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Chris & Claire

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Whidbey Island CSA's - sign up now, get good stuff to eat!



It’s CSA sign up time

Now is when farmers could use the cash infusion that happens when CSA subscribers pay up front now for their subscription. Revenue in Jan/Feb is low, there’s not much out there to sell and seeds are expensive.

Note: if you are a farm offering a CSA on Whidbey, or know of one that is not listed here, please let us know.  E-mail locallamb(at)gmail.com  replace the (at) with @, you know the drill!  Thanks

Deep Harvest Farm  Pick-ups in Freeland and Bayview

North Whidbey CSA  Pick-ups in Oak Harbor and Coupeville

12 Birches Farm Pick-up north of Clinton

Ebb Tide Produce Pick-ups in Greenbank, Bayview, Coupeville, Langley, and Anacortes

Full Cycle Farm  Pick-up in Maxwelton Valley

Prairie Bottom Farm  Pick-up in Coupeville

Rosehip Farm & Garden  Pick up in Coupeville

Shipki Farm  Pick-up at their farm or at the NW Language Academy

Skyroot Farm  Pick-ups in Freeland, Clinton, and two in Seattle: U-District and Columbia City. Spread the word to your Seattle friends about this one.

New Year, new stuff to do!



Items of note:
Time to sign up for CSA's.  For an island wide list of farms offering CSA shares click here.

Events:
 January 26, Thursday ::: 9-10 am
FREE webinar from Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network 
Pre-register at this link, after which you will be sent the Zoom webinar link to participate. Do this at least 10 minutes before the webinar starts.
On-Line

January 28, Saturday ::: 2-4 pm
Slow Food event “The World of Lentils” by local nutritionist and book author Marcy Gaston. www.whidbeyislandnutrition.com/  Slow Food committee members will be using recipes from the book for you to taste. $15  includes a raffle ticket for a cookbook. RSVP to Kathy Floyd.  kathy46@whidbey.com. Reservations are coming in fast.
At Coupeville Rec Hall, Coupeville

January 28, Saturday ::: All Day
Country Living Expo skagit.wsu.edu/CountryLivingExpo Check out the 180 classes and register soon, popular classes fill up quickly.
At Stanwood High School

January 29, Sunday ::: 4 to 6.30 
Annual Meeting South Whidbey Tilth, presentation, annual meeting and potluck
More info. 321-0757  president@southwhidbeytilth.org
At Grigware Hall,  Trinity Lutheran Annex, 18341 Rt 525, Freeland

January 30, Monday :::  4-7 pm Whidbey Farm to Table Forum
Contact Kelsi Franzen of WI Conservation District 360-678-4708  for info.
At Coupeville Rec Hall, Coupeville 

February 2, Thursday ::: 12-1 pm
FREE webinar for non-profits fundraising with liquor, gambling, raffles and cannabis. On-line

February 2, Thursday ::: 4pm
Big check handover to SW School District Donations to the SW  School Garden program exceeded the $30,000 goal so Goosefoot is going to match the total amount raised, so far the big check will be $73,575.36.
at the Goose.

February 7, Tuesday :::  8.45-3.00 pm 
Getting your Products into the Market Register  GETTING PRODUCTS TO MARKET  $95 includes lunch.
An NABC class at Skagit Farmers Supply   1833 Park Lane, Burlington, WA 98233

February 7-9, Tuesday to Thursday
Three Day Basic Plus Cheese Making Class in Mt Vernon For beginning small business cheese makers and avid hobbyists.  creamery.wsu.edu/basicplus

Febuary 11, Saturday :::  9 - 4.30  and February 25, Saturday :::  9-3.30 
NOTE: this is a  2 Saturday program
Farm Recordkeeping for Productivity and Profitability 
To register, visit FarmRecordkeeping.EventBrite.com. For more information on the course, contact Kate Ryan, kate.ryan@wsu.edu, (425) 357-6024.
At WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium, 600 128th St SE , Everett, inside McCollum Park.

February 21, Tuesday ::: all day
Farm to Table Trade Meeting.  www.sustainableconnections.org
at Bellingham Technical College

Febuary 25, Saturday ::: all day
WICD Native Plant Sale pickup, plus Plant pot exchange. 
At Camp Casey, Coupeville

March 4, Saturday :::  All Day
Whidbey Gardening Workshop 
View Classes and Schedule -- REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN  $40 pre-registration, $45 at door.
At Oak Harbor High School

July 20-23, Thursday to Sunday ::: All Day
Whidbey Island FAIR  Note date CHANGE 

July 27, 28, 29, Thrusday to Sunday ::: All Day
Grain Gathering in Mt Vernon  thebreadlab.wsu.edu
Save the dates, registration opens in Feb.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Holiday Time!



