Rosella Champagne

Rosella plant is definitely a plant that can grow well in Blueboots Farm. The perennial herb tree has given us abundant of harvest all year round with visitors of the farm also self-picking as many Rosella fruit as they like.

With many Rosella always in our hand, we had the chance to play different recipes with it. We will share you one of Blueboots Farm favorites drink recipe:

– With fresh Rosella, you will need to cut the calyx (the bright red part) and remove the seeds.

– Wash the calyx thoroughly with cold water

– Add about 10 washed calyx to 4 cups of water and ¼ – ½ cup of sugar

– Add a little bit of ginger to the mix (or any other herb you like)

– Bring the mix to a boil and boil for 15- 20 minutes

– Remove the calyx from the mix in order to prevent the syrup from being too sour

– Then bring the mix to a simmer and simmer till you get a syrup like consistency

– Off the heat and let the syrup cool down

– Add the syrup into champagne glass

– Last step is to add soda water or champagne to give the drink a fizzy kick

This drink will definitely be a good thirst quencher for our hot tropical weather. Rosella drink reminds us a lot like Ribena or cranberry juice.

The Local’s Superfood – Moringa Oleifera (Kelor)

Have you ever heard of Moringa? Or the drumstick tree?

If you haven’t, you should probably find out more, as this plant has been known for its health benefits for thousands of years.

However, due to the lack of local knowledge and promotion in our generation, we know Moringa tree as a wild plant growing. At the most, Indonesians traditionally use Moringa leaves to cast out bad spirits. Yikes!

In places where food is a scarcity, Moringa leaves and pods are used to combat malnutrition. They are rich in protein, vitamin A, B2, B6, C, iron and magnesium. It is also rich in antioxidants and known to reduce blood sugar level, cholesterol and inflammation.

There is many ways to consume Moringa. My favorite way is to add fresh leaves into soup or salad. Also, Moringa leaves can be dehydrated into green powders that can be blended into your daily juices and add natural green coloring and nutrition to your cookies or cakes.

Not only is Moringa useful to our body, it is also a good plant to plant around the farm. Moringa tree is a legume that can capture Nitrogen into the soil that will benefit the plants around it. It is also a hardy plant that can grow in drought areas and are not affected much by heavy rain.

When we first came to the land, where Blueboots Farm is today, we found Moringa trees growing healthily across the land. We decided to keep the trees and let them grow as they were. Blueboots Farm team is currently experimenting to process Moringa so it can be used with convenience in domestic households. Hopefully it will be available for Blueboots Farm customers soon!

Blueboots Farm at Sunday’s Best

Sunday’s Best brings out the best of what the town has to offer (and some from out of town too).

Held at 1/15 Coffee in Gandaria, this event is a delight for Blueboots Farm to join in. Along with other local farmers, crafters and talents, Blueboots Farm will present the best from our organic farm produce. Lots of excitement not to miss for sure this Sunday.

See you at Sunday’s Best between 9am-12pm!

Sunday’s Best
1/15 Coffee
Jl. Gandaria I No. 63
9 AM – 12 PM

Knowing Samantha in 3 Questions

Rise and shine!

This morning, we chatted with Blueboots Farm’s founder, Samantha Gunawan, to find out more about why she ended up in a farm while a lot of women her age would not even want to spend too much time under the sun. Read through to find out how Samantha started Blueboots Farm and the challenges she had.

What did you study, Sam? Does it have anything to do with farming?
I studied Industrial Engineering at Purdue University for my bachelor’s degree.

Tell us your first encounter/experience with farming.
My first encounter will be going to Nafi’s farm at Cisarua and for the first time seeing, touching, smelling and tasting the plants right off the ground and not from the supermarket or on a plate. It was a rousing encounter that got me curious on where our food comes from.

Why did you start Blueboots Farm?
I started Blueboots farm because I was just dying to learn and experiment on growing. I knew that the best way of learning to farm is to start trying. I started right away and it has been a roller coaster ride since then, trying to figure things out and sometimes doing things from scratch. Definitely I encountered lots of trial and error in the process.

Although Samantha did not have a background in farming, she has been very keen in learning, trying and getting her hands on the process. To know Samantha further, you can always email her on samantha@blueboots.farm. She would be more than happy to talk if she has got no soil in her hand.

Blueboots Farm Product Coming Soon!

We are currently popping some ideas for our next product. A twist to a favorite movie snack, an uplift to Indonesia’s local produce. You will be able to get this healthy snack this Sunday, so stay tune!