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Events: Sept-Oct 2010

Sep 16th, 2010 | Category: Events

SEPTEMBER

Lynden FFA Corn Maze: Support the Lynden FFA Booster Club at the club’s annual Corn Maze, located on Hannegan Road just south of Lynden, throughout the month of September (weather permitting)!  Through Sept. 26  Visit www.lyndenffa.com

“Falling into Art” at the La Conner Seaside gallery: Features the “Contemporary Northwest Masters” group. Show will run through Oct. 31. Featured artists will be Dave Nichols, Annette Tamm, Michael Lewis, Galina Doder, Mark Conley, Ned Mueller, and Grant Saylor. 112 Morris Street, La Conner.

Harvest Jubilee: Sept. 25. Discover the agricultural richness of the northwest corner of Snohomish County and Camano Island. Exhibits, demonstrations, animals, hayrides, produce, pumpkins. Festival hub downtown Stanwood features BBQ, fine art, vendors and crafts, plants and produce, barn dances and live music. Locations in Stanwood and Camano Island. Call (360) 629-0562

Celebrate Skagit Harvest Dinner and Auction: Saturday, Sept. 25. Fundraiser for Skagitonians to Preserve Farmland. All proceeds will benefit SPF’s work to protect and preserve farmland in the Skagit Valley. Enjoy an evening of Diamonds and Denim with Emcee Rebecca Stevenson, KIRO TV Chief Meteorologist. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Silent auctions, live music, appetizers and champagne. Dinner includes fresh local foods from the bounty of the Skagit Valley prepared by well-known chefs Thomas Palmer, Martin Hahn and former Canlis chef and cookbook author Greg Atkinson of Seattle. St. Joseph Center, Mount Vernon. Tickets are $70 per person, $560 per table (8 people). Call Skagitonians to Preserve Farmland at (360) 336-3974. www.skagitonians.org

Fall Fest: A family-oriented event on Saturday, Sept. 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. that honors, celebrates, and shares in the bounty of our local agriculture and gives residents a chance to experience some of the fun that can be had down on the farm. Fall Fest emphasizes local products – local foods, local craftspeople, and the homespun arts. Live entertainment, kids activities, workshops, displays and more. Downtown Mount Vernon.

How to Use Freshly Harvested Herbs In Your Cooking: Saturday, Sept. 25, Garden Spot Nursery,  Bellingham. 9 a.m. Spend the morning with Mary Ellen Carter, food writer, author of three cookbooks, teacher of culinary arts and owner of Verde Specialty Foods. Bring your foodie friends and learn Mary Ellen’s favorite tips preparing great food. Class is free. Call 676-5480 to register.

Harvest Festival & Pumpkin Pitch: Saturday, Sept. 25, 11 a.m. at Skagit River Park, 1100 S. Skagit, Burlington. Medieval type machines hurling pumpkins through the air, zucchini car races, pumpkin painting contest and lots of kids activities, all free! Call (360) 755-9649.

Discover Fall and Winter Color: Saturday, Sept. 25. Discover how to grow and maintain the many trees and shrubs with vibrant fall leaf color, interesting bark, and colorful berries. Learn about hardy plants to increase fall and winter color in your landscape. 10 a.m. Bakerview Nursery & Garden Center, Bellingham.

Whatcom Harvest Dinner 2010: The 9th annual Whatcom Harvest Dinner on Sunday, Sept 26 at Boxx Berry Farm in Ferndale will feature a gourmet multi-course meal of locally grown food products. The event is a true community collaboration between food and sustainability based organizations, producer farmers, catering and restaurateur professionals, and you. Event starts at 4pm, price: $25 – $50, (360) 354-1337, http://www.whatcomharvestdinner.com

Worm Your Way into Composting: Thursday, Sept. 30. Why throw food peelings and yard clippings into the garbage when you can harvest their nutrients by turning them into soil enriching compost? Learn the basics of how easy it is to compost your food scraps by harnessing the work of worms in this vermicomposting class with Callie Martin, the Waste Reduction Community Education/Outreach Specialist for Skagit County. 6:30 p.m. Free. Skagit Valley Co-op Room 309.

