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Oregon Dairy Farmers Convention
Focus On Dairy Wives

Julie Lourenzo, Bobbi Frost, Sarah Rocha,
Susan Pierson (left to right)

    The Oregon Dairy Farmers Association hosted a two day convention at the Salem Convention Center on February 20-21. A panel of well-informed women spoke candidly about the joys and struggles of dairy farming during a convention workshop Monday afternoon.
    Attendees heard four farm wives share their experiences of working in the dairy industry. It can be trying when frictions in the barns hit home, they said.
    "It's super hard to see my son get yelled at by his dad," said Susan Pierson, a fourthgeneration farmer. As both mother and wife, she is often a sounding board when things get overheated. "I have to do a lot of listening and not a lot of talking. But later I might say something to my husband like, 'You know, you were a little hard on him..."
    "I feel like I'm in the middle a lot," said Julie Lourenzo, who shares the workload with her husband and other family members. When conflict arises, "I talk to both sides and try to work it out."
    "I brought a husband into the job," said panel moderator Bobbi Frost, who is familiar with that uncomfortable space between the spouse you love and the parents who raised you. The audience responded to a frank discussion about whether the panelists encouraged their children to pursue farming. Sarah Rocha, mother of four boys, said she chose to allow her children to find their path. "The more you push, the more they push back," she said.
    Rocha runs the calf operation on a farm with 600-650 cows and 150 goats. "I pushed my sons away from the dairy," said Pierson, an organic farmer for 12 years. But as it was with other panelists, some children decide to join the family business after a time. Of one son she said, "All of a sudden he came to us and said he wanted to come back."
    In response to a question about when how to draw the line between work and family time, Lourenzo said she knows she has reached her limit when she begins to voice complaints. "If you are going to complain, it's a sign you are doing too much," she said. A highlight of the breakout session was when moderator Frost, who brought along her 11-month-old daughter, Max, to the convention, said she "felt like Superman" on a day when she completed her work while toting an infant around the farm.
    Then she provided the quote of the afternoon with an observation about childbirth. "One day my husband said to me that getting hit in the nuts is worse than having a baby. "
    How so, she wondered?
    "You want another baby, right?" he said. "But you don't hear me saying I want someone to hit me in the nuts again."
    The Oregon Dairy Farmers Association is located in Salem. The Association has been proudly serving Oregon's Dairy farmers since 1892.

Awake at Cin Cin Wine Bar
Lullu Truitt, SBJ Food Editor

Bottles of wine,
people, laughter, corks popping
Yes. I am dreaming of a Wine Bar.

    Ciao a tutti:
    Here I am trying to write something I like, something I care to write about and as usual, I have the problem of the choice. Just like when I do my cooking classes, I have no problem cooking whatever I decided to prepare; the problem is the choices. Way too many!
    So here I am, a blank canvas in front of me and bits and pieces of subjects and images go by me. It is almost like a conveyer belt at a sushi restaurant. All the choices are in front of you and you have to pick a few.
    On my imaginary conveyer belt there are some wine glasses going around and around -sake also is going around, but for the moment my attention is on the wine glasses. Of course... wine. glasses, bottles of wine, people, laughter, corks popping... yes I am dreaming of a Wine Bar. No, don't wake me up, let me go with it.
    So, to begin with, I need a name. A few names come up like "Lullu's wine bar" or "Downtown wine bar" and a couple more, but I will call it "Cin Cin Wine Bar" Cin Cin in Italian means Cheers. Ok, I think I have a good start. What's next? Tables. I need a few tables and chairs. Engelberg Antiques here I am. It is my lucky dream. I found 2 tables and 8 chairs that I like. I already have 2 tables with chairs so I am all set.
    Wine shelves are very much needed because I want to show off my wine collection, Check that! And speaking of wine collection, one of my Italian favorites of the reds is Ripasso. The leftover skins and seeds still warm and full of sugar of the Amarone (one of the most precious wines) and Recioto which is an intense flavored sweet wine made from dried passito grapes that are added to the batch of Valpolicella wine and it will ferment for 10/ 12 more days. This combination is the closest to Amarone without the big price point.
    In Toscana we have the well known Chianti and the majestic Brunello di Montalcino. I have 5 wine distributors and I taste all the wine that I sell in the store. I figure that if I like the wine I taste at 11 AM, it is a great wine. At 5 pm I probably will like most of them. I have been tasting also wine from the NW and I am happy with my selection and variety. I think this wine bar idea might work after all.
    You can travel the world thru a wine glass since I have wines from Europe, Argentina and USA. I came up with the name, the furniture, the wines, the shelves to display the wine, and the location. Location, location, location is one of the most important elements of a new business and I think I have a great location: Right at the entrance of my store Lullu's.
    I realized I am not dreaming anymore. I am awake and I am opening a Wine Bar, Cin Cin Wine Bar. That's scary, exciting and. . . scary. Now, I need people that appreciate traveling without leaving, appreciate good food (oh, yes, there is that too! Antipasto plates) and support local business. OK you got me! I am from Italy but I can say I am also Oregonian. Ehh, I am still here after all this rain!!!!!

Until next time, Keep on cooking (and start drinking)

Loraine Williams Goldsmith
Old World Art in Top Demand Today

Dave Wilson and Loraine Williams
at work in the studio

    In today's world of high tech, fast paced, speeding on the communication highway, it's nice to pull over for a moment and rediscover an ancient art that is still prevalent now as it was a thousand years ago.
    Loraine Williams, Goldsmith, is skilled in designing and creating fine jewelry.
    Her craft is as old as time. The techniques are steeped in tradition true to the craft. Many are unique to each artist, Loraine is fortunate to have studied and learned from the venerable Dave Wilson, Goldsmith and successful Jewelry store proprietor.
    Internships have long been the path to Goldsmith training since the middle ages. Loraine's mentors during her classes at Willamette Agate and Mineral Society suggested that she seek out internship opportunities to further her training. After a search from Eugene to Portland, Loraine's first choice was Dave Wilson.
    The stars must have been aligned. Wilson's busy retail store was the ideal training ground. Dave needed help with administrative, merchandising, advertising and sales. Everything Loraine is good at.
    She learned the art of Goldsmithing from a master, ..on the job. "Wilson is a stickler for details. 'It most me done right'" Now seven years later the team of Dave Wilson and Loraine Williams are an institution in Salem.
    Trusted to design, create and repair the mid-Willamette valley's most precious jewelry, Dave and Loraine are true artisans of the community.
    Every year Dave Wilson and Loraine Williams travel to Antwerp Belgium to gather the Worlds highest quality diamonds.
    A visit to the store and you will most likely find Loraine and Dave both working at filing, soldering, forging, casting, sawing or polishing precious metals and fine gems. But they are never too busy to say hello, show you what they are working on and helping each customer and their custom needs. Dave Wilson Designer Gold Smith Inc. is located at 216 Commercial St NE.