Tuesday, September 2, 2014

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News

Farmers Market Week set Aug. 3-9

WA – Governor Jay Inslee declared Aug. 3-9 as “Washington Farmers Market Week.” Farmers markets offer an estimated 1,200 Washington farmers to sell products directly to consumers in rural and urban areas of the state. “Farmers markets across the state reported nearly $42 million in sales in 2013, an increase of more than four percent
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Livestock producers invited to North Cascades Meat Coop event

STANWOOD – The North Cascades Meat Producers Cooperative and Del Fox Meats is hosting a BBQ dinner and presentation on Wednesday, Aug. 6, and has invited livestock producers to learn about their plans to bring expanded USDA-inspected meat processing to Snohomish, Island, Skagit, and Whatcom counties. The dinner will be held from 5 to 7:30
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Burk Ridge Farms investing in new mobile processing unit

CUSTER – Burk Ridge Farms has invested in a new mobile processing unit to slaughter beef and pork. The family farm is owned by Michael and Devin Koenen, along with Devin’s parents, Vern and Joann Dykstra. “Our vision for our farm is providing highest quality possible of beef, pork and chicken to customers, and in
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Internship pilot program starts

WHATCOM/SKAGIT – The Small Farm Internship Pilot Project (FIP) started July 1, and is open to farms in Skagit and Whatcom counties with annual sales of less than $250,000. Farmers may apply to enroll in a project that allows up to three interns (paid, stipend or unpaid) to work on a farm to learn about farming
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Lummi garden tour, workshop Aug. 16

LUMMI – The 6th Annual Lummi Island Edible Garden Tour & Workshops will be held Saturday, Aug. 16. Two morning workshops are planned, followed by a tour of edible gardens of Lummi Island from 1 to 5 p.m. The workshops feature Kelle A. Rankin-Sunter, Mason Bees & Alternative Pollinators, Blaine CORE Community Orchards for Resources
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Community

Reefnet Festival celebrates fishing traditions, history Reefnet Festival celebrates fishing traditions, history

by Cait Auer On Saturday, Aug. 9, witness a centuries’ old salmon fishing tradition while embarking on a family fun-filled day of adventure, concerts, and activities, and feasting on fresh, locally caught fish at this year’s Lummi Island Reefnet Festival. Visitors can learn about the reefnetting process that runs deep within the Lummi culture, with
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Skills

Wild About Plants: Chives, sage, wild raspberry and more Wild About Plants: Chives, sage, wild raspberry and more

How to make herb salt and vinegar at home by Suzanne Jordan The lushness of late spring and early summer is breathtaking here in the Pacific Northwest. The leaves of our plants are completely unfurled and full grown, flowers abound, and rapid plant growth is astounding. Where there was once dead sticks, leaves, and dirt,
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Cooking

Can it: Refrigerator dill pickles, tomato sauce, and blueberry compote Can it: Refrigerator dill pickles, tomato sauce, and blueberry compote

by Susy Hymas Enjoying a fresh peach in my yogurt this summer morning, I am reminded of my grandparent’s garden.  I was fortunate to spend summers wandering there among the fruit trees, berry bushes and flowers. Grandma would serve me fresh peaches with cream for breakfast.  The rest of the year my family ate her
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Growing

Local youths explore summer farm camps Local youths explore summer farm camps

Common Threads is in the middle of its summer program, including Farm Camp and its special Pizza Camp and Camp Pasta. The group is a Bellingham-based non-profit focused on hands-on, seed-to-table educational experiences. The Farm Camp will hold two more sessions in August, including Aug. 11-14 and Aug. 18-21 from 9 a.m. to noon each
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Food

Dad’s Diner a must-go Dad’s Diner a must-go

by Brent Cole Tucked away in Anacortes is a food truck and diner with some of the best food in Western Washington – so good governor Jay Inslee declared their buttermilk pancakes the best in the state. Dad’s Diner A Go Go (food truck) and Dad’s Diner (restaurant) are the perfect example of what happens
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Crafty

The Shop: Conway’s crafty stop The Shop: Conway’s crafty stop

by Jessamyn Tuttle On the edge of Conway’s tiny downtown, right by the railroad tracks, sits The Shop, an eclectic arts and crafts gallery that Jay and Michelle Barshaw started a little over a year ago. The couple have been involved with making art for many years, in addition to working in construction and remodeling.
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