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Whatcom Red smoothie launches

Darigold ramps up marketing in Mexico Team of four hired; powder products from Lynden in mix

David Lukens holds a bottle of Whatcom Red, the new smoothie available from Grace Harbor Farms. (Brent Lindquist/Ferndale Record)

New local raspberry item is produced, labeled at Grace Harbor Farms By Brent Lindquist brent@lyndentribune.com

WHATCOM — Even though the county is Amer-

ica’s capital of red raspberry production, finding those berries in local stores can be next to impossible. Grace Harbor Farms of Custer and the Washington Red Raspberry Commission are changing that with their new Whatcom Red smoothie product that rolled out in late May. Whatcom Red has just three ingredients: red raspberry puree, pear syrup and

carbon-filtered glacier water. The raspberries come de-seeded from Maberry Packing, nearly next-door to Grace Harbor. The pear concentrate is for tartness, and the water thins the smoothie out and makes it drinkable. The smoothie does not contain cane sugar, sweeteners, artificial flavors or — as Grace Harbor’s own fact sheet puts it — “ingredients you can’t

pronounce.” Initially, Grace Harbor experimented with actual sugar to sweeten the smoothie. “We did a batch with cane sugar. It tasted very similar, but a lot of people are trying to avoid cane sugar these days,” said David Lukens, Grace Harbor co-owner. See Whatcom Red on CL2

   SEATTLE — Darigold Inc. in May announced an expansion of operations in Mexico through the addition of in-market sales and logistics leaders. The new team will enhance customer service and integration in Mexico, the company says.    Darigold sees its move as helping to address the increasing worldwide demand for healthy sources of protein for infants, adults and aging populations.    In 2018, Mexico imported $1.784 billion of dairy products including skim milk powder/nonfat dry milk, cheese and curd, and whey and modified whey products. Mexico is an important export destination for Darigold and the U.S. dairy industry.    Unlike other trading partners of Darigold, Mexico is accessible from the U.S. by rail, truck and maritime vessels. This provides an opportunity to better serve member farms of the

Northwest Dairy Association cooperative, including about 85 producers in Whatcom County. A milk powder production plant is in Lynden.    The farmers of NDA operate under a rigorous and comprehensive program to ensure leadingedge dairy stewardship and sustainable farm practices, Darigold says. Good labor standards are verified as being practiced across the cooperative, with a commitment to continuously improve.    Key hires for Darigold include Eugenio Massieu, director for Latin America; Mariana Lezama C., director for Mexico; Alma Leticia Casillas Torres, trade execution manager; and Sophie Gonzalez Revilla, senior execution coordinator.    “We’re excited to grow our team in Mexico to deliver services through the addition of these talented individuals,” said Jonathan Spurway, leader of Darigold’s Ingredients business. “Given their experience, we are confident the team in Mexico will be able to help Darigold create and foster direct relationships See Darigold on CL3

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Whatcom Red: Product is Grace Harbor’s first fruit product

The Whatcom Red label was painted by Lisa Maberry and features Mount Baker above Whatcom County berry fields. (Courtesy graphic/Grace Harbor Farms) Continued from CL1

Jon Maberry is the field manager at Maberry Packing, and he sits on the board of directors of the Washington Red Raspberry Commission. He attends North County Christ the King Church as does Lukens. The two have known each other for about five years, and they began collaborating on a product that would allow local consumers to purchase local raspberries right from their local stores. Production Originally known for being a goat farm, Grace Harbor specializes in cow milk, goat milk, yogurt and kefir products, as well as the popular Grace Harbor International line of skin care products. The pasteurization process for Whatcom Red is the same as that for Grace Harbor’s milk products. To make Whatcom Red, the mix of raspberry puree, water and pear juice is put into the on-site pasteurizer. A 30-minute pasteurization process is used, and the smoothies are then bottled on site as

well. For Grace Harbor, making smoothies is uncharted territory with some unique benefits. “There are certain restraints about going across state lines in the dairy world,” Lukens said. “We don’t have that with the fruit product. That is one huge benefit. And it gets us into a whole new category of food, which is kind of cool.” There was a bit of a learning curve, Lukens acknowledges, on the idea of creating a smoothie product. Because milk is technically an allergen, first of all Grace Harbor needed to make sure there was no milk residue left on their production equipment when making the smoothies. “We’re certified kosher for all dairy products, so we had to make sure all the (smoothie) ingredients were kosher,” Lukens said. Grace Harbor Farms shipped Whatcom Red smoothies to local outlets The Green Barn and Edaleen Dairy in early May, and Haggen has picked up the product as well for western Washington. “We’re seeing move-

ment on it,” Lukens said. “Everybody’s reordering.” Lukens said about half of the Haggen stores that took an initial supply have reordered the product, and The Green Barn has put in repeat order as well. He said he is happy with the result of the collaboration and how the smoothie itself has turned out. “It tastes like fresh raspberries squeezed into a bottle,” Lukens said. The bigger picture Maberry said the Lynden-based Red Raspberry Commission sees this kind of local product as one of its biggest priorities. “It’s been something that we’ve felt at an industry level that we’ve really been lacking: a product that we can stand

