Thursday, April 17, 2014

What's Up! Magazine
Celebrating local food, farms and the DIY spirit in the great Northwest
Distillery Tour: Meet the local makers of hard spirits in our northwest corner


Distillery Tour: Meet the local makers of hard spirits in our northwest corner

Distill my heart. Scattered throughout our northwest corner are folks passionate about crafting hard spirits. And they have the proof.  Moonshine, vodka, brandy, whiskey, and other hard drinks are being made in small batches by small business owners, many working with small farmers, in a growing market. Here’s a look at some of the local
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Bellingham, Ferndale farmers markets kick off 2014 season

BELLINGHAM – The Bellingham Farmers Market opens its 22nd season on Saturday, April 5. A number of returning vendors will be on hand, as well as new vendors such as Bluebell Gardens, Brittle Barn Farms, Leaky Dam Farm, Mariposa, Outer County Farm, and Spring Time Farms, noted Caprice Teske, Market Director. “Our new ready-to-eat items
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Five-week Farm Machinery Safety Course to be held in Burlington

BURLINGTON – A five-week Farm Machinery Safety course will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings, starting April 15. Instructor Don McMoran, director of the WSU Skagit Extension office, leads the training consisting of 10 classes, with hands-on time servicing, driving, hooking up implements, and more with tractors. Certification can be obtained for students 13 years
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Whatcom County Youth Fair April 4-5

LYNDEN – The Whatcom County Youth Fair will be held Friday and Saturday, April 4-5, celebrating 26 years. This educational fair for local youth ages 6 to 18 features various categories and skills. Participants do not need to be a 4H or FFA member, and there is no admission to watch the event. The fair
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Whatcom Arts & Crafts Contest open to all ages; includes expanded canning category

ROME GRANGE – The 2014 Whatcom County Arts & Crafts Contest will be held at the Rome Grange on Tuesday, April 15. Participants can knit, crochet, sew, paint, carve, paste, cut, stain, sculpt, photograph or create other pieces for submission. This event is open to people of all ages in Whatcom County, and grange membership
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Deming Library hosts day of classes; starts Learning Garden

A partnership between the Deming Library and Local Food Works has been germinating for several years. This spring, Library Manager Katrina Carabba and Local Food Works volunteers are taking their partnership one step further by working together to build a Deming Library Learning Garden, creating an outdoor space that will serve as a site for hands-on
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Milk Makers Fest: Students learn about local dairy Milk Makers Fest: Students learn about local dairy

Adult-only session offered April 22 by Grow Northwest Each April, the annual Milk Makers Fest brings 1st grade students to the dairy farm. The Whatcom County Dairy Women and Whatcom Farm Friends hold the event for both public and homeschooled students to learn about the milking process and daily life on a dairy farm, including care,
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Five-week course provides basics in beekeeping Five-week course provides basics in beekeeping

Three sessions available through Master Beekeeper Program WSU Snohomish County Extension and Beez Neez Apiary Supply team up each year to sponsor three sessions of the apprentice level course in the Master Beekeeper Program. The five-week course provides a thorough introduction to beekeeping for novice beekeepers as well as a comprehensive refresher course for experienced
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Some like it hot: Bold recipes to spice up the kitchen Some like it hot: Bold recipes to spice up the kitchen

by Mary Ellen Carter Citrus abounds in the grocery stores, pineapples are available, and rum is always handy. This means – cue the steel drums – let’s spice it up in the kitchen, break out rum cocktails and feel the warm trade winds – let’s eat like the islanders in the Caribbean. With the strong
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New classes, ‘Dig It’ Wednesdays at the Children’s Story Garden New classes, ‘Dig It’ Wednesdays at the Children’s Story Garden

FERNDALE – The vegetable gardening program at the Children’s Story Garden in Hovander Homestead Park has a new format for 2014. There will be five Saturday themed classes in April and May which will include Composting and Making Worm Bins, Miniature Gardens, Scarecrow Workshop, Bug Buddies and Pumpkin Starts. Most projects can be taken home.
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Tastes along the tulip trek Tastes along the tulip trek

Delicious stops in La Conner, Mount Vernon by Cait Auer As you spend a day feasting your eyes on vibrant acres of tulips at this year’s Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, your taste buds also deserve a treat. Take time to satisfy your appetite at one of the many delicious eateries the area has to offer.
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Ragfinery brings new life to discarded clothing, textiles Ragfinery brings new life to discarded clothing, textiles

by Brent Cole Ragfinery, a new textile reuse center aimed at creating new clothes and products from donated materials, has opened in downtown Bellingham. The 4,000-square foot space, operated by the non-profit Reuse Works (also home of the Appliance Depot), will connect artists, textile designers and crafters, and offer workshops and classes, with the sole
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