-posted by Jayne
Last week we took some time off and snuck in a summer vacation- something that hasn't happened in quite a long time. Those Saturday markets usually keep us from venturing away - in the past we try to leave Sunday morning and get back Friday, but this year- we planned a trip to Missoula, Montana so Isaac could participate in the Missoula marathon. He took 2nd place! His time was 2:38:53. Like most runners, he had hoped to run it a bit faster. Meanwhile, I'm just wishing the #1 guy hadn't shown up on race day. But oh well. ;-)
After the race, we took a hike up to Glen Lake in the Bitterroot mountains and Isaac took a much-needed dip. It was a lake fed by snow-melt and it was pretty chilly. I took my shoes off and dipped my feet in the water, and Bridger promptly grabbed my shoe and threw it in the water. The boy just loves throwing things in water.
This picture is from the same hike. You can see the area around the trail was recently burned. Despite the blackened trees, the area was spectacular. The beargrass was blooming all around (this is what Bridger is holding), and the fireweed, although not yet in bloom, was covering the landscape. Bees love fireweed and it makes an excellent honey.
Earlier in the week we visited Glacier National Park and stayed at one of our favorite places on earth- Polebridge, MT. There is a great little hostel there called North Fork Hostel.
Just down the road, the Polebridge Mercantile makes excellent Huckleberry Bear Claws and other pastries and breads. The entire town operates without electricity, running mostly on solar power and generators. Outhouses abound.
|Enjoying a Bear Claw by the river. We had one for dinner, breakfast, and a snack the next day.|
We hiked the Bowman Lake Trail, viewing some of the most pristine water I have ever seen.
|Bridger happily tagged along on Isaac's back during our many hikes.|
Such a cooperative little fellow!
After hiking a ways around Bowman Lake we took the suggestion of the locals and tried the Hidden Meadows Trail- a short hike that led back to this lake with two Swans. I am really curious how the swans got there. What do you think? Do they migrate? Or did someone put them there for the summer?
The next day we hiked on the Grinnell Glacier trail- which was only partially open due to snow cover near the glacier. Just check out those wildflowers. Bee's paradise.
We headed over to "Two Medicine" on the East side of the park the next day and took a hike there as well. Next time we come (with Mason and Maizy in tow) I want to rent a canoe in this spot.
And the final hiking picture I'll leave you with; Camas Lake Trail. We ended up circling the entire Lake which was a much longer hike than expected, but we snacked on Huckleberries all the way around the lake. Fortunately we had our cousin Rachel, resident Montanan, to make sure we only ate the edible Huckleberries and Thimbleberries. I had purchased Huckleberries many times at the farmer's market in Missoula, but never gathered them myself in the wild. It was so great having Rachel join us!
Speaking of Huckleberries- check out the hefty price they fetch at the Missoula Farmer's market!
The Missoula Farmer's market is where we first started our dream of becoming market farmers. It is a huge, bountiful market with such a great expanse of produce. Cool weather crops such as root vegetables, kale, chard, and other greens, sweet peas, carrots, and onions are plentiful. Very few farms had tomatoes this time of year, and there was no sweet corn.
This is Josh Slotnick, my former professor and thesis advisor from the PEAS Farm
. He and his wife run Clark Fork Organics.
The name of this flower eludes me. I know it grows best in cooler climates- which is why I have never grown it here in Ohio. Can anyone help me identify it?
We have Bison meat here in Ohio- but nary a Buffalo hide to be found at our farmer's markets!
Here is an "above-the-bridge" shot of the Missoula Farmer's Market. This is only one-third of a section of this particular market. And there is another farmer's market less than a mile up the street. Missoulians love their local food!
I hope you enjoyed this short visual tour of our vacation. We visited a beekeeping operation up near Glacier National Park and I'm sure Isaac will be posting about it in the next blog post, along with more hiking and wildflower pictures.
Nevertheless, we're back to work, and we're pleased to say our bees were working pretty hard while we were gone (along with our employees Delinda, Julia, and the Josephs who worked our Worthington and North Market booth- THANK-YOU!) Isaac and fellow beekeeper Jim North went out to check a few hives today and reported that the bees are bringing in a lot of Summer Honey, although it is not quite yet capped off and ready to be extracted. We'll keep you updated! And once again, thanks for following us on our journeys!