Sunday, April 24, 2016

Raquel Ruis Diaz Comes to Nettles Farm

Changes at Nettles Farm

Raquel Ruiz Diaz, Chef Blaine Wetzel's longtime partner, is lending her considerable hospitality skills to Nettles Farm. As my duties at Lummi Island Wild Co-op increase, I see the need for a steady hand and watchful eye at the B&B, so that the quality of the experience stays strong.

Raquel, who was badly injured in Paraguay a year ago last Valentine's Day, is continuing her complete recovery. While she cannot yet resume the long hours on the floor at the Willows Inn, she is super capable of taking care of the small but important details at Nettles, as well as organizing future workshops and other events. It has been my pleasure to work with her since 2010, and the past few weeks have been a reminder of how much she has to offer.

My work at Lummi Island Wild Co-op has increased several fold as we move into buying halibut and spot prawns, as well as Fraser River salmon, from the Lummi tribal fishers. We marketed the halibut as Salish Sea Halibut, since I have known for many years how much better the flavor and texture of this halibut over Alaska or other Pacific halibut. Its diet is spot prawns and dungeness crab, and it is reflected in the bluish translucence of the flesh, as well as the gigantic flavor. Here are some pictures from the last few weeks.

Salish Sea Halibut Raquel aboard Lummi Island Wild's new tender, the Galactic Ice

Salish Sea Halibut, and Raquel aboard the Lummi Island Wild tender, Galactic Ice

Night time tribal halibut delivery aboard the Solar Ice, Lummi Island Wild's tender

Night time Tribal halibut deliver to Raquel, Stan, and me on the Solar Ice

We have developed a new online store for our Lummi Island Wild products, including the halibut from early this month. Check it out at

Stella is very very close to finding truffles in the field. She can locate 100% of the buried truffle hides now. The next step is to take her out on a truffle field workshop, to translate that skill into the real world. It's more for me than for her.

We planted more than 100 blueberry bushes near the raspberries, and black currants as well. With the amazing spring we are having, pollination is super high, and I expect plenty of berries, Asian pears, and apricots, as well as kiwis this season. Remember, they are yours to pick when you come at the right time!

Stella and Kitty, last year, and this year. Best friends forever.

We are going to be raising our rates in the next few months, as we see how things will shake out with Raquel and other farm staff. If you have plans to come this year, book now and your rate will remain the same.

We are able to accommodate larger groups in each of the suites, if we have advance notice, by opening up the upstairs bedrooms and bathroom, all accessible from either side. As usual, the rate for extra guests is $50/person. Thanks for sticking with me these past years, and I look forward to seeing you again soon. Riley


  1. It is inspiring to learn about Raquel's incredible recovery path. Despite her difficulties following her injury in Paraguay, her resilience shines through as she contributes significantly to the squad. While she may be unable to resume her previous function fully, her adaptation, dedication to her work at Nettles, and engagement in future event planning demonstrate her strength and talents. Working with Raquel since 2010, it's clear that she has invaluable abilities and a strong work ethic. The mention of chatgpt in pakistan appears out of place. Still, it may indicate her wide range of topics and conversations, indicating her adaptability and broad perspective.

  2. The arrival of Raquel Ruis Diaz at Nettles Farm heralds an exciting chapter, as her innovative agricultural techniques promise to enrich our community's farming practices. With Raquel on board, we're also looking to enhance our farm merchandise using the best embroidery digitizing service available. This collaboration will not only spotlight Raquel's pioneering contributions but also seamlessly integrate her vision with our brand identity through expertly crafted, embroidered apparel and products. Each piece will tell a story of sustainability and innovation, capturing the essence of Nettles Farm and Raquel's impactful presence.

  3. Raquel's story is incredibly inspiring! Her dedication to sustainable farming is truly admirable. I'm curious if she has any advice for those of us looking to integrate more eco-friendly practices into our own lives. As someone interested in learning about organic farming, I wonder if Nettles Farm offers any workshops or resources to help beginners like me get started.
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