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Congressman Rick Larsen, second from left, was one of those visited by Whatcom County berry growers Brad Rader, Jon Maberry and Rolf Haugen lobbying on raspberry issues in Washington, D.C., recently. (Courtesy photo) behind that uses Washington raspberries exclusively and something that we can really market as something to help out the industry,” he said. Maberry said Whatcom Red is one of the first products of this type, allowing the community to choose to support the local raspberry industry rather than buying foreign fruit that comes from places like Eastern Europe, Chile and Mexico. Lukens said What-

com Red is truly a locally produced product, right down to the label, which is an oil painting created by Lisa Maberry, Jon’s sister. It depicts Mount Baker rising above a Whatcom County raspberry field. Lisa Maberry painted it, and Lynden’s Kim Martinson of Crying Out Loud Design took the painting and made it into a label. AMS Print and Mail in Blaine did the printing. “If you go to your lo-

cal retailers, it’s all foreign fruit,” Maberry said. “There are reasons for that. Part of that is our fault because we haven’t done stuff like (Whatcom Red). We’re excited about it. We obviously want to expand it farther than just locally here, but it’s really important that it’s successful locally first. We’re just asking the community, if they want to support local raspberry growers, to give it a try. It’s a great product.”

your spot at the December 2019 Washington Small Fruit Conference and Lynden Ag Show.   First notice of the Dec. 4-6 show was put out in May. Registration is via https://www.eventsquid. com/event.cfm?id=3331.    It is with the support

of exhibitors and sponsors that the Washington Red Raspberry Commission, in collaboration with Washington State University, is able to put on this annual event, now in its ninth year, to provide resources and continuing education for small fruit farmers of the

region.    It is held in Washington Tractor Arena on the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden.    With any questions or for more assistance with registration, contact Stacey Beier at stacey@red-raspberry.org or 360-354-8767.

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June 20 WCD topic is pasture rotation

Farm and tractor equipment at the clearance lot will be available for prices similar to what employees pay. (Courtesy photo/Tom Lagreid)

Washington Tractor opening clearance lot

Livestock grazing is the June topic, with others upcoming in the Conservation District speaker series being scale-appropriate farm equipment, soil health, equine health and farm funding. (Courtesy photo)

  WHATCOM ­ — The June 20 topic in the Whatcom Conservation District Farm Speaker Series is “Grow More Forage through Pasture Rotation with Cows.” This event will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Hrutfiord Farm; RSVP to Corina at ccheever@whatcomcd.org or 360-526-2381 ext. 104 for the address.   Livestock owners can learn from this wellestablished example of seasonal rotational grazing with winter confinement, manure management and creek enhancement in a tough-to-farm area.   Hurtfiord Farm has been working with the con-

servation district the past 20 years and is especially interested in forages and pasture rotation schedules. This workshop will use Hurtfiord as an example of a high production cattle grazing system. Come and learn about different layouts, forage options, fencing ideas and the whole picture of farm nutrient cycling.    All workshops in the Farm Speaker Series — at 6 p.m. usually on third Thursdays of the month — are free. By attending, you can qualify for a $200 rebate toward barn gutters or heavy use area footing. Request a free soil sample

or submit soil test results to qualify for the WCD manure spreader loan program.    These are other upcoming topics:   • Scale-Appropriate Farm Equipment, July 18, at the Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson.    • Soil Health on the Dairy Farm, Sept. 5, RSVP for location.    • Equine Health: Are You Winter Ready? Sept. 19, RSVP for location.    • Farm Funding Opportunities, Oct. 15, WECU Ferndale.    • Winter Mud Management, Nov. 14, Everson Auction Barn.

