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Events: September 2012

Aug 31st, 2012 | Category: Events

Evergreen County Fair: Continues through Sept. 3: Monroe Fairgrounds. www.evergreenfair.org

Eat Local Month Kick-off BBQ: Saturday, Sept. 1. Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St., Bellingham. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Contact (360) 734-8158 or communityfood.coop.

Birchwood Garden Club’s September Meeting: Wednesday, Sept. 5. Buck McAdoo from Northwest Mushroomers Association (northwestmushroomers.org) will discuss mushrooms in the Northwest with a special focus on the fall season. 7 p.m. Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room, 121 Prospect Street, Bellingham. Visit birchwoodgardenclub.org.

Meat Rabbit Expo: Saturday, Sept. 8. Learn about raising rabbits for meat. Breeds and resources, with raffle tables, supplies, displays and breeders who will share information and can answer questions. Free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hannegan Farm & Home, 6931 Hannegan Road, Lynden. (360) 389-5268.

Heroes Mud Run: Saturday, Sept. 8. 9 a.m. at Green Meadow Farms, Snohomish. Heroes Mud Run is an exciting 5K for any and all skill levels. Featuring over 12 obstacles, a huge slip-and-slide, and more, this race supports police, military, and fire personnel, some charities. Bring the kids for the Little Heroes Clean & Muddy Dash! For more information, visit heroesmudrun.com.

Fall in the Orchard Workshop: Saturday, Sept. 8. At this workshop, we will discuss ways to determine if fruit is ready to be picked, proper picking, and best storage methods. We will also discuss fall and winter orchard chores to help keep your trees at their healthiest. No registration required; please be prepared to be outside. Free, donations welcomed. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson. For more information, call (360) 966-5859 or visit cloudmountainfarm.com.

Rott’n Ridge Farm Tour: Saturday, Sept. 8. The public is invited to join Snohomish Conservation District to see how the owners of this small farm are switching their sacrifice area from hog fuel to course, washed sand, fixing pasture drainage issues, and capturing barn roof water. See solar panels that have taken the owner’s utility bill from $250 to $5 per month. 10 a.m. at Pam Grudin Farm, 16227 Forty Five Road, Arlington. Register for the tour at rottnridgefarmtour.eventbrite.com. For questions, call Snohomish Conservation District at (425) 335-5634, ext 4.

Garden Treasures Pozole & Corn Roast Festival: Saturday, Sept. 8. Sample homemade jams and Patricia’s famous salsas and pozole. Garden Treasures, Arlington. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. arlingtongardentreasures.com.

Whatcom County Farm Tour: Saturday, Sept. 8. Free, self-guided tour of local farms in Whatcom County and premier event of September Eat Local Month. Includes interactive activities at each tour stop and a chance to win prizes by getting your Farm Tour passport stamped. Farm Tour stops and map available online at EatLocalFirst.org. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Contact: Sara@sconnect.org (360) 647-7093.

WSU Community First! Garden Tour: Saturday, Sept. 8. Self-guided tours of local community food gardens in Bellingham and Whatcom County, with garden members on hand and fresh produce sampling at each garden. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. For more information, contact Beth Chisholm, beth.chisholm@wsu.edu, (360) 676-6736.

Naturescaping For Wildlife in Bothell: Saturday, Sept. 8. Homeowners who would like to have more birds, butterflies and pollinating bees visit their yards are invited to attend this free class. 9 a.m. tto noon at the Brier City Hall, 2901 228th St. SW, Brier. Ryan Williams, Habitat Restorationist for Snohomish Conservation District will speak on the use of native plants, habitat needs of wildlife and streamside planting. Register at http://naturescapinginbrier.eventbrite.com.  For questions, call Ryan Williams at 425-335-5634, ext 116.

Renee Wilkerson, Modern Homestead – book event: Saturday, Sept. 8. Wilkerson gives homesteading information, including growing, raising, harvesting, and cooking from your own plot. 4 p.m. Village Books, 1200 11th Street, Bellingham. Free. More info: villagebooks.com.

