New Year’s Resolution

Towards the end of 2016, we have started to contemplate about what our resolutions are for next year. Here are some of the things on our agenda to improve Blueboots Farm and to make what we do more impactful.

  1. Improve farm capacity
    At the farm, we have been discussing about how we can fully maximize the capacity of the farm. Whether that would be through making better composts and fertilizer; as well as building more infrastructure for effective farming. The idea is basically to improve our techniques to increase productivity and quality of the produce.
  2. More farm events
    From running our Farmseries01, we realize how impactful it is to actually bring people the farm. Blueboots Farm is planning to hold more farm events to attract more people so lots more can get hands on experience on farming. To educate and connect to where and how food came about would be one of our main resolutions for 2017.
  3. More fresh produce
    In 2017, we are hoping to intensify and diversify the produce of the farm. Hopefully we can produce more exciting local and sustainable products and share them to the market. Therefore local plants would be more appreciated and get their well-deserved popularity.
  4. Attract young farmers
    What we realize from running Blueboots Farm is also that there are not so many young people interested in agriculture. There are a bunch of people that we know, who are so into it, but lots of our other friends haven’t been exposed much to farming and how their food is produced. By attracting more people to get into farming (even small urban farming will make lots of difference!), we hope that we can breed more young farmers to make changes in the community.
  5. Have fun
    Take more challenges and just have fun! Farming is never an easy job even for us. There are many challenges and learning curves that we had, but those things didn’t stop us to go further. We simply enjoy our time at the farm and sharing our values to the community, which keep us going. Nevertheless, we will not forget to have fun and enjoy our time with our farmers and friends.

Adios 2016!

Best of 2016

We have concisely compiled a year in review of Blueboots Farm journey in 2016. Enjoy!

  1. Collaboration with friends. We were thrilled that we have been able to work with lots of our friends in 2016 from fellow farmers to event organizers who share similar values.
  2. Not so corny year. Still dealing with few challenges with our corn, we have some failed corn crops. Some made it through though.

  3. Lots of events. Definitely quite and eventful year, Blueboots Farm joined events from the ones at cafes to trade shows. We met so many wonderful people and introduce farming to a wider audience.

  4. Sharing recipes. Our food development team has been working hard in 2016 to develop recipes to utilize the farm produces. Hopefully the recipes that we shared to you can inspire to use more local produces and be more creative with your food.

  5. New website. We are quite proud of our website, which has been a useful way to communicate our stories. We will keep improving the website to ensure you can get the most out of it.

  6. Go nuts. Peanuts are still one of the best produces that came out from the land and Blueboots Farm Peanut Butter is one of our most popular products too.

  7. New products. However, we keep on developing new products to expose local produces. Including this up and rising Mixed Roots Chips, which you will see more in 2017.

  8. Farm events. When we had Farmseries01 at Blueboots Farm, we were lucky to have such an enthusiastic bunch who was eager to learn about farming. We thought that we should do more events like this in the near future.

  9. Christmas hamper. Wrapping up 2016, we gathered the best produces from our friends and compile them into one wonderful Christmas hamper. Thanks to those of you who have ordered and hopefully you enjoyed it!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Food for Sharing & Gifting

Closer to the Christmas time, we felt that we were so lucky to be running Blueboots Farm. One of the perks of running a farm is that we always have fresh food and produce to share to people. We make sure that our farmers have enough from a dedicated plot of land that we grow for them. Everyone who came to Blueboots Farm always bring a bunch of fresh produce for them to share with people in the city – we suppose that’s what every farmers do, we couldn’t have anyone leaving our farm empty handed! Even in our own home, we always had fresh produces surrounding us and intrigued us to create amazing dishes for the whole family. It was a pure joy for us to share and gift what we produced to all of you too through our Shop and we are looking forward to share more in the future.

Now counting down to Christmas.

Mulled Wine

Christmas time is the perfect excuse to have Mulled Wine. We’re sharing with you a recipe that we love to make Mulled Wine with local spices. Enjoy!

Mulled Wine
Adapted from Jamie Oliver Magazine

Ingredients
2 bottles of red wine
2 bay leaves
1 cinnamon
6 cloves
2 star anise
1 orange juice + zest
1 lemon juice + zest
1 nutmeg

Method

  1. Pour wine and all spices and juice except nutmeg into a small saucepan.
  2. Boil for 5 minutes then reduce heat. Continue cooking for 10 minutes.
  3. Pour the mulled wine into your favourite cup, grate some nutmeg on top.

