The Corner Chronicle
Chimacum, Washington, Monday June 27, 2016
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

Let’s hear it for #2s!
stone-fruits560June 14th, 2016

Number 2 Washington Organic Stone Fruits, that is. So enamored are we of these #2s, we strive to be #1 in offering them.

#2 fruits are fruits that are set aside (and sadly, too often disposed of) only because they are small or blemished. The good news is not only are they of the same high quality when it comes to taste and texture (they come from the same Washington organic farms as the #1s), but we can offer them at a great price making them perfect for preserving —dehydrating, canning, or freezing.

OPENING DAY FARMERS MARKET – Jun 5th!
16-05-30-Market560May 24th, 2016

Yep, it’s that glorious time of year again when our beloved Chimacum Farmers Market returns! Every Sunday from 10-2, Jun 5th through the end of October, several local farmers, food venders, crafters, and a band will set up their tents on the field behind the Corner.

New and special this year, the first Sunday of every month will cater its music and activities to kids. Just so happens that June 5th in addition to being Opening Day is also a “Kid’s Day”, the Tour de Forts, and the Kul Kah Han Native Plant Sale. And don’t forget, Finnriver Orchard’s new tasting room and public space is now also open across the street.

CHICKEN SEEN CROSSING ROAD 5/28
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“WHY?” you ask! To join Finnriver in celebrating the BIG EXCITING move of their tasting room and public space from the farm on Barn Swallow Rd to their new digs at 124 Center Road… ACROSS THE STREET FROM US!!!

The new site on the grounds of the historic Brown Dairy (did we mention “across the street from us!!!”?) is truly spectacular – a place you will want to visit repeatedly. Grab yourself a Dented Buoy Pizza, a tall refreshing glass of draft cider, and sit yourself at the fabulous long table.

B—Farmers

Meet your Meat Farmer – One Straw Ranch
One Straw RanchMarch 7th, 2016

By Jenna Dern

Exciting News! It’s spring and we’ve now got local succulent lamb from One Straw Ranch!

One Straw Ranch is shepherded by Martin and Charlotte Frederickson on rich, diverse, thoughtfully managed lands on Marrowstone Island and in Chimacum. Its name is inspired and influenced by The One Straw Revolution, a book by farmer Masanobu Fukuoka.  The farm and its farmers reflect the philosophy

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)

Finnriver Cover Crop SEED FROM HERE
Cover Crop SEED FROM HEREOctober 9th, 2014

By Katy McCoy

Each year, things get a little closer to perfection. Now you can naturally build up your bed’s soil nutrients and “biomass”, fight pests, sequester CO2 from the atmosphere, and support a local farmer all at the same time through one simple act – buying and planting Keith’s cover crop seed!

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