Traditional Harvest Celebration in Indonesia

When we start to talk about traditional harvest celebration in Indonesia, there definitely are lots of things going on throughout the nation. In this week’s Local Wisdom, we explored the vibrant traditions of Indonesia’s harvest celebration to understand deeper about our long and deep relationship to agriculture in Indonesia.

1. Seren Taun

The Sundanese have their harvest celebration which they call Seren Taun. It is celebrated annually based on Sundanese ancient calendar since back in the Kingdom of Sunda era. They would sing songs such asPangemat and Angin-angin to call and invite the goddess to come down to earth and bless the rice seeds, the farmers and to keep off bad lucks and also preventing misfortune.

The ritual starts by presenting rice to community leaders, which then will be put into leuit (rice barn). The community leaders will give the indung pare (mother of rice) that has been blessed to village leaders to be planted for the next farming cycle.

 

2. Wiwitan

Wiwitan tradition is celebrated in Bantul, Jogja and Demak. This is when the villagers are preparing offerings such as traditional food and they would pray together for a good season ahead. The farmers will harvest the paddy and keep some as the seed for the next planting season. Traditionally they would also wash their farming equipments to wash away bad luck.

 

3. Bendrong Lesung

Bendrong Lesung is a festive celebration by the villagers in Karanganyar. This festival mainly involves beating the mortar (lesung) that they would normally use to beat the paddy. The mortar becomes a lively musical instrument which builds up the ambiance and mark the harvest celebration in Karanganyar. Normally the beating of the mortar is joined by other traditional music instruments to create a more festive celebration.

Kokken Organic Market

Join us at Kokken Organic Market, which will be held on our Independence Day! Celebrate locally grown food from local farmers and support the local produce 🙂

 

Kokken Organic Market
Assembly at Turning Point Coffee
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
10AM – 3PM

Job’s Tears, Literally.

Today we are having a special harvest at Blueboots Farm, called Job’s Tears. Fortunately, no tears were produced today at the farm in harvesting this plant.

Job’s Tears are commonly known as Jali-jali in Indonesia, or if you go to the Asian groceries you might find a pack called Chinese Pearl Barley which is pretty much the same thing. Although it has not been the most popular plants around, Jali-jali has lots of benefits for the health. Jali-jali has a high contain of protein, fat and vitamin B1. It is believed to be able to promote urination, alleviate arthritis and arrest diarrhea.

Different cultures and countries have different ways of utilising Jali-jali. In Indonesia, it is commonly cooked into porridge, ferment it into tape or turned into refreshing drinks. In South Korea, Jali-jali is turned into a liquor made from rice and Jali-jali called okroju. In Thailand, it is commonly used in teas and other drinks like soy milk.

There are lots of benefits from Jali-jali, we love how they are so versatile and good for our health. Share us you Jali-jali recipes or any Jali-jali dishes that you have ever tried!

What Will I Be When I Grow Up?

Can you guess what will the sea of plants be in the near future? A small hint, it will be the main ingredient for one of Blueboots products.

These healthy plants will grow a bit more and they will be turned into jars of peanut butter, one of our best sellers! Blueboots Peanut Butter is the most honest peanut butter that we know so far. Made with organic peanut from our farm, the peanut butter is creamy, healthy and yummy! We love to spread it onto anything we can think of: bread, crackers, berries, chips, anything.

We will soon launch Blueboots Products to be purchased online, so stay tune and you won’t miss the chance to get a taste of Blueboots Peanut Butter.

Creative Ways of Using Blueboots Farm Harvest: Plant Stamp

If you are the creative kind, then this little project might be your cup of tea to utilise farm’s produce. From simple things like sweet potato, corn or celery, you can create fun stamps, which can be turned into patterns for artwork, cards and other things beyond your imagination. It is a great project that you can do yourself and it would be especially fun to do with the little one at home.

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You will only need these few basic things:
A sweet potato (or potato)
Acrylic paint
Roller
Paper

Method
Cut the sweet potato into your desired shape. We are cutting ours in half to get the organic half circle shape.

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Dilute the acrylic paint with some water.

If you have a roller, roll it into the paint then onto your sweet potato stamp. Otherwise, just dip your sweet potato into the paint, wipe the excess off.

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Do a test print on another paper before creating your artwork.

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Do any patterns that you like on your piece of paper. You can combine any colors and turn the sweet potato into any shape that you desire. The creativity is yours!

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Pak Petrus’ Story: A True Indonesian Farmer

As much as we are working hard at Blueboots Farm, our farmers are the core of it all. This time, we will get to know one of our farmers who has been working with us since we first started. We love working with our farmers because each one of them is unique and they possess different skills and knowledge, which is highly influenced by their background.

Pak Petrus joined Blueboots Farm in December 2014, right when we just began our days at the farm. Pak Petrus came all the way from Flores, East Nusa Tenggara. Although most of his family does not work in agriculture, but his father was a coconut farmer. Farming was not a skill that is commonly inherited in Flores and in Pak Petrus’ family. Mostly people in Flores grow coconut, but there is also some who grow corn and rice as well.

Usually starting to work at 7am, Pak Petrus will go around the farm to supervise the overall condition of the farm. After that, he will look after the details of the farm, from watering the crops, weeding the wild plants, taking care of the plants in general, preparing the compost and fertilizer to be used at the farm.

Sounds like a hard work! However, Pak Petrus really enjoys watching the process of growing the crops and he’s doing it with a happy heart. Apart from that, he said that it feels like he is getting paid for exercising. We love having Pak Petrus around and appreciate his hard work. Without him, Blueboots Farm won’t be like what it is right now.

Witness a Cassava Harvest!

Have you seen the process of harvesting cassava? Here’s how:

Young cassava leaves are used for making meals by steaming it, turning it into curry or mix it with other vegetables for pecel. After we harvest these cassavas, the stem is planted back in the soil to grow another life of cassava.

It is rather interesting to see how Indonesian farmers come up with unique ways that work well for them in getting things done at the farm. Harvesting a cassava is something that we don’t see every day too, so it is very precious to discover Indonesia through small moments like this!

Discovering Indonesia

This August, Blueboots Farm dares to dig deeper to know our country better. Celebrating Indonesia’s best produce, tradition and vision, we will introduce a different perspective of agriculture in Indonesia. Be excited and take the journey with us to discover what Indonesia has to offer.

Chef Ragil’s Visit

This weekend’s Blueboots Friend is Chef Ragil. You would have seen him on TV or you might have tasted his creation at his restaurants. His ventures include Warung Pasta and Locarasa where he experiments with local flavors like rujak and rendang to be infused in ice cream. Chef Ragil is also working on his latest fine dining restaurant, which will emphasize on local flavors and ingredients for sure.

He came to Blueboots Farm to chat with us and find out about how and what we are producing at the farm. It was such an honor having him at the farm and we also received lots of insights about the food industry and what chefs like Chef Ragil is looking for from local producers like us.

Stay tune for our future collaboration and hopefully we can spread more words about the goodness of local produce!

Cai Sim Harvest Day

Any harvesting day is a happy day. Today we are harvesting some beautiful, imperfect yet super yummy and fresh Cai Sim! We have successfully harvested 60kg Cai Sim and they are in happy tummies now for sure.