On Sunday, September 29, 2014, in collaboration with the Methow Valley Interpretive Center (MVIC) and TwispWorks, a ravenous crowd of approximately 100 people converged on the TwispWorks picnic lawns and proceeded to make merry for the Community Harvest Potluck.
While Danbert Nobacon on guitar and Anna Dooley on violin serenaded the crowd with lively duets, the Methow Valley Interpretive Center cooked up traditional family barbeque recipes, TwispWorks Executive Director Amy Stork welcomed the crowd, and MVIC’s Executive Director Carolyn Schmekel led a blessing before the feasting commenced.
And oh—what a feast! In celebration of Methow Made, a program of TwispWorks, tables swayed under the massive weight of the local harvest, as over 50 beautiful and hearty dishes prepared with local ingredients from all over the Methow Valley, were eaten and shared.
It was indeed a community affair and a collaborative effort among the families, neighbors and volunteers of the small towns here in the Valley. Among many, Methow Made Sunny Pine Farm’s Ed Welch donated cheese for Alyssa Jumars’ (Plowhorse Farms) green salad; The Red Shed’s Kelleigh McMillan donated vegetables for Joel Travelstead’s vegetable curry; TwispWorks’ Nancy McKinney and husband Rich Milsteadt baked an apple crisp made with Bluebird Grain Farms’ emmer, Blue Star Coffee Roasters’ Don and Meg Donahue donated coffee and Cinnamon Twisp’s Katie Bristol and The Mazama Store’s Missy and Rick LeDuc donated loaves of bread.
The fun and free raffle afterward enticed the crowd further with local and handmade prizes from Methow Valley’s own: Gardners Gardens’ Dave and Marilyn Sabold donated beeswax balms; Methow Spring’s Talitha Parsons donated two boxes of spring water, eqpd donated wallets, Cullers Studio’s Sara Ashford donated skeins of yarn; Door No. 3’s Robin Doggett and Laura Gunnip donated tea towels; Mountainkind Photography’s Mary Kiesau and Merle Kirkley donated note card sets; and Lucid Glassworks’ Samantha Carlin donated glass tumblers.
Methow Made thanks all the volunteers, donors and friends who donated their time and handmade food and products to make this community event a success for the 4th year in a row!