Alternative Energies: Saturday, Sept 8. Come hear about the benefits of solar photovoltaics, solar water heating, and wind power for your home. Kelly Keilwitz and Mark Anderson will cover how each type of system works, as well as the various financial incentives for using renewable energy. 10 a.m. to noon at the Anacortes Farmer’s Market, 7th St & R Ave. www.anacortesfarmersmarket.org.

Local Food & Wine Pairing event: Sunday, Sept. 9. Food and wine event at Whatcom County’s newest winery, Masquerade Wine Co. Noon to 5 p.m. Admission applies. For more information, contact Bill and Jennifer Kimmerly at (360) 220-7072. Masquerade Wine Company Tasting Room, 2001 Iowa Street, Suite F, Bellingham.

Goats 101 Workshop: Sunday, Sept 9. Topics will include living quarters and  fencing, maintenance care, nutrition and feeding, toxic plants, first aid, and common diseases and ailments. The class is designed for pet goat owners. Issues specific to breeding/kidding or milk/meat production are not covered. $60 per person. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. New Moon Farm Goat Rescue & Sanctuary, 19111 Burn Rd, Arlington. To register visit www.newmoonfarm.org.

Preparing to Survive the Global Apocalypse or Tomorrow, whichever comes first: With Floyd Garner: Monday, Sept. 10. Learn survival concepts and simple, low cost methods to prepare for short and long term emergencies or disasters. Floyd Garner has taught survival, rescue and disaster preparedness for over 20 years. 6:30 p.m. Skagit Valley Co-op Room 309. Free. Pre-register with Jill at (360) 336-5087×139 or e-mail jill@skagitfoodcoop.com.

Soils and Compost Workshop, On-Farm Field Day: Tuesday, Sept. 11. Topics include the effects of compost on soil tilth, available nutrients, and the importance of soil testing as well as a mini-course on compost soil biology presented by WSU Puyallup researchers Andy Bary and Doug Collins. Current research trials in Snohomish County will be covered by WSU Agricultural Extension Faculty Andrew Corbin. Information will also be provided about the operation of the manure-based anaerobic digester system near Monroe. Free, public welcome. Pre-register. Lunch will be provided only for those that register in advance at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/271034. For more information, contact Nicholas Steele at nicholasr.steele@wsu.edu or (425) 357-6026.

Snohomish County Mycological Society meeting: Wednesday, Sept. 12. Presents Britt Bunyard, Microbiology Professor at University of WI, and Mushroom Expert, will be giving a FREE talk on mushrooms. Public welcome.  @ 7:30 p.m. Baker Community Center, 1401 Poplar St, Everett. For more info email: president@scmsfungi.org

Rain Barrel Construction & Installation: Wednesday, Sept. 12. Hands-on demonstration of rain barrel installation, and construction of your own 55-gallon rain barrel to take home and install. 6 to 8 p.m. The Sustainable Living Center, Bellingham. Cost includes rain barrel and parts. Pre-registration required.

Canning Meats and Fish: Wednesday, Sept 12. With Vivian Smallwood, WSU Master Canner. 7 p.m. Sedro-Woolley Country Store, 915 Moore St. www.skagitfarmers.com.

Soils Health and Improvement in Snohomish: Thursday, Sept. 13. Want to make something grow? Then there’s nothing more important than soil, soil, soil! Come hear Caitlin Price, a farm planner for the Snohomish Conservation District who specializes in soil, manure management, and composting, discuss “Soil Health and Improvement” at the next meeting of the Snohomish County Fruit Society. 7 p.m. Multi-purpose room of the Snohomish Library, 311 Maple Ave, Snohomish. The NEW Snohomish County Fruit Society (SCFS) is the newest chapter of Western Cascade Fruit Society (WCFS) www.wcfs.org. All welcome. Call (425) 398-5544.

Quilt Adventure: Saturday, Sept. 15 Learn about the history of quilts. The Quilt Adventure includes guided tours of the exhibition and presentations such as “Keeping ‘em in Stitches: America’s Funniest Quilts.” Bob Shaw and Julie Silber, curators of American Quilts: The Democratic Art, have teamed up with author, quiltmaker and teacher Joe Cunningham to offer this day. 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Whatcom Museum Lightcatcher Building, Bellingham.

