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2011 Fall Fruit Festival

Category : Farm Stands, October, On the Farm, Related Organizations, Seasonal Menu Ideas

Chopping Apples for Cider at Cloud Mountain Farm CenterAnticipation was in the air as we joined other families arriving at Cloud Mountain Farm Center for the second day of their Fall Fruit Festival. Almost immediately my grandson was recruited to try turning the wheel on the apple chopper for the hand cider press. The fun was underway! Continue Reading

Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

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Category : October, Sauces and Dips

Roasted Tomatillo Salsa“I have a lot of tomatillos in my garden,” said my friend Thurid Clark. “You should do an article about them.”

Since I’d never tried cooking with tomatillos, I was immediately intrigued. Thurid is an amazing gardener, and I knew her tomatillos would be wonderful. She gave me a bag of them to take home so I could experiment.

Tomatillos, or Mexican tomatoes, are a staple food in Mexico. They are used as the base of a classic green salsa, and are used in many other kinds of meat and vegetable sauces, too.  Continue Reading

BelleWood Acres Tour

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Category : Farm Stands, October, Seasonal Menu Ideas

BelleWood Acres AppleCrisp fall morning air and bright sunshine set the tone for a delightful visit to BelleWood Acres. Accompanied by several Whatcom Locavore blog readers, we met farmer Dorie Belisle for a guided tour just as her farm store was opening.

Dorie and John Belisle own 62 acres of former dairy land near Lynden, half of which is planted in apple orchards. Their 25,000 trees produce 1.4 million pounds of fruit every year. Continue Reading

Planning One-pot Meals

Category : October, Seasonal Menu Ideas

One-pot Meal MenuTemperatures are cooler, the smell of fallen leaves is in the air, and daylight hours are getting shorter. I confess–I love all of it! Fall is a time when locavore cooks (people who use only ingredients grown locally) begin to use the sturdier, late summer varieties and root vegetables as their central ingredients.

Root vegetables make a good foundation for one-pot meals. Their earthy taste combines well with other ingredients. Mix everything together, put them in the oven or a slow-cooker, and walk away. Come back later to wonderful aromas and hearty flavors. Continue Reading

2010 Cloud Mountain Farm Fall Fruit Festival

Category : October, On the Farm, Seasonal Menu Ideas

2010 Cloud Mountain SquashCloud Mountain Farm (6906 Goodwin Rd. near Everson) recently hosted their annual Fall Fruit Festival, and we were among the first to arrive Saturday morning. I’d been looking forward all summer to tasting over 200 varieties of apples and other fruit and vegetables grown by Cheryl and Tom Thornton, the farm owners, and their hard-working staff. Continue Reading

Freezing the Harvest

Category : Make It Yourself, October, Seasonal Menu Ideas

Freezing the HarvestFall has arrived. U-pick farms are starting to shut down their operations, some farmers markets have shut down for the year, and home gardeners are preparing their gardens for winter.

Now is a good time to get late summer produce at good quantity prices. It’s also time for locavores (people who eat locally grown food) to lay in food supplies for the winter. A well-stocked pantry and freezer can add a lot of variety to local winter eating. Continue Reading