Every cup not only helps support their family but other local families as well. These teas are truly crafted and sipped with a cause in mind. Featuring four local Oregon farms: Apples from Queeners Farm, Aronia Berries from Mt. Hope Farms, Cornflowers from Floating Petals (found on Etsy!) and Blackberry Leaves from their own farm. These wonderful fruits of the harvest are paired with some flavorful spices to bring you a tart but sweet apple berry tea. Cost: $11/2.5 oz 

Create Hope Cuffs- Paisley Leather Bar Earrings 

Each of these is one of a kind and handmade. All fashioned from distressed, upcycled leather with a paisley embossment. Earring hooks are nickel free. Proceeds create hope for orphaned & at-risk children in Swaziland, Africa. Every pair of earrings helps pay elementary tuition fees for a child who otherwise wouldn’t be able to go to school. Cost: $14.99

Oak Knoll Winery- Oregon Riesling

Tropical fruits and apricots on the nose. Super soft on the palate. Yummy juicy ripe pears and peaches bring out the summer time of this wine. This is a true semi-sweet wine and is great on a hot day. Pair with a simple white sharp cheddar or a spicy meal! Cost: $14

Handpainted Metal Buckets by Artistic Home Staging

Fill these buckets with anything your mom loves- handmade treats, bath and body gifts, gardening supplies…or any of the gifts on this list! These are hand-painted by Karen and are great for spring time giving. Each bucket measures 11×4 inches and is one of a kind.  You may choose either roses and rosebuds, violets or pink and white flowers to embellish your bucket.  Cost: $15 (shipping included)

Penny Boys Sign Co.- Mama Bear Campfire Mug

This small company is located in La Grande, Oregon and is owned by Jessica Sutten. Jess started her shop in hopes to share her creativity and make items that people would love to have in their homes. She has a big, goofy golden retriever named Penny and two small boys at home, thus her shop name! This is the perfect cup for your mom’s morning cup of coffee. Cost: $12.00

And, finally…Mt. Hope Farms’ Strawberry Lavender Fruit Spread!

Local, Oregon strawberries and Organic lavender are simmered together in this complex spread. As the jar sits in your pantry (but probably not for long) the lavender flavor becomes stronger and more noticeable. Favorite Pairings; spooned over ice cream, spread onto freshly made waffles, as a cupcake filling, and paired with brie and your favorite wine! Our fruit spreads are made with our farm grown and locally sourced ingredients. These ingredients include organic cane sugar, organic lemon juice and spices from a Savory Spice Shop in Portland. Nothing artificial is ever added- our products are all natural, vegan and contain a fraction of the sugar added to most conventional preserves. Grab a jar and taste a little bit of Oregon’s springtime. Cost: $9.95 (includes shipping)

Sustainable Farming: how owls help us on the farm and how we attract them

As farmers, we want our practices to be sustainable and good for the wildlife around us. One way we do that is to attract birds of prey- in this case, owls! Owls are naturally hard workers and we do as much as possible to help them make the farm their home. We like to promote natural, sustainable predator control as part of our farming practices. Owls ask for very little and provide us with impressive results. They work tirelessly and don’t require much supervision. They feed on rodents that damage our crops and with just a little help we can both work together to benefit the farm. So, watch along as we set up nest boxes for these fantastic workers and, if you’d like to learn more about our farm and products, sign up for our email list!

Crockpot Meatballs with Autumn Apple Fruit Spread

Grab our Autumn Apple Fruit Spread and your favorite bbq sauce and cook up these meatballs! They make a tasty appetizer or even a main dish when served over rice. Try them in your crockpot! If you would like to see them prepared on video, go to our YouTube Channel here.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. In the crockpot, mix together the frozen meatballs, fruit spread and bbq sauce.
  2. Turn crockpot on low and cook for 4 hours or until thoroughly cooked through (based on the frozen meatball directions).
  3. Serve by themselves, as an appetizer, or over sticky rice as a main dish. Enjoy!

Baked Brie with Mt. Hope Farms Fruit Spread

Our favorite way to use our fruit spreads is by pairing them with cheese.  Make this baked brie for your next get-together, using any of our spreads!

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Cut off top of brie round (just a thin slicing motion across the top of the round).
  3. Place brie on small baking sheet.
  4. Spread fruit spread on top of the round and sprinkle hazelnuts.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes.
  6. Serve warm with crackers and Sweetbird Kitchen Pie Crust Crumbles.

If you want to see how we prepared this, go take a look at our Youtube video- click here to watch!