WAC Gun Show: Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15-16. Admission is $8 per person (17+). Evergreen Fairgrounds, Commercial Building #400, Monroe. Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Contact (425) 255-8410 or washingtonarmscollectors.org.

Canning Meats and Fish: Saturday, Sept 15. With Vivian Smallwood, WSU Master Canner. 11 a.m. Stanwood Country Store, 8815 272nd St NW. www.skagitfarmers.com

Growing Your Own Food: Saturday, Sept. 15. Extend your vegetable season. Garden Spot grower Kim Swanson will share her tips on growing food in backyard gardens in late fall and winter, and show you how to use hoops,  plastic and row covers to extend your cool harvest season. Class is free. Register at 360-676-5480. Garden Spot Nursery, Bellingham.

The Island Chicks Vintage Market: Saturday, Sept. 15. Antiques, vintage, repurposed and handmade treasures for home and garden. Over 25 vendors with fabulous stuff. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 100 Commerial Avenue, Port of Anacortes, Anacortes. Admission $5 per person or bring a non-perishable food item and admission is $3 per person. All collected food will be donated to the Anacortes 100 food bank. Call 360-420-8787 or email info@theislandchicks.com.

Taste Anacortes: Saturday, Sept. 15. Tastes of each participating restaurant will be skillfully prepared using ingredients from local vendors… a true taste of Anacortes. 2 to 6 p.m. Anacortes Restaurant Trades Group and Anacortes Farmers Market. Beer and wine garden. Depot Arts Center, 611 R Avenue  Anacortes. Taste tickets can be purchased ahead of time at the chamber office or at the door.

Alger Community Fundraiser: Saturday, Sept. 15. Train rides, craft vendors, raffle, carwash, bake sale, kids games and face painting, music and more. Funds raised at this event are used to maintain and improve the Community Hall. 10a.m. to 4p.m. at the Alger Community Hall 18735 Parkview Ln. (Alger) Burlington. Call 360-724-0340 or 360-661-7541, or email  algercommunityhall@yahoo.com.

Garden Café Sampler: Saturday, Sept. 15. Celebrate Eat Local Season with us during our Garden Cafe Sampler with samples of produce grown by local seed companies. 2 to 4 p.m. at the Skagit Valley Co-op’s Garden Center in our impromptu “living room”in the Co-op parking lot! We’ll sample the harvest from Sunseed Farm and Uprising Seeds and starts, tended to by the farmers themselves, try some fine local cheeses and locally sourced dishes from our Deli, and taste local meats fresh off the grill.  Skagit Valley Coop, Mt. Vernon. Pre-register with Jill at 360-336-5087×139 or e-mail jill@skagitfoodcoop.com.

Chef in the Market w/ Brandywine Kitchen & Book Fare Cafe: Saturday, Sept. 15. See cooking demonstrations from great local chef: Charles Claassen from Book Fare Café in Village Books & Azizi Tookas from Brandywine Kitchen. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bellingham Farmers Market, Bellingham.

Pioneer Days: Saturday, Sept. 15. Stillaguamish Valley Pioneer Museum. 1 to 4 p.m. A fun day for children of all ages, hands on, milk a cow, wash clothes, sewing machine, old toys and games, shake shingles, churn butter, grind wheat, and more. 20722 67th Ave NE, Arlington. Contact (360) 435-7289. Visitstillymuseum.org.

Whidbey Island Farm Tour: Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15 and 16. Visit featured farms on Whidbey Island and meet farmers growing local foods, fibers, and other products. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For a map of participating farms, visit www.whidbeyfarmtour.com. Free. For more information, contact Sarah Cassatt at (360) 678-4708 or (888) 678-4922, or WhidbeyFarmTour@aol.com.

Snohomish Pumpkin Hurl and Medieval Fair: Saturday, Sept. 15. Outrageous trebuchets hurl pumpkins over 1,800 feet! Contestant teams build and bring their own machines and battle for the title: “Champion of the Northwest Pumpkin Hurl.” Experience a Medieval Village complete with artisans, food and music. Plus interactive children’s activities. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Alexander’s Farm on Ebey Island, Everett. Price is $5 admission, $3 parking. Call (425) 308-8363.