Hampers Packing & Delivery!

Yesterday we were packing and delivering all the goodness from Blueboots Farm and our friends! For those of you who have ordered, thank you so much and sit tight to wait for for the hamper!

Slowfood Youth Network

As of December 2017, Slowfood Youth Network Jakarta has finally launched. Many of the activities and principles that Slowfood has carried out over the last 27 years are what Blueboots Farm believes in too! Therefore, first and foremost, we would like to introduce what is Slowfood Youth Network to all of you.

What is Slow Food?
Slow Food is an international organization that stands at the crossroads of ecology, gastronomy, ethics and pleasure. The organization was founded in 1989 as a reaction against the upcoming fast food chains. It opposes the standardization of taste and the growth and unrestrained power of multinationals in the food industry.

Slow Food strives for high quality food, produced in a sustainable way … and, of course, food that tastes good! It is essential, not only for us, but also for the future of the earth to change the present food system. Slow Food promotes small-scale agriculture, protects biodiversity and fights food industry’s politics of endless growth.

What is Slowfood Youth Network Jakarta?
Slowfood Youth Network is just a group of people who are curious about wanting to explore, see and understand more about food.

We will also raise awareness among young people in Jakarta to encourage and mobilize their community in making responsible choices. Jakarta is a metropolitan city filled with many young emerging talents with different set of skills. We want to be able to connect everyone to make the change we want to see in our city and country.

We are very excited to welcome 2017 with a hopeful heart that we can be the change we want to be in our community. Stay tuned for events, trips and party that will be coming your way!

A Spiced Christmas

The Christmas season is identical with a certain warmth and scent. A typical feeling that reminds us always of the festive season. However, did you realize that this scent is built up by combining few spices that are native to Indonesia? Some of the spices that are identical to Christmas would be cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. Clove and nutmeg are proudly a native to Indonesian land!

 

Cinnamon
Cinnamon was originally found in Ceylon – now known as Sri Lanka – by Portuguese traders. The spice was so highly in demand that they conquered the island producing it at the time! These days, there are a lot of varieties of cinnamon growing in different tropical or subtropical countries, which simply are labelled as “Cinnamon”. They all vary slightly but mostly would carry similar characters. It is the bark of the cinnamon tree that produces the spice, which you would commonly find in forms of quill or powder.

Cinnamon tree is most suitable to be planted in the tropics or subtropics. In plantation, cinnamon trees are regularly cut to the ground every year for easy harvesting. New shoots develop in around three years until they can be harvested and the cycle continues.

 

Cloves
Indonesian archipelago is rather famous for its title as “The Spice Islands”, and of of the reasons being should be thanked to Cloves, which are a native of the Molucca Islands. Cloves are actually dried flower buds from Syzygium aromaticum, which these days are very familiar in anyone’s kitchen. This equatorial tree needs year-round heat, humidity and rainfall for it to grow successfully. We are so lucky that we have Cloves trees at Blueboots Farm and can witness its growing process. Cloves buds are harvested before they opened into flowers then sun-dried. If the season is good, we are able to harvest Cloves twice a year.

 

Nutmeg
Nutmeg is one of the two spices produced by the same tropical plant, Myristica fragrans. Also native to the Molucca Islands in Indonesia, a nutmeg tree needs almost seven years to produce its first small crop. The tree itself needs a rich, moist, volcanic soil for it to grow well. When the fruit of the tree starts to split, that is a sign that it is ripe. The fruits are then harvested to be split open fully. The lacy red part is called mace is dried on its own and the kernel is also dried until the seed (what we commonly call the nutmeg) starts to rattle loosely which is a sign that it is ready to be opened.

Nutmeg these days is a popular spice to be stored in the pantry, which is versatile to be used for lots of savoury and sweet dishes. Most of all, these three spices – Cinnamon, Cloves and Nutmeg – create a magical Christmas feeling and yet most of them originated from the tropics!

What’s For Christmas?

We are excited to share with you about what’s in Blueboots Farm’s Christmas Hamper. We love everything in it and surely you will do too. There are not many spots left for the pre-order so please order it as soon if you like it! Go to our Shop section and you can place the order online just in time before Christmas.

Blueboots Farm Christmas Hamper

Blueboots Farm Christmas Hamper is here! Pre-order your hamper for yourself or your loved one to be delivered on December 15, 2016. It’s the perfect Christmas gift for those you love filled with amazing goodness from Blueboots Farm and friends! Go to our Shop section to pre-order yours now.