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The Local Dirt: September 2015

Sep 4th, 2015 | Category: Community

Got extra zucchinis? Burlington Parks and Recreation is collecting zucchinis of all shapes and sizes for the upcoming Burlington Harvest Festival and Pumpkin Pitch on Saturday, Sept. 26. Thousands of gourds and zucchinis are needed to supply the Zucchini Car Race activity booth, a popular activity with the kids! You can drop your zucchinis off at the Burlington Parks and Recreation Office at 900 E. Fairhaven Ave. anytime between Sept. 14-24. If you have any questions call 755-9649. the local dirt web

The berry season started early and ended early for many farmers. Many are closed for the season as of press time, however if you’re still wanting fresh blueberries head to Williams Berries in Deming or Hunters Moon Organics in Oak Harbor which specialized in late season berries.

The Bellingham Farmers Market will host its last Chef in the Market event on Saturday, Sept. 19, featuring James Pitzer of Streat Food. In addition, the weekly Fairhaven Farmers Market continues through September, each Wednesday on the Village Green.

Charley’s Greenhouse in Mount Vernon is celebrating 40 years in business and will have an anniversary party Oct. 2-3.

The 3rd annual Pie Festival at the Anacortes Farmers Market is coming up Saturday, Oct. 10. There will be categories for  Best Professional and Amateur Pies as well as other awards. Due to Health Department regulations all entries must be fruit and nut pies only; no cream, chiffon, pudding or pumpkin pies are allowed.  Each pie entry is $5, and all are welcome, but must register by Oct. 8. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Whole pies and slices will be available by donation, and other activities and kids games will be held.  For more information see or call (360) 293-7922.

In other pie festival news, the Sumas Library is holding a Pie Baking Contest on Saturday, Sept. 26. Residents of all ages can bring in their favorite pie to share and win the title of best pie in Sumas. All are welcome to stop by and help choose the winner. Pie bakers should bring their recipe to share, if willing to give it up! The event runs from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Sumas Library. Call (360) 305-3600.

Farmer/owner Andy Ross  of Skagit Flats Farm will discuss operating a successful small-scale vegetable farm  during the workshop “From Seed to Market: Profitable Small-Scale Vegetable Farming” on Wednesday, Sept. 9. Andy’s primary crops on his 20-acre farm are lettuce, squash, bush beans, broccoli, cabbage and cucumbers, and he’ll talk about everything from planting seed through selling to markets. Lunch is included. To register, see or call (206) 632-7506.

Ring of Trees Farm in Bellingham is now selling their sheep milk yogurt, including plain, vanilla bean and honey yogurt. See them at the Bellingham Farmers Market on Saturdays, buy from the Community Food Co-op, or call (360) 383-7265.

Anyone looking to add to their poultry flocks should head to the Monroe Co-op or call them at (360) 794-4663. As of the end of August they have various breeds of chicks and ducklings available, as well as heritage turkey poults.

New Moon Farm Goat Rescue & Sanctuary in Arlington is holding their big “Winter is Coming” Work Party on Sunday, Sept 20. It’s their annual day to clean up and prepare for the wet season ahead, including cleaning pens, spreading new gravel, fixing feeders, repairing shelters, and more. Volunteers are welcome of all levels. See their Facebook page or call (844) 438-4628.

Cascadian Farm will be featured in an upcoming episode of Growing a Greener World TV on Saturday, Sept. 5. The segment includes how the farm has created pollinator friendly habitats.

Washington Organic Week will be held Saturday, Sept. 12 through Saturday, Sept. 19. This annual campaign connects consumers to Washington organic growers and products. For more details, see

Abundant Earth Fiber in Clinton is holding a Fall Roving Sale & Open House at the Mill on Saturday, Sept. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., also the date of the Whidbey Farm Tour. A variety of locally raised, natural, un-dyed rovings will be available. The rovings are not available in stores or online. See

The 6th annual School Garden Harvest Dinner hosted by Common Threads will be held Thursday, Oct. 29 at the Whatcom Middle School  cafeteria. The meal will be kid-grown and kid-prepared, with produce coming from Common Threads’ partner school gardens. This event is open to all community members, and celebrates the students, teachers, and families who are growing food in school gardens. The event includes dinner, music, games, and  The Real Food Show by the Community Food Co-op. Call (360) 927-1590 to RSVP to the event or see their Facebook page.


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