Eat Local BBQ: Saturday, Sept. 15. Stop by the Cordata Community Food Co-op for a delicious local barbecue, live music and other festivities! 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Community Food Co-op, 315 Westerly Road  (at Cordata Parkway). Tickets. (360) 734-8158, communityfood.coop.

Greenbank Farm’s 15th Birthday Party: Monday, Sept. 17. Celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Farm being purchased by the community and the Port of Coupeville. Plus, we’ll have dessert. All welcome. 3:30 to 5 p.m. RSVP to operations@greenbankfarm.com. 765 Wonn Road, Greenbank.

Nutritious Soups with Kathleen McCalib: Monday, Sept. 17. Kathleen will be leading a class to give you valuable information about soup and healthy plant based eating. Fall Harvest vegetables are great for combining in recipes. Come learn a few secrets about what to do and you will be able to create your own great healthy soups. 6:30 p.m. Skagit Valley Co-op Room 309. Price is $10/$20. Skagit Valley Coop, Mt. Vernon. Pre-register with Jill at (360) 336-5087×139 or e-mail jill@skagitfoodcoop.com.

All About Herbs + Edible Plant Walk with Karl Mincin: Tuesday, Sept. 18. Learn about local edible plants as well as the culinary, nutritional and medicinal uses of herbs from around the world. We’ll do the Edible Plant Walk at a nearby park. 6:30 p.m. Skagit Valley Co-op Room 309. Free. Skagit Valley Coop, Mt. Vernon. Pre-register with Jill at (360) 336-5087×139 or e-mail jill@skagitfoodcoop.com.

Cultivating Success: Sustainable Small Farming: Tuesday, Sept. 18. In this first of the Cultivating Success series, participants explore the unique advantages available to the small farm and ranch owner. The course provides a broad overview of production and marketing options for today’s small farm.  6 p.m. at WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium, Everett. Admission is $275. Call (425) 357-6012.

Gluten free, Sugar free Series: Wednesday, Sept. 19.  Make a pizza crust that can be enjoyed right away or to freeze for another day. Pair it with a vegetable salad and enjoy a quick fix, healthy dinner together. Led by Sandy Nelson, Specialty Cooking for Your Health. $10 per person. 6 p.m. Sno-Isle Natural Foods Co-op, 2804 Grand Avenue, Everett. (425) 259-3798.

Nature’s Medicine Cabinet: Therapeutic Essential Oils: Thursday, Sept. 20. Discover how essential oils can safely and effectively address issues like stress, detoxification, ADD/ADHD, colds and flu and more. Led by Allison Hays, Art of Aromatherapy. Sno-Isle Natural Foods Co-op, 2804 Grand Avenue, Everett. (425) 259-3798. 6 p.m. $10 per person.

Bow Little Market’s First Annual Community Treasures/Great Stuff Yard and Bake Sale: Thursday, Sept. 20. All welcome. Call to sign up. $5 entry fee. Bow Little Market, Belfast Feed Store, 6200 N. Green, just south of Bow Hill Rd. and Old Hwy. 99. Contact Patty at (360) 724-3333, bowlittlemarket@yahoo.com, or bowlittlemarket.wordpress.com.

Free Hard Cider Tasting: Alpenfire: Thursday, Sept. 20. Taste local, organic, barrel aged, unpasteurized and unfiltered cider. No sulfite, sorbate or gluten. We’ll have some amazing cheeses to try with it. 4 to 7 p.m. Must be 21 years old and over with valid ID. No need to register. Sno-Isle Natural Foods Co-op, 2804 Grand Avenue, Everett. (425) 259-3798

Make your own Pseudo Bonsai with Ornamental Pruner Ed Keller: Saturday, Sept. 22. Enjoy a conifier to prune and take home. Class fee of $45 includes container and plant. Call and register, (360) 676-5480. Garden Spot Nursery, Bellingham.

