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EVENTS: Sept-Oct 2011

Sep 9th, 2011 | Category: Events


All About Herbs: Nutritional, Medicinal, and Culinary Uses With Nutritionist Karl Mincin: Tuesday, Sept. 6. Learn about local edible plants as well as the culinary, nutritional and medicinal uses of herbs from around the world, including herbal alternatives to medication and guidelines for drug-herb interactions.  Convert your spice cabinet into a medicine cabinet.  6:30 p.m. Room 309, Skagit Valley Co-op. Register by calling (360) 336-5087 ×136.

Raw Foods Class with Bazil Brainard: Wednesday, Sept. 7. Come learn how to make your own raw food with Bazil Brainard. She has been studying nutrition for the past five years and worked in a raw food kitchen. 6:30 p.m. Room 309, Skagit Valley Co-op. Register by calling (360) 336-5087 ×136. $5 Co-op members, $10 general public.

Healing Herb Gardens: Wednesday, Sept. 7. Birchwood Garden Club’s monthly meeting. Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room, 121 Prospect Street, Bellingham, 7 p.m. Suzanne Jordan from Cedar Mountain Herb School with be lecturing on “Healing Herb Gardens.” For more info, visit

Amy Pennington: Friday, Sept. 9. Pennington talks about her book, “Apartment Gardening: Plants, Projects, and Recipes for Growing Food in Your Urban Home,” which covers everything readers need to start and tend their own urban gardens. 7 p.m. Village Books, Bellingham. Co-sponsored by Sustainable Connections’ Eat Local First! campaign, and the Community Food Co-Op.

Whatcom County Farm Tour: Saturday, Sept. 10. Organized by Sustainable Connections, this tour features a total of 10 farms, two wineries and the Bellingham Farmers Market. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The tour is free and self-guided, with maps available online ( or in print at the Community Food Co-ops, Haggen stores in Whatcom, and Bellingham Farmers Market, among other places.

2nd Annual South Fork Nooksack River Canoe Clean Up: Saturday, Sept. 10. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join NSEA, the NW Straits Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, RE Sources for Sustainable Communities, and local businesses and paddle down the South Fork of the Nooksack River in an effort to remove litter after the summer tubing season. Some canoes and life jackets will be provided, but folks are encouraged to bring their own canoes. Registration required. For more information, call (360) 715-0283 or visit

Fall in the Orchard Workshop: Saturday, Sept. 10. Free workshop will discuss ways to determine if fruit is ready to be picked, proper picking, and best storage methods, as well as fall and winter orchard chores to help keep your trees at their healthiest. Be prepared to be outside. 10:30 a.m. to noon, Cloud Mountain Farm, Everson. Call 966-5859.

Skagitonians to Preserve Farmland discussion: Saturday, Sept. 10. 1 to 2 p.m. Complimentary, but reservations requested. Learn about SPF’s current work involving Skagit Valley agriculture. Guest speakers are Dave Hedlin, SPF Board Member, Founding Member and Co-chair, and his wife, both of Hedli Farms, and SPF member Serena Campbell. To make your reservation, call (360) 466-3821. Christianson’s Nursery. 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon.

Whatcom County Dahlia Society Annual Flower Show: Saturday, Sept. 10 noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 11 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bloedel-Donovan Park, 2214 Electric Ave, Bellingham. Free admission. Large exhibit of over 2,000 Dahlia flowers, with different types, sizes, and colors, brought in from all over Washington and Canada. Call (360) 354-4346.

Designing & Planting Bulb Gardens for Spring Color: Discover spring-blooming bulbs, how to winterize your tender dahlias and gladiolas, and all the finer points for perennial success! 2 p.m. Free. Bakerview Nursery, 945 E. Bakerview Road, Bellingham. Call (360) 676-0400.

Frances Moore Lappé Special Event: Monday, Sept. 12. Sponsored by Sustainable Connections Food & Farming program, Village Books and the Community Food Co-op. 5 to 8 p.m., Leopold Crystal Ballroom, 1224 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham. Talk to the author, enjoy appetizers and beverages, and browse/buy her books. All proceeds from the reception will be donated to the Community Food Co-Op’s Farm Fund. Tickets are $20 each for the author reception. The talk and signing at 7 p.m. is free. Visit

Cinda Baxter presentation: Wednesday, Sept. 14. Baxter, founder of The 3/50 Project speaks at Wine Cellars of Washington, 1011 Second Steet, Snohomish. 6 to 9 p.m. Relying on the simple premise “Pick 3, spend 50, save your local economy,” learn about The 3/50 Project’s basics and how to strengthen your own business and community. Guests also get a peak of the Wine Cellars of Washington slated to open in Oct. Visit for event info. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door.