LYNDEN — Those wanting to get their hands on farm and construction equipment for less will have their chance when Washington Tractor opens a new lot for clearance items. This lot will be across the West Main Street from the main

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LC teams take home a bounty of FFA placings FFA teams see varied succcess    WHATCOM ­— This is a recap of how local high school FFA teams did in state or this season’s regional competions: Nooksack Valley    Three Nooksack Valley teams did well at state, advisor Rhonda Juergens reports.   The Food Science and Technology Team ended up second in state, with team member Elizabeth Conner standing out as the top individual, Kendall Newton ninth and Madison Hem 11th.    Already at the end of April in Ellensburg, a Horse Evaluation Team ended up seventh in state, with Ivy Thompson doing best among five students by placing ninth individually.   Nooksack Valley’s Milk Quality and Products Team took eighth in state. Mount Baker   Mount Baker had no state winners, but did have good showings in various spring competitions in western Washington, reports advisor Todd Rightmire.   Agricultural Mechanics placed fourth in state out of 20 teams, with Chase Craiger fifth overall out of 100 individuals.    Mount Baker’s Trapshooting Team placed seventh at the Washington State Invitational out of 38 teams competing. This is the highest Mt. Baker has ever placed in this competition and the first time entering it since 2002.   The Floriculture Team placed 12th in state competition. Ferndale    Ferndale reports that Gabby Billesbach was a winner in the Agriculture

An entry in the June 1 Farmers Day Parade proclaimed that Lynden Christian FFA had done well in state competitions and “we would like to thank the community for the support.” Right: Gabby Billesbach was a winner in Agriculture Education. (Calvin Bratt/Lynden Tribune) Education area.

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Lynden    Lynden FFA had one team that will go on to nationals, said advisor Tammy Brandvold. It won the Hall of Chapters contest.    For state, team members made a display representing agriculture in Whatcom County. Now that display will represent state agriculture in Washington and will compete in Hall of States.    The team consisted of Mia Berry and Jordan Simmons. For nationals they will be joined by Dillon DeJong and Layla

Lynden Christian   A decorated truck in the Lynden Farmers Day Parade on June 1 proclaimed that Lynden Christian FFA teams had won a passel of high placings at state. No further information could be obtained for this overview.    The Farm Business and Dairy Cattle Evaluation teams had won first places. The Vet Science, Dairy Foods and Ag Mechanics and Tractor Driving teams had all taken second, and the Food Science team took 10th.

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Benchmark milk price Smart moves to keep your garden happy this summer hits 18-month high    The monthly benchmark milk price set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture has reached its highest level in a year and a half.    The May Federal Order Class III price was announced June 5 at $16.38 per hundredweight, up 42 cents from April and $1.20 above May 2018. It is the highest Class III price since November 2017.    The rising prices are welcome news to dairy producers still feeling financial hardship from four years of low milk prices and global trade challenges. And farmers need ongoing relief.   The May price equates to $1.41 per gallon, up from $1.37 in April and $1.31 a year ago. The Class III average stands at $15.05, up from $14.25 a year ago but below $16.05 in 2017.    The May Class IV price is $16.29, up 57 cents from April and $1.72 above a year ago, and at the highest level since August 2017.    Dairy product prices at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange started June Dairy Month looking for direction. Block cheddar slowly climbed to $1.7525 per pound by Friday, up 3.75 cents on the week and 11.75 cents above a year ago, and the highest since November 2017.    The barrels fell to $1.4850 on June 4, lowest price since March 13, and 25.5 cents below the May $1.74 peak. They finished Friday at $1.5350, a halfcent lower on the week, 3 cents below a year ago,

Dealing with extreme weather    WASHINGTON, D.C — This spring, America’s heartland has faced nearly unprecedented levels of flooding, with some areas experiencing the wettest 12 months on record. Farmers across the nation are facing the difficult decision of whether to plant or not this season, watching as topsoil washes away with each rain event. Many producers are beginning to explore transitioning to conservation practices, including no-till and cover crops, in order to prevent further soil erosion in the face of extreme weather.    In February 2019, the National Association of Conservation Districts hosted two focus groups at its 73rd An-

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and 21.75 cents below the blocks.    Dairy Market News reports that cheese orders are picking up “noticeably,” according to producers of multiple varieties. Milk suppliers say some cheese makers are looking to take more milk for the near term. Milk supplies were comparatively snug.    Western cheese makers have mixed views on demand. Specialty and value-added cheeses have strong buyer interest and overall domestic retail demand is steady.    FC Stone dairy broker Dave Kurzawski, on the June 10 Dairy Radio Now broadcast, said the “tighter than expected milk supplies” are “the main underlying factor for the market.” He sees 2019 milk output as being up only 0.2 percent from 2018.   Butter closed the week at $2.3975, up 3.75 cents, three-quarter cents above a year ago and a nual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, inviting its Soil Health Champions for discussion on how soil health practices like cover crops and no-till have impacted their operations in the face of extreme weather patterns. A total of 22 producers participated, representing six of NACD’s seven regions and 15 states.    The focus groups and resulting report Soil Health and Weather Extremes, is now available on NACD’s Reports webpage. This is made possible by partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. The report provides an overview of the producers’ testimony, examining how they and their neighbors are responding to extreme weather events.    The report can be accessed from www.nacdnet. org.

