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The Local Dirt: June 2013

Jun 11th, 2013 | Category: News

Businesses in the Skagit area want you to know they are open, very much want to see you and greatly appreciate your business! The bridge has impacted a lot of local businesses, and they need your support.

Farmers Markets in Skagit County – Anacortes, Bow Little Market, Mount Vernon and Sedro-Woolley – formed a coalition to work together and help one another, and are now official. Stay tuned for an interview about the Skagit Valley Farmers Market Coalition in our next issue.

Washington State Department of Agriculture is hosting a photo contest. They are looking for photos of all kinds of birds, chickens, ducks, etc. for their 2014 Birds of Washington calendar. For more information about the contest, visit http://agr.wa.gov/FoodAnimal/AvianHealth/Docs/PhotoContestFlyer2014.pdf.

Subdued Stringband Jamboree is gearing up for another volunteer-run festival in August. If you would like to join as a volunteer, contact volunteers@stringbandjamboree.com. Visit the website for more information at www.stringbandjamboree.com.

Registration is now open for the Kneading Conference West, set for Sept. 12-14 in Mount Vernon. Keynote speakers are Thor Oechsner, who grows a variety of grains on 600 acres of land in the Finger Lakes region of New York, and is co-owner of Farmer Ground Flour, and Darra Goldstein, the founding editor of Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture and the author of four cookbooks.

Cloud Mountain Farm Center has started a new blog, created to give readers an insight into local food production, market farming, field trials and research, propagation, retail nursery operations, and lessons from the perspective of farm interns. The blog address is http://www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org/blog/

Skagit River Produce will be holding its first Community Flea Market/Garage Sale.  Several vendors will be selling their goods at their market in Conway, including arts and crafts, baked goods, plants, and more. Participation is free. The farmstand is located just east off exit 221 in Conway.  Call (360) 445-2211 for more information.

Backyard Bees is offering tours on Sundays, June 2, 9, and 16 at Bow Hill Blueberries in Bow. Tour times are 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. The cost is $15 per person. Participants will be provided a bee veil, and will open hives, taste honey, observe the inner workings of the hive and more.

Growing Veterans is hosting a small chicken butchering workshop on Wednesday, June 5 at 3 p.m. Their farm is located at 6458 Martin Place in Lynden. Suggested donation of $15 per person or two hours of help weeding their fields. For more information, see www.growingveterans.org.

This summer, the Lincoln Theatre and Gretchens Kitchen will be presenting a monthly Film and Food Series on the third Saturday of the month. See a food-focused film at the Lincoln at 1 p.m. and then head to Gretchens store to eat and learn how to make food from the film. The first event in Saturday, June 15 and the fim is Chocolat.

Jam makers are welcome to enter the 3rd Jam Making Contest the third weekend in July at Biringer Farm. Pick fresh strawberries/raspberries at Biringer Farm and bring your own creative homemade berry jam mix. See www.biringerfarm.com for more details.

Leaf & Ladle, a new restaurant serving soup, sandwich and deli items, is planning to open in mid-July at 1113 N. State Street in Bellingham.

Animals as Natural Therapy’s annual “Bluegrass Bash Benefit!” will be held Saturday, July 13 from 4 to 9 p.m. There will be barbecued salmon, hot dogs, hamburgers and veggie burgers, Mallard ice cream, and fun for the family.

Brizo’s Re-Boutique is open Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. offering  quality used and consigned household and vintage items, clothing and collectibles.  Located at 2328 Iron Street in Bellingham in the alley entrance. Call (360) 927-0213.

The Non-GMO Corn Preservation Project seeks volunteers and growers to help preserve the best cool-climate grain corn varieties to ensure they are not contaminated by GMO genes. For more information, contact Krista Rome at (360) 224-4757 or kristamrome@yahoo.com. This project was a recipient of the Bellingham Community Food Co-op’s Farm Fund.

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