How to use this blog

How to use this blog. This blog is a compilation of local food sources, local services and local events. To find a particular item or event please look at posts made during the particular months as listed. Or if the listing is underlined, just click on it, Or if you are looking for a individual item or vendor try the search box on the right.
January 2016- New Year, New Things to Do!
February 2015 - Middle of February and more events!
March 2015- March/April Events,
April 2015 - Do stuff in April!
May 2015 -
June 2015 - June and lots to do!
July 2014 - Beginning of July Events! Middle of July into August - Events Do you raise meat locally? Find out about a new organization
August 2014- Middle of August and On, events!
September 2014- September events!
October 2014 - Middle of October events!
November 2015- November, lots to do!
December 2015 -
Beginning of December - lots to do! Important date correction 12-12-16

Tuesday, November 8, 2016


This blog has been replaced with a companion blog to the new Free range News
Please visit our new blog at this address
see you there!
Claire and Chris

Saturday, January 9, 2016

New Year - New Things to Do!


January 7, Thursday :::   5:30 - 8:00 
 Whidbey Island Farmer Potluck.  This is for production farmers who sell directly to local consumers  and are interested in identifying and exploring various marketing opportunities.
At Nordic Lodge, Jacobs Road, Coupeville

January 9, Saturday ::: All Day
Grain Conference.  Space still available for some of the add-on activities and field trips occurring on Friday Jan 8th.
In Olympia.

January 9, Saturday ::: 10-12 am
Using Native Plants in your landscape.  This is a Whidbey Island Conservation District program, FREE-note: this class is repeated on the South end on January 16, see listing below
At Hummingbird Farm , 2319 Zylstra,  Oak Harbor.    

January 12-18  ::: During buiness hours
Truckload Feed Sale at Skagit Farm Supply, Country Store.

January14, Thursday ::: 5-6:30 pm.
Mash up at Bloom’s Tasting Room, Whidbey Island Local Lenders, who might be interested in making a personal loan.
At Bayview Corner

January 14, Thursday ::: 6-8 pm
Slow Food Winter Workshop - Stone Soup
Learn to make, and then enjoy a warm bowl of soup. Class size limited, cost $15, must RSVP to to reserve a spot. Non-members welcome.
At Deer Lagoon Grange, 5142 Bayview Rd, Langley

January 14, Thursday :::  6.30 pm
“Food for Thought” A free book discussion , favorite books , including cookbooks, with a common theme of FOOD!  
At Langley Library 

January 16, Saturday ::: 10-12
Using Native Plants in your landscape.  FREE
This is a Whidbey Island Conservation District program.
At Bayview Farm and Garden.

January 20, Wednesday ::: 10:00 – 12:00
Washington State Farm Internship Pilot Program FREE discussion Please RSVP to Kellie Henwood, or (360) 379-5610 ext. 201
At Chimacum Grange, 9572 Rhody Drive, Chimacum.

January 27, Wednesday :::  7-9 pm 
Livestock Round Pen. First in a series of quarterly events for anyone interested in livestock production.  Register at  it’s FREE and the program information is on this website.
At Longhouse Evergreen State Fairgrounds, Monroe

January 30, Saturday ::: All Day
Country Living Expo countrylivingexpo Register soon, there are 175 classes and some sell out quickly.
In Stanwood

Febuary 6, Saturday :::  8-4.30
Sound Waters at South Whidbey High School. formerly Island County Beach Watchers.

March 11-12, Friday and Saturday ::: All Day
Selling Logs from Your Property - A comprehensive educational symposium for landowners.  Save the date.  Details to follow.  Kevin W. Zobrist Associate Professor, Extension Forestry , Serving the North Puget Sound Area.  This is the second and final offering of this WSU Forestry Extension program.
in Auburn WA

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Important information for December 12th

December 12, Saturday ::: 1pm
Funeral service for Jeff Lee Proctor who died unexpectedly in his sleep November 29th. 
Following the service there will be a potluck celebration of his life in the chapel.
At Calvary Chapel , French Rd, Clinton

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Beginning of December - so much to do!

Items of Note:
Local wreaths & trees.  Buy grown on Whidbey!
Eric Conn of Full Cycle Farm is making wreaths and
decorations from Whidbey greenery and dried plant material. Check them out
at the Goose, his farm stand at the junction of Quade and Maxwelton Rd or the
Bayview Market on Saturdays.
Christmas tree and holly farms.
  • 10-6 every day.
  • Hennrich’s Tree farm on Hastie Lake Rd 675-4000
  • Scattered Acres , 7111 Heggenes Rd, Clinton. Fri-Sun 10-4.

