From 2006 – 2010 a vacant gravel lot with a forlorn blue building for lease welcomed the 20,000 daily cars driving through Chimacum’s main intersection. In March of 2010, inspired by a passion for local food and urged on by neighborhood farms, Malcolm Dorn, Phil Vogelzang, and Katy McCoy leased the property with two goals:
1) Relocating the Chimacum Farmer’s Market (run by Jefferson County Farmers Markets)
2) Opening a small permanent farm stand focused on local products
In the sixteen months since opening, we’ve learned a lot and have come a very long way. We can now take pride in many of our accomplishments listed below:
1) Built a retail grocery that is open 7 days/week and prioritizes selling and promoting local food through fair pricing, customer education, and creative advertising.
2) Provided employment and business training for impassioned people, young and old, seeking to do fulfilling work in this valley.
3) Hosted the successful Chimacum Farmers Market which has tripled in size since moving from its previous Grange location. We are looking forward to increased growth this summer.
4) Hosted several local food carts including Cape Cleare Salmon, Zoog’s BBQ, Rosa’s Tacos, and Dented Buoy Pizza.
5) Worked with local talent to produce popular items such as Doyle’s Native Bird Boxes, Felicia’s Goat Milk Soap and Todd’s “Small Town Big Ideas” ceramic mugs.
6) Shared the story behind our fabulous farmers and producers with a broad community via an extensive website, our newsletters, and enthusiastic conversations within the store.
7) Built a Community Garden/gathering spot north of the store with grants from the “Women Who Care Giving Circle” and the “Master Gardeners”. In it’s first season the garden sponsored Master Gardener workshops, a Tri-Area Scavenger Hunt, and work parties during which volunteers built a greenhouse.
8) Helped brand Chimacum and its surrounding area as a substantial and sustainable farming community.
Most importantly, “The Corner” has become a gathering place where neighbors meet up, visitors can run into friendly faces, kids can play and we all experience a sense of belonging to something bigger than ourselves.
We’ve heard it over and over — “You’ve put the heart back in Chimacum!”
Not bad for 2 years, but in most ways, we feel we’ve only just begun. Be sure and read the next post: Corner Shares “Mooey Grande” Plans for 2012.
The 4 posts in order are . . .
1) Mission: Corner is on a Mission and Requests Your Help
2) Progress: Corner Reflects on Accomplishments 2010-Present (← you are here)
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