Preserving Tomatoes with Vivian Smallwood: Saturday, Sept 22. 10 a.m. to noon at the Anacortes Farmer’s Market, 7th St & R Ave. www.anacortesfarmersmarket.org

5th Annual Bloom Festival: Saturday, Sept 22. Open to the public. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jordan Nursery Greenhouses, 30407 68th Ave. NW, Stanwood. For more info visit www.JordanNurseryGreenhouses.com.

Sketch The Seasons – Machine Embroidery Class: Saturday, Sept. 22. Use your embroidery machine to create an elegant table runner. Pre-registration and payment of class fee required to reserve a spot.  10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Fourth Corner Quilts, 1844 N. State St., Bellingham. Call (360) 714-0070.

1st Annual Whatcom Skillshare Faire: Saturday, Sept. 22. Demonstrations and learn about all kinds of new and old-time skills for building personal and community self-reliance. Bring items to barter if you like. Live local music and dancing following the Faire. For more info, or to volunteer to help with the event or teach/demonstrate a skill go to www.whatcomskillsharefaire.org or email whatcomskillsharefaire@gmail.com. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. skill share and barter, followed by music from 6 to 11 p.m. Deming Log Show Grounds. Cost is $10 for car/driver, $2/passengers and per person otherwise, $1/elders 65+.

Fall Plant Sale: Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 22-23. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Windpoppy Farm and Nursery will open to the public for its Annual Plant Sale. Huge selection of ornamental grasses and unusual perennials. 3171 Unick Road,  Ferndale. (360) 384-6804.

Wine Grape Trials Evaluation: Saturday, Sept. 22. This is a chance for new and experienced wine grape growers to have a look at many of the new varieties that are of interest in our climate. Fruit will be available for sampling. Numerous wines will be opened for discussion. Some made at Cloud Mountain and some by NW Wine Institute. All made from grapes grown at Cloud Mountain Farm Center. If you have fruit or wines you want to share, you are welcome to bring samples. 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Goodwin Road, Everson. $10 per person. Call (360) 966-5859.

Wine & Table Grape Harvesting Workshop: Saturday, Sept. 22. We will talk about pre-harvest issues: verasion, leaf stripping, bird control, and how rain affects your crop. We will also check sugar levels, pH, and titratable acids of the fruit before harvesting, and discuss the first steps involved in your grape crush. No registration required; please be prepared to be outside. Donations to support education at the Center are welcome. 10:30 a.m. to noon at Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson. Call (360) 966-5859.

Plant Trees, Save Salmon: Saturday, Sept. 22. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers are needed to plant native trees and shrubs along Allen Creek in Marysville.  The planting project will help create better fish habitat for Allen Creek, which will once again be accessible for salmon spawning in 2013 when part of the levee is removed along the Snohomish River. For more information and to sign up, email info@soundsalmonsolutions.org or call (425) 252-6686.

Raw Preservation & Fermentation Class: Saturday, Sept. 22. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Shambala Farm. Learn the fermentation technique. Fermented foods are healing foods, traditional foods, and if you’re serious about helping to heal your gut and thrive, then it is time to introduce live-cultured foods into your diet. Held By Allie Dercoli  395E North Camano Dr, Camano Is. Contact Nancy Chase at nancy@ShambalaFarm.com or (360) 387-4110.

Whatcom Harvest Dinner: Sunday, Sept. 23. This year, the focus of the dinner is around Whatcom Farm-to-School efforts and programs that educate families and children about healthy locally produced foods. Programs such as “Chefs in the classroom” where local chef volunteers will collaborate with students to make an entrée for the dinner, will help to use school garden produce and add recipes and tips to a Harvest Dinner Cookbook. 4 p.m. BelleWood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian, Lynden. Tickets are available now at brownpapertickets.com, Village Books and the Co-op. For more information, contact: Sara Southerland, sara@sconnect.org, (360) 647-7093 x114. The Harvest Dinner supports the following programs: Explorations Academy – Gardening & Cooking Program; Sustainable Connections – Food to Bank On; Common Threads Farm – School Garden Collective; and Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association – Students for Salmon.