OCTOBER
The Annual Fall Festival: Oct. 2. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Everson. The festival greets patrons with a Cornucopia of the Autumn harvest. Come early for the best picks of baked goods, local produce, holiday gift items, and antiques. Lunch will be served for purchase. Event supports church and community causes. 5782 Lawrence Rd, Everson, WA. Call (360) 592-5876.

Cloud Mountain Farm’s annual Fruit Festival: Saturday, Oct. 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. An annual event for the past 21 years, the festival features 200 varieties of common and uncommon fruits, cider, nuts, plus rare fruit jellies and sauces for participants to taste. All fruits you can grow in Northwest Washington. Live music. A nominal fee goes to support the Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation. Cloud Mountain Farm, 6906 Goodwin Road, Everson. Call (360) 966-5859 or visit cloudmountainfarm.com.

12th Annual Skagit Valley Festival of Family Farms: Saturday, Oct. 2 and Sunday, Oct. 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. A total of 13 farms are open to the public. Meet local farmers, and explore a variety of Skagit Valley’s farms: dairy, vegetable, livestock, organic, orchard, shellfish, berry and vineyard Hay rides, animal viewing and equipment displays. Farm fresh treats and kids activities available. Free admission, free parking.

Lynden Pumpkin Festival: Oct. 9. Downtown Lynden. Prizes for largest pumpkins; kids and adult categories. Visit www.lynden.org.

Sample the Apple and Pear Harvest: Oct. 10, Mount Vernon. This is a sample the harvest-only event. No seminars or field demonstrations. Takes place in the Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation’s Fruit Garden. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants sign in at the registration table. Free to WWFRF members. Cost is $15 per individual and $30 per family. Participants are only allowed to harvest a few samples of the various fruit varieties. Sweet apple cider will be available for tasting. For more information, visit http://www.wwfrf.org/sample-apple-harvest.htm

Fall Rose Care: Judy, the resident rose expert at Bakerview Nursery & Garden Center, will discuss all you need to know for growing your roses through fall. She’ll also cover pruning and overwintering techniques for all the different kinds of roses. Free for all ages. 10 a.m. at Bakerview Nursery & Garden Center, Bellingham. Call (360) 676-0400.

Fall Craft and Antique Show: October 14-16, 2010. Lots of homemade items, crafts and antiques for sale. Northwest Washington Fairgrounds, Lynden. Free parking. Visit www.lyndencraftantiqueshow.com.

Harvest Festival at Jones Creek Farm: Oct. 15-17. Tour the farm and sample some of the many apple varieties still on the trees. Also U-pick Pumpkin patch, hay rides, fresh hot cider, food and refreshments and plenty of U-pick apples. 32260 Burrese Road, Sedro-Woolley. Call (360) 826 6820 or visit www.skagitvalleyfruit.com.

3rd Annual Langley Lively Oktoberfest: Runs through Sunday, Oct. 3, throughout downtown Langley. Bratwursts, brews, and oompah-pahs will spice up the seaside town of Langley on Whidbey Island during OktoberFest. (360) 221-6765.

Greenbank Farm Oktoberfest: Come and support the Farm at the 4th Annual Oktoberfest fundraiser. Enjoy “wÅnderbar” German Bier and Wine with German fare including authentic bratwurst and pretzels. Live entertainment. Call for ticket prices. Greenbank Farm, 765 Wonn Rd., Greenbank. Call (360) 678-7700.

Scarecrow Corridor: Runs through Sunday, October 31. Throughout Coupeville. Scarecrow decorating contest that takes place throughout Coupeville. Drive or walk to enjoy each uniquely decorated scarecrow scattered throughout town. Winners announced at Harvest Fest on Oct. 9. 360-678-5434

Beyond Local & Organic: Oct. 22. A free conversation about the future of sustainable agriculture in Washington and beyond from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Sakuma Auditorium of the WSU Mount Vernon Research Center. The event features three panelists: Jack Kloppenburg is a professor in the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology at the University of Wisconsin Madison and is well-known for his work in examining the social impacts of agricultural systems, especially as related to agricultural research, plant breeding, local food systems and farm to school initiatives; Diane Dempster has been involved in organic agriculture in Washington for over 20 years. Diane currently serves as the president of Washington Tilth, is the organic buyer for Charlie’s Produce in Seattle and manages Farmers Own, a division of Charlie’s which contracts with growers to act as their sales agent; and Branden Born is an assistant professor in the Department of Urban Design and Planning at the University of Washington specializing in food systems planning. Refreshments are provided. For more details, call (360) 848-6120 or visit http://www.mountvernon.wsu.edu

