HARVEST POTLUCK FEEDS METHOW VALLEY COMMUNITY

On Sunday, September 28, 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 for the Community Harvest Potluck and proceeded to make merry.

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 celebration a success for the 4th year in a row!

METHOW MADE CAMPAIGN EXPANDING TO INCLUDE ART COMMUNITY

The Methow Made campaign, a program of TwispWorks, is expanding to include artinsal and craft products that are made and produced in the Methow Valley.

APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD HERE.

Methow Made began in 2013 as an agricultural marketing campaign and currently has 8 hand-made displays in retail locations throughout the valley. The purpose of the campaign is to help visitors and locals alike identify and easily locate products that are made in the Methow Valley.

Participation in the campaign includes the usage of the Methow Made logo as well as inclusion in the annual Methow Made supplement to the Methow Valley News, signage, events, advertising, media outreach, and promotional materials.

Methow Made is a partnership between TwispWorks and Methow Valley businesses. Criteria for participation were created through a community stakeholder process. The Methow Made is made possible through a grant from the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service.

Applications can be downloaded beginning March 3rd at www.twispworks.org/methowmade or picked up at the TwispWorks office at 502 Glover Street, Twisp, WA 98856. Applications are due March 31st, 2014.

Posted on February 28, 2014 .

RUNAWAY RED AT THE OLD SCHOOLHOUSE BREWERY

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If you've been to the Old Schoolhouse Brewery lately you might have seen a new name on the menu.  Runaway Red, created by brewers Blaze Ruud and Kyle Koger, was inspired by Kyle’s dog Cedar who would regularly escape their yard to make his way to the brewery. 

A Winter Style IPA , Runaway Red boasts classic Northwest hop varieties and a complex malt profile making it a deep red color and less bitter than the brewery’s Flagship IPA, the Ruud Awakening.  So far, the red has been lauded by locals and tourists alike (myself included) and is expected to grow in popularity as it begins to peak this week. Although Ruud and Koger normally prefer to stick to classic styles of beer, the creation of Runaway Red has been a fun experience for the veteran brewers. A self-proclaimed beer classicist, Ruud says that he “likes to experiment with new flavor profiles motivated by the demands of the people.” For example, OSB is currently working on an IPA with a lower alcohol content (but same great taste) that would allow cyclists to stop in for a beer and still safely navigate themselves home.  Stop in at the Old Schoolhouse Brewery today to try Runwaway Red for yourself.  

Keep an eye out for upcoming Old Schoolhouse events and specials on their Facebook page as well as for information about the upcoming "Winthrop Hop Rendezvous," a newly formed Brew Fest, in partnership with the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce. Taste the brews of 10 Washington breweries at the Winthrop Ice Rink on June 21st from 1 - 6 p.m. The event will happen alongside a local mountain bike festival. More details on that to follow.

Posted on February 25, 2014 .

GARDNER GARDENS EXPANDS LOCALLY

When Dave & Marilyn Sabold decided to get into making skin cream, the idea was to keep the business small so that the couple could enjoy their well earned retirement. However, that plan might soon change as demand for Gardner Gardens Beeswax Skincream grows throughout the valley. Already sold in Glover Street Market, Sun Mountain and the Mazama Store, Dave recently made the foray into Hanks Harvest Foods where his product has been selling well. "They've been flying out of there!" says Dave. 

The Sabolds first began making skincream after they were brought a bag of bees and Dave had to very quickly learn what to do with them. Using a recipe from a chiropractor friend, Dave formulated a beeswax based skin cream that is perfect for anyone who gardens, plays sports or works with their hands.

Find out more about Gardner Gardens and where to buy some for yourself.

Posted on January 2, 2014 .