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Jul 1st, 2018 | Category: Growing

The San Juan Island Lavender Festival is the place to be for lavender lovers on Saturday and Sunday, July 21-22. At Pelindaba Lavender Farm, on San Juan Island, visitors can take tours and see exhibits and demonstrations showing the entire lavender process – from field to finished product. The Cutting Field is open for visitors to harvest their own bouquets from the many varieties in bloom. Demonstrations cover topics such as lavender cultivation, harvesting, essential oil distillation, history and uses, cooking with lavender and more. The Craft Tent is open all day long in the fields for adults and children to make wands, wreaths, crowns and more. Enjoy the tastes of lavender, with lavender ice cream, lavender lemonade, cookies, coffee and more – all delicious! Local artists will have their work on display and for sale in the fields. The event offers free admission, and runs each day 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, see

Take to the lavender fields at the San Juan Island Lavender Festival at Pelindaba Lavender. COURTESY PHOTO

Take to the lavender fields at the San Juan Island Lavender Festival at Pelindaba Lavender. COURTESY PHOTO

The Skagit County Master Gardeners are hosting an event on July 7. Local gardeners and residents are invited to attend this Q&A and informational session with Master Gardeners including one-on-one consultations and clinics, as well as a tool sharpening demonstration. A total of 40-50 Master Gardeners will be available to answer questions and give tours. Visitors are welcome to bring questions and samples between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Discovery Garden, WSU Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center, 16650 State Route 536, Mount Vernon. Registration begins at 9:45 a.m.

Viva Farms is hosting its annual Feast and Frolic in the Field on Saturday, July 21. Residents and visitors are invited to celebrate cultivating Skagit family farms at Viva Farms newly-purchased farm. Enjoy a locally-sourced meal prepared by Chef Ryan Ross and lively music by FarmStrong. Bluewater Distilling cocktails, Farmstrong brews and Tulip Valley wines will be available for purchase. Viva Farms is located at 16470 State Route 20, Mount Vernon. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are available at

The annual Orcas Island Cider & Mead Festival will be Saturday, July 28. Come taste and learn about some of the best ciders and meads from the Pacific Northwest and beyond. There will be a number of live bands playing on the stage, great food and the Farmers Market right next door on the Eastsound Green. Proceeds benefit Orcas Island Children’s House. The event runs 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  For more information, see

Cloud Mountain Farm Center’s Summer Harvest Day will be Saturday, Aug. 4. This family friendly day on the farm offers freshly harvested fruits and vegetables, a guided tour, and a chance to learn about our local food system. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Cloud Mountain Farm Center in Everson. For more information, see or call 360-966-5859.

The Marysville Street Festival Handmade and Homegrown will be Friday through Sunday, Aug. 10-12. Visit with over 100 vendors showcasing handmade and handgrown items from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Entertainment for kids and adults on site. For more details, see the Facebook page.


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