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The Local Dirt: September 2018

Sep 1st, 2018 | Category: News

Burlington Parks and Recreation is collecting zucchinis for the upcoming Burlington Harvest Festival and Pumpkin Pitch scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thousands of gourds and zucchinis are needed to supply the Zucchini Car Race activity booth. Drop your zucchinis off at 900 E. Fairhaven Ave, the Burlington Parks and Recreation Office between Sept. 17-28. For more information, call Burlington Parks and Rec Office 360-755-9649. the local dirt web

The 7th Cascadia Skillshare and Barter Faire will be Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15-16, including family friendly demonstrations and activities of practical and old-timey skills. A bartering area will be available to exchange homemade and grown goods. Camping available Saturday evening. For early bird tickets, to volunteer or to present a skill, visit www.cascadiaskillshare.org or email info@cascadiaskillshare.org.

The 6th Annual Food Truck Round Up will be Saturday, Sept. 29, with proceeds benefit Whatcom County Food Banks. The event features 23 local food trucks, a beer garden with Kulshan Brewing Co. beer, live music by SpaceBand, and a family area hosted by Nature’s Path Foods. Tickets are $7 per person (kids 12 and under free) and available at any Industrial Credit Union branch or purchase at www.industrialcu.org. Don’t forget to buy Truck Bucks – the event currency – to make purchases at the food trucks and beer garden. Vendors will not accept any other currency (debit/credit, cash, etc). The event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Barkley Village Green, 2215 Rimland Drive, Bellingham.

The Anacortes Farmers Market’s annual Pie Festival is set for Saturday, Sept. 29. The market will celebrate all things pie from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., including a pie baking contest, bake sale, kids activities, and pie related goods from vendors. Do you want to enter your favorite pie? Prizes will be awarded for Best Amateur, Best Professional and many Honorable Mentions. Enter up to two pies per person, with entry fee per pie. Love to make pies but don’t want to enter the contest? Donate it to the bake sale! The same Health Department restrictions apply to bake sale goods (shelf-stable only; no cream pies) as the Pie Contest. For a list of rules and guidelines, see www.anacortesfarmersmarket.org.

Join WSU Whatcom Master gardeners during the free Community Garden Tour on Thursday, Sept. 13, noon-2:30 p.m. Participants arrive at 11:45 a.m. at the WSU Extension office at 1000 N. Forest St. Parking lot; carpool leaves at noon. No registration required. Stops include: We Grow Garden, located at 1801 Ellis St. across from Bellingham Food Bank; St. Joes Hospital Therapy Garden; and Christ the King Foodbank Farm, 6069 Hannegan Rd. For more information, contact Beth Chisholm at beth.chisholm@wsu.edu or (360) 778-5811.

The Mount Vernon Farmers Market  is hosting Teacher Appreciation Day on Saturday, Sept. 15 to honor all Skagit Valley Teachers. Gifts, VIP treatment, and a special ceremony will be at noon. Be there at Riverwalk Park in downtown Mount Vernon. See www.mountvernonfarmersmarket.org.

Slow Food Whidbey Island is hosting a Sausage Making Demo on Thursday, Oct. 4 from 5:30-8 p.m. The event will be held at Deer Lagoon Grange in Langley and is open to the public. Chef George Petrich will show you how to make Brats sausages. The demonstration will consist of grinding pork from Three Sisters in Coupeville, measuring the seasonings, mixing up the sausage, stuffing it into casings and finally cooking. Samples will be offered during the demo and recipes will be provided to take home. RSVP to Kathy Floyd at kathy46@whidbey.com. The cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members.

The 7th Annual Women in Agriculture Conference will be held this year on Saturday, Oct. 27. “Pump Up Your Financial Fitness” is the theme. The conference is a one-day event held simultaneously at locations throughout Washington, as well as Alaska, Idaho, Montana and Oregon. The day starts with learning how to use your “financial numbers” to establish a cash flow that includes your farm and personal living expenses to strengthen your farm operation. Following is a local panel of women farmers who will talk about the different ways they balance their lives, as well as a speaker and time for networking and Q&A. Visit www.WomenInAg.wsu.edu, or contact Donna Rolen at donna.rolen@wsu.edu   or Margaret Viebrock at Viebrock@wsu.edu.

The SICBA Home Tour will be Friday through Sunday, Sept. 14-16, hosted by the Skagit/Island Counties Builders Association (SICBA). See homes by local builders. For more information, see sicba.org.

 

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