 

 

Homemade Marshmallows with Raspberry Marionberry Fruit Spread

It’s still winter, so that means it’s still hot cocoa season! And, what goes better with cocoa than homemade marshmallows with our Raspberry Marionberry Fruit Spread? Yeah, pretty much nothing 🙂

The base recipe for these marshmallows is right from Alton Brown. All we did was omit the vanilla and add in our fruit spread. The berry flavor is pretty light, but make sure not to go to heavy on the fruit spread as it can greatly change the texture of the marshmallows. We also highly recommended that you use a stand mixer for this recipe as it whips for a long time. Enjoy and let us know how they turn out!

Homemade Marshmallows with Raspberry Marionberry Fruit Spread

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons Mt. Hope Farms Raspberry Marionberry Fruit Spread

Directions:

Gather all ingredients. Place water in your freezer for about 30 minutes to make sure it is well chilled.

Place the gelatin into the bowl of a stand mixer along with 1/2 cup of the water. Make sure the whisk attachment is ready to go.

Combine the sugar and cornstarch in a bowl. Spray a 9″ x 13″ baking pan and spatula with nonstick cooking spray and completely coat with the sugar and cornstarch mixture. Set aside pan and the rest of the cornstarch mixture for later.

In a saucepan, combine the other 1/2 cup of water, granulated sugar, corn syrup and salt. Place over medium high heat, cover and allow to cook for 4 minutes, with NO stirring or moving of the pan, so the sugar starts to dissolve. Uncover, clip a candy thermometer onto the side of the pan and continue to cook until the mixture reaches 240 degrees F (about 8 minutes). Again, NO stirring or movement of the pan during this time. Remove the mixture from heat immediately and get ready to add it to the mixer.

Turn the mixer on low speed and slowly pour the sugar syrup down the side of the bowl into the gelatin mixture to avoid any splashing. Once you have added all of the syrup, increase the speed to high. This is the fun part- you begin to see the marshmallow fluff forming! Continue to whip until the mixture becomes very thick and is lukewarm, approximately 17 minutes. Add the fruit spread during the last minute of whipping.

When the mixture is done whipping, pour into the prepared baking pan, making sure the mixture is spread evenly with your spatula. Lightly coat/dust the top of the marshmallows with the cornstarch mixture you mixed up at the beginning of the recipe.

Next, allow the marshmallows to sit for at least 8 hours and up to overnight. The original recipe calls for at least 4 hours, but we have found that letting them sit longer creates a better texture and firmer set.

Once the marshmallows have firmed up, it’s time to get them out of the pan and cut them! Heavily dust a large cutting board or pastry mat with the remaining cornstarch mixture. Using a butter knife sprayed with nonstick cooking spray, go around the edge of the baking pan, loosening the marshmallows.  Turn the pan over onto the cutting board, fully removing the marshmallows. Next, coat a pizza cutter with nonstick cooking spray (this is a MUST…trust us) and begin cutting the marshmallows into strips and then squares. Roll each square in the cornstarch mix to coat.

Enjoy right away or store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.

Crockpot Hot Chocolate & Spiced Marionberry Whipped Cream

For our celebration of the new year, we are going to make a rich, creamy hot chocolate in our crockpot. The best part? We’ll top it with fresh, homemade whipped cream mixed with our Spiced Marionberry Fruit Spread! This takes very little effort and it’s something that everyone enjoys. You can even do a full topping bar with sprinkles, whipped cream, marshmallows, crushed peppermint…anything you can think of!

Hot Chocolate in the Crockpot

  • 3 cups milk (we used 2%)
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 can (about 7 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 6 oz milk chocolate chips
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions:
Add all ingredients, cover, and set to low for 3 hours, stirring every 10-15 minutes. Once all of the chocolate has melted, and the ingredients are combined, turn the crockpot down to the warm setting. This recipe serves about 3 to 4 people.

Whipped Cream made with Mt. Hope Farms’ Fruit Spread

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons Mt. Hope Farms’ Spiced Marionberry Fruit Spread (use any flavor you like, this just happened to be what we had opened)

Instructions: 

Chill metal mixing bowl and whisk attachment in the freezer for about 10 minutes. Combine the cream and sugar in the chilled mixing bowl. Whisk until the mixture holds a stiff peak. Add the fruit spread and whisk into the whipped cream until it is completely combined. If you wish to, you can fold additional fruit spread (to your taste) into the whipped cream once it has completed mixing. Do this a small amount at a time to make sure the consistency of the cream mixture doesn’t change.

Holiday Gift Bundle Giveaway!

To celebrate the Christmas Season, we are having a gift bundle giveaway!

We love to encourage people to shop small and support local businesses. It is important to celebrate other individuals and families who make quality products, who care about their ingredients, who want to be involved in their communities and who treat customers with integrity. So, we have put together a small food business gift bundle with items from a couple of fellow food makers that we know!

Here is what the gift bundle will include:

Shortbread Mix from Granny Fi’s that you can make at home! We know Fiona and LOVE her shortbread (and her).  She is originally from Scotland and makes her product from a 6th generation family recipe.  Yummmm!