“Make It And Take It” Harvest Wreath: Oct. 23. Your own European-style Harvest Wreath. Fabulous Floral Designer Ed Keller will get you started with design tips. You have the fun of weaving and tying corn stalks, wheat, fall leaves, berries, grasses from our bountiful tables of harvested material. All perfectly finished with French Ribbons. A workshop fee of $40 at Garden Spot Nursery, Bellingham, 9 a.m. (360) 676-5480,

Energy Efficiency and Deep Energy Reduction in the Home: Oct. 27. In this presentation, Steve Hoffman will provide a brief update on some of our most serious energy issues, and then discuss how we can solve them–for instance, by making our homes more energy-efficient. He will discuss the ‘state of the art’ in home energy efficiency, and how it’s done.  6:30 p.m., Skagit Valley Co-op, Room 309. Free.

Fall Clean-Up for Your Garden and Landscape: Oct. 30 The end of the season “things to do” before winter arrives. We’ll discuss hanging basket and tender bulb storage, composting, mulching, and more. 2 p.m. Bakerview Nursery & Garden Center, Bellingham.

Great Pumpkin River Race and Celebration: Oct. 23. Great Pumpkin River Race and Celebration in downtown Snohomish. Childrens crafts, face painting, pumpkin painting, carved pumpkin contest, Costumed Pet & Owner sidewalk parade, lots of free games and more. $5gets your pumpkin into the race, cash prizes to the winners! Free to attend. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit www.CityofSnohomish.com

Festival of Pumpkins: Five pumpkin farms in Snohomish County offer pumpkins, corn mazes and so much more. Open through October; some farms open end of September. For complete listings and more information, visit http://www.festivalofpumpkins.org/

Harvest Fest: Oct 16. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mama’s Garden, Acme.  

FARMERS MARKETS

Anacortes: Saturdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Depot Arts Center, 7th & R Avenue / www.anacortesfarmersmarket.org, (360) 293-7922

Bellingham: Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Depot Market Center, Railroad & Chestnut, and Wednesdays from noon to 5 p.m. at the Village Green / www.bellinghamfarmersmarket.org.

Blaine Gardener’s Market: 2nd and 4th Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at H Street Plaza. For more information, contact Ron Snyder at (360) 332-8082.

Bow Little Market: Biweekly Thursdays, 1-7 p.m., through October 28. On the green in front of Belfast Feed Store, near the corner of Bow Hill Road on Old Highway 99. (360) 724-3333; www.bowlittlemarket.com.

Concrete: Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Concrete Senior Center. For more information, contact (360) 856-2093 or e-mail concretesaturdaymarket@gmail.com.

Ferndale: Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Riverwalk park. For more information, contact Lisa Garrison at (360) 384-3042 or e-mail ffm@ferndale-chamber.com.

Lopez Island: Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Wednesdays from 3-6 p.m. through Sept. 11. For more information, call (360) 468-4664 or visit www.lopezisland.com.

Lummi Island: Saturday mornings, 2106 South Nugent Road. For more information, contact (360) 758-2190.

Lynden (gardener’s market): 1st and 3rd Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. through August at the Living Fountain Fellowship, 1105 Loomis Trail Road / http://thegardenersmarket.typepad.com

Mount Vernon: Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Gates and Main, and Wednesdays from 2:30 – 5:30 p.m. at Skagit Valley Hospital / www.mountvernonfarmersmarket.org

North Bellingham “Tailgate” farmers market: Hope in Christ Church parking lot, corner of James and Sunset, at 710 E Sunset Drive. 5-8 p.m. For more information, contact Jen Roberts at (360) 296-1685.

Orcas Island: Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Eastsound Village Green / www.orcasislandfarmersmarket.org

San Juan: Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at San Juan County Courthouse parking lot / www.sjifarmersmarket.com

Sedro-Woolley: Wednesdays from 3-7 p.m. at Hammer Heritage Square / www.sedrowoolleyfarmersmarket.com

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