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Finnriver Cover Crop SEED FROM HERE
October 9th, 2014 by Katy McCoy

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!

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Foxglove Greenhouses – Hardy Hansville Perennials
March 12th, 2014 by Katy McCoy

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.

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Japanese Maples Actually from Quilcene
March 12th, 2014 by Katy McCoy

“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.

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New Bulk Soil Amendments for Organic Gardeners
February 19th, 2014 by Katy McCoy

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?

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

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).

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Start Hardy with Local Organic Plant Starts
April 7th, 2013 by Katy McCoy
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!

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

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.

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Hey Chimacum, Let’s Sow Garlic!
September 9th, 2012 by Katy McCoy
photo of an Asian Tempest garlic - such beautiful cloves and straight hard neck!

by Dan Hysko

It’s almost time (late Sept – late Nov) to get next year’s garlic crop bedded down and covered with sandy soil and mulch. Your reward: curvaceous green scapes next May and robust flavor-packed bulbs in June/July. From Willowood Farm on Whidbey Island we’re selling a selection of premier seeds selected to thrive in our dampish Quimper climate. Plus… we’ll tell you how to grow it.

Garlic is an amazing food, called a super food by some. It is likely antiviral, antifungal, anticancer and

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Heidi’s Nettle Quiche – Wake up Those Tastebuds!
April 2nd, 2012 by Katy McCoy
photomontage of Heidi serving her nettle quiche

Now’s the time to put on a pair of protective gardening gloves and go foraging for tender wild nettles (currently about 6-8 inches tall/no flowers). Take some scissors and a colander and snip only the top 4 inches off each plant. Nettles are actually quite tasty and the sting completely disappears with cooking. You can use them anyway that you would spinach. In this recipe, Heidi has decided to add them to a delicious easy quiche.

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A Richer Creme Brûlée with Duck Eggs!
April 2nd, 2012 by Katy McCoy
photomontage of ducks, large duck egg, and creme brûlée

It’s true, duck eggs have a higher yolk to egg white ratio than chicken eggs and yes, they are higher in fat.  That makes them perfect eggs for crème brûlée.  According to one blogger “The duck egg crème brûlée holds the sensation of velvety cream on the tongue longer”.  Rocky Day, a longtime Hadlock resident who is known for his crème brûlée (and his meat rabbits!) shares his secret today: duck eggs from his own ducks and the maple syrup recipe variation from the 1997 edition of the Joy of Cooking.  He uses all organic ingredients with the exception of the vanilla.

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