Oregon Harvest Berry Blend Tea from St. Fiacre’s Farm that is made with our own, organically grown, Aronia berries! We might be biased, but this is one of our favorite teas EVER. This farm family grows as many of the ingredients as they can and source locally for what they can’t- and always organically if possible.

Our Good Food Award Winner Gift Box, which contains our Raspberry Marionberry and Spiced Marionberry Fruit Spreads. These spreads are made with low amounts of certified Organic sugar and lemon juice and organically grown (not certified) Oregon berries. Simple ingredients and truly farm to jar!

How to enter:

Enter here! Please share with your friends and encourage them to like our Facebook page to learn more about our farm and family. Merry Christmas- we can’t wait to see who wins!

Your Farmers- Mike and Laura

 

 

 

 

 

What Small Business Means To Us

With Small Business Saturday coming up tomorrow, we decided to share about what being a small farm and business means to us. This may not be what it means to everyone, but, to our family, these are the most important parts of being entrepreneurs.

It Means Focusing on Our Family

One of the biggest reasons we run our own farm and business is so that we can make our family first priority. Sometimes, this is hard. In fact, it’s always hard. We are in a season right now of staying up all night caring for a newborn…and then we spend our days trying to work the farm and care for both of our kids. We are never off the clock and are constantly thinking about how to get things done, how to move forward, while keeping our focus on raising our kids and passing on our values. The wonderful thing is, nothing is better for them than growing up on the farm, seeing what it’s like for family to work together to keep the farming tradition alive. They see how food is grown, how hard it is to earn every dollar and how we always try to do the right thing when it comes to farming and our customers. Farming isn’t just a job to our family, it’s a lifestyle that we love. 

It Means Doing the Right Thing

We have made a commitment to never cut corners on our products or in our farming methods. Our preserved foods are made with the best ingredients and we will never change that, even though our costs will be higher and it often takes more time and effort to source and grow them. Most of our customers understand that we make and grow premium products and that this is not cheap or easy to do. Their support is irreplaceable and we are truly grateful for each and every one of them!

Our farming methods are meant to keep improving the land that we are on and to leave it even better for the next generation. We are constantly and passionately studying to learn how to best manage our soil, our soil life, and our crops. It is amazing to be able to share how we farm, as well as our love of farming, with our customers. It is our sincere hope that, by being transparent about how we farm, that some of our love of farming will be passed along to our customers.

It Means Supporting Other Small Businesses and Farms

Whenever possible, we always source ingredients and hire help from other small establishments. Other businesses have purchased and encouraged us along the way and it made a world of difference, especially when we were first starting out. We want to make the same impact on others and we love working directly with other owners and farmers. 

It Means Treating People Right

Treating people right, especially the small businesses and other farmers that we source some of our ingredients from, is also one of our main goals. We pay what things are worth and understand that others need to make a living as much as we do. It is important to show kindness and appreciation to those who work hard to supply us- this encourages all of us owners to keep pressing on and maintain the quality of our products and services.

It Means Supporting the Community

We love where we live and the people who make up the community. So, we try to give back whenever we can through being part of fundraisers, participating in community events and supporting groups and causes that promote the future of farming. Investing in our community has been one of our favorite, and most important, parts of being small business owners.

Thank you for reading and taking the time to learn more about our story! Please make sure to shop small on Saturday- you are directly supporting families and the community by doing so!

Your Farmers- Mike and Laura

Easy Brownies with Triple Caneberry Fruit Spread

DSC_0008This was a good day for brownies! We had about half a jar of our Triple Caneberry Fruit Spread that was a perfect match for warm, fudgy chocolate.  The Triple Caneberry spread is made with three types of Oregon blackberries, a splash of local rum and Organic brown sugar (it gives it a rich, molasses flavor). Try this spread with brownies, cupcakes, with brie or on fresh bread.  If you want to purchase a jar, we’re hoping to have it in our online shop soon and will be offering it at markets and events this summer!

Easy Brownies with Triple Caneberry Fruit Spread

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 + 1/8 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 duck eggs (or 3 chicken eggs)
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup + 1/8 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp + 1/8 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup Mt. Hope Farms Tripe Caneberry Fruit Spread (this recipe would also be delicious with our Raspberry-Marionberry and Premium Spiced Marionberry Fruit Spreads)

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease an 8 x 8 square pan.
  2. Mix together the oil, sugar and vanilla extract.
    Slowly add eggs to sugar mixture, one at a time, until fully combined.
  3. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt in a separate mixing bowl. Slowly add to the sugar and egg mixture until fully combined, being careful not to over mix.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, making sure to spread it evenly.
  5. Dollop fruit spread on top of the batter and gently swirl into the chocolate (creating a marbled effect).
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes, checking with a toothpick for doneness at 25 minutes. Ours were still gooey at about 27 minutes.
  7. Allow brownies to cool for at least 5 minutes before serving

