Friday, August 1, 2014

What's Up! Magazine
Celebrating local food, farms and the DIY spirit in the great Northwest
Local flower farms growing in wholesale co-op market


Local flower farms growing in wholesale co-op market

by Jessamyn Tuttle Living on a flower farm seems an idyllic existence, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t hard work. “We’re not working the fields in a sunhat with a basket,” said Vivian Larson, owner of Everyday Flowers in Stanwood. “We’re getting up at four or five.” Larson, who has been growing flowers for 25
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Food preservation courses available

Washington State University Extension is offering an eight-lesson, online program for anyone wishing to learn about food preservation. Designed for beginners as well as veteran canners who want to update their knowledge and recipes, Preserve the Taste of Summer provides the most current USDA-approved food preservation recommendations. The online lessons can be viewed at any
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Growing Veterans starts Thursday stand at Seattle VA Hospital Growing Veterans starts Thursday stand at Seattle VA Hospital

Growing Veterans is now a vendor on Thursdays at the VA Hospital in Seattle. The group brings their produce, grown on a few acres outside of Lynden, as well as items from their partner organization, Growing Washington, based in Everson. Laura Merritt, of VA Puget Sound Health Care System, worked with Growing Veterans to bring
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Yes We Can canned beer fest, Whatcom Wine and Spirits event set

BELLINGHAM – A new Yes We Can canned beer festival will be held in Bellingham on July 4 at Elizabeth Station from 6 to 10 p.m. A total of 30 northwest breweries will be represented at the first canned craft beer festival, as well as food vendors, yard games (for kids and adults), and more.
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New location for Bite of Skagit

ANACORTES – The annual Bite of Skagit event will be held at a new location this year this year due to ongoing construction in downtown Mount Vernon. The event moves to the Waterfront Park at Swinomish Casino and Lodge in Anacortes, held on Saturday, July 26 from noon to 4 p.m. This annual fundraiser sponsored
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Field Day: Tour research fields, BBQ and more on July 10

MOUNT VERNON – A field tour, research updates and barbecue will highlight the free, public field day beginning at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, July 10, at the Washington State University Mount Vernon Research and Extension Center at 16650 State Route 536. The annual event will begin with a walking tour of nearly 100 acres of active
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Coops and crops tour coming up in Anacortes Coops and crops tour coming up in Anacortes

Morning poultry workshop offered The annual coop and crop tour in Anacortes takes place Saturday, July 26. This family-friendly event shows visitors the coops and gardens of 11 sites within Anacortes city limits, and offers a morning poultry workshop at the Anacortes Farmers Market. Local resident and organizer Linda Zielinski shared some thoughts with us about
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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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Popsicles: Cool treats for the kids Popsicles: Cool treats for the kids

Kids like cool treats, especially during the summer time. There’s nothing more fun and refreshing than an ice-cold treat on a hot summer day. That, and a swimming hole or lake to jump in. Summer’s fresh berries are delicious, key ingredients in making cool treats (if you haven’t eaten all of them before you get
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Exploring Small Grains Field Day June 25 Exploring Small Grains Field Day June 25

Edison Wheat: Focus on Bellingham plant breeder Merrill Lewis’ spring wheat by Cathy McKenzie New varieties of wheat adapted for the mild marine climate of the Pacific Northwest will be featured at this year’s Small Grains Field Day on June 25 at WSU Mount Vernon. And there will be plenty of samples on hand to highlight
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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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Youth vendors try out local markets Youth vendors try out local markets

Young local artists are using opportunities at community farmers markets to sell their handmade items and learn about vending. Several local markets offer kids areas or specific vending days for youths to bring their crafts, creations, plants and other items, at a free or discounted price. The Bellingham Farmers Market holds a Kids Vending Day
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