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The Local Dirt: December 2014

Dec 3rd, 2014 | Category: News

The Bellingham Farmers Market will host a special Pop Up Gift Market on Friday, Dec. 5 in partnership with Downtown Bellingham Partnership and the City of Bellingham. Over 30 vendors featuring local gift options will be at the Depot Market Square from 5 to 8 p.m. This is the same evening as the City Tree Lighting Ceremony and Art Walk. The Farmers Market is open each Saturday through Dec. 20. In January, February and March the market will meet monthly on these dates: Jan. 17, Feb. 21 and March 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Local eggnog sales are strong. Local makers include Twin Brook Creamery, Edaleen Dairy, Breckenridge Farm, Fresh Breeze Organic Dairy  and Darigold.

The work of local researcher Stephen Jones (WSU Extension Center in Mount Vernon) and other researchers and chefs around the country are featured in The Grain Divide, a new documentary scheduled for release in January 2015. The trailer can be viewed online at

Oak Meadows Farm in Ferndale reached his $5,000 fundraising goal to start constructing a mobile poultry unit for small-scale growers.

The Mount Vernon Farmer’s Market is seeking a permanent/part-time market manager for the 2015 season. The market manager will provide on-site management of the market on Saturdays (9 a.m. to 2 p.m. late May-Mid-October) and the Skagit Valley Hospital market location Wednesdays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through September. For the full job description see Send resumes to Applications due Dec. 31.

Blueberry Pruning Workshops will be held Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 17-18 at 8 a.m. at Enfield Farms Processing Shed in Lynden, sponsored by the Washington Blueberry Commission. There are no registration costs, and workshops will include a presentation, followed by pruning demonstrations with commercially relevant cultivars. Spanish translational services will be provided. Dr. Bernadine Strik (Berry Crops, Oregon State University) is the guest speaker. The event is hosted by Dr. Lisa W. DeVetter (Berry Crops, WSU) and Gwen Hoheisel (Extension Educator, WSU). For details contact Lisa DeVetter at

The Puget Sound Food Hub Bi-Annual Farmer  Gathering is Dec. 8, a time for fellow food hub farmers and ranchers to share experiences, recap 2014 and plan for 2015 before the winter break. Held at La Conner Flats in Mount Vernon, the day will include sessions on crop planning, pricing, marketing, standard operating procedures and other best practices to optimize participation and increase sales to commercial and institutional buyers. Light breakfast pastries and lunch are provided. See

Hammerhead Coffee Roasters (and Maniac Roasting) were awarded the 2014 Peace Builder Award by the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center in November. HCF will be at the Allied Arts show until Christmas Eve, as well as the Dec. 5 Pop-Up Market at the Depot Market Square, and welcoming the public during their  “Holidayish Open House,” co-hosted by HCR & The Maniacs, on Saturday Dec. 6 from 1-5 p.m. at 2000 Franklin Street #101. They’ll have Holiday Brew on hand as well as treats from local bakers. Lastly, they’ll be vending at the Bellingham Farmers Market (their partners Festival Espresso will be on their honeymoon at long last) on Dec. 13 and 20.

In celebration of the 93rd annual American Education Week, Village Books/Paper Dreams, of Bellingham, have given a $10 gift certificate to every public school teacher in Whatcom County. Representatives of each district’s Education Association are distributing the certificates to teachers in each school district,  approximately 1,700. Owners Chuck and Dee Robinson spent 10 years teaching and consulting in public schools. “We know how hard teachers work and we’re really thankful for what they do,” Chuck said in a press release. “This is just a small token of our appreciation for folks who often are under-appreciated.”

The Center for Local Self Reliance in Fairhaven received their final building permit from the City of Bellingham and will be finishing the restoration of the Caretakers House.

Clear Valley Farm in Arlington was approved by the USDA to sell eggs off the farm and will be available at farmers markets and other outlets. For more about them, see

South Fork Farms is offering their seasonal walnuts grown on the farm. They are hand cracked, and best for baking and snacking. See

Sedro-Woolley photographer Andy Porter is selling his 2015 calendar featuring photos from our northwest corner and Washington State. See it online at

Handmade Beauty Box, of Bellingham, surpassed its $3,000 goal on Kickstarter, raising a total of $20,395. Backers support this subscription service that simplifies Do-It-Yourself beauty and spa projects, with products and instructions arriving by mail in one box. See

Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen in Bellingham will be tapping into Chuckanut Bock on Dec. 23 to celebrate the holidays. Chuckanut’s Bock beer is a traditional lager that has been aged 12 weeks before kegging, and this particular beer has not been brewed since 2012.

Electric Beet Juice Co. is set to open Dec. 3 inside Terra: Organic & Natural Foods and the Bellingham Public Market in Bellingham. A new juice bar and kitchen, Electric Beet Juice Co. will serve fresh juices, smoothies and breakfast and lunch items.

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