2017 Good Food Award Finalists Press Release!

We are honored and thrilled to have been named a Good Food Award Finalist for TWO of our products- Raspberry-Marionberry Fruit Spread and Columbia-Star Aronia Fruit Spread!  Below is the official press release from the Good Food Awards: 

San Francisco, CA (November 14, 2016) – The Good Food Awards could not be more proud to announce the 291 Finalists of 2017, representing not just the best of America’s growing food movement, but the best of America. At a time when the values our country stands for are in question, they exemplify all that is right from coast to coast: our proud immigrant history, stewardship of a rich and fertile agricultural landscape, a spirit of innovation and the daily choice to balance personal gain with the wellbeing of the commons.

Representing 14 categories and 38 states, all Finalists rose to the top in a blind tasting of the 2,059 entries from nearly every state and passed a rigorous vetting to confirm they met specific Good Food Awards standards around environmentally sound agriculture practices, good animal husbandry, sourcing transparency and responsible relationships throughout the supply chain. Amongst their ranks are Nadia Hubbi in California, a Muhammara crafter keeping her Syrian family’s tradition alive; Nacxitl Gaxiola in Brooklyn, whose company was created to honor the traditional salsas, moles, escabechese and adobes of Mexico; Paul Lieggi in Oregon working with the fishermen and women of the Nez Perce, Umatilla, Yakima and Warm Springs tribes to source hoop caught Chinook Salmon for his aromatic hardwood smoked salmon; and Ann and Dan Trudel, a husband and wife farmer and preserver growing and pickling organic brussels sprouts in the heart of rural Ohio. These 291 Finalists – and the hundreds of farmers, ranchers, fishermen and colleagues they collaborate with – are actively building the sort of world we want to live in.

The 200 Good Food Award Winners will be announced Friday, January 20, 2017, at a gala Awards Ceremony at the historic Herbst Theater in the San Francisco War Memorial, on the same stage where the United Nations charter was signed, and will be followed by two more days of celebration. Medals will be bestowed by renowned chef and activist Alice Waters and organics pioneer Nell Newman, tipping their hats to these exceptional food producers. A reception with the winning food and drink will follow the ceremony, offering both regional ‘tasting plates’ and small bites created by local chefs. A limited number of tickets are available to join the Winners and their families at the ceremony and reception ($120 here).

On Saturday, January 21, the beautiful Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center will transform into the Good Food Mercantile, a one-of-a-kind, intimate ‘un-trade show’ where both Winners and members of the Good Food Merchants Guild – 400 exemplary food crafters meeting the same sustainability criteria – exhibit their wares to 600 industry buyers and media ($35 tickets, open only to the trade). The Good Food Awards Marketplace rounds out the weekend on Sunday, January 22 from 9 AM – 2 PM. Everyone from far and wide is invited to come meet the Winners, taste and buy their prize- worthy food and drink (including bottles of beer, cider and spirits not licensed for sale in California, but permitted for sale within the federally-owned historic landmark of Fort Mason Center). Proudly welcoming the Winners, and also selling to the public, will be the local farmers of the Fort Mason Center Farmers Market. Tickets to the Good Food Awards Marketplace are $5 and will be available in December online at goodfoodawards.org as well as at the door, with a limited number of $20 Early Access passes (with a welcome gift) for those keen to connect with the freshly minted Good Food Award Winners before the crowds arrive.

The Good Food Awards, organized by the Good Food Foundation 501 (c) 3, are proudly supported by the Good Food Retailers Collaborative, the Presenting Sponsor for three years running. Composed of 21 of the country’s top independently owned retailers from Austin to Oakland to Salt Lake City, they are committed to supporting America’s great food producers in their own communities and across the country and include: Antonelli’s Cheese Shop, Bi-Rite Market, The Brooklyn Kitchen, Canyon Market, Cooks of Crocus Hill, Cowgirl Creamery, Di Bruno Bros., Each Peach Market, Foragers Market, Glen’s Garden Market, The Greene Grape, Healdsburg SHED, JM Stock Provisions, Liberty Heights Fresh, Look’s Market, Market Hall Foods, Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine, TASTE, Washington’s Green Grocer, Woodstock Farmers’ Market, and Zingerman’s Family of Businesses. Joining them is a vibrant group of key supporters, including Premier Sponsors Williams-Sonoma, Bi-Rite Market and Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture; and Lead Sponsors Dominic Phillips Event Marketing, Impact HUB Bay Area, Veritable Vegetable, Vermont Cheese Council, New Resource Bank and BCV Architects.good-food-awards-finalist-seal-2017

Details of all events and tickets can be found here, and the full list of finalists here.