Announcement!  Island County Fair time for at least the next 4 years,  will be in late July !
July 20-23  2017  put it on your calendar, NOW. The reason for this change is to get a good Carnival which is important for young fair goers. Small fairs can’t compete with big fairs for the good carnivals at the peak of fair season,   For those of you who grow fruits and veg to compete, get out your seed catalogs and look for the days to maturity and days after transplant, these terms will be increasingly important if your goal is to win  big rosettes.

Events:

December 10, Saturday ::: 6-9
NWLACC Open House with Russian food, auction/fundraiser for the Global Culture program that NWLACC is providing for the children in the South Whidbey District Schools. www.nwlacc.org

December 10, Saturday :::  10-5
North Star Trading Co  Workshop will be open,  try on sheepskin footwear and hats, and pick your color without making a trip to Seattle. Only two Saturdays left ( there were three in Dec ) this year to buy in Clinton. www.sheepskingoods.com 
At 11247 WA-525, Clinton, downstairs

December 17, Saturday :::  10 to 2
Bayview Holiday Market in Bayview Hall. 
At Bayview Corners

December 17, Saturday :::  10-5
North Star Trading Co  Workshop will be open,  try on sheepskin footwear and hats, and pick your color without making a trip to Seattle. Last Saturday this year to buy in Clinton. www.sheepskingoods.com 
At 11247 WA-525, Clinton, downstairs

January 6-7, Friday and Saturday ::: all day
5th Cascadia Grain Conference in Olympia, WSU and OSU 
At Olympia

January 28, Saturday ::: all day
Country Living Expo skagit.wsu.edu/CountryLivingExpo  Check out the 180 classes and register soon, popular classes fill up quickly. The prime rib lunch is serious eating!
At Stanwood High School

February 7-9, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thrusday ::: all day
Three Day Basic Plus Cheese Making Class  For beginning small business cheese makers and avid hobbyists.
At WSU, Mt Vernon

February 21, Tuesday ::: all day
Farm to Table Trade Meeting.  Early bird registration $49 till Dec 15. www.sustainableconnections.org
Lots of networking by local producers and buyers.  Valuable workshops and panel discussions
Local product trade show.  The 7 course local lunch from NW Chefs Collective & BTC Culinary Arts program!
At Bellingham Technical College

Febuary 25, Saturday ::: all day
WICD Native Plant Sale pickup, plus Plant pot exchange. 
At Camp Casey, Coupeville


Thursday, December 1, 2016

December! Get some good stuff!




Announcements:
Where to get really fresh and local Christmas trees and decor grown on Whidbey farms!

Full Cycle Farm  Britt and Eric Conn are making wreaths from foraged items gathered around their farm in the Maxwelton Valley. fullcyclefarm@gmail.com

Pacific Winds Farm  2870 Torpedo Rd, Oak Harbor, WA, US, 98277
(360) 929-6041, Christmas trees. They are on Facebook.

Scattered Acres Christmas Tree Farm, Clinton. 341-4198, open 10-4 pm Fri , Sat, Sun from Nov 25 to Dec 18.

Hennrich’s Tree Farm,   675-4000, 1651 Hastie Lake Rd, Oak Harbor,

Knot in Thyme Holly Farm , De Graaf Rd Oak Harbor.  Horse drawn wagon rides through the holly farm on weekends starting Nov 26, this is really worth the trip north. The pair of Percheron horses are used for logging the rest of the year.  Gift shop Mon-Sat 9-5,  Sun 1-4. www.aknotinthyme.com 

Henderson Holly Farm   264 E Troxell, Oak Harbor, open 9-5 , 7 days a week, Nov 19-Dec 22.  www.hendersonhollyfarm.com

Message from Tilth about Holiday Trees by donation
Available trees will be flagged. You cut or we’ll cut your choice. It may be possible for you to dig up a live tree in the forest. Dec 3 - 4 (look for Angie) 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec 10 - 11 (look for J.C.) 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or contact J.C. for an appointment.   360-331-1004 mayjc45@gmail.com

Bayview Holiday Market in Bayview Hall. 
Nov 26, Dec 3, 10, 17. There is sure to be greenery from local vendors and crafters.

New place to get  Christmas trees. Venture Out Nursery.  Garth Heggenes , owner of Venture Out, the new nursery at Maxwelton and Hwy. 525 told me he purchased trees from a farm in Demming.

