It is Definitely that time of year – and the super sweet Shuksan sstrawberries from Hedlin Farms are so Very worth waiting for… Kai Ottesen from Hedlin will be sharing some of these beauties with us live in person in our Produce Department on Saturday June 22nd from Noon-2pm, serving up Strawberry Sauce with the Co-op’s own Vanilla ice cream and Deli scones. (This event was impetus for our Deli to start packaging up their delicious scones in 4 packs, for you to take home…!)
We will be kicking off a super special on the 24th, featuring Hedlin’s organic strawberry pints for $1.49 during the last week of June.
See you on Saturday – come say Hi to Kai!
Susan and Douglas the dog led a tour through the blueberries at Bow Hill yesterday, and gave us the lowdown on the newly evolved North Sound Food Hub!
We hosted the Skagit Wholesale Market in our parking lot for a few years, giving farmers a place to connect with wholesale size buyers, like hospitals (big shout out to chef Chris Johnson at United General who started Farm Fresh Fridays at the hospital’s Coho Cafe!), schools, and restaurants. Bow Hill Blueberry owners Susan and Harley Soltes have assumed hosting responsibilities, providing cold storage, aggregate and customer pick up opportunities. This project is shepherded by NABC, who secured USDA grant monies to cover delivery to Seattle and fees for the internet platform. The North Sound Food Hub is running an indiegogo campaign to help pay the overhead for the refrigeration and aggregation part so it can be free to the farmers. Eventually there will be fees so it can stand on its own legs as a sustainable business model.
There has never been a better time to pitch in a few dollars to help support the building of this piece of our local agricultural economy, namely coordinated deliveries to the Seattle market (so close and yet such a hassle of time and energy for farmers to make individual deliveries to our neighbors in the South), and improved systems for local product to stay local.
We’re working on a longer article for our August newsletter, meantime, help us spread the word about our new Food Hub – tell your favorite restaurants that it’s here, and ask for more local, every time you eat out – re-localizing is possible, and it’s happening right now.
Local Connection: Living Rain Farm
John DeVries farms 13 acres of rhubarb and asparagus on Calhoun Road in west Mount Vernon. He started planting in 2005 and became certified organic in 2009. He is a member of Tilth Producers of WA.
We asked: What motivates you to farm?
“I’ve always liked nature. Being a part of the natural cycle is satisfying. I enjoy sticking my shovel in my soil and letting the soil run through my fingers. Good soil has a certain “feel” and scent to it. It’s fun to watch things grow (everything except weeds!) and Heck, I just like being outside!” Read more Local Connection: Living Rain Farm …
We have embarked on greatness!! Imagine this….
Our velvety chocolate ice cream, playing host to toasted almond nutty goodness, pillowed by fluffy soft co-op made marshmallows.
Can you see it? Now come and get it… Rock’n Road Ice Cream