Muds to Suds Mud Race: Sunday, Sept. 23. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Hovander Homestead Park, Ferndale. $30 adults; $20 students; $10 kids. 15 dirty obstacles that combine athletic stamina and your childhood fantasy of playing in the mud. Dressing up in costumes is encouraged and prizes will be given. Families are encouraged to participate. There will be a fire truck to hose off finishers, as well as a bonfire to warm everyone up. The finish line will also feature live music, a beer garden and several local food vendors. For more information, call (360) 746-8861.

Twilight Rain Garden Tour: Tuesday, Sept. 25. The public is invited to take a summer stroll through a north Everett neighborhood from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to view seven rain gardens that were installed last year to combat neighborhood flooding problems. The gardens were a creative approach to drainage issues supported by the City of Everett, WSU Extension-Snohomish County, and Snohomish Conservation District. Because this is the one year anniversary of the project, participants will be able to see which plants have done the best and how effective they have been in reducing stormwater impacts to the neighborhood. Cake will be served after the tour. Register at twilighttoureverett.eventbrite.com. For more information, contact Stacy Aleksich, Low Impact Development Specialist at 425-335-5634, ext 116.

Taste Washington Day: Wednesday, Sept. 26. An annual celebration of Washington grown foods served in school meals across the state. Specific to school districts.

Gluten free, Sugar free: Series 2: Wednesday, Sept. 26. Make a soup and fruit crisp. Led by Sandy Nelson, Specialty Cooking for Your Health. All recipes use real whole foods. 6 to 7:30 p.m. $10. Sno-Isle Natural Foods Co-op, 2804 Grand Avenue, Everett. (425) 259-3798.

Juice and Smoothie Basics with Heidi from Produce: Thursday, Sept. 27. Get some great ideas for combining flavors and learn how to keep your blender and juicer running smoothly, with Heidi from the produce department. 6:30 p.m. Skagit Valley Co-op Room 309. Free. Skagit Valley Coop, Mt. Vernon. Pre-register with Jill at (360) 336-5087×139 or e-mail jill@skagitfoodcoop.com.

SPF’s Celebrate Skagit Harvest Dinner & Auction: Saturday, Sept. 29. Seats are limited. Dinner and live auction. Tickets are $70 – $560.  5:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Center, Mt Vernon. Call (360) 336-3974.

Backyard Chicken Keeping: Saturday, Sept. 29. 9 a.m. to noon at Whatcom Community College, Bellingham. $35 per person. Call (360) 383-3200. Cover the fundamentals of chickens including daily care for your backyard flock, raising baby chicks, different breeds, what to look for in a coop, managing common health issues and more. Instructor Dalia Monterroso is co-owner of Hannegan Farm & Home. Registration required.

Shiitake Mushroom Workshop: Saturday, Sept. 29. Meet Alex Winstead of Cascadia Mushrooms,who will help you make your very own Shiitake mushroom log that you take home. $20 materials fee. 10 a.m. at Bakerview Nursery & Garden Center, Bellingham.

A tour of Anthony’s Home Port gardens: Saturday, Sept. 29. Meet at Anthony’s Home Port for a private tour with Anthony’s landscaper, Carol Schuette. Carol will talk about their garden design & her  favorite  plants at Anthony’s. The Garden Spot Staff will be handing out “The Plant List” and be available for questions. The manager of Anthony’s will provide morning coffee and a special greeting. ‘Anthony’s Plant List ’ will be available at the Garden Spot following the tour. Special discounts apply. This morning garden tour is free. Call and register, (360) 676-5480. Garden Spot Nursery, Bellingham.

Fermenting Foods: Saturday, Sept 29. Come learn how to ferment and preserve your fall harvest, and see the artisanal process of making fermented vegetables, chutney and kombucha with Julianne Ash. 10 a.m. to noon at the Anacortes Farmer’s Market, 7th St & R Ave. www.anacortesfarmersmarket.org.

Fall Herbal Abundance Root Medicine Workshop: Saturday, Sept. 29. 1 to 3 p.m. Shambala Farm. Learn ways to preserve simple medicines for daily needs. Roots under discussion will be Valerian, Elecampagne and Angelica with demonstrations taking you from the harvesting of the plant to pressing out the tincture, donations welcomed. Held by Natasha Clarke, 395E North Camano Dr, Camano Is. Contact Nancy Chase at nancy@ShambalaFarm.com or call (360) 387 4110.

Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival: Saturday, Sept. 29. Weigh-off features a $2,000 cash prize for the biggest pumpkin. Free pony rides, face painting and family carnival games. Harvest food prepared by Tweets will be available. Two classes offer tempting treats and techniques. “So Much More than Pumpkin Pie!” a cooking class, will have Suzanne Butler demonstrating Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Soup, Pumpkin Gnocchi and Pumpkin Maple Ice Cream. “Making Hard Cider at Home” features master cidermaker Drew Zimmerman discussing apple varieties, hygienic practices and basic steps of hard cider making. . 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. (360) 466-3821 or 1-800-585-8200; www.christiansonsnursery.com. (Reservations required; $10 class fee.

Burlington Harvest Festival & Pumpkin Pitch: Saturday, Sept. 29. Medieval type machines hurling pumpkins through the air, zucchini car races, pumpkin painting contest and lots of kids activities, all for free. Skagit River Park, Burlington. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


30 Breweries, 2 Days: Oct. 5-6. Located on the pier over-looking the Guemes channel in Anacortes. Festival seating with food vendors. Prize give-away both Friday & Saturday for best “German Costume”. 1st & Commercial, Port Warehouse, Anacortes. 1 and 2-day tickets available. Call 360-293-7911. 21 and older, must have ID.

Pumpkin Day: Saturday, Oct. 6. The Master Gardeners and Veggie Patrol (a class of children and parents) have grown fields of pumpkins to be given away to the community between 9 a.m. and noon. Hovander Homestead Park, Ferndale.

2nd annual Dirty Farm Trek: Saturday, Oct. 6.This year’s race includes both a 10k and 5k obstacle course full of mud, obstacles, riddles, and surprises, as well as a kids mini race. 2 p.m. Deming Log Show Grounds, east of Bellingham. For more info or to register, visit vzfoundation.org.

Cloud Mountain Fall Fruit Festival: Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5-6. Over 200 varieties of fruit to try, live music, cider, pumpkins and more. Cloud Mountain Farm, Goodwin Road, Everson. Per person or carload. Visit cloudmountainfarm.com.

Farmers Markets


Lopez Island: Saturdays through Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Lopez Village.

Orcas Island: Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through September on the Village Green in Eastsound. During October and through most of November, the Market meets from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Oddfellows Hall, on Haven. Visit orcasislandfarmersmarket.org.

San Juan: Saturdays from 10 a.m. to  1 p.m. at the Brickworks building, Sunshine Alley and Nichols Street in Friday Harbor. Visit sjifarmersmarket.com.


Anacortes: Saturdays through October from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the new Depot Plaza next to the Depot Arts Center, 7th & R Avenue. Wednesday market through Sept. 5, from 4 to 7 p.m. For more information, contact Keri Knapp at (360) 293-7922 or visit www.anacortesfarmersmarket.org.

Bow Little Market: Thursdays through Oct. 4,  from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Belfast Feed Store, 6200 N. Green (south of Bow Hill Rd. along Old Hwy 99). For more information, contact Patty Sweaney at (360) 724-3333 or bowlittlemarket@yahoo.com, or visit bowlittlemarket.wordpress.com.

Concrete: Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Concrete Senior Center, from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. The Concrete Senior Center is located just off Highway 20 at milepost 89. Contact concretesaturdaymarket@gmail.com.

Mount Vernon: Saturdays in downtown Mount Vernon at Gates and Main Street by the Skagit River. The Wednesday Market is held at the Skagit Valley Hospital, 1415 Kincaid Street. Visit www.mountvernonfarmersmarket.org.

Sedro-Woolley: Wednesdays through mid-October from 3-7 p.m. at Hammer Heritage Square, corner of Ferry and Metcalf Streets. For more information, visit sedrowoolleyfarmersmarket.com.


Arlington: Opens for the season on Saturday, July 7 and will be held each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Legion Park, 114 N Olympic Ave. Visit arlingtonfarmersmarket.blogspot.com.

Bothell Farmers Market: Fridays from noon to 6 p.m. at Country Village Shops, 23718 Bothell Everett Highway.

