|Impassioned East Jefferson County farmers from more than 20 nearby farms gather at the newly opened Chimacum Corner Farmstand and make demands that each of us eat more of the food they grow! They claim it is essential to the future health of our bodies,||community, economy, and planet. Fortunately for all, the small rural grocery (pictured above) agrees full-heartedly with the farmers and is committed to selling first and foremost “FOOD FROM HERE”. Come on in for a visit and taste our special North Olympic “terroir”!|
Things are falling into place for the Corner’s 4th Annual Inter-Dependence Day Party on July 12th, and it promises to be lots of fun! Each year we learn what works best as we try new things. This year’s changes:
1) Food Carts! Let the pros do the cooking while we scoop the free Elevated ice cream. The local food cart line-up this year includes Zoog’s BBQ, the Cape Cleare Salmon Cart, Dented Buoy Pizza, Crust Hand Pies, and others.
2) Square Dancing! Wild Phil and the Buffalo Gals, a fabulous local traditional dance band, will be belting out the tunes while caller Joanne Pontrello will be guiding us through the steps. No experience required!
It’s going to be tough this Inter-Dependence Day, going through the dinner line and having to choose between Link Lab Brats made from Chimacum Tamworths or the flavor-packed beef burgers made from Chuck and Julie Boggs’ Westbrook Angus.
Chuck and Julie have been breeding high-end registered Black Angus on their pristine 90 acre spread of West Valley bottomland since 1970. The bulk of their business consists of breeding stock sales to east-of-the-mountains ranchers
It’s official, Tamworths love Chimacum, are moving here in droves, and raising their young. To the joy of all bacon lovers, they are also crowding their way into the Corner’s “MEAT FROM HERE” locker. “What is a Tamworth?” you ask.
The Tamworth is an old heritage breed hog descended from “Irish Grazers”, an ancient European pig domesticated from wild boars that retained their ability to graze and thrive in woodlands. In 1812 a wise Englishman recognized their commercial value
It’s February. And we’re biting into the dark, salty, (yet sweet) story behind Jim Queen’s “Chocolate Serenade” confections. (Don’t tell us you’re not interested — we know how much you devour, that you prefer dark chocolate over milk, and that given a choice you say “YES” to salt).
Jim’s love affair with caramel began in childhood (Sugar Daddies on a stick) and grew from there. He first began making his own caramel
Dave and Gail Halsaver, along with 7 employees, have been growing beautiful perennials at Foxglove Greenhouses in Hansville (outside Kingston) since 2000 and before that in Poulsbo. Although mainly a wholesale nursery selling to 40 Western WA nurseries, they are open to the public on Saturdays during the summer season. Hoping to get the story behind all of their early spring flowering plants now for sale at the Corner, we invited ourselves over for an early sneak preview.
“Jeff and Judy Childs have been cultivating Japanese Maples in Quilcene (Vinland Nursery) since 1989, participating in an longstanding tradition that began in Japan during the 1700s, spread to England in 1820, then quickly spread throughout the temperate world. Horticulturists everywhere were captivated by the species’ inherent beauty and its ability to take on a great multitude of colors, leaf shapes, and growing patterns. Over the centuries, hundreds of new varieties have been developed.
Every successful organic gardener or farmer knows that one of the most important requirements for growing healthy plants is starting with healthy soil: soil that is pH-balanced, packed full of nutrients, and teaming with microscopic organisms. If you feed your soil’s microorganisms, it’s said that they will pitch in and do 90% of the remaining work to keep the soil (and therefore the plants) healthy.
How to make those microorganisms happy?
by Erin Jakubek and Katy McCoy
Folks, it’s that time of year – time to get those greenhouse benches or windowsills cleared off and seeds planted. In this post we’re going to talk about the reasons why you’d be crazy to not buy local organic seed from Oatsplanter Farm and/or Seed Dreams, our local seed producers each of which are offering their full lines at Chimacum Corner Farmstand. We’ll also fill you in on the Rockwell Bean seeds from Willowood Farm on Whidbey (which you’d also be crazy to not buy).
by Erin Jakubek and Katy McCoy
Time to start your starts! Last week, the earliest Midori plant starts arrived and in another 1-2 weeks, Red Dog starts will join them. Both Midori and Red Dog starts are special in that the varieties have been chosen for their adaptability to our climate and unlike starts you see in most nurseries, the starts have been grown locally in unheated greenhouses, so the plants are hardy and ready to put in the ground the day you buy them. The plant starts will arrive in waves and only be available when it’s time to plant. Takes a lot of guesswork out of it for us novices!
by Phil Vogelzang and Katy McCoy
Enough about seeds and starts. All that counts for nothing if we don’t have the proper dirt. New this year the Corner is selling 25 lb bags of Roger Short’s Magical Soil for $9.99 – the perfect soil to jumpstart your plant starts. In this article we intend to get to the bottom of the magic in this Center Valley substrate and instruct you how to best use it. To get our answers, we’ve cornered the “dirtologist” himself, Roger Short, on his 400 acre Short’s Family Farm where he raises his famed 100% grass-fed beef that we so enjoy.
By: Molly Force, ND
What I am about to share with you may come as a shock. It may be counter to everything you were told about choosing a healthy diet. Brace yourself. I believe meat can be healthy and good for you, even red meat!
Forget what the mainstream media has told you about animal proteins and fats. Much of their information is outdated and confused. Eating animal proteins found in fish, meat, and eggs are actually quite beneficial