Our first annual SowDown on the Farm was a wild success!! We want to thank EVERYONE who participated.
We also wanted to provide you with information on our fellow SowDown participants so you can keep in touch with them (see below). These folks, along with many others, keep our local food system strong and vibrant, and for that we are grateful!!
Please check out the photo gallery here and a very special thanks to Robin Woelz of RobinMarie Photography for capturing such beautiful pictures.
Hosted the Seed Sowing booth – Be sure to come back throughout the summer to see your seeds grow! Oxbow Farm is a 20-acre farm, growing organic vegetables and herbs. There are still slots left in what Seattle Met Magazine calls the The Restaurateur’s CSA. Get yours now!
Hosted the Seed Saving booth. Delicious popcorn made from the gorgeous heirloom corn grown in Oxbow’s Kids Farm. Oxbow Education and Wilderness Awareness school have combined forces and are offering amazing “Farm to Forest” summer camps!! Check them out!
Hosted the Forage and Native Edibles walk. Hopefully you’ll be able to put what you learned into practice on your next hike! Heidi is now at the Carnation Farmers market with her new business, Gatherer to Gardener. Come check out her native herbs and medicinals.
Hosted the Seed Matching booth. Camp Korey serves children with serious and life-altering medical conditions. Located on the historic Carnation Farm they provide year-round camping programs. We love the work they do and were so happy they could participate at the SowDown.
Hosted the Baby Farm Animal booth. Our friends at Dog Mountain farm brought the sweetest baby animals to the SowDown. But did you know they also host a young farmers program, summer camps for kids, have a B&B on the farm, host amazing farm dinners AS WELL AS the offering a traditional CSA, eggs, and pastured livestock? Not too late to sign up! Check them out!
Hosted the Mason Bee booth. Missy is the Queen Bee of Mason Bees. She taught us how to create a home for these friendly, non-stinging pollinators. We need more of these vital pollinators so please check her out and find out how to build your own mason bee home in your backyard.
Hosted the Container Gardening workshop. There is no end to Amy’s talents. Urban farmer, food preserver, TV-show host. teacher, author of two books and a prolific writer/contributor to magazines. She’s been featured in everything from the Wall Street Journal to GOOP to Edible Seattle. She’s a stand out leader in the burgeoning urban homesteading scene.
Hosted the Kid’s Cooking workshop. Chef and Father hardly describe this talented man. His website is chock full of great step-by-step lessons of cooking for and with your children. We love following his journey starting his own farm and teaching his children to grow and prepare food!
Hosted the Healthy Soil and Worm booth. Dr Doug showed us how to test the quality of our soil and gave the kids an exciting lesson on wiggley worms!
Hosted the Flower Crown Making booth. Marigold and Mint provided the gorgeous flowers and greens for amazing artist Paula Strobel to work with the kids to create flower crowns. They looked amazing on the children as they wove the ribbons for the maypole. Paula doesn’t have a website, but here’s a blog that featured her and her work.
Joe Lee is a fixture and Snoqualmie Valley celebrity. You don’t have to go far to find his work, but you’ll have to hurry because his favorite canvas of choice is the sidewalk, and his favorite medium is chalk. You can find him at the Duvall and Carnation Farmers markets. The mural created at the SowDown will be featured at the Oxbow stand at the Carnation Farmers Market.
This group of young musicians provided the delightful music during lunch and the maypole. Lead by Darlene Rose, they have quickly become the go-to group for local Maypole celebrations!
Ann Pelo – Procession of the Species
The delightful, colorful decorations at all the tents were provided by Ann Pelo
The seasonal menu struck the right tone as we enjoyed our lunch that was harvested from the fields that we sat in. PCC donated the food ingredients that we couldn’t harvest from Oxbow Farm and all of the organic lemonade that was enjoyed by attendees. The menu was created and executed by Chef Russ Riedner of the Duvall Coffeehouse.
- Oxbow Rapini and Fresh Mozzarella with marinated sun-dried tomato sandwiches
- Spring Slaw with buttermilk and local honey
- Duvall Coffeehouse brownies with Oxbow baby rhubarb compote
- Organic Lemonade