The Lopez Locavores love to feed our community fresh, organic, local food! Today they were at it again cooking soup with ingredients from local farms and gardens for the Lopez Island Family Resource Center food bank.
Yummy winter soup for the new freezer at Lopez Fresh donated by the Locavores.
Bruce Botts graciously hosted todays cooking party at Vita’s commercial kitchen. Locavore members Christine Langley, Marney Reynolds, Nancy Wallace, Michele Heller and Sue Roundy made two soups: Vegetarian Squash Apple Bean and Squash Apple Bean with Ham. Donating the organic soup ingredients were Bounty farmers Ken Akopiantz of Horse Drawn Farm and Christine of Lopez Harvest, and Lacavore members Marney, Michele and Sue. The only non-Lopez ingredients were salt, pepper and olive oil!
Marney and Christine are always happy to cook for our community!
The exhibit opening October 23 was a smashing success! Bounty farmers and friends gathered at Lopez Center to view 28 beautiful photos by Steve, Summer and Robert and read farmer profiles by Iris. If you missed the opening you have two days to view all 28 photos and farmer profiles together. One half of the exhibit will be shown at the Lopez Library from December 18 to January 29 and the other half from July 15 to August 26. We are on the lookout for other venues large enough for the entire exhibit!
“There’s a lot of agriculture, both large- and small-scale, happening on Lopez that so many people don’t know about,” says Ken Akopiantz of Horse Drawn Farm.
It’s the BOUNTY team’s hope that, collectively, these images help tell the Lopez food story and will encourage people to, as Ken says, “… participate in our Lopez food system, both as producers and consumers.”
You can take one of these stunning photographs home with a $300 donation to the BOUNTY Book project! The book will be released next October.
David Williams chose the Helen’s Farm photograph for his donation.
The opening celebration featured locally sourced appetizers and Lopez cider – of course!
All is ready for the exciting opening of the BOUNTY Photo Exhibit this coming Friday, October 23 at Lopez Center 5:00 – 7:00 PM.
Please join us for this memorable evening to honor many amazing Lopez farmers who bring us delicious, healthy local food!
Steve and Robert framed 28 beautiful archival color photographs which will be on sale at the opening and until November 7. Along with the photographs the exhibit features a farmer portrait and profile written by local author Iris Graville. Here’s a sneak preview:
tradition, nutrition, regeneration
Chickadee Produce – Charles and Clarissa Mish
203 Chickadee Lane
“All across America, industrial agriculture is sterilizing our topsoil, devitalizing our food, and warming the planet. We grow GMO-free, nutrient-dense food to nourish our family and our customers who crave real food.”
Charles Mish grew up in Michigan around aunts and uncles who farmed, raising vegetables, chickens, and pigs as well as operating a cheese factory. Seeing their direct connection with nature made an impression on him: “It’s what I wanted to recapture when Clarissa and I started growing our own food.” The couple views their biodynamic farm as a way to help with climate change and regenerate the earth. “If only 2% more of the world’s arable land returned to organic farming,” Charles says, “we could actually begin to reverse global warming by sequestering carbon dioxide in the living soil.”
Charles’s approach is labor-intensive as he strives for the right balance of manure, compost, and sea crop trace minerals to enrich the soil, while also combating quack grass and slugs. The payoff? “Food that doesn’t taste like cardboard.”
Chickadee Produce includes fruit (Spartan, Jonagold, Melrose, Red Gravenstein, and Brown Russett apples; Asian pears; and Mirabelle plums) and potatoes. Charles says people tell him they can taste the quality with his Yukon Gold, German Butterball, Yellow Finn, and Nicola potatoes. His favorites are the French Fingerlings. “Sliced, cooked in olive oil, and seasoned with a sprig of rosemary—” Charles says, “delicious.”
Last weekend The Agricultural Resources Committee of San Juan County sponsored over a dozen farm tours and demonstrations on Lopez.
Here are some highlights from the tours:
Wet Wool Farm
At Hill Farm Audrey Swanberg & Michelle McDarmont gave a sheep herding demonstration and talked about their wool and meat products.
Their dog Craig was the star of the show!
S & S Homestead Farm
Biodynamic farmer Henning Sehmsdorf led the tour at 55 acre S & S beginning with the history of the farm. Henning explained how they create healthy soil, integrate plant and animal production and how these along with sustainable resource development are keys to success in farming. Other advice: “don”t go into debt”.
Steve Lillestol, founder of Island Grist demonstrated how he uses his historic and creatively repurposed milling equipment to process Lopez grown grains. One of Steve’s main customers is Barn Owl Bakery so we followed the path from grain to pizza.
Barn Owl Bakery
Bakers Sage Dilts and Nathan Hodges make all organic, naturally leavened breads by hand with Washington grains in their wood-fired oven at Midnight’s Farm.
Sunday’s farm tour crowd gathered at the bakery to hear Nathan describe the properties of grain followed by Sage’s pizza dough demonstration. Afterward we enjoyed beautiful, delicious pizza and fruit galettes!
This summer Nathan grew a variety of heirloom grains searching for what grows well on Lopez. He is looking for fenced land to grow seed of some of the best varieties next summer. Contact Nathan if you would like to become a partner in this grand experiment!
Three BOUNTY farmers are still showing up on Saturday from 10 – 2 at the market! For the last two Saturdays Adam from S&S Homestead, Julie from Helen’s Farm, and Andre from Sunnyfield Farm have been there. Next weekend may be their last so don’t miss this opportunity to buy fresh, organic vegetables, meat, and goat cheese all in one place!
Every month for the last year Lopez individuals and families have participated in the Bounty Food Experiment. The challenge they accepted was to eat local and to write weekly about their personal experience on this website. The entertaining stories and delicious photos tell of the seasonal bounty available to all of us here on this island in the Salish Sea. Reading the Bounty Food Experiment is pure inspiration!
Today’s post on the Bounty Food Experiment is the last! The Finley family were the August volunteers. Ande ended with an optimistic aspiration for the future of food on Lopez Island:
“As a Transitioneer, I can imagine a time coming of regionally-based eating that makes the preparation of food into a daily adventure, much more ingredient- than recipe-driven. In this ideal future, everyone takes their carbon footprint seriously and strives to keep it as low as possible for the good of all. Scott’s idea of our Salish Sea partners has come to pass and we now have large sailboats traversing our local waters delivering goods and food from our neighbors on the Olympic Peninsula, Vancouver and the Gulf Islands, Whatcom County, Whidbey Island, as far south as Seattle and as far east as the Skagit Valley. Along with our common ecosystem, we have strong, shared values, such as a reliance on organic farming and a prohibition of GMO seeds. Most people on Lopez grow their own food, buy produce at the farmers markets (now one in the Southend as well as the Village) or visit the farmstands directly. There are agriculture festivals all year round and an active agro-tourism that encourages visitors to participate in what each season brings. We have identified the various crops that grow best in our Salish Sea region and restaurants and consumers have found creative and delicious ways to use all this abundance. Can’t you see this magnificent future unfurling before us?”
Yes, I can Ande!
THANK YOU to all the Bounty Food Experiment volunteers:
September – Henning Sehmsdorf and Elizabeth Simpson
October – Suzanne Berry & Table (Amy) Stuzienko
November – Marney Reynolds
December – Linda Hudson
January – Faith Van De Putte
February – Marney Reynolds (Lopez & Yucatan)
March – Suzanne Berry & Table (Amy) Stuzienko
April – Sandy Bishop
May – Teri Linneman & Liz Scranton
June – Jan & Bob Sundquist
July – Chuenchom (Chom) Sangarasri Greacen
August – Ande, Scott & Aliza Finley