Lark & Larder’s COVID-19 Response

At Lark & Larder we are concerned about the health and well-being of our local community, customers, vendors and staff and have implemented operational changes in order to be better prepared for Coronavirus (COVID-19). Please note that all changes are temporary and subject to change at any time. We will continue to stay up-to-date with the CDC recommendations and make necessary changes to ensure the safety of our customers and staff.

What we’re doing.

• Increasing frequency of cleaning and sanitizing common areas like door handles, shopping baskets, freezer and refrigerator doors/handles, tabletops, cash register and payment center and other common area surfaces.

• Frequent hand washing with soap and anti-bacterial cleanser by staff.

• We have gloves available for customers who want to increase their own safety while shopping.

• The current payment system is adapted to have minimal individual interaction to the console. In many cases you can tap your card for payment.

• Hand sanitizer is available at the register for customer use.

• Our produce is individually bagged for your protection. We want to minimize handling.

• All food and product sampling demos have been suspended until further notice.

What you can do to help us help you.

• Practice good hygiene and handwashing practices.
• Practice social distancing when possible.
• Stay home if you are feeling ill or symptomatic.
• Call us if you’d like to order groceries and pickup. We’d be happy to accommodate!

Maker Monday ~ Grey Jays

Grey Jays is a local business making jewelry with reclaimed and ethically-sourced materials, operated by Lindsey Antram and Mike Lambuth.

What inspired you to start Grey Jays?  How long have you been in business?
Grey jays started as a hobby between myself and a dear friend while we lived and worked on San Juan Island, Washington over five years ago. We shared a love for reuse, nature and jewelry and began creating for friends and family. Since then, we have parted ways and the business has evolved to myself and my partner, Mike.

Can you tell us about your materials? Which pieces do you enjoy making the most?
All of our pieces are made from foraged natural materials and found, repurposed objects. I enjoy working with bone the most because every piece has its own story and we give it an opportunity for another life.

What makes Grey Jays unique? 
Our sustainable and ethical outlook is what makes our product and brand unique. We use only materials that we find in the creation of our product, and when we do purchase materials such as wire, we ensure we are sourcing it from ethical mines paying workers living wages.

What is the most important part of your work?
Our environmental and social advocacy is the most important aspect of our work. While we are here to create jewelry, we are more importantly here to educate the public on how to lessen the environmental impact by reusing what already exists instead of consuming new products. We focus and advocate for marginalized communities, giving a portion of sales back to the indigenous communities in which whose land our business is able to thrive on.

Maker Monday ~ Flynn Day Pottery

When we opened Lark & Larder, a local marketplace for farmers and producers, artists and makers, the first artists we approached was Flynn Day Pottery! We were so impressed with the beauty, quality and whimsical nature of their pottery. Here we dive deeper into this creative duo:

How and when did you start Flynn Day Pottery?
Flynn Day Pottery started in 2011. Amber Day had lost her job and had always wanted to try selling her pottery. Kevin Flynn had been retailing and selling pottery supplies and equipment, and teaching for over 14 years. When Amber proposed applying for the Eagle Saturday Market there was no hesitation. We were off and potting! After a successful market year in Eagle, we applied and got into the Capital City Public Market where we have been vendors since 2012. By the end of 2013 we had seen the consistency of our sales and Kevin made the decision to leave his full time job at the Potters Center. We have been potters ever since, slinging our wares nearly every Saturday.

How often do you work in the studio?
We work in the studio Monday through Friday, creating new work each week. Our work consists of throwing and sculpting, firing, glazing, firing again, then preparing and packing up our pottery to go to market. Each of us have our own work we make and also collaborate on some items. Our routine changes from week to week depending on the needs of the market or to create special order pieces for customers.

How much clay do you go through?
We buy 2 tons of clay a year. During the market season, from April to December, we use 50-100 pounds of clay a week, which works out to be about 3,000 pounds a year!

Fun facts:
Kevin took his first pottery class when he was 5 years old at Fort Boise Community Center. He has 54 college credits in ceramics and graduated from Southern Oregon University in 1997. Amber took her first pottery class in 1999 at the Greenville Museum of Art in South Carolina. Her intention was to try all the art classes, but the first class she took was pottery and she was hooked.

Lark & Larder features a variety of ceramic wares from Flynn Day Pottery. Check out the Idaho mugs, adorable mouse cheese plates, various animals & creatures, olive oil decanters and more!

Farmer Friday ~ Malheur River Meats

Food Miles: 73
Location: Vale, Oregon

Rob and Michelle Stokes live with their daughters on a 265-acre ranch in Vale, where they raise grass-fed beef and goat, and pastured-raised hogs, chickens and turkeys. They started Malheur River Meats just short of 10 years ago to market the products grown on their ranch.

They believe delicious meat starts with happy, healthy animals. Each animal is fed natural feeds, and allowed to graze, root, mud bathe, and scratch around in their pastures. Their operation is Step 4 Animal Welfare Certified with Global Animal Partnership, and they are also Animal Welfare Approved at A Greener World. 