Events:

December  3, Saturday :::   8:00am – 12:30pm
How to Do Farm Taxes. Everett
Info and  register FarmTaxes.eventbrite.com 

December 3rd or December 4th, Saturday or Sunday ::: 9-5pm 
Mushroom class for beginners  $50  Two identical classes will be held, Saturday and Sunday Dec 3 and 4
At the Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st St., Seattle

December 5-8, Monday to Thursday ::: 5pm-8pm EST  
Growing for the Future, online FREE conference.  Online, interactive virtual conference focused on beginning farmer and rancher issues.

December 10, Saturday ::: 10am to 2pm
Milepost 19 Farm store will be open, order your favorite baked goods for pickup at the farm.  http://milepost19farm.com/
At: 18997 State Route 20, Coupeville

December 10, Saturday :::  6-9 pm 
NWLACC Russian Winter Celebration/Open House, with Russian food, auction/fundraiser for the Global Culture program that NWLACC is providing for the children in the South Whidbey District Schools.   https://www.nwlacc.org/current-offerings/
At 5023 Langley Road, in Langley, WA

2017
January 6-7, Friday and Saturday :::  All Day
 5th Cascadia Grain Conference in Olympia, WSU and OSU

February 25, Saturday ::: All Day
WICD Native Plant Sale  plus Plant pot exchange.  Order now: http://www.whidbeycd.org/store/c1/Featured_Products.html
In Coupeville



Thursday, November 17, 2016

Past the middle of November and great stuff to do!



Item of Note:
The Whidbey Island Conservation District plant sale has started.  This year there are 28 species of native shrubs, trees (both conifers and deciduous) and ground covers.  Plus a collection of plant packages pre-selected to address a specific landscape goal or condition. By purchasing plants in a package, you’ll also save money! 
For full info. click here: 

Events:
November 4 to December 4, during business hours
Artist Nadine Zachrisson paintings on exhibit in Cash Store, Her work features rural landscapes and barns.
At Bayview

November 17, Thursday :::  6:30 pm
Film - “Ingredients”  hosted by Viva Farms  $12/person -OR- $15 includes one local beer/wine/cider, $5 each extra drink.  Children 10 and under free, 2 per paid adult     www.vivafarms.org
At the Lincoln Theatre in Mount Vernon 

November 18, Friday :::   8-12 
Square dance $5 with Not your Mama’s string band.
At Chimacum Grange 

November 20, Sunday ::: 1.30-4.30
At Cougar Auditorium, Everett

November 22, Tuesday ::: 10 am 
WSU AgWeatherNet  Free admission.  Dr Gary Grove , Director , will be talking about the capabilities of the AWN that you can use for your farming or gardening operations.
At Prairie Rim Institute. Parker Rd Coupeville 

November 29, Tuesday :::  5:30 – 8:30
Gaining Access to Farmland. One of the biggest barriers farmers face is access to good quality land.  Tips and lessons on finding the land you need. To register,  snohomish.wsu.edu/event/access-farmland 
At WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium, 600 128th ST SE, Everett (inside McCollum Park).

December 3, Saturday :::   8:00am – 12:30pm
How to Do Farm Taxes. Everett  To register FarmTaxes.eventbrite.com  $15 for one, $25  for  up to three from the same business.
At Cougar Auditorium, 600 128th St SE (inside McCollum Park).

December 3, Saturday or Sun December 4, Sunday ::: 9-5pm 
Mushroom class for beginners $50  Two identical classes will be held, Saturday and Sunday  http://mms.psms.org/members/evr/regmenu.php?orgcode=PSMS 
At Center for Urban Horticulture , 3501 NE 41st Street , Seattle

December 5-8, 5pm-8pm EST  
Growing for the Future, online FREE conference.  Online, interactive virtual conference focused on beginning farmer and rancher issues webinars.  Register: https://nfu.org/growing-for-the-future/

December 10, Saturday :::  6-9 pm 
NWLACC Open House with Russian food, auction/fundraiser for the Global Culture program that NWLACC is providing for the children in the South Whidbey District Schools.    https://www.nwlacc.org/
At the Northwest Language & Cultural Center

January 6-7, Friday and Saturday ::: All day
5th Cascadia Grain Conference in Olympia, WSU and OSU
This is a companion conference to the Grain Gathering held by WSU Mt Vernon in the summer.

Sat February 25, Saturday ::: All Day
Plant pot exchange and  WICD Conservation District’s Native Plant sale.
In Coupeville

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

November is here already. Plenty to do!



