The Corner Chronicle
Chimacum, Washington, Monday September 01, 2014
chimacum corner farmers
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”!

A—Store News

We’re Hiring!
We're Hiring!August 29th, 2014

Two new positions have opened up and we’re now taking applications! Please help spread the word if you know of the perfect person.

For the first person, we’re looking for someone to run our new deli. If you haven’t heard, we recently got licensed to cut our own cheese, make our own sandwiches and the works. We’ve upgraded our kitchen with shiny new fixtures and all we need is YOU! That is if you are an experienced, strong self-starter, local food person looking to join a strong team.

B—Farmers

Westbrook Angus – Chuck and Julie Boggs
photo of Chuck and Julie BoggsJune 24th, 2013

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

Tamworth “Grizzlies” on Chimacum’s BarDan Farm
photo of a Tamworth with a dirty nose and nice eyebrows!June 20th, 2013

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

C—Producers

Jim Queen — Sequim’s “King” of Caramel
"Jimmie2Shirts" of Chocolate Serenade in Sequim, WAFebruary 11th, 2014

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

D—Home (Kitchen and Garden)

Foxglove Greenhouses – Hardy Hansville Perennials
foxglove_featured-imageMarch 12th, 2014

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.

Japanese Maples Actually from Quilcene
Jeff Childs of Vinland Nursery, Quilcene,WA

“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.

New Bulk Soil Amendments for Organic Gardeners
Cracker is impressed and can't wait to tell Wilson, the worm.February 19th, 2014

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?

Corner Goes to Seed: Organic SEED FROM HERE!
photo of Seed packages from 2 Port Townsend organic farms, Seed Dreams and OatsplanterApril 7th, 2013

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).

Start Hardy with Local Organic Plant Starts
photo of plant starts from Midori and Red Dog

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!

The Dirt on Roger’s Magical Soil
photo of Roger short at farm tour in front of tub ofApril 4th, 2013

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.

E—Health

Meat Matters: Why Meat Has Been Given a Raw Deal
featured-photoJune 24th, 2013

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