Malheur River Meats offers a wide range of products, including individual cuts, sausages and jerky. Most products are processed locally, except for the smoked-cured meats which are done with a 3rd generation smokehouse in Southern Oregon. 

Lark & Larder carries a wide variety of Malheur River Meats from
many different cuts of pork, sausages, jerky, and just in Christmas hams and prime rib!

Maker Monday ~ Angora Amore

Carol of Angora Amore knits a beautiful collection of hats, mittens, and scarves, often using hand-spun yarn from her herd of angora rabbits! This local fiber is decadent and warm, and perfect for our chilly Idaho winters!

How did you get started raising angora rabbits?
I have been a passionate (some say “compulsive”) knitter for years, and it seemed reasonable that the next step in my personal development would be to make my own yarn. I purchased my first spinning wheel, an Ashford Traditional, and then needed a fiber source. The cat was not growing it fast enough, and we did not live where I could have sheep, so an angora rabbit seemed the perfect solution. That fortuitous decision was nearly 25 years ago, and I am so blessed to now be spinning angora, a gorgeous luxury fiber, almost exclusively. The yarn doesn’t have a dye lot but rather a name, as I track the bunny whose coat I am spinning, and his or her name gets included on the hang tag of the finished product, as co-producer. I couldn’t do this without the bunnies.

How many rabbits are you raising?
Presently I have about 10 mitten makers in my herd, in a lovely mix of natural colors including white, black, chestnut agouti, fawn, and even one chocolate bunny (no ears nibbled on).

What is the process from bunny to hat?
My bunnies are gently sheared by hand, in an unrestrained manner, every 3 to 4 months. Angora fiber is seven times warmer than wool, so shearing day is very much looked forward to by the bunnies during the summer! In the winter, as weather dictates, after shearing they wear a little jacket until their coat has regrown to provide sufficient warmth. Angora is an exquisite, totally renewable fiber.

Lark & Larder carries a variety of Angora Amore’s hats, mittens and truly adorable baby booties! And because most are made with angora, they are oh, so soft.

Farmer Friday ~ Purple Sage Farms

Food Miles: 28
Location: Middleton, Idaho
For nearly 30 years, Purple Sage Farms has specialized in growing a wide range of organic herbs, greens and vegetables. They raise over 250 varieties of crops, and nutrients are high and flavors are prominent. They are thoughtfully grown and proudly certified organic on the family farm in Middleton, Idaho. Purple Sage also features pasture-raised lamb and artisan products, including dried peppers and herbs, spices and kombucha.

Their farming practices start with promoting diversity and abundance of microbes in the soil. Livestock is raised for meat and the animal manure is composted to make fertilizer for plants. They build soil structure and microbe communities by tilling the soil as little as possible. Plant beds get a rest with restorative cover crops.

The Sommer family that operates Purple Sage Farms are fourth and fifth generation Idaho farmers that work in the field and the farm’s commercial kitchen. Building healthy soil and growing good food are their passions. Each member of the Sommer family helps to support the farm, from marketing, to IT support, to doctoring lambs, or repairing a farm truck. They work in the community to promote organic agriculture by mentoring new farmers, speaking at organic farming conferences, and serving on the board of directors for our local farmers market and producer cooperative. Purple Sage Farms is recognized for persistent and long-term advocacy for Idaho’s locally and organically grown food system.

At Lark & Larder we are proud to carry Purple Sage Farms Kombucha,
dried herbs and lamb.

Maker Monday ~ Better Man Beard

We debut our Maker Monday with a profile on Better Man Beard. Better Man Beard produces all-natural beard care products for grooming and managing, producing a fuller, softer, healthier beard. We had a chance to talk with Justin Thomas, owner of Better Man Beard.

Justin, where do you base your business, and what inspired you to create Better Man Beard?
Home is conveniently located 1 mile from Lark & Larder! I started formulating our Original Beard Balm in 2014. It took 14 months and 57 batches before I deemed it ready to sell.

Most beard care products are made with fragrance oils and most beard balms are way too waxy. I set out to make an all-natural product that is both really good for the beard, and the skin underneath the beard. Our beard balms are less waxy so they are easy to apply, but still give some hold.

What’s special or unique about your beard care products?
We help you achieve healthy, beardy awesomeness by using only natural, organic ingredients and essential oils in our beard care products. No fragrance oils or petroleum-based products. Taking a look at our balms and oils, you’ll find a plethora of skin-friendly, environmentally-mindful ingredients, such as:
• organic coconut oil
• jojoba oil
• grapeseed oil
• shea butter
• beeswax
Along with natural, beard-enhancing essential oils like:
• spruce
• rosemary
• lavender
Even our beard combs are made with 100% sandalwood, which gently prevents static build-up, tangles, and snags while delighting your olfactory senses with its subtle smokiness. Compare that to cheap plastic combs, which can irritate hair follicles, distribute oils unevenly, and cause static electricity to build up.

Any new products on the horizon?
We have a new (non-beard related) product called R3 Balm. It is a topical pain relief balm made with menthol crystals and essential oils. The response so far has been fantastic!

Respect the Beard! We want to celebrate beardy awesomeness with No-Shave November! Watch this month for specials at Lark & Larder!