Nella Mae's Farm

Fresh, naturally-grown produce from our family farm in Cove, Oregon

Farm Update

Hello friends,

I am down to my last six fresh tomatoes. I've heard of folks having tomatoes through Christmas, but I don't think I have the will power. I eat them upon sight.

November is Native American Heritage Month, and I want to recognize and honor Native American farmers and land managers who established the tastiest crops, maintain seed breeding and saving traditions, and developed critical management practices including prescribed burning. In this week's Community Shout Out, I want to highlight the work of my neighbor and friend, Bobby Fossek, who is leading new land management practices at the Cove Ascension School.

As you enjoy some of the crops bred and cultivated by Native Americans this Thanksgiving, I encourage you to get curious. Here are some resources I like:
What's in season:

At Nella Mae's Farm, Cove
Order your frost-sweetened parsnips by Sunday, November 22nd for November 24/25 delivery. $1.50 per lb. What's a parsnip? Read on!

Teahouse, Cove
Check out baked goods, garlic & herb bundles at the website,

Platz Family Farm, Union
  • Sugar Pie Pumpkins - $3 each or 2 for $5
  • Buttercup Squash -  $3 small, $4 medium, or 2 for $5 of any size
  • Spaghetti Squash - $3 each
  • Red Potatoes -  $6 for 10 pound bag (mostly small and medium ones great for roasts, roasting, soups)
  • Honey - $10 1lb jar, $15 2lb jar
Email Nella Mae with your order by Nov 22 for a Nov 24/25 delivery at

Farm Fresh Eggs from Patti McClelland, Cove

To Order: email or call Patti at 541-568-4316.

Eggs from happy hens in Cove! $5 per dozen

Your grateful farmer, Nella Mae
Bobby Fossek
Community Shout-out this week to Bobby Fossek!
I am so grateful to have Bobby and his family, Jaishri & Meadow as friends and neighbors. I never get tired of listening to and discussing plants and ecology and culture with Bobby. His deep care for and attention to the land that we all live on always makes me want to slow down and pay more attention too. 

Bobby, Jaishri and folks at the Cove Ascension School have embarked on a project to manage the land around the camp in a new way. They are planting native plants, developing trails, and managing the land for plants that are native food and medicine. I love talking to Bobby about his long-term vision of the project and land. I love hearing his stories about horseback riding in the mountains with his family and collecting camas seed with Ascension School students. Last winter we were talking about plants and land during the February flooding, and I thought he was saying how important it is to have "water attention." He actually said, "water retention," but this misunderstanding inspired me to write this blog post about water.

Another article I wrote came of a brief conversation we had at the Cove store. He told me he was in a hurry to get home with his box of Ritz crackers before his family ate all the smoked lamprey his cousin brought over. I realized I didn't know anything about lamprey (like they are parasitic, boneless "fish" that are a critical source of food and ecosystem services and "climb" waterfalls with their mouths!)

Every impromptu conversation with Bobby--even if we're just chatting while at Cove recycling center--makes me think about things in a different way. He gently demands I think more deeply, more holistically, and over larger distances and swaths of time. I am so grateful for his leadership in our community and world.
"What's a parsnip? A lesser-known member of the carrot family, these special little root vegetables have a lot to love! Naturally sweet and an aroma similar to carrots, they are delicious roasted (try tossing with olive oil and rosemary), added to mashed potatoes (boil with the potatoes), or grated and added to cakes (seriously!).

Scrub them well and you can get away with not peeling their thin skin, sneaking in the extra nutrients available there. Like all root vegetables, when stored clean & dry in a plastic bag, they'll keep in the veg drawer of your fridge for months." From Sarah West, of Teahouse, because she has more culinary sophistication than me!
(At the farm we just give them any sweet potato treatment! Fries, hashbrowns, baked...)
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69361 Antles Lane
Cove, OR 97824

Land Acknowledgement: Nella Mae's Farm lives on the Native lands of the Cayuse, Umatilla & Walla Walla past and present and we honor with gratitude the land itself and its people.

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