Delicious Writing at Orcas Island Lit Fest

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Opening night of the 2019 Orcas Island Lit Fest BOUNTY: Lopez Island Farmers, Food, and Community author Iris Graville will moderate “Delicious Writing”, a panel featuring Lopez chef and BOUNTY co-author Kim Bast!   Others on the panel are poet and farmer Jessica Gigot, author of Sea and Smoke cookbook Joe Ray,  and J. Ryan Stradal author of the bestselling Kitchens of the Great Midwest.   For more information go to



Sea View Theatre / 5–6 p.m.
Poems, essays, restaurant reviews, profiles, novels, and, of course, cookbooks—they all find a wide audience when they’re about food and drink. They entice us to try new cuisines and techniques; give us glimpses into the worlds of restaurants, sustainable agriculture, and locavorism; and help us decide how and where to sate our palates and fill our cupboards. Feast with this panel of experts as they share stories, wisdom, and dreams about how writing whets our appetites.

This event is free and open to the public.

Farmer Update: Barn Owl Bakery

20180715_203226Since we began five years ago we’ve always grown a big garden to supply our bakery and home with fresh produce. Some years we’ve done row crops with a more intensive style, but mostly we go with a no-till deep mulch system in our garden here on @midnightsfarm . For the bakery this year we’re growing out golden flax, black cumin, fennel seed, dill, blue fenugreek, Ziar bread seed poppies, parsley, marjoram, oregano, savory, thyme, basil, chives, japanese cherry tomatoes, summer squash and their blossoms, peas and shoots, amaranth, kale, calendula, nasturtiums, borage, four rare heritage wheats, black einkorn, and chervil. In addition we do about two acres of heritage grain trials and seed expansions. Sometimes when we’re at the farmer’s market and dead dog tired trying to sell a few more loaves or hand pies, we have to wonder if it’s worth the extra effort to not just be bakers but grow some of our ingredients too, and it’s evenings like these in the garden as the plants reach their peak and the sun gets thick that we are like, heck yes, totally and definitely, yeah. The joy and challenge of partnering with the non-human world of the garden seems like a humans most basic role. Just like working with our sourdough community to make our loaves rise, we look to befriend our soil ecology to grow the ingredients. Also huge shout out to @uprising.seeds and@tanddfarms for the seeds and starts that get our garden growing every year.

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BOUNTY Event on Orcas Island!

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Iris, Kim, and Sue will be at Darvill’s Bookstore on Wednesday, November 15th!

Join us at 6:00 pm as we reminisce about the three year process of creating the book, including anecdotes about Lopez Island farmers and food.  Pear and Fig Mostarda (Chickadee Farm recipe) will be served with Sunnyfield Farm chèvre, and Barn Owl Bakery bread.

Thank you Orcas Artsmith and Darvill’s Bookstore!

BOUNTY second printing!

Thank you Lopez for buying all of the first printing of the BOUNTY book in just one month!  The second printing arrived at the Lopez Bookshop just in time for Christmas. If you don’t have a copy yet Karen will be happy to sell you one.  The proceeds from the sale of the second printing will go to support the Lopez School Garden L.I.F.E. program!


BOUNTY Book Release October 21!


BOUNTY: Lopez Island Farmers, Food, and Community will be released at an event at Lopez Center for Community and the Arts on Friday, Oct. 21, 5-7 PM. The beautiful BOUNTY Photo Exhibit will be on view and copies of the book will be on sale.

Join the CELEBRATION!  The photographers, the writer, and chef will be available to sign the book.  The book will also be available for purchase at the LCLT Annual Harvest Dinner the following evening, Oct. 22 and at the Lopez Bookshop.

This 124-page book combines photographs, profiles, and recipes for twenty-eight Lopez Island farms and farmers to present an intimate, behind-the-scenes view of what it takes to bring food from earth to table on Lopez Island.