Harvest Party! September 16, 2012

It’s that time again, friends. Our annual harvest party will be Sunday, September 16. We welcome you, your family, and your friends out to County Rail for a day of work and an evening of harvest season celebration. Just 40 minutes from downtown Missoula, we’re not that far away. Bring a dish to share and the kiddos to pet the goats and dig for potato gold!

The details: unless we’re incredibly productive in the next two weeks, we’ll be harvesting potatoes and onions early in the day and filtering seed for next year. Right around 4pm the real party begins: music, food, and drink. Don’t forget about the rotten tomato toss, cider pressing, and campfire.

1pm Farm Tour with Tracy and Margaret.
2pm Harvest of potatoes and onions, seed saving.
4pm Potluck begins! followed by live music featuring Caroline Keys and Co.

We hope to see you for at least part of the day. If you’re interested in staying the night, we have lots of grassy area for tents and breakfast in the morning. Directions below. If you have any questions please email ( or call (208.301.0448) us!

Directions to County Rail Farm from Missoula, MT
Take Hwy90 West toward CDA then merge to Hwy93 towards Kalispell and Flathead Lake. Go North about 27 miles passing through the towns of Evaro and Arlee. Turn Left in Ravalli at the blinking light onto Hwy200 towards Thompson Falls and the National Bison Range. Go a little less than 2 miles and turn left on Pommes de Terre Ln, just after a stretch of pasture. It’s a small gravel raod which leads to wooden barn and tan house, that’s us. You will be able to see both from the road before you come to the turn-off.

August Picture Show

This year we got our salad and arugula started early and have been incredibly successful selling them through the Western MT Growers Coop. We’ll be paying about 1/2 of our expenses for the year with greens alone. These little guys will be harvested next week.

Cherry Tomatoes! These sweet reds are just one of many varieties we planted this year. Sungolds, of course, are the favorite… always.

Our popular Ruby Gold heirloom tomato is just starting to come on… it’s sweet and amazing in caprese salad.

Basil, an important ingredient in just about every dish we make this time of year. The landscape fabric here helps keep the soil warm and moist all season long. We re-use the fabric each year as well as the drip hose underneath it.

Many of you know we’re building a cabin for future interns and long-term help.

Despite some delays, the frame is almost completely up and Dylan and Steve are starting on the roof. With luck, we’ll have it enclosed by the first real frost.

Onions starting to dry out for harvest. We’ll pull some and get our hanging system set up, then pull the rest during our Harvest Party in September.

Peppers! You may remember last year that our peppers were never of decent size or color. Finally, we have red peps and lots of ’em. These are paprika peppers: dried and ground they make (duh) paprika.

Ring’o’Fire peppers turning red in the field.

Lipstick sweet pepper.


All these peppers mean roasting is imperative. Tracy spent the evening roasting rounds of peppers on the grill and then peeling and freezing them.

Lipstick, poblano, anaheim, and a few other of sweets!

We have yet to perfect the art of harvesting watermelon at the right time, but boy aren’t they perty?

I just couldn’t resist giving this little solitary bee the spotlight.

If the bears don’t get to ’em first, we’ll have some table grapes for snacking in the next two weeks.

Our artichokes are small but they’ve got big hearts and big flavor. And for artichokes in Montana, what more can you ask for. Steam and eat with a butter garlic sauce.

The squash patch is huge and thriving. Winter squashes look great and will be ready in another month or so.

Corn! The first batch was delicious and the next is almost ready. Another great grilling veggie.

English cucumbers are another of our big sellers through the Western MT Growers Coop. The cattle panel trellis helps these guys grow long and straight.

Celery, growing big and juicy in its straw mulch. Recommended with peanut butter and raisins.