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Topic:
SKY VALLEY FARM FESTIVAL OCT 17, 2009
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Author: Svc_admin    ( 16 posts )Posted: Sun, Oct 11  9:43 AM

Dear Editor,

I am writing to tell you about the 2009 Sky Valley Fall Farm Festival, scheduled for October 17 from 12PM – 5PM along the lower Fern Bluff Road between Monroe and Sultan.

We are taking this opportunity to celebrate our rich farming community and agricultural history. We would appreciate the support of the Sky Valley Chronicle in helping us to get the word out. The purpose of this event, in addition to showcasing the hardworking farmers in the Sky Valley, is to educate young people about where our food comes from. We invite our community to tour a working cattle, dairy and vegetable farm.

The first stop along the “Farm Crawl” is at the Rivers End Ranch, where cattle farmers Jerry & Stacy Labish will host tours and invite attendees on a scenic wagon ride through their ranch down to the Skykomish River.

There will be roping demonstrations, historical displays courtesy of the Sultan Historical Society and story times sponsored by the Sno-Isle library.

The second stop will be at Groeneveld Dairy Farm. Here, dairy farmers Chris and Anna Groenevald invite the public to tour their third generation working dairy farm.

This 240-acre farm is home to many 4H award winning dairy cows. The Snohomish County Dairy Ambassadors and Dairy Women will also be on hand to answer your questions. Heifer International (www.heifer.org) will have a booth set up there.

This organization offers sponsorship opportunities for impoverished villages in the form of food producing livestock, for example a dairy cow or a chicken for egg production.

Also onsite will be a craft table, sponsored by Small hands Child Care. This booth will give kids the opportunity to create a keepsake to remind them of their fun day spent at the Sky Valley Fall Farm Festival.

The third and final stop will be at the Stockings Garden & Nursery. Families will enjoy the corn maze, shopping for fresh produce and learning from the fun demonstrations and classes scheduled throughout the day!

Sky Valley Chefs Gordon MacDonald and Mimi Stockman will host cooking classes, including how to make soup utilizing the fresh produce found at Stockings and planking salmon that can be harvested in our own Skykomish River.

There will also be a cheese making demonstration. Gretchen Wilson, of Gretchen’s Wool Mill will be joined by Valley Spinners Guild members to demonstrate Carding (preparing wool and other fibers for spinning and weaving); Hand Spinning and Weaving.

Amy Wolf of the Pines farm will shear Angora Goats there, as well. The Black Sheep Creamery will be on site selling their award winning fine hand crafted sheep milk cheese.

In celebration of the Sky Valley Fall Farm Festival, Stockings will be reducing admission to their corn maze to $5.

The Sky Valley Chamber of Commerce will have welcome booths set up at Stockings and the Rivers End Ranch with schedules of the day’s activities and will also have information regarding other Sky Valley Adventures taking place throughout the year.

Working on this festival has been a fun and rewarding experience. Meeting the farmers and working with the passionate Farm Festival Committee has been a lot of fun and very rewarding.

It is the first year the Sky Valley Chamber of Commerce, City of Sultan and Snohomish County have collaborated to bring this event to fruition.

We appreciate your support and look forward to reading about this exciting event on SkyValleyChronicle.com. Please feel free to contact us if you would like more information

Respectfully,

Elizabeth Emmons
Sky Valley Chamber of Commerce
Fall Farm Festival Committee Member

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