December 5, Saturday ::: 10 am
Cookie Walk.  Get there early, pay $15 for a box and fill it quick. Sometimes it’s all over in 30 minutes! This is a fundraiser for the church’s charitable activities.
At Langley United Methodist Church

December 5, Saturday ::: 10-2pm
Santa photos with kids, pets, whatever! Open House
At Bayview Farm and Garden, Langley

December 5, Saturday ::: 10-3pm
Community Sale
At Deer Lagoon Grange

December 5, Saturday ::: 10-2 pm Note: repeats on Dec. 12 & 19
Bayview Holiday Market
At Bayview Hall, Langley  

December 5, Saturday ::: 10-3 pm
Oak Harbor Winter Market Saturdays till Dec 19th
At Hummingbird Farm at 2319 Zylstra Rd Oak Harbor

December 5, Saturday ::: 4 to 9pm.
'Night of Beauty', in the red barn, Christmas music, hot chocolate
and Christmas shopping. Dress warm. Full info.
At North Whidbey Farm 231 E Frostad Road, Oak Harbor

December 10, Thursday ::: All Day
Hog slaughter class, full details:
In Woodinville

December 11, Friday ::: All Day
Butchery and charcuterie class, full details:
On Vashon Island

December 11, Friday ::: 5.30-7pm
Mud Management Workshop for Livestock Owners, taught by WICD Resource Planner and Livestock Specialist Sarah Cassatt.  RSVP or contact with questions:
At Coupeville Library Meeting Room

December 12, Saturday ::: All Day
Butchery and charcuterie class, full details:
On Vashon Island

December 31, Thursday ::: All Day
DEADLINE to apply for Master Gardener Training in 2016.
Contact Anza Muenchow, Master Gardener Coordinator, WSU/Island County
360-678-2343 office hours: Weds and Thus.

December 31, Thursday ::: All Day
 DEADLINE for $5 discount on registration at the Country Living

January 9, Saturday ::: All Day
Cascadia Grains Conference, full info.:
At Olympia

January 30, Saturday ::: All Day
Country Living Expo in Stanwood, Register soon, there are 175 classes and some sell out quickly

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

November, lots to do!

Now happening:
Endless summer.
This is a collaboration between three farms in Coupeville.
You can get on their mailing lists, order from one or all three farms, and
the orders will be made up, ready for pickup at Rosehip on Saturday
afternoons and you only write one check, to Rosehip, for the total order.
This time of year, individual farms don’t necessarily have enough of all
varieties of vegetables, but by working together they can offer a really
good selection.

Ongoing 2016 WICD Bareroot Native Plant Pre-Order Sale
WICD is accepting orders now through January 31, 2016 on an assortment of Western Washington native species. The plants are one to two years old, range in height from 6” to 36” and are priced very reasonably. Most plants are bare root and sold in bundles of five, while a few varieties are sold individually in small pots. To view complete plant descriptions and order online,

Ongoing every Thursday ::: 3-4 pm Clogging classes
This is like line dancing, no partner required. Drop in fee is
only $10 so check it out and see if you like it.
At the South Whidbey Bayview Senior Center

November10, Tuesday ::: 5:30-7:30 pm Mud Management Workshop
taught by WICD Resource Planner and Livestock specialist Sarah Cassatt RSVP here
at Trinity Lutheran Chapel, Freeland

November12, Thursday ::: 5:30-7:30 pm Mud Management Workshop
taught by WICD Resource Planner and Livestock specialist Sarah Cassatt
RSVP here
at the Heller Road Fire Station, Oak Harbor

November 14, Saturday ::: 9.30- 3.30 Nordic Fest
Get your home baked Scandinavian goodies here. Beats cooking!
At South Whidbey High School

November 16, Monday through December 14 ::: 6.30-9.30 pm
Bee apprentice classes in Everett McCollum Park The apprentice level course in the Master Beekeeper Program. The course repeats starting again on February 22, 2016 Class size is limited and always fills quickly. There are just a few seats left for the November series. The cost course is $90 per person. Register online at You can also download the form at and mail with your check. For more information on the course, contact Dave Pehling,, (425) 357-6019.For more information on the course, contact Dave Pehling,, (425) 357-6019.
At WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium, 600
128th ST SE, Everett

November 19, Thursday ::: All Day
Focus on Farming
At Evergreen State Fairgrounds, Monroe.

