25 September, 2010

Farm Life on Vashon Island

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A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of visiting two farms on Vashon Island--a short 15-minute ferry ride from West Seattle--with the lovely food photographer extraordinaire, Clare Barboza, who organized (and taught) a farm photo safari.

We first went to visit the lovely folks at Sea Breeze Farm where we got a tour of the farm, after which we roamed around freely snapping pictures of farm life. After enjoying the morning there, we went to Sea Breeze Farm's La Boucherie, their butcher shop and restaurant. They raise and sell beef, pork, veal, lamb, chicken, milk, eggs, cheese, charcuterie, and wine. Essentially, they farm and harvest their food, process and sell it, and cook and serve it in their restaurant--basically a full-circle operation.

The second half of the day was spent at the unbelievably lovely and serene Kurtwood Farms, where Kurt Timmermeister grows, harvests, and shares his bounty from fruit and nut trees, vegetables and herbs, milk, artisan cheese, sheep, pig, cows, chicken, geese, and ducks. We roamed around the farm, including the underground cheese cave, and relaxed in his farmhouse kitchen while eating a homemade lunch and getting inspired for still-life food photos.

The lovely Clare even made an absolutely delicious vegan soup for lunch because I was doing a vegan cleanse at the time of my visit. What a gem! So very thoughtful, as well as talented and beautiful. If you haven't had the chance yet, please check out her work. She has, quite honestly, been a source of inspiration for years.

Between the two farms, my intent was to "tell a story" of slices of life on Washington farms, as well as photograph the food that is from those farms. This is a collection of photos from that day. Many thanks to Clare, Kurt, and the lovely folks at Sea Breeze Farms for the access and inspiration. I feel blessed to have connected with nature and with the source of our sustenance.

Sea Breeze Farms














la Boucherie








Kurtwood Farm

















10 comments:

  1. The blog ate my comment. Anyhow, just wanted to say, great photos (as always) and I love how each photo series you do, of people and events, you are discovering new things about the world and yourself. I admire you.

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  2. Thanks for dropping by. I do love your photos. The Spouse bought me a Canon EOS 50D last Christmas and I am still on a BIG learning curve. Meanwhile I appreciate lovely photos others take... I see we have some great Twitter friends in common. Cheers from Melbourne.

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  3. You are such a stupendous photographer I'm constantly amazed. I love the way I feel like I'm in every picture, tho to be sure, if I were there snapping away, my images would not be nearly as evocative as yours. Maybe some day you'll come to dinner and make my food look utterly breathtaking like you do everything you shoot. Oh, and is it wrong of me to see all of the animals and think they're cute, but really in my heart of hearts think how good they would taste? :)

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  4. Love the pictures--they really do tell a story of farm life. I thought the first picture, of the cute little piggies, was my favorite, until I saw the pictures of the gorgeous hanging hams...

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  5. Beautiful pictures Jackie - we toured there last summer and ate at the restaurant. Such good food and wonderful people. You captured it all perfectly!

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  6. My firs time visiting your blog and I'm amazed by all your pictures here. My fave is a picture of pots.

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  7. Wonderful! I especially like the pear shots. Simple. Very nice. Looking forward to your next wedding!

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  8. Amazing photos! :-))

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  9. Beautiful pictures! I was rueful about being too far away to join in on Clare's photo safari, so thank you for sharing your images from the day. I love how you use spoons in some of the shots for visual contrast.

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  10. These are gorgeous. I'd love to have that lost shot of the pears on my wall. Just lovely!

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