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BelleWood Acres Opens New Store–and Distillery!

Category : About Food Sources, Farm Stands, On the Farm, U-Pick Farms

BelleWood Acres Apple on TreeFor years BelleWood Acres has had their farm store in the heart of their apple orchards. As the farm developed, the store began to feel cramped, and owners Dorie and John Belisle wanted to move their retail sales away from their wholesale operation, with its busy trucks, forklifts–you get the picture. on the other side of their farm at 6140 Guide Meridian near Lynden. Continue Reading

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

Field of Greens

Category : Farm Stands, Retail Stores

Field of Greens, EversonCool shade and a nice breeze were a welcome relief when we arrived at Field of Greens, a cooperative farm stand in Everson. Owner Joy Monjure was also welcoming, and invited us to look around.

Joy explained that this was the second season Field of Greens has been open. Joy worked for the City of Bellingham for 23 years, but was laid off in 2009 as part of budget cutbacks. Though it was a shock at the time, she said she gradually began to see it as an opportunity, and started planning her farm stand business. 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

Tour BelleWood Acres

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Category : On the Farm

Apples!You’re all invited for a local (short) road trip!

Dorie Belisle of BelleWood Acres farm near Lynden has invited Whatcom Locavore to tour the farm next Sunday, October 17, and she suggested we invite our readers to come along! Here’s Dorie’s description of what we’ll do during the visit:

“You would learn how our apples are grown, packed and processed. We would taste several of the value added products we make including our Cider, Syrup, and Vinegar, our home ground peanut butter, dehydrated apple chips, and of course our pies, pastries and cookies.”

For a preview of what you’ll see, check out the farm’s website. The farm store is also open on Sundays, so you’ll have an opportunity to do a little local shopping after the tour, if you like.

We’ll be meeting at BelleWood Acres on Sunday, October 17 at 10a.m. in front of the farm store. There is no charge for the tour. Here are the directions from Dorie:

“We are just 6 miles north on the Guide [Meridian]. Turn right at the first round about which is Ten Mile Road. We are a quarter mile down on the right. You will see the apple on the barn roof.”

Here’s a Google map showing the farm’s location at 231 Ten Mile Road near Lynden.

Hope you’ll join us! It should be a lot of fun!

Peperonata

Category : Recipes, Side Dishes, Vegetarian

PeperonataTuscan country cuisine is a wonderful style of cooking. The flavors have a special place in my heart, and bring back fond memories of trips to Siena, Italy, and the surrounding hill towns. Our first visit was when I took my daughter there to celebrate her graduation from high school. We fell in love with the beauty of the countryside, the incredible art, the warmth of the people, and  the “slow food” approach to meals. 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

Easy Refrigerator Pickles

Category : Make It Yourself, Seasonal Menu Ideas, September

Pickled Beets MenuIt’s pickling season! If the idea of making pickles conjures up hours of  sterilizing jars, trimming and peeling pounds of produce, and wondering later if the lids sealed safely–relax! You can certainly go through that whole process if you enjoy it (as I do), but there’s also a much easier way to prepare homemade pickles.

Several vegetables commonly pickled can be  prepared as “refrigerator pickles.” Refrigerator pickles won’t keep as long as pickles canned the traditional way, but they are fast to make and will last from a couple of weeks to a couple of months, depending on the vegetables and the recipe you use. Continue Reading

Finding Local Food

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Category : About Food Sources, August, CSAs, Farm Stands, Farmers' Markets, Grow Your Own, On the Farm, Retail Stores, Seasonal Menu Ideas, U-Pick Farms, Whatcom Locavore Basics, Where to Buy Local Food

Finding Local Foods, and Red Cabbage MenuFinding locally grown organic food can be a fascinating treasure hunt, but it also can be time consuming, especially at first. Here are some food finding tips to help jumpstart your locavore lifestyle:

1. Start close to home.
You may have noticed that I mention some farms more frequently than others. That’s because they are the best sources I’ve found close enough to my normal errand routes to be convenient. My goal is to find the quality I want as close to home as possible. I go to Half Acre Farm for u-picking vegetables, but you may be able to locate a u-pick you like closer to where you live. Continue Reading

Cloud Mountain Farm

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Category : Farm Stands, July, Seasonal Menu Ideas, U-Pick Farms

Cloud Mountain FarmAnyone who lives in Whatcom County has probably eaten some food produced by the dedicated people at Cloud Mountain Farm near Everson. Have you eaten at Nimbus, Prospect Street Cafe, or Boundary Bay? Enjoyed some of the exotic fruit flavors in Mallard’s ice cream? Some of the ingredients you ate were almost certainly grown at Cloud Mountain Farm. Continue Reading

Roasted Kohlrabi

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Category : Recipes, Side Dishes, Vegetarian

Roasted KohlrabiKohlrabi (kol-RAH-bee), sometimes called “cabbage turnip,” is a large spherical shaped vegetable that can be pale green, light yellow, or pinkish-purple. It looks like a root vegetable, but is actually the swollen base of the stem. The leaves have usually been removed before you purchase it, so there will be short leaf stems sprouting from various parts of the sphere. Continue Reading

Kale Casserole

Category : Breakfast, Main Dishes, Recipes, Vegetarian

Kale CasseroleKale is easy to grow in our climate, and can grow year round except in the most extreme cold winters. The taste of the leaves becomes sweeter as the winter progresses, making it a wonderful cold weather vegetable when little else is being harvested locally. There’s even a variety of kale called “Hungry Gap,” a British term for the time between summer growing seasons. Continue Reading

Fresh Strawberries

Category : Desserts, Recipes, Snacks, Vegetarian

Fresh StrawberriesStrawberries! The first of the season! These strawberries were from Boxx Berry Farm (Ferndale), though there are also many other producers in Whatcom County.

For a good demonstration of the advantages of buying local produce, try comparing a quart of Boxx’s fresh strawberries to a quart purchased from a chain grocer. These Boxx berries were deep red and fully ripe over the whole berry, while the grocery berries usually have white or green patches that aren’t ripe. The Boxx berries were in perfect condition throughout the whole basket, while grocery berries may be bruised and spoiled near the bottom of the basket. Finally, grocery berries frequently have a sour taste and require sweetening to enjoy. The Boxx berries were naturally sweet right from the basket. Perfection! Continue Reading