December 10, Thursday ::: All Day
Hog slaughter class in Woodinville, full info.

December 11 or 12, Friday or Saturday ::: All Day
Butchery and charcuterie on Vashon (same class each day).

Sunday, May 24, 2015

June and lots to do!


May 22, Friday :::  All Day
Opening day of the new store MAKE WHIDBEY in Clinton.
Drop by for coffee and snacks with your friends, this is Clinton’s latest meeting
The store is on 525, across the side road from Cozy’s. Look for the Lunch Box
wagon parked outside.

June 2, Tuesday ::: 3 – 5
Slow Food’s Wine Tasting and Cheese
The event is open to non-members, specifically those who are interested in volunteering with Slow Food and those from other organizations who are interested in developing collaborative projects with Slow Food.   Please RSVP your attendance and interest no later than Saturday May 30
At Holmes Harbor Cellar Winery, 4591 Honeymoon Bay Road.

June 3, Wednesday ::: 7:00-9:30 pm
Cool-Season Gardening: Growing Fall & Winter Edibles. Cost is $20 per person , registration is required.  Register online at For more information, contact Kate Halstead at (425) 357-6024,
At WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium in McCollum Park, 600 128th St SE, Everett, WA .

June 4, Thursday ::: 5.30-7.30 pm
Small Farm Management Workshop Part 1
This is a FREE WI Conservation District program for livestock owners, held at Pacific Winds farm, 2870 Torpedo Rd , Oak Harbor. Taught by Sarah Cassatt. Information and

June 11, Thursday ::: 5.30-7.30 pm
Small Farm Management Workshop Part 2.  See June 4th listing for full details

June, Saturday ::: 13 2 – 9:30 pm
Nordic Midsommarfest a NWLA Language of Food program. Full details Cooking class from 2-5 pm $35.  Evening smorgasbord and entertainment, 5.30-9.30 pm $65.

June 16, Tuesday ::: 10 am
Food and Farming. Marketing Part 2. Webinar
You can either watch this live on your computer or get it later when it will be available from the archives. This is a WSU Extension program, Women in Agriculture. SAVE THE DATE. Details will appear later on how to sign up for the webinar. Margaret Viebrock




July 18, Saturday ::: 10-4 3
Sisters Farm Day, Celebrating the 105th year of the family farm.
At 938 Scenic Heights Rd, Oak Harbor.

Starting in JUNE and going through OCTOBER
Food Preservation classes in Everett and an on-line training program.
Learn how to preserve fresh foods safely in a series of four evening workshops
At WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Evergreen Room in McCollum Park, 600
128th St SE, Everett. The series repeats three times during the season.  Online class is a pre-requisite to classroom work.  For more information on any of the courses, contact Kate Halstead, WSU Snohomish County Extension Food Safety Program,, (425) 357-6004.

July 2, Thursday ::: 3:30-7:00 pm
Clinton Thursday Market or 425 791-1192
At the Clinton Community Hall.

May 23, Saturday ::: 11:30 – 2:30 pm
Portico in Langley now open for brunch. For full info. (360) 221-8141
At 220 First Street, Langley

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

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April 14 - May 14 Each Tuesday and Thursday ::: 6-8 pm
Tractor Safety Classes
Skagit Extension is holding tractor safety classes 360-428-4270 ext 225 for full info
In Burlington

April 21, Tuesday ::: 9 am
Risk Management and your Agritourism business.
This is a Women in Agriculture Webinar, by WSU Extension To join the webinar, go to about 10 minutes prior to the start time. Click on "Enter as a Guest" and type your name in the space provided, then click on "Enter Room." For best results, we suggest you use Firefox or Internet Explorer as your web browser. Prior to participating in this Adobe Connect event, please go to the following URL to confirm ability to log on to the Connect server: testconnect

April 21, Tuesday ::: 7 pm
“Too much love” Does feeding wildlife do more harm than good? Talk by Ruth Milner and others in WDFW, state government wildlife programs. Sponsored by the Town of Coupeville and Pacific Rim Institute.
At Coupeville Rec Hall

April 25, Saturday ::: 9-5 pm
Coupeville Garden Club Plant Sale
At the Coupeville Rec Hall

May 2, Saturday
Japanese pruning class and Japanese lunch
Fundraiser for North West Language Academy. The class is given by Masa Mizono, Director of the Japanese Garden in Portland Oregon.   Sponsored by

May 16, Saturday ::: 1 pm
Steve Layman will be giving a talk about his raptors. Save the date!
at Deer Lagoon Grange Hall