Of special interest:
Endless Summer is a collaboration of four Coupeville farms - Rosehip Farm & Garden, Willowood Farm, Prairie Bottom Farm, and Kettles Edge Farm - to bring you a great selection of fall and winter produce. Joining  them this fall is the Oystercatcher Restaurant owned by Tyler and Sara Hansen offering five delicious 2 lb loaf choices. Send an E mail to  rosehip@whidbey.net to get on their mailing list
Each week you will receive an email with an availability listing produce and pricing for each of the participating farms. To order, reply to this email not later than Wednesday 7 pm. Pickup on Saturday from 12pm until 6pm at the Rosehip Farm Stand. Order early, this is the end of the season and quantities may be limited

Events:

November 10, Thursday :::  5.30-8pm 
An evening in Tuscany cooking and travel workshop.  a Slow Food of Whidbey Island program.. Cost is $15, for info or reservations, contact kathy46@whidbey.com 
At Deer Lagoon Grange Hall

November 13, Sunday :::  noon -2 pm  
Brunch with Turkish  food, catered by Sureyya Gokeri of Cafe Turko in Fremont and a talk about Turkish culture by the musician Latif Bolat  www.nwlacc.org for reservations
At NorthWest Language Academy and Cultural Center.

December 10, Saturday :::  6-9 pm 
NWLACC Open House with Russian food, auction/fundraiser for the Global Culture program that NWLACC is providing for the children in the South Whidbey District Schools.   www.nwlacc.org
at NorthWest Language Academy and Cultural Center.

January 6-7, Friday and Saturday ::: All Day
5th Cascadia Grain Conference in Olympia, WSU and OSU

Sat February 25, Saturday ::: all day
WSU/Island County Waste Wise volunteers will be running a plastic plant pot exchange along with the Conservation District’s Native Plant sale. You can bring pots or take pots. in Coupeville. Save the date and save the pots
At Camp Casey Conference Center



Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Fall begins, much to do!




Of Special Interest:

SkyRoot Farm in Clinton has a fall CSA.    Click to sign up or call 206.550.4622
8-10 items each week, delivered on Wednesday, plus a newsletter with recipes for that week's veggies and stories from the farm. Sept 14 through Nov 23rd (11 weeks). The cost is $286 (every other week is $153).  Their fall farm harvest party for CSA members will be in October.

Events:

September  20, Tuesday ::: 6.30 pm Edible Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest and Beyond by Dan Winkler.  A Langley Library program.
At the Langley Methodist Church Hall.

September 23 ::: All Day
Skagit Farm Supply Country Store Chick shipment arrives.  Last shipment of chicks for 2016
At Skagit Farm Supply Freeland

September 23-24, Friday and Saturday ::: All Day
Annual Garage Sale , Antiques and More. Over 140 vendors, old farm tools
At Skagit County Fairgrounds in Mt Vernon

September 24, Saturday ::: 10-5  
Get SQUASHED www. 21acres.org  If you have never seen the 21 acres building, this would be a good time to have a look. 21 acres is now an aggregation site for the Puget Sound Food Hub. 
At 21 Acres in Woodinville

September 24, Saturday :::  Pumpkins start arriving at 9am, festivities start at 11
Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival  full info. www.christiansonsnursery.com 
At Christianson’s Nursery, Mt. Vernon

September 24, Saturday :::   11 am-2 pm
Western Washington Fruit Foundation Apple and Pear Harvest Day  Sample different apples and pears, sample ciders, pruning demonstration.  Free to members, $15 to nonmembers. 
Location and full info. www.nwfruit.org

September 26, Monday ::: 4 - 8 pm 
Community Field Day and Variety Testing   FREE and open to the public   www.SeedAlliance.org. Visitors will taste and give grades to different varieties of trial vegetables and chefs will be making appetizers out of the same vegetables.
At Chimacum Farm Collaborative,124 Center Rd, Chimacum  (near Pt Townsend)

October  1 – 2, Saturday and Sunday ::: all day

October 1, Saturday :::  !0-4 pm
Bow Little Harvest Market and FOOD SWAP
Bring your excess canned, frozen, storage-ready foods to trade for what you need this winter”.  www.bowlittlemarket.com 
At the Belfast Feed Store  www.belfastfeedstore.com, 3 miles north of Burlington.

October 1-2, Saturday and Sunday ::: 10-4 pm 
Bullock’s Permaculture Sale on Orcas Island. Full info. www.permacultureportal.com 

October 19, Wednesday ::: times to be announced
Snohomish WSU Extension. Growing Groceries, first of a ten class series.  Take one or all of the classes.  Designed to help beginners as well as long-time gardeners learn more about growing food using healthy and sustainable practices to register GrowingGroceries.Eventbrite.com
At Everett

October 24 to 31, One Week
Farm-to-Table Food Writing Master Class with Betsy Andrews! $3,000  www.hedgebrook.org
At Hedgebrook