You are warmly invited to come to the Chili Cook-off next Saturday, July 17, starting at noon at the Otto Preserve on Lummi Island. It’s a fund-raising benefit for the Heritage Trust, an organization that works to preserve the natural beauty of the Island. I’ll be there offering Locavore Chili, which will be made with (almost) all Lummi Island ingredients: grass-fed beef, home-canned tomatoes from last year’s harvest, garden grown habanero chilis, onions and beans, and more! Only a couple of spices will be non-local. It’s going to be awesome! Please stop by, taste, and vote for your favorite chili! (Full recipe will be posted here after the event.)
On the next day is the Lummi Island Edible Garden Tour. About 20 home gardens will be open to the public starting at 10 am. When you get off the ferry, turn left and stop at The Islander grocery store to pick up a tour map. If you’ve been thinking about starting a vegetable garden, or even if you’ve been gardening for years, I’m sure you’ll be able to pick up some ideas and tips along the way.
With the weather predicted to be bright and sunny, it promises to be a wonderful weekend to visit Lummi Island! Have fun eating some amazing chili, enjoying the loop trail at the Otto Preserve, and learning more about the work of the Heritage Trust. Hope to see you there!