Sunday, June 17, 2018

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Farmers Markets: Where to go this season


Farmers Markets: Where to go this season

Farmers Market season is officially here, bringing farmers, food producers, crafters and other vendors together in local communities. Large or small, weekday or weekend, new or long-standing, each market offers its own unique take on the many growers and makers who live and work here. Following is a look at some of the markets taking
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Strawberry festivals: Berry Dairy Days and more this month

COUNTY – The strawberries are ready, and local communities are preparing their annual celebrations. The following events are taking place this month: • The 87th annual Marysville Strawberry Festival will be Saturday, June 9-17. Activities and entertainment include rides, children’s activities, arts, crafts, parades, a car show, live entertainment, Berry Fun Run, talent show, strawberries
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Imagine This! Tour set for June 23

WHATCOM – The 16th Annual Imagine This! Home & Landscape Tour will be June 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Highlights from the tour include the United States newest and most northerly Net Zero Energy home certified by the International Living Future Institute. Another stop showcases a low-impact method of packing clay-rich earth, straw,
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Annual Llama/Alpaca Information & Education Day coming up

BELLINGHAM – The 11th annual Llama/Alpaca Information & Education Day will be Saturday, June 23. A day of workshops and education about alpacas and llamas is free to anyone that currently owns or is interested in owning these animals. RSVP is required to attend. A group of caring owners and speakers will discuss care, basic
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Orcas garden tour includes six stops

ORCAS – The annual Orcas Island Garden Club presents its annual tour on Saturday and Sunday, June 23-24 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The theme is “Hidden Orcas Treasures,” and includes six gardens to explore a variety of special places: whimsical garden art, ornamental and flower garden amidst a cedar forest, flower and veggie
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A Rosy Day Out: Christianson’s Nursery presents annual rose festival

MOUNT VERNON –Christianson’s Nursery hosts its 15th Annual Rose Festival, on Saturday, June 16 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  “A Rosy Day Out” features keynote speaker Ciscoe Morris, as well as presentations from John “Rosebud” Harmeling about climbing roses and Robyn Swesey on sustainable rose growing. All presentations will be located in the Big
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Meals on Wheels’ Rocks the Farm benefits senior nutrition Meals on Wheels’ Rocks the Farm benefits senior nutrition

Home-delivered meals, clients increasing  Photo by Mary Vermillion For Meals and Wheels and More, meeting the nutritional needs of seniors is serious business. But, the organization’s July 28 Meals on Wheels Rocks the Farm event at Bellingham Country Gardens is pure fun. More than 200 people attended last year’s inaugural farm event, which was the
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Food preservation series starts this month Food preservation series starts this month

Rich, red strawberry jam, crunchy dill pickles, homemade salsa – nothing tastes better than home-preserved foods. In addition, a well-stocked pantry is a big step towards ensuring your family always has plenty of healthy food available. However, safely preserving food at home requires a bit of knowledge, time set aside, and a small investment in
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Savor the season: Spring recipes Savor the season: Spring recipes

by Rio Thomas April was a wild ride of unpredictable weather for gardeners and farmers who have no choice but to play the hand that we are dealt as we strive to nurture the seeds we’ve sown with faith that the days will lengthen, sunny breaks will happen, urged along by visions of delicious things
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Spring classes: Dahlias, fruit trees, hydrangeas, and more Spring classes: Dahlias, fruit trees, hydrangeas, and more

April boasts a number of opportunities for learning about plants of all kinds. Check out some of the informational sessions coming up as well as some more super sales of the season! The annual Whatcom County Dahlia Tuber Sale, presented by the Whatcom County Dahlia Society, will be Saturday, April 7. Visitors can explore and
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Avenue Bread: Love of the loaf Avenue Bread: Love of the loaf

Local grains: Flour from Skagit Valley’s Cairnspring Mills by Mary Vermillion There is something new baking at Bellingham’s venerable Avenue Bread. Launched just last year, its Avenue Craft line features breads made with flour from Cairnspring Mills, a mill in the Skagit Valley that turns grains grown by local farmers into flavorful and nutritious baking
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Tile by tile: Debbie Dickinson builds community with mosaics Tile by tile: Debbie Dickinson builds community with mosaics

by Mary Vermillion The RE Store gets tile donations. A lot of tile. To be exact, in 2017, the Bellingham reclaimed and used building materials store sold 41,244 pounds of tile. The year before, it was nearly 55,000 pounds. When you have that much tile, you need a partner to help move through it all.
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