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May 2nd, 2019 | Category: News

The Puget Sound Jr. Livestock show is coming up Thursday, May 30 through Saturday, June 1 at the Skagit County Fairgrounds in Mount Vernon. This is open to all 4-H and FFA members who’d like to exhibit, sell or market swine, goat, sheep or steer. All are welcome to buy. For more information, visit

Laurel Farm & Western Supply is hosting a Customer Appreciation Day on May 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The day includes a fishing pond for those under 14 years old, horse drawn wagon rides, and more. The store is located at 325 W. Laurel Road in Bellingham.

the local dirt webThe 5th annual Take A Bite For Skagit fundraiser will be Thursday, May 16. Participating restaurants will be donating a percentage of their sales to Community Action to help get fresh produce from local farms and distribute the produce to local food banks. To see the list of participating restaurants, go to

It’s the 19th Annual Dine Out for Maple Alley Inn on Tuesday, May 7. Treat yourself to breakfast, lunch, and dinner at one of your favorite local restaurants around Bellingham during this annual event and know a portion of what you spend will help provide meals for the community. For more information, please visit The following businesses are participating: Aslan Brewing Co., Avenue Bread (Lynden), B-Town Kitchen and Raw Bar, Bellingham Bar and Grill, Black Drop Coffeehouse, Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro, Brandywine Kitchen, Café Akroteri, Community Food Co-op Bakery Café, D’Anna’s Café Italiano, The Daisy Café, Diamond Jim’s Grill, Fat Pie Pizza, Fiamma Burger, Five Columns Restaurant, Goat Mountain Pizza, Hilltop Restaurant, India Grill Restaurant, Keenan’s At The Pier, Kulshan Brewing Company (James), Kulshan Brewing Company (K2), La Fiamma Wood Fire Pizza, Leaf & Ladle, Mallard Ice Cream & Café, Marlins’ Café, Mykonos, Old Town Café, Old World Deli, On Rice Thai Cuisine (Barkley, Fairhaven, and Samish), Pepper Sisters, Pure Bliss Desserts, Rocket Donuts (Downtown and Fairhaven), Rook and Rogue, Saltine, Sirena Gelato, Thai House, The Filling Station, Wander Brewing, Woods Coffee (select locations), and Zane Burger.

Skagit Valley Malting was named Washington’s Food & Beverage Processor of the year by Seattle Business Magazine. The company sources grains from local farmers and produces single variety malts in various brewing, distilling and culinary styles. Congrats!

Skagitonians to Preserve Farmland’s Spring Farm Tour will be Friday, May 17. Hop aboard a chartered bus and visit farms in eastern Skagit County to learn about the infrastructure and economics necessary for a viable agricultural industry. Continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks are included. This year’s tour is focused on eastern Skagit County. Farm stops include Sauk Farm (Concrete), Carstens Ranch (Concrete), Eagle Haven Winery (Sedro-Woolley), Hoehn Bend Farm (Sedro-Woolley), and Foothills Farm (Sedro-Woolley). This tour is open to those age 21 and older. Tickets are $25/$35. To register, or for more information, see

The annual Farmers Day Parade in downtown Lynden will be Saturday, June 1. This is Whatcom County’s oldest and longest running agriculture event. Watch tractors, trucks, horses, bands and more salute the agriculture industry of Whatcom County along Front St. in Lynden. The parade starts at 10:30 a.m., and runs from 10th St. to 3rd St. Free to spectators. For more information, follow the Lynden Chamber of Commerce’s facebook page or visit

Twin Sisters Brewing is offering a $1,000 grant to a local farm. Submissions will be accepted through May 10. Contact Greg Zimmerman with any questions at See details at

Mama’s Garden will have their beef available at their farm stand in Acme on Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. through the summer. Bittersweet Family Farm, of Deming, will be joining them as well, offering their pork products. The farm stand is located at 2600 Valley Highway in Acme, and also offers vegetable and flower starts, eggs, and more throughout the season. See their Facebook page for updates, including all their work getting blueberries ready.

Alluvial Farms will be hosting a monthly Open House on the second Saturday of the month, starting May 11. Stop by their farm from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and meet owners Katie Pencke and Matthew McDermott. Have a cup of coffee, learn about the pigs they raise, pork shares available for purchase, and shop at their farm stand for pork cuts. The farm is located at 6825 Goodwin Road in Everson. For more information about the farm, see or contact

Sunseed Farm has a handy planting guide outlining when to plant veggies, herbs, and flowers. Go to page 19 in this month’s issue to clip it out, or see it online through the Community Food Co-op’s website at Find more details at, too.

The Port of Skagit Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County – EDASC and Farmstrong Brewing Co. met with Congresswoman Suzan DelBene and Congressman Rick Larsen on April 25 to discuss the Skagit County grain  economy. They met with growers, processors and businesses on efforts to expand the Skagit County grain economy.

The Whatcom Food Network’s Spring Forum will be Thursday, May 16 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Squalicum Boathouse at Zuanich Point Park, 2600 S. Harbor Loop, Bellingham. Hosted by the Whatcom Food Network, discussion will include what’s happening with local food, and one solution that addresses youth. Forum presenters include Patrick Durgan and Jessica Sankey from Bellingham Public Schools, Sara Southerland from Sustainable Connections, Holly O’Neil from the Whatcom Anti-hunger Coalition, and Ali Jensen from the Whatcom County Department of Health. The forum is free to attend, and snacks and refreshments are provided. To see the agenda and RSVP, go to See the Whatcom Food Network Facebook page for more details.

The annual Cascade Cuts Plant Sale, opens to the public one day a year for a Sustainable Connections Food & Farming Program fundraiser, will be on Saturday, May 18. Peruse the 12 huge greenhouses packed with perennials, annuals, colorful ornamentals, culinary and medicinal herbs, and more. Vegetable starts will also be available, courtesy of Joe’s Garden. In addition to plants, attendees can buy a raffle ticket to win a two night stay at Full Bloom Farm on Lummi Island. The sale runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at  632 Montgomery Road, Bellingham.

The Skagit Valley Food Co-op is offering free Deli Sampling from 3-5 p.m. on May 17. Stop byh the Co-op at 202 S. 1st St. in Mount Vernon and check it out.

The WA Young Farmers Coalition  will be hosting regional farm clubs. Anyone interested in Whatcom and Skagit counties can attend the meeting on Thursday, May 23 at 6:30-9 p.m. at the Kulshan K2 Pub House, 1538 Kentucky Street, Bellingham. Meet with fellow farmers, ranchers and growers, talk shop, and share ideas. See the Facebook event page at

WSU’s AgWeatherNet program is currently looking for farms to help them test two tools about heat awareness for agricultural workers this summer: interactive training that meets L&I training requirements and a mobile application developed in collaboration with AgWeatherNet. Participants will help make these resources useful for agriculture in the Northwest. In addition to the heat tools, AgWeatherNet can offer resources about pesticide safety, ladder safety, or other occupational issues of interest to supervisors and workers. Certificates of participation will also be provided. Several hours are needed throughout the month to participate, and workers are paid for their time. For more information, contact Jen Krenz via e-mail at or by phone at (206) 551-6342.

–Grow Northwest


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