July Means Red Rooster Route Days!

Garden Treasures RRR DaysGet on the road this July for the Red Rooster Route Days Road Rally.  A month-long celebration of local food and agriculture, this four-year old festival provides families with a fun way to learn about farms on the route, enjoy locally-grown produce and berries, and get a taste of rural life.

All Red Rooster Route farms and partners will be open for visitors all during the month of July.  By picking up a Red Rooster Route game card and collecting stamps at all Red Rooster farms and partners, visitors will be entered in a drawing for one of these great prizes: gift baskets from all farms, overnight stay at the Medallion Hotel, $50 Dinner Gift Certificate at The Restaurant at Rhodes River Ranch or one hour horse riding lesson with trainer Kasey Monte!

Here are some of the fun things to look forward to during the Red Rooster Route Days:

  • Garden Treasures Nursery & Organic Farm Treasures will host a Readers to Eaters Local Food Book Faire Saturdays and bouquet-making Sundays.
  • Stop by Foster’s Produce & Corn Maze’s for local berries & cherries, and famous berry or mocha shake while the kids enjoy the animal farm and hay maze.
  • Biringer Farm at Arlington brings out its Jolly Trolley ride to the raspberry fields – enjoy U-pick berries and delicious raspberry shortcake with mile-high whipped cream.
  • At Bryant Blueberry Farm & Nursery kids will love picking the plump, juicy berries, romping on the playground and feeding the farm’s goats and ducks, wagon rides (12-3pm) and the farm’s picnic area.
  • The Stillaguamish Valley Pioneer Museum will be open for guided tours of fascinating lumberjack, railroad and other homesteader artifacts from 11am to 4pm Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays.
  • The Arlington Farmer’s Market open on Saturdays, offers local music and kid’s activities while shopping for the freshest local produce, unique handcrafts, and flowers.
  • Enjoy the Restaurant at Rhodes River Ranch with a spectacular wall-to-wall view of their top-flight equestrian training arena and Special Events.

See you on the Road this July!

The Red Rooster Route is an association of small, family-friendly farms in the Arlington area of Snohomish County, WA. Learn more on our website and Follow us on Facebook.

Visit the Stillaguamish Valley Pioneer Museum!

Stilly MuseumSummer is a little hectic getting in and out of the Stillaguamish Valley Pioneer Museum, with all of the construction on 67th Ave. but we are still open and welcome visitors to see all we have, so come on in for a visit!

There is so much to see: a model train representing the Darrington Logger, lumberjack, railroad and farming machinery, tons of photos, clothing, artifacts of all kinds – a repository of local heritage.  The grounds include three ponds, outbuildings for the huge display pieces, and an observation deck of Portage Creek – be sure to visit when the salmon are running in fall!  Special tours are available.  We are one of the stops on the 2013 Red Rooster Route so be sure to come by and collect your game card or stamp and enter the contest during July for a chance to win!  See http://www.redroosterroute.com for details.

The Museum is open Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from March to October; closed on holidays. For more information please see our website: www.stillymuseum.org.  Looking forward to showing you around!

Garden Treasures Kicks Off Another CSA Season!

RRR blog (5)Summer has arrived here at Garden Treasures! As a working organic farm, that means you’ll find us in the fields each day, harvesting and tending 16 acres of diversified vegetable and fruit crops for our CSA customers.

What is a CSA? It stands for Community Supported Agriculture, and it means just that. Each spring, customers in our community come together to pledge their support for our farm, purchasing a share of the produce our farm will grow. This provides much-needed early funding for up-front costs like seeds, inputs, and labor costs.  As the season progresses, CSA customers pick up a pre-paid share of organic veggies each week.

Each share is seasonal, changing each week as new crops ripen.  Here are sample boxes of our Economy share last year:

Early Summer Late Summer Autumn
1 bunch scallions 2 garlic bulbs 3 leeks
1 kohlrabi bulb 2 lbs potatoes 3 lbs potatoes
1 bunch radishes 2 white onions 2 bunches carrots
2 bunches turnips 2 cucumbers 2 large beets
1 bunch garlic scapes 1 eggplant 1 bunch kale
1 bunch kale 1 lb green beans 1 bunch collards
½ lb mixed greens ½ lb mixed greens 3 winter squash
1 bunch herbs 2 sweet, 2 hot peppers 2 farmer’s choice apples
2 pints strawberries 2 gala apples
3 bartlett pears

RRR blog (6)Our CSA customers enjoy cooking along with the season, trying new veggies (kohlrabi, anyone?) and having a local source for fresh, equitable food. “I love the CSA because it gives me and my family regular access to the freshest local produce. I love knowing where our food comes from and supporting who grew it,” says member Sherri Ballew of Arlington. “And it’s also quality, seasonal food that tastes good!”

