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The Local Dirt: May 2014

May 4th, 2014 | Category: News

Skagit BroomWorks had a house fire and have had to close their shop down for a month or two. They are seeking a house with a shop for their brooms, somewhere in the Stanwood, Mt. Vernon, or Anacortes areas, and are looking forward to getting back to work. They can be contacted at (425) 210-9207 or

The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival noted visitors from all 50 states for the second year in a row. (In 2012, Mississippi was not recorded.) Visitors from several dozen countries, from Iceland to New Zealand, and China to Mexico, made their way to the tulip fields in April.

Akyla Farms is now taking pre-orders for pastured pork and chicken. Both are raised organically on non GMO, soy free feed. For more information see

The home garden of John and Toni Christianson, owners of Christianson’s Nursery & Greenhouse in Mount Vernon, is featured in the 2014 issue of the Best of Country Gardens magazine now available on newsstands.

Whatcom Farm to School’s Mardi Solomon and Holly O’Neill attended the National Farm to Cafeteria conference in Austin, Texas during the week of April 16th.

Windpoppy Farm and Nursery will hold their Spring Open House on Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4. Hundreds of unique perennials, premium hanging baskets, grasses and clumping bamboo will be available at 3171 Unick Road in Ferndale. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days.

Osprey Hill Farm of Acme is offering an early bird discount through May 14 to sign up for their summer CSA serving Whatcom and Skagit counties. The farm offers three sessions from June through November, including veggies, fruits and add-ons. See their website at

The Skagit County Fair is asking anyone who wants to exhibit their old tractor at the Fair this summer (Aug. 6-9) to contact Aric Gaither at (360) 419-3495 or Entry is free for exhibitors.

Mama’s Garden in Acme is now open for the season, offering vegetable and flower starts in the stand, as well as salad mix, spinach and other items.

3 Sisters Family Farms & Market in Coupeville has changed their hours, now open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

Viva Farms has welcomed a new farm manager, Mauricio Soto. Mauricio has farmed his whole life. Growing coffee, plantains, and avocados during his childhood in Nayarit, Mexico, and later working on farms throughout California, and into Oregon. He came to the Skagit Valley 14 years ago and launched Buena Berry. Currently, he grows 1.5 acre of raspberries and operates a pruning business.

Red Barn Art Studio in Bow is offering summer camps, now open for registration. The theme this year will be creating with recycled and re-purposed materials. Camp dates are June 23-27, July 7-11 and Aug. 4-8. For more information, contact

Cedar Mountain Herb School is offering upcoming Medicinal Plant Walkabout  classes, including Sunday, June 1 in the Cascade foothills (Skagit County) and Sunday, July 13 at Forest Park (Everett). For more details, see

The Skagit County Historical Museum is offering free admission to all mothers on Mother’s Day, May 11. The current featured exhibit is “Relocation: The Impact of World War II on the Skagit Valley.” The special exhibit “Dear Mother” celebrates mothers.

Artwood Gallery, celebrating 26 years in Fairhaven, will show new designs by members this month.  For their monthly Artist Saturday on May 10, Jim Hume will be on hand from 1 until 4 p.m. to talk about his diverse work. Artwood has brightened its look with new paint and a fresh floor layout. The gallery is located at 1000 Harris Avenue in Old Fairhaven.

The Hungry Pelican in Snohomish will be doing a series of Field to Table cooking demos after the Snohomish Farmers Market, Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m.  The first class will be May 15, also Chef Terra’s Birthday, and includes early spring garlic and something sweet. Other upcoming dates include June 12 Father’s Day, July 10 Camping Cuisine, Aug. 14 Summer Chill, and Sept. 11 Peaceful Mornings. Reservations are required.

The Local Public House in downtown Bellingham now offers a happy hour, Sunday through Thursday from 2 to 6 p.m. The Local offers lunch weekly, brunch on Saturday and Sunday, and dinner served daily.

Hammerhead Coffee Roasters reached its fundraising goal of $3,000 via Kickstarter to help move to a new roasting location in the Sunnyland neighborhood of Bellingham.

Walter Haugen, owner of F.A. Farm in Ferndale, has published his book Hints for Managing Collapse, now available on Amazon and through the Whatcom County Library System ( See for more details.

Cedar Creek Lumber of Burlington is celebrating their 10th anniversary this month. The company  provides building materials to homeowners and contractors nationwide, specializing in Western Red Cedar, as well as other domestic and exotic hard and soft woods. See them at

The Green Frog in Bellingham as kicked off its barbecue season, parntering with Carne butcher shop to offer regional meats.

Lark Textile Design, Custom Cushions, BastowDesigns, and Fourth Corner Quilts are holding a super blowout clearance sale May 16-17, offering interior and quilt fabrics, unique, rare and unusual arts and craft supplies. See for more information. Friday hours are 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Lark Textile Design Studio is located at 720 Sunset Pond Lane #2 in Bellingham (behind K-Mart).

Dandelion Organic Delivery, a local organic produce delivery service, completed its first solar panel installation, a 50-panel array, filling up the south facing roof of its recently built pole barn. The company worked with Ecotech Energy for installing the panels and Pioneer Post Frame for building the shop.

Three local printmaking artists are teaming up to create a pop up shop of hand printed goods in the Karibou Salon space in Fairhaven during the Ski to Sea festival on May 25 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wiebe Boersma/Ink an Attire, Eldad Efendi/Mister Blackbird, and Phoebe CarpenterEells/elSage Designs will show their processes. A free DIY Photo Booth and refreshments available.

Evolve Chocolate Truffles announced a new line collaborating with six Bellingham-area breweries. Handmade, beer-infused chocolate truffles include: Smokey Fig Balsamic, made with Russian Imperial Stout from Kulshan Brewing Co.; Brown Butter Hazelnut, made with Scotch Ale from Boundary Bay Brewery; Bacon and Caraway Seed, made with Ginger Rye from Aslan Brewing; Coffee Date, made with Baltic Porter from Wander Brewing; Apricot and Saffron, made with Pilsner from Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen; and Salted Malt, made with Berliner Weisse from Northfork Brewery & Beer Shrine. They are available at each of the brewery locations, as well as through the Community Food Co-Op in Bellingham, and through Evolve Truffles’ online shoppe at


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