penny shy of the year’s high on May 27.    DMN says expectations lean to a tighter fall season than in previous years. The latest production decreases “symbolize near-future trends,” according to some. Others warn that increasing imports will keep butter markets in check. Butter market tones are steady, but some traders expect 2019 will present “a new, higher ceiling.”    Western butter output is active, with schedules booked from day to day. Cream inventories are tightening although still available to satisfy butter makers.    Grade A nonfat dry milk closed Friday at $1.0550 per pound, unchanged on the week but 25 cents above a year ago.    Spot dry whey saw a Friday finish at 36.5 cents per pound, up 1.25 cents on the week but 4.75 cents below a year ago.    The Northwest Dairy Association makes these price projections for the Class III price and Pacific Northwest blend price: Month Class PNW III Blend May $16.38 $16.60 (current) June $16.05 $16.80 July $16.10 $17.20 Aug. $16.40 $17.30 Sept. $16.80 $17.45 Oct. $17.10 $17.45 Nov. $17.00 $17.40 Dec $16.70 $17.20 Jan. $16.30 $16.90    Lee Mielke, of Lynden, is editor of the Mielke Market Weekly. Whatcom County has about 85 dairy farms.

   By nearly every measure, summer has arrived. Never mind that the summer solstice is still over a week away — kids out of school, warm weather and more than 16 hours of daylight tell a different story.    As you wrap up your spring checklist of filling planters and beds with colorful flowers, it’s time to shift into summer maintenance mode. Here are a few tips to ensure a thriving lawn and garden this summer.    First, if you haven’t already, it’s important to settle into a routine for watering and fertilizing your flowers. Like anything else for living and thriving, plants need consistent care and will reward your efforts with increased growth, flowering and resistance to insects and diseases. Water hanging baskets and pots once a day, and twice daily when daytime temperatures exceed 80 degrees.   As for fertilizing, plan to feed your annuals weekly with a high-quality fertilizer like Jack’s Classic, a professional-grade fertilizer that gives superior results to any other commonly used fertilizer. Summer annuals are powerhouses of color, with many blooming from spring well into autumn, and as such require regular feeding to keep them looking their best. A water-soluble plant food like Jack’s delivers nutrients directly to the roots and can feed much more quickly than granular slow-release fertilizer.    If meteorologists are correct about this sum-

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mer’s weather, we could be in for a dry summer much like we’ve had the last few years. Whether or not you have an underground irrigation system installed to water your lawn, adding drip irrigation is a simple, low-cost way to ensure your plants stay happy throughout the summer months and your water bill doesn’t go through the roof.    A drip system can be set up to work with your existing in-ground irrigation system or as a standalone system plumbed to an outdoor faucet with a hose-end timer for easy automation. Simply run your mainline tubing throughout your flowerbeds and add drip emitters at the base of each plant to direct water exactly where it’s needed, or use “microspray” misters to broadcast water over a larger area where individual emitters are impractical.    Drip systems really are simple to install and — dare I say this? — fun as well! Visit a local garden center and check out how easy it can be to set up a drip system for your beds with just a weekend’s

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Installing a drip system for your flowerbeds is one step you can take to maximize the efficiency of your water use in the garden this summer. Another step you can take to be more efficient with watering is to spread bark mulch in your flowerbeds. Not only does bark help hold moisture in the soil — it also reduces weeds, moderates soil temperature for happier plants in both summer and winter, and adds a beautiful finishing touch.    Finally, if you choose to let your lawn go brown this summer, that’s fine, but barring any soaking rains, plan to water at least once a month to ensure your lawn’s survival. Lawn grasses in our part of the country are not generally able to withstand such long stretches of drought as we’ve had the last few summers, and without some rain or occasional watering, that brown dormant lawn will turn into a brown dead lawn.    Mere monthly watering may not keep your lawn green, but it will keep it alive — and it’s much cheaper and easier to water a few times over the course of the summer than face the task of replacing your lawn this fall or next spring.    Summer is a time to have fun outdoors, so make the most of the time — and money — you spend in your garden this season and take steps to work smarter, not harder, outside.

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New state dairy ambassadors to be chosen June 22 in Lynnwood Tickets are at lesser price through Friday   June as “Dairy Month” is also the traditional month for the Washington State Dairy Ambassador Contest.    This program provides a professional and educational opportunity for young women. Those chosen to serve as Washington’s Ambassadors for Milk receive a college scholarship, internships