Thursday, January 29, 2015

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Anacortes, Bellingham, San Juan host monthly winter farmers markets

Jan 4th, 2015 | By

NORTHWEST – Monthly farmers markets will meet this winter in Anacortes, Bellingham and San Juan Island. The Anacortes Farmers Market will meet the second Saturday in January through April (Jan. 10, Feb. 14, March 14 and April 11) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Depot in Anacortes. For more information, see www.anacortesfarmersmarket.org. The
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Seed swaps coming up

Jan 4th, 2015 | By

WHATCOM – The 7th annual Community Seed Swap and fundraiser will be held Sunday, Jan. 25 from 2:30 to 5 pm. at The Majestic, 1027 N. Forest Street in Bellingham. Doors are open to the public from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Participants bringing seeds to share should label envelopes with plant strain and date (only
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Pioneer Farm’s Sugar Hubbard Squash seed named to Ark of Taste catalog

Jan 4th, 2015 | By

WHIDBEY – Slow Food USA and Slow Food International’s “Ark of Taste” have added Pioneer’s Farm Sugar Hubbard Squash to those seeds being preserved and shared, according to a press release from Slow Food Whidbey representative Debra Richardson. “After the seed was first developed in the late 1940s, three generations of Shermans have continued the
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Therapy animals: A look at how some local groups are helping people of all ages

Jan 3rd, 2015 | By
Therapy animals: A look at how some local groups are helping people of all ages

Horses Healing Heroes, Animals as Natural Therapy, and JNK Llama Farm by Jessamyn Tuttle A few years ago Arleen Gibson of Monroe hosted a friend who had just returned from the Gulf War with PTSD. “He helped around the farm with my horses. The horses seemed to have such a calming effect,” she said. Gibson, whose
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Lots of options, materials for making January projects

Jan 3rd, 2015 | By
Lots of options, materials for making January projects

The holidays are through and January is here, and for many folks, this means working on winter crafts and projects. Want to paint pottery? Work with wool? Knit, crochet, quilt, spin? There are lots of options in our northwest corner. Here are just a few. Creativitea is always a fun place to visit, especially in
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Winter comfort: Local spots to eat, drink and be cozy

Jan 3rd, 2015 | By
Winter comfort: Local spots to eat, drink and be cozy

by Jessamyn Tuttle On a dark, rainy day, or one of those bitter evenings when cold wind whips through your coat, there’s nothing better than hunkering down in a cozy café or restaurant with a pot of tea, a bowl of soup, a pint of beer or a big slice of pie. A glowing fireplace
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Winter hardy houseplants: Tips to keep your plants healthy

Jan 3rd, 2015 | By
Winter hardy houseplants: Tips to keep your plants healthy

by David Pike The cold, dark days of winter bring an end to most gardening ventures, but the joy of growing plants doesn’t have to come to a standstill. Houseplants can provide a source of year-round natural beauty and help enliven indoor spaces. Many houseplants are hardy enough to survive our tough conditions; thriving in
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Three simple meals on a budget

Jan 3rd, 2015 | By
Three simple meals on a budget

by Laura Boynton Here are three easy recipes to add to your collection that will save both time and money. Enjoy them with family and cultivate appreciation for the simple act of gathering and sharing. After all the holiday season’s truffles, pies, turkeys, hams and eggnog, the respite of a simple meal is welcome. I
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Ralph’s Greenhouse: An interview with Ray de Vries

Jan 3rd, 2015 | By
Ralph’s Greenhouse: An  interview with Ray de Vries

Growing a legacy of leeks and more by Jessamyn Tuttle It might seem confusing at first that Ralph’s Greenhouse, a large vegetable farm on the Skagit flats outside Mount Vernon, only has one greenhouse and is owned by a guy named Ray, but it all makes sense if you go back a few decades. Ray
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Annual Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting Feb. 9

Jan 3rd, 2015 | By

BELLINGHAM – The annual NW Washington Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting takes place Monday, Feb. 9 at St. Luke’s Education Center  in Bellingham, offering connections for local farmers, fishers, food producers, regional buyers and others interested in local food. Participants from Whatcom, Skagit, San Juan, Island and beyond are welcome to attend. There will be formal and
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