Darrington: Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. from June through September at Seeman Street, Darrington. For more information, call (360) 436-2167.

Edmonds Museum: Garden Market is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. through June 23. The Full Market is open Saturdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from June 30 through Oct. 6.

Everett: Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Oct. 7. Located in the parking lot at the Marina, Port Gardner Landing, 1600 Marine View Drive, Everett. Visit everettfarmersmarket.net.

Granite Falls: Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., June through September, at 8416 SR 92, corner of Hwy 92 and Getchell (84th St NE). Contact hope@marketongetchell.com.

Mountlake Terrace: Fridays 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. through Sept. 28. Located at 23208 56th Ave W. For more information, visit mltfarmersmarket.com.

Mukilteo: Open Wednesdays 3 to 7 p.m. from June 6 to Sept. 26. Located in Old Town Mukilteo near the Ferry at Lighthouse Park. For more information, contact Cherri Paul at (425) 418-6064 or visit mukilteofarmersmarket.org.

Port Susan: Opens on Friday, Aug. 10 in downtown Stanwood, a project of the Port Susan Food & Farming Center. 3 to 7 p.m. on Friday evenings on the grassy area behind Viking Village on 88th (across from the Legion Hall)  and will culminate with a market on Sept. 21-22. Visit www.portsusanfoodand farmingcenter.org.

Snohomish: Thursdays from 3 p.m. to dusk through Oct. 11. Located at 1st Street and Cedar Avenue. Visit snohomishmarkets.com.

South County: Wednesdays 4 to 8 p.m. from June through September. Located one mile east of Thrasher’s Corner at the intersection of Maltby Road and 39th Ave. S.E., Snohomish. For more information, call (425) 770-8507.

Willis Tucker: Fridays 3 to 7 p.m. through Sept. 14 on the front lawn of Willis Tucker Park, 6705 Puget Park Drive, Snohomish. For more information, visit marketatwillistucker.wordpress.com/.


Artisans Market: Art, Crafts, Produce, $3 EATS. Tuesdays from noon to 7 p.m., and Thursdays to be announced. Depot Market Center, Railroad & Chestnut, Bellingham. Contact rick@artisansnwmarket.com or (360) 920-0452.

Bellingham/Fairhaven: The Bellingham Farmers Market is held each Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Depot Market Center, Railroad & Chestnut, and Wednesdays (on a smaller scale) in June through September from noon to 5 p.m. at the Village Green. Visit bellinghamfarmers.org.

Blaine Gardener’s Market: Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at H Street Plaza overlooking Drayton Harbor. For more information, call Carroll at (360) 332-4544.

Ferndale: Located on the Riverwalk Park along the Nooksack River, open every Saturday through mid-October. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (360) 384-3042 for more information.

Lummi Island: Saturdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Labor Day weekend. 2106 South Nugent Road, next to the Islanders store.

Lynden: Hosted by Five Loaves Farm, and held Thursday afternoons from 2 to 6 p.m. through Sept. 20 at the Centennial Park lot in downtown Lynden, corner of 4th and Front. For more information, contact Dave Timmer at (360) 961-4061 or  dave.timmer@arocha.org.

Point Roberts: Alternating every other Saturday throughout the summer. Community Center, 1487 Gulf Road. Contact Naomi at saturdaymorningmarket@gmail.com.


Bayview: Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Oct. 27 at SR 525 and Bayview Road, Whidbey Island. Visit bayviewfarmersmarket.com or call (360) 321-4302.

Coupeville: Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through October at Alexander & 8th Street (behind the library). Contact Pat Tennant at (360) 678-4288.

Oak Harbor Public Market: Thursdays 4 to 7 p.m. through Sept. 24. Located in the Tree Park next to the Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center on Highway 20. Contact oakharbormarket@yahoo.com.

South Whidbey Tilth: Open Sundays 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. through October, 2812 Thompson Road and State Route 525. Visit southwhidbeytilth.org or call (360) 730-1180.

Additional events and updates are posted online at www.grownorthwest.com. Send your event information to editor@grownorthwest.com.

Published in the September 2012 issue of Grow Northwest magazine.

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