Waste Not, Want Not

Elise StimacFarm Life, RecipesLeave a Comment

Pinot Noir grape jelly made from the Precoce clone at Three Feathers Estate & Vineyard.

Brix, Birds and The Worlds Most Expensive Jelly As I explained last year in my recipe for Blackberry Pinot Noir Sauce, I have a problem with wasting grapes. During pre-harvest months, while we wait for the grapes to ripen, a lot of testing is done to gauge the sugar level in the grapes.  If I am being very stingy, I … Read More

Behind the Scenes

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Irrigation repair on Three Feathers Estate & Vineyard

Behind the Scenes Behind the facade of any enterprise is the man power that brings every job to fruition. Given the size of the Three Feathers Farm & Vineyard we cannot possibly do everything ourselves.  We are very fortunate to have two terrific workers; Scott Pote and David Pederson, who are our Essential Team Members. Both native Oregonians they take … Read More

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream with Blackberry Pinot Noir Sauce

Elise StimacFarm Life, Pairing, Recipes

Recipe for Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream with Blackberry Pinot Noir Sauce from Three Feathers Estate & Vineyard.

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream with Blackberry Pinot Noir Sauce What could be more quintessentially Oregon than Pinot Noir and Blackberries?  Three Feathers Estate was once home to a blackberry farm and the land is still covered with wild blackberries in abundance.  I came up with this sauce when I was testing our 2017 grapes for ripeness and could not bear … Read More

Hay Harvesting on Three Feathers Estate

Elise StimacFamily, Farm Life, Hay making

Haymaking Team of Three Feathers Estate & Vineyard

Three Feathers Estate 2017 Hay Harvest The day the Prudhomme boys landed in Portland from France, Three Feathers hay was ready to harvest. We drove the French contingent right to Wilco to buy double-reinforced leather gloves and it was off to work. In three days, Big Blue and Baby Blue (our two New Holland tractors) cut and raked and win-rowed … Read More

Living with the Wildlife

Elise StimacFarm Life, Wildlife

Nubian goats eating grass in their pen, Ford truck in background.

Living with the Wildlife Our Ford F-150 gets a lot of use during the growing season, but when it is idle, it is parked in a dry spot by our goat barn. Last summer we noticed an odor inside the cab; a faint odor of manure.  We checked our shoes, nothing.  As the odor persisted we looked further, under and … Read More