Cheers to the Chocolatiers: Thursday, Sept. 15. Chocolate Necessities celebrates 25 years in business. Open house toast. Night in Paris theme, with truffle tastes and other highlights to benefit a non-profit. 5 to 9 p.m. at the American Museum of Radio and Electricity, Bellingham. Suggested donation, cash bar, and some drawings for prizes. Live music. Call (360) 676-0589 or e-mail

Kneading Conference West: Thursday, Sept. 15 through Saturday, Sept. 17. Features a number of presenters, clinics, tours and information about local grains and strengthening local food systems. Mount Vernon. The keynote presentations on Thursday and Friday evenings will be free and open to the public. Dr. Stephen Jones will address “The Re-Decentralization of Wheat Systems: Kicking the Commodity Habit,” and Jeffrey Hamelman will share “From a Baker’s Point of View: Accomplishments & Challenges.”  The full schedule, registration and other info at

Permaculture 101: Friday, Sept. 16. 6 p.m.  Co-op classroom (1st floor), all welcome. Sign-up in stor or e-mail Sno-Isle Natural Foods Co-op, 2804 Grand Avenue, Everett.

Let’s Talk Mushrooms: Saturday, Sept.17. 10 a.m.  Co-op classroom (1st floor), all welcome. Sign-up in store or e-mail Sno-Isle Natural Foods Co-op, 2804 Grand Avenue, Everett.

Essential Oils 101: Saturday, Sept. 17. 1 p.m. Co-op classroom (1st floor), all welcome. Sign-up in store or e-mail Sno-Isle Natural Foods Co-op, 2804 Grand Avenue, Everett.

One Potato, Two Potato: Saturday, Sept. 17. Join Common Threads Farm for this potato digging and cooking party for kids and families! Agate Pond Preserve, 3695 Agate Bay Lane, Bellingham. 2 to 4 p.m. Free, all welcome. Donations accepted, potatoes will be for sale. Visit

Eat Local First Co-op BBQ: Saturday, Sept. 17. Celebrate Eat Local Month with the Community Food Co-op at this local foods barbeque! 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Community Food Co-op, Cordata Store, 315 Westerly Road, Bellingham. Local beef and veggie kabobs, grilled corn on the cob, peach iced tea and more. Music from Bellingham’s Pretty Little Feet.

Wine and Table Grape Harvesting Workshop: Saturday, Sept. 17. Free workshop discsusses pre-harvest issues, the first steps involved in your grape crush and more. Be prepared to be outside. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Cloud Mountain Farm, Everson. Call (360) 966-5859.

Fairhaven Salmon BBQ and Sidewalk Sale: Saturday, Sept. 17. Wild king salmon, coleslaw, corn on the cob, beverage and dessert for $15, or a kids hot dog meal for $6. Live music, face painting, photo booth, balloons, games, raffles, kid friendly vendors and more. 1 to 4 p.m. Historic Fairhaven Village Green, Bellingham. Sidewalk Sale 11a.m. to 5 p.m.

6th Annual Whidbey Island Farm Tour: Saturday, Sept. 17 and Sunday, Sept. 18. Features 18 local farms, a variety of agricultural endeavors. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Some farms offering events at specific times. For more information, call (360) 678-4708 or visit (online brochure available). Greenbank Farm Harvest Dinner will be held Saturday morning, with entertainment by the Rural Characters. Farm-to-fork dinner featuring locally grown food. Starts at 5 p.m. For tickets, call (360) 678-7700 or visit www.greenbankfarm.

Whidbey Island Fabulous Fall Fiber Sale: Saturday, Sept. 17. Up to 20 farms come to Paradise Found Fiber Farm and celebrate all things fiber. Yarn/quality hand made goods and more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Clinton.

4th Annual Snohomish Festival of Pumpkins: Saturday, Sept. 17. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Alexander’s Farm on Ebey Island, Everett. $5 admission, $3 parking. You won’t believe your eyes as record-setter Trebarbaric and other pumpkin hurling machines fling 8-pound pumpkins into the sky in a contest for distance. The Barony of Aquaterra, local Society for Creative Anachronism chapter, hosts a Medieval Fair including a living history village, armored combats, an archery tournament and period foods. Artisan crafts and food vendors. Call (425) 308-8363 or visit

It Takes A Village: Benefit Dinner and Silent Auction for Makayla Nikolaas: Saturday, Sept. 17. All proceeds benefit Makayala’s family. Makayla, a 7th grader, was recently diagnosed with cancer. Tickets are $30 per person. Silent auction starts at 4:30 p.m. Dinner served at 5:30 p.m. and will be catered by Billy McHales, desserts provided by Barb’s Pies & Pastries. Outdoor event, please dress accordingly. Boxx Berry Farm, 6211 Northwest Road, Ferndale. For more information, call (360) 380-2699.

29th Annual Anacortes Home and Boat Tour: Sunday, Sept. 18. Tour area homes and boats, $20 donations. 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. For tickets and information, contact 293-5409 or visit the Anacortes Visitor Center, 819 Commercial Ave.

Owner Appreciation Day! Tuesday, Sept. 20. Sno-Isle Natural Foods Co-op, 2804 Grand Avenue, Everett. Contact

100 Years at the Northwest Washington Fair: Tuesday, Sept. 20. Author Sarah Eden Wallace will speak about her book “100 Years at the Northwest Washington Fair” published last year in honor of the fair’s centennial. 7 p.m. at the Hopewell Grange,  3441 Hopewell Road, Everson. Books for sale. For more details, visit

Wind Poppy Farm Annual Open House: Sat. Sept. 24 and Sunday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Specializing in ornamental grasses and unusual perennials. 3171 Unick Road, Ferndale. or call (360) 384-6804.

5th Annual Fall Fest & Spirit of the Spud: Saturday, Sept. 24. Fall Fest is a family event that emphasizes local foods, local craftspeople, and the homespun arts. Starts at 10 a.m. Downtown Mount Vernon. Includes a farmers market, antique tractor display, children’s activities, free educational workshops, a fiber arts display, community stage, food boths, and beer and wine garden. Spirit of the Spud honors the Skagit Red Potato Growers Association. Organizers are attempting to break the Guinness World Book of Records for Potatoes AuGratin. In a custom crafted pan, organizers will cook: 15,000 pounds potatoes, 400 pounds of cheese, 200 gallons of creame, and 50 pounds of garlic. All ingredients are sourced within a 10-mile radius. For more information on Spirit of the Spud, contact (360) 588-4515 or visit

Chef in the Market & Kids Day: Saturday, Sept. 24. Jessica & Mataio Gillis of Ciao Thyme will cook at 1 p.m. at the Bellingham Farmers Market. Kids vendors, as well as kids cooking activities with Common Threads Farm. Visit

Harvest Jubilee & Harvest of Art: Saturday, Sept. 24. Visit farms in the Stanwood, Camano Island, Silvana, and Warm Beach (Port Susan area) areas. Festival Hub at the Country Store in downtown Stanwood. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Features live animal exhibits, educational materials, pie baking and preserving contest, tractor rides and more. Farm breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Stanwood community & Senior Center. Visit (online map available) or call (360) 629-0562. In addition, the Harvest of Art: Farms, Fields & Foliage, Fine Art Show will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center. Visit for more information.

9th Annual Harvest Festival & Pumpkin Pitch: Saturday, Sept. 24. Celebrate the arrival of autumn at the Skagit River Park in Burlington. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Featuring pumpkin painting, pumpkin bowling, kids activities, wagon rides, pie eating contest, zucchini car races, baking pumpkin cookies and more. Food vendors on site. Watch the Trebuchet’s pitch pumpkins over 1,000 feet. For more information, contact (360) 757-0994 or

Puget Sound Farm Toy Show: Saturday, Sept. 24. 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Show, sell or trade farm and construction toys, as well as cars and trucks and more. Northwest Washington Fairgrounds (Expo Building), 1775 Front Street, Lynden.

The Wiley Weather & Sticky Soils of Whatcom County: Saturday, Sept. 24. Explore the varied and unusual microclimates and soil conditions in Whatcom County with long-time local garden expert Larry Clark. 2 p .m. Free. Bakerview Nursery, 945 E. Bakerview Road, Bellingham. Call (360) 676-0400.

Celebrate Skagit Harvest 13th Annual Dinner & Auction: Saturday, Sept. 24. Presented by Skagitonians to Preserve Farmland. Celebrate the Skagit Valley bounty with a 4-course meal, live and silent auctions, music and more. Tickets are $70 per person. Saint Joseph Center, Mount Vernon. For more information, and to preview the auction, visit

Garden to Garden Community Bike Tour: Sunday, Sept. 25. Celebrate Eat Local Month and pedal through Bellingham with Common Threads Farm to see vegetable patches grown by kids, in collaboration with Everybody Bike. Ride starts at 1 p.m., free and open to the public. Donations welcome. With Common Threads Farm. Visit for more information.

Hidden Legends Meads Tasting: Monday, Sept. 25. Sno-Isle Natural Foods Co-op, 2804 Grand Avenue, Everett. Sign up in store or e-mail

Skin and Hair Care with Essential Oils with Michelle Mahler: Tuesday, Sept. 27. Hands-on organic workshop shows you how to make your own beauty oils and hair oil treatments.Free class and notes. Optional supply fee $10-20 per item. 6:30 p.m. Skagit Valley Co-op, Room 309. To register, call (360) 336-5087×136.

Celebrate Taste Washington Day & Whatcom Farm to School: Wednesday, Sept. 28. Noon to 5 p.m. at Fairhaven Village Green, Bellingham. Celebrate Eat Local Month with the Whatcom Farm-to-School Program, and the Washington School Nutrition Association (WSNA) who partner to sponsor Taste Washington Day, an annual celebration of Washington grown foods served in school meals.


Cloud Mountain Farm’s Fall Fruit Festival: Saturday, Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 2 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Annual event for the past 22 years, close to 200 varieties of common and uncommon fruits, cider, nuts, plus rare fruit jellies and sauces for you to taste and enjoy. Live music. Admission applies. Cloud Mountain Farm, 6906 Goodwin Road, Everson. Contact or call (360) 966-5859.

Festival of Family Farms: Saturday, Oct. 1 and Sunday, Oct. 2. Explore Skagit Valley farms with events including hay rides, educational exhibits, farm tours, harvest markets, free samples, kids activities, corn and hay mazes, animal exhibits, pumpkin patches, and more. Admission and parking are free. For a farm map and other information, visit

Incognito Special Event: An Evening in the Orchard: Sunday, Oct. 2. Benefit dinner for the new Cloud Mountain Farm Center in Everson. Starts at 4:30 p.m. Ciao Thyme is teaming up with the Cloud Mountain Farm Center for a farm dinner. Begin with appetizers and wine in the orchard, followed by 5-course seasonal feast that features fruits and vegetables from Cloud Mountain farm and wines from NW vintners. Tickets are $125 per person. Call (360) 927-4890.

Dirty Farm Trek: Oct. 1. Sponsored by Van Zandt Foundation. About a 5-mile obstacle  course at the Deming Log Show Grounds, Cedarville Road, Bellingham. Registration is $30 and includes a t-shirt (if registered by Sept. 20). Winners can make donation to non-profit of their choice. Visit for more details.

Brew Ha Ha 2011: Saturday, Oct. 1. Sponsored by Whatcom Land Trust. 7 to 11 p.m. at Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro, 1107 Railroad Ave., Bellingham. Music by bandZandt, and comedy by  2nd Story Improv Players. Call (360) 650-9470 or

Lynden Pumpkin Festival: Saturday, Oct. 8. Pumpkin growers can display giant pumpkins and compete for “Heaviest Pumpkin.” Registration is free. Lynden Fairway Shopping Center, Lynden. Visit for registration forms or call (360) 354-5995.

Fall Color Garden Walk: Saturday, Oct. 15. This annual walk with John Christianson starts in the Schoolhouse rose garden and continues on to La Conner Flats, the 11-acre English Garden adjacent to the nursery. Rain or shine. 1 p.m. Complimentary, but reservations requested. Walk followed by Tea at the Granary at La Conner Flats. Call (360) 466-3190 to register.  Tea reservations are $14 per person.

Harvest Festival: Saturday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Mama’s Garden, Valley Highway, 1 mile north of Acme. Fun day on the farm including crafts for the kids, hay rides, Pumpkins, fall vegetables, squash and more.

Know and Grow Workshop: Conifers for Color in the Landscape: Tuesday, Oct. 18. Roger Ragusa of Wells Nursery in Mount Vernon will present this free workshop. 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the WSU Mount Vernon NWREC. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Call (360) 428-4270 ext 227.

Fall Berry Garden Walk:  Saturday, Oct. 29 with John Christianson. Join John Christianson in the Schoolhouse rose garden and enjoy this late season walk as he guides you through the 11-acre English Garden at La Conner Flats. Starts at 1 p.m. Call (360) 466-3190 to register.

Bow Little Market Harvest Market: Saturday, Oct. 22, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Belfast Feed Store. Call (360) 724-3333 or email

Farmers Markets

Anacortes: Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Depot Arts Center, 7th & R Avenue. For more information, contact Market Manager Keri Knapp at (360) 293-7922 or visit

Arlington: Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Legion Park, 114 N Olympic Ave. For more information, contact Mark Lovejoy at (360) 435-9272 or

Bellingham/Fairhaven: Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Depot Market Center, Railroad & Chestnut, through December, and Wednesdays from noon to 5 p.m. at the Village Green through September. For more information, visit

Birch Bay Farmers Market: Thursdays at 4-7 p.m. through September. Food, crafts, and more. Next to C-Shop at 4825 Alderson Road, Birch Bay.

Blaine Gardener’s Market: 2nd and 4th Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at H Street Plaza. The market runs through October. For more information, call (360) 332-6484.

Bow Little Market: Thursdays through Oct. 6. 1 to 6 p.m. at Belfast Feed Store, Old Highway 99 at Bow Hill Road. Call (360) 724-3333 or email

Concrete: Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Concrete Senior Center. Every Saturday through Sept. 10. The market is held at the Concrete Senior Center, just off Highway 20 at milepost 89. For more information, contact

Coupeville: Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Alexander & 8th St., Coupeville. Call (360) 678-4288.

Darrington: Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through September, Seeman Street, Darrington. Call (360) 436-2167.

Everett: Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through September, at the Marina, Port Gardner Landing, West Marine View Drive, Everett. Call (425) 258-3356.

Ferndale: Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Riverwalk Park along the Nooksack River. Open every Saturday through October. For more information, contact Tracey Bisconers at

Granite Falls: Market on Getchell, Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through September, 8416 SR 92, corner of Hwy 92 and Getchell (84th St NE). Contact

Lake Stevens: Thursdays from 5 p.m. to dusk at North Cove Park. Call (425) 425-334-1805.

Lopez Island: Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Sept. 10, Lopez Village. For more information, visit or contact Lopez Island Farmers Market Association, P.O. Box 841, Lopez Island, WA 98261.

Lummi Island: Saturdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 2106 South Nugent Road. Located next to the Islanders store and within walking distance of the ferry.

Lynden: Hosted by Five Loaves Farm, Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through October at Third Christian Reformed Church, in the north parking lot at 6th and Edson. For more information, contact Dave Timmer at (360) 961-4061 or

Mount Vernon: Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through mid-October at 1415 E. Kincaid Street at the Skagit Valley Hospital. Featuring approximately 40 vendors. The market also runs in a smaller setting on Wednesdays through mid-September at Skagit Valley Hospital at the South Entrance on Kincaid Street, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grass under the shade. For more information, visit

Oak Harbor: Every Thursday from 4-7 p.m. Fresh produce, handmade goods and food. 32630 State Route 20, Oak Harbor. Call (360) 675-0472.

Orcas Island: Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Eastsound Village Green. Approximately 35 vendors bring their produce, foods, crafts and more. For more information, visit

Point Roberts: Each Saturday from from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Sept. 3 at the Point Roberts Community Center, 1487 Gulf Road. For more information, contact Laura at

San Juan: Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at San Juan County Courthouse parking lot. Approximately 40 vendors, music and activities for kids. For more information, visit

Sedro-Woolley: Wednesdays sfrom 3-7 p.m. at Hammer Heritage Square, corner of Ferry and Metcalf Streets through Oct. 12. Vendors and more. Visit

Skagit Wholesale Market: Thursdays from 8:30–10 a.m. through September 8 at the Skagit Valley Food Co-op (covered parking lot), 202 South 1st Street, Mount Vernon. This is a time for farmers, cooks, restaurant folks and wholesale buyers to connect. For more information, email

South Whidbey: Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. through October, at 2812 Thompson Road, off State Route 525 (look for the scarecrow).

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