Wednesday, July 1, 2015

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Regional varieties, production focus of Small Grains Field Day


Regional varieties, production focus of Small Grains Field Day

by Cathy McKenzie The annual Small Grains Field Day, which is free and open to the public, gives growers, industry representatives, and consumers a chance to network and learn about the latest small-grains research and how it impacts the economy in the Skagit Valley and beyond. This year’s event will be held June 25 from
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Orcas Island Cider and Mead Fest June 27; benefits farm to cafeteria program

ORCAS – The 5th annual Orcas Island Cider & Mead Festival takes place on Saturday, June 27, benefiting the Orcas Island Farm to Cafeteria Program. The event will be held alongside the Farmers Market, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Village Green. Workshops, restaurants pairing ciders with entrees, and other cider-related activities will
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Breadfarm: Open house June 27

Breadfarm will be one of 40 bakeries participating in The Bread Bakers Guild of America’s 5th Annual International Bakery Open House on June 27. Located at 5766 Cains Court in Edison, Breadfarm will be highlighting local wheat and using local grains in their business. The open house is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bakers
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Bellingham Farmers Market open Wednesdays at Fairhaven Village Green

FAIRHAVEN – The Bellingham Farmers Market kicks off its Wednesday market on the Fairhaven Village Green starting June 3. Fourteen farmers will bring fresh produce, plants, chicken, salmon sausages, mushrooms, flowers and more to the Wednesday Market, and screen-printed clothing, jewelry, and fine art are just a few of the items that our craft vendors will offer.
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International Plowing Match May 16 International Plowing Match May 16

LYNDEN – The International Plowing Match will be held Saturday, May 16 at Berthusen Park in Lynden. The International Plowing Association puts on this historic event, and is an active group of volunteers consisting of multi-generational plowing families and people interested in preserving the tradition of the Plowing Match. According to Northwest Washington Fairground’s history
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Celebration of Food Festival May 17 Celebration of Food Festival May 17

LYNNWOOD— Food Revolution Snohomish County, a movement aimed at encouraging growing, cooking, and eating real food, brings the 4th annual Celebration of Food Festival to Lynnwood on Sunday, May 17. The festival is a free, family event where participants can taste, explore, and experience real food from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lynnwood Convention
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Burk Ridge Farms: Grown here, for here Burk Ridge Farms: Grown here, for here

Mobile slaughter unit available; processing facility coming in 2016 by Becca Schwarz Cole Burke Ridge Farms, of Custer, launched a mobile slaughter unit last year and plans to follow up with an on-site processing facility in 2016 – a project that would complete their full-circle goal of starting, raising, and harvesting meat on-farm. Owned and
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Quit Buggin’ Me: Relieve the itch Quit Buggin’ Me: Relieve the itch

by Suzanne Jordan It’s that time again, folks! Mosquito, spider, ant, and biting pest season. Sitting outside at a BBQ, camping, and just trying to relax and enjoy the nice weather outside can be a bit frustrating when you become the object of dining for the insects that come around this time of year. The
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Food preservation series, workshops coming up Food preservation series, workshops coming up

Juicy ripe strawberries, crunchy dill pickles, delicious peaches – nothing tastes better than home-preserved foods. In addition, a well-stocked pantry is a step towards ensuring you always have plenty of food available. However, safely preserving food at home requires a bit of knowledge, time set aside, and a small investment in equipment. Learn how to
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Bees, butterflies and hummingbirds: What to plant and how to attract them Bees, butterflies and hummingbirds: What to plant and how to attract them

by David Pike The presence of bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds incites a gentle joy. Bees are also responsible for pollinating up to 70 percent of the world’s food crops, our chances of survival without them is highly debatable. Hummingbirds, besides being sugar and nectar addicts, are also very efficient mosquito eaters.  Butterflies, well, what sort
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Kermit Dogs: Serving up brats with local beer Kermit Dogs: Serving up brats with local beer

by Brent Cole As the local beer culture continues to boom, the natural next step is cooking with local beer, and that has been taken by Kermit Dogs, a bratwurst stand out of Bellingham. Owned and operated by Knut Christianson and Michael Nutt, Kermit Dogs offers beef and pork brats made with local beer (as
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Fabric donations sought for sale to benefit Camp Stitch-A-Lot

EVERETT – The Clothing and Textile Advisors (CTA) of Snohomish County in partnership with Washington State University Extension 4H Youth Development are seeking your donations of fabric, notions, trims, patterns, yarn, needlework items and related books and magazines for their 5th Annual Fabric Sale on Saturday, June 13. The proceeds from this sale go to
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