The pledge of loyal CSA customers keeps farms like ours afloat in the risky, expensive venture of spring. We begin the season with questions: If we plant it, will they come? The CSA model has become a vital part of the success of independent, diversified small farms, reversing the all-too-common disappearance of American agriculture.

RRR blog (4)Thanks to our CSA customers, Garden Treasures is able to begin each spring with more seeds, more labor, and more opportunity than we would otherwise be able to extend on our own. We enter the summer in partnership: We will plant it. They will come. Our subscribers enjoy the best prices on local, organic produce in exchange for their support.

It’s not too late to join our CSA! Sign up using our wizard, Farmigo, where you can choose a convenient pick-up site, sign up for our weekly recipe newsletter, and choose the share size that’s right for you, starting at $10 a week.

We offer various sizes: Full, Economy, Small, Mini, Every Other Week, and Juicers. You can add on a Fruit share from our partner orchard, Smallwoods Farm, Bulk shares during the autumn harvest, and a Thanksgiving box for a local, seasonal holiday meal.

RRR blog (2)Follow Garden Treasures on Facebook or visit our website to meet our family and crew, see our fields grow, and stay up to date with the season.

The Red Rooster Route is an association of small, family-friendly farms in the Arlington area of Snohomish County, WA. Learn more on our website and follow us on Facebook.

Coming up soon… Fun in Farmland At Biringer Farm Strawberry Harvest Fest! June 15 & 16

girl in field with berries3The long awaited Strawberry Festival at Biringer Farm has been one of the local rites of summer for years! Bring family and friends to have fun in Farmland! The festival is a harvest celebration of the Royal Strawberry, the fruit of all fruits! Come ride the Jolly Trolley to rolling strawberry fields and pluck fresh fruit right from the plant! Young strawberry lovers wait all year to wrap their lips around that luscious, sweet and juicy local strawberry!

 

The farm’s slogan, “It’s the Place to be! Come and You will see,” tickles the fancy of family and friends near and far. And with good reason! An admission free event, the festival offers lots of ‘Berry Fun’ Kiddy Activities:

 

pennies in the hayPony Rides, Giant Strawberry Ride, Kites, Animals, Face Paint, Giant Strawberry & Castle Maze Inflatables, Pennies in the Hay, Kiddy slides, Fun Interactive Strawberry Story Time. There’s fun for grown-ups, too! Enjoy the farm at the height of its season and eat strawberry shortcake on the covered wagon next to the historic barn. Food & fun are all reasonably priced. Saturday offers a special musical performance! Voices of the Village, is a musical group of individuals with disabilities. Join us on Saturday for a performance from 3pm-4pm!

 

Of course, the true stars of the show are the delicious berries! Whether purchased by the flat or plucked from the plant, the Strawberries, Raspberries, Black Caps and Tayberries are a testimony to the quality of fresh, locally grown produce.

Mr S and fans

 

Biringer Farm and the Strawberry Festival has been an integral part of the Marysville/Everett and now Arlington communities for over 65 years. For over six decades, the festival has provided thousands of 1st time jobs for youth, and fueled special family memories for visitors. Many parents remember coming to the festival themselves when they were children!

 

It’s the place to be! Come and you will see! The Strawberry Festival is June June 15 & 16, 11am-3pm.

 

Submitted by the Strawberry Lady,
Dianna Biringer

www.biringerfarm.com
425.259.0255
Location: 21412 59th Ave. NE, Arlington, WA 98223

Biringer Farm is a proud sponsor of The Marysville Strawberry Festival and member of The Red Rooster Route Family Farms. The Red Rooster Route is an association of small, family-friendly farms in the Arlington area of Snohomish County, WA. Learn more on our website and Follow us on Facebook.