Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Gorge Grown Food Network Annual Feast on the Farm - 9.12.2010

Here's a GREAT way to wrap up a day in the Gorge. Go for a a waterfall hike or explore the Tom McCall Preserve, drink a couple of beers at the Thirsty Woman in Mosier, then head out to the Feast on the Farm.

Save the date for this year's 3rd Annual Feast on the Farm! Our annual harvest party is open to everyone and is a chance to support Gorge Grown, celebrate the region's farmers and food producers, and enjoy an entirely local menu, live music, and lots of fun amidst a gorgeous cherry orchard.

Sunday, September 12, 4 - 8 PM
Idiot's Grace Farm & Orchard in Mosier, OR

ADULTS $25 advance, $30 at the door
CHILDREN $10 for ages 4 and up, under 4 FREE!

Live music from Steve Einhorn and Kate Power
   -- including a kids' ukulele workshop!

Fantastic Dinner Dishes from:

Nora's Table
Solstice Wood Fire Cafe
Stonehedge Gardens
Good River
Brian's Pourhouse
6th Street Bistro
Wildflower Chef Services
Henni’s Kitchen and Bar

From I-84 Eastbound or Westbound, take Exit 69 for Mosier, OR. Head east through Mosier on Highway 30. From the Mosier Creek bridge, Idiot's Grace is about 1 mile east on Highway 30. Look for a gravel driveway and signs on the right. VIEW A PRINTABLE MAP HERE.
If you're interested in volunteering, please contact Sarah at sarah@gorgegrown.com or 541-490-6420.

The Great Downtown Mushroom Hunt! - .9.25.2010

The Great Downtown Mushroom Hunt
September 25, 3-5:30
Turtle Place / 7th and Main

Whether you hunt them (Safeway? In the woods?), grow them yourself, love them or fear them………..mushrooms are a fabulous add to your dining experience.  Come get up close and personal with these exciting fungi and the folks who know all about them.
Sample delicious appetizers prepared onsite by some of downtown’s best chefs……..there’s even something for your “little sprouts” to enjoy while you enjoy live music, mushroom munchies, and a beer garden (By the Bottle will bring their best).

3:00 Come on by for a little mushroom love  We'll have music, fun, and a little something to learn…you CAN be the Fun Guy at the Party!

4:30 Mushroom appetizer “best of ‘sho-MUSHROOM!” contest.  Who will win?  Rosemary’s?  The Grant House? Gray’s at the Park? Tommy O’s? Tiger Garden? Charlie’s Bistro?  Hey……more are joining this competition every day!  We are serious about our mushrooms in the ‘Couve!

By 5:30…….Here comes the HUNT part of the party.  Wander over to the downtown restaurant or lounge that has added YOUR favorite mushroom dish to their menu for the evening. 

Thursday, August 26, 2010

SW Washington Labor Day Weekend Wineries Tour

Labor Day Weekend Wine Tour
September 4, 2010 to September 5, 2010

Vancouver and Southwest Washington-area wineries host the Labor Day Weekend Wine Tour. Eleven of Southwest Washington's wineries, some only open for special events, will welcome visitors for wine tastings. To download a PDF version of a map which shows the location of these participating wineries, please click on the link below.

Southwest Washington Wineries
Bethany Vineyards and Winery; Rusty Grape Vineyard; Three Brothers Vineyard and Winery; East Fork Cellars; Confluence Vineyard and Winery; English Estates; Olequa Cellars; Heisen House Vineyards; Gouger Cellars Winery; Bader Winery; and Benke Cellars

Chuck's Produce & Street Market

Looks like opening day is getting nearer for Chuck's Produce & Street Market. Here's a link to their website:


It's just a single splash page, but keep checking back for more news.

Here's my report on my visit to Chuck's

Monday, August 23, 2010

Second Butchering Class @ Olympic Provisions - 9.12.2010

Due to popular demand, join us for butchery class number two: Peach fed pigs, butchery basics and the art of making fresh sausage.

Thanks so much to everyone who signed up for our very first butchery class and for expressing such interest in and enthusiasm for it!  Susan and Wolfgang have another beautiful peach-fed pig for us, so we're going to offer the same class the following weekend as well.  Eli Cairo and his right-hand man, Josh Graves (formerly of Fleischer's Meats), will go over whole animal butchery with hands-on demonstrations and the basics of fresh sausage making.  Attendees will leave with a well-rounded grasp of butchery basics, along with a couple choice cuts of meat and some fresh sausages.  Class is limited to twenty attendees.  

Date:  Sunday, September 12th
Location: Olympic Provisions, 107 SE Washington
Time:  2:00 - 5:00pm
Cost:  $125.00 

Please call or email to sign up for the class and for more information.  

The fine print:  Payment for class must be made upon sign-up.  We accept VISA, MC, AMEX and DISCOVER.  Full refunds for cancellations will be granted until Friday, August 27, 2010.  Cancellations made after this date will forfeit any refund.   

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Salmon Creek Farmers' Market - 8.26.2010

The bluegrass gospel group, Misty Mamas, will entertain us on Thursday, August  26th – from 5 to 7.  More corn is coming from Thoeny Farms, not to mention all of the freshly harvested SW produce provided by our vendors.  We’re moving swiftly into peak harvesting season for our local area.

For Thursday evening’s dinner, look for PIZZA, served freshly and directly by Russell’s Bread’s mobile pizza oven, making its debut visit at the Salmon Creek Farmers’ Market.  Foody Blues BBQ continues to provide ribs and chicken (and grilled corn) and Felida’s Farrar’s Bistro will be there with all kinds of nifty-tasting wraps.

For the kids, don’t forget the Barnyard – and the turkey and cheese sandwiches made especially for them by Farrar’s Bistro.

We had no takers for the Market Basket last week.  Give this some thought and we’ll try it again this week.  Order via email in advance based upon a list of products that the vendors provide on Wednesday.  Pick it up at the market by 7:15 p.m., Thursday.  Great for those of you who whose work keeps you until 7 p.m., or whose kids’ soccer practices keep you from getting to the market on time.  You’ll hear more about this on our website, on Facebook and an email to follow on Wednesday.

Salmon Creek Farmers' Market

3:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Conveniently located at the west end of NE 139th Street.
On the north side and west side of the Three Creeks Library and Salmon Creek Fred Meyer.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Lasagna Gardening Workshop - 8.21.2010

Clark County Homegrown Gardens will be hosting a 'Lasagna Gardening' Workshop on Saturday August 21, 2010 from 10:00 AM to 12 Noon. The workshop is free, but registration is required. Participants will receive information regarding the location of the workshop at the time of registration.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Get Your Pressure Checked!

Well the food preserving season has been a bit slow to go this year, but it's always a good time to have a safety check done on the old pressure canner. The good folks from the local WSU Extension Service would love to help you with that task, so make a date and get your pressure checked!

Pressure Gauge Testing: Dial gauges need to be tested each year for accuracy.

Volunteer master food preservers will test gauges at Wilco, 815 W. Main St., Battle Ground, from 11 a.m. to noon Aug. 28, Sept. 11 and 25 and Oct. 9. $3 for each lid tested.

WSU Clark County Extension Food Safety hot line, 360-397-6060, ext. 5366."

Monday, August 9, 2010

Farm To Family at the BG Farmers Market This Friday!

This Friday starting at 1:30 the BG Farmers Market has partnered with WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program, Farm to Family Project and WSU Extension to educate the public about healthy eating! 2.00 produce vouchers will be distributed to the local WIC clients to use at the BG Farmers Market, bags of produce will be handed out to selected families, and Sandy Brown from the local extension will be doing some raw veggie samples for you to try! Pick up a flyer from the Market Manager Booth to learn about seasonal eating and information about the Plant A Row For The Hungry campaign as well!

Holy Smokes BBQ will be there and longtime vendors Two Creeks Farms, Herrs Farms, Griffin Woodworks, Rosemattel's Farm, Iko Farms and more!

Remember, anything fresher is still growing!

The BG Farmers Market is located on HWY 503 and 199th Street at the Gardner Center Shopping Plaza.

Find out more about the BGFM at their website.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Hooked! at Columbia Springs Education Center

Here's an excellent opportunity to 'Spend $50' locally and help your community...

The Columbia Springs Education Center is holding it's annual fundraising event 'Hooked' on Thursday, August 19th. Tickets are $50 and I GUARANTEE you WILL be getting good value for your dollar as well as helping a fantastic, local non-profit. Great food, Double Mountain Brewing beer on tap (generously donated by Double Mountain and Apizza Scholls), games, silent auction and the mayor in a dunk tank! SHWEET!!

Here's the link:


Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Home Orchard Society Potluck & Workshops THIS SATURDAY - 8.7.2010

Budding Workshop, Summer Pruning, Summer Fruit Tasting and Annual Potluck
Saturday, August 7 from 9 am to 3pm at the HOS Arboretum

A full day of fun and learning at the HOS Arboretum at Clackamas Community College. Learn how to propagate stone fruit and other fruit trees using summer bud wood at the Budding workshop from 9 am to 11 pm. HOS experts will demonstrate summer fruit tree pruning and maintenance from 11 pm to 12 noon. Enjoy samples of summer fruit varieties such as blueberries, peaches and plums from noon to 1:00 pm. Bring a dish to share and enjoy good company and food at a potluck picnic in the shade of our arboretum’s trees from 1 to 3 pm. Please bring your own tableware!

No cost for this event, just bring a potluck dish to share! Questions: Contact Joanie Cooper (503-835-5040).

Mark Your Calendar:
October 9 & 10:
HOS All About Fruit Show

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Duck Eggs !

I just received this nice e-mail from Michael Berkompas regarding the availability of duck eggs for sale at his farm. If you like chicken eggs, you'll love duck eggs! Give the Berkompas family a call and support local agriculture.

Hi Glenn,I've got 40 ducks which will start laying in early September and was wondering whether you'd post an ad for me on your Clark County Food & Farm site. The ducks have all been well taken care of and have been fed no antibiotics, etc...
Eggs are $5.50/dozen and I'm looking for enough customers to sell 15 dozen a week.My house is located 7 minutes north of Battleground but I'm also able to pass out eggs in Brush Prairie.

Here's a link to the Craigslist ad I currently have up:http://portland.craigslist.org/clk/grd/1872584626.html

I want the attached image posted as well as the following short description:

The Berkompas Family Farm has a new flock of approximately 40 Khaki Campbell ducks which will start laying early this September. Sign up now to get yourself on the customer list for once they start laying. $5.50 per dozen. First come, first serve! Only 15 dozen per week available. Eggs can be picked up either at the farm (7 minutes north of Battleground), or in Brush Prairie (Union Business Park). Contact Michael at mberkom@gmail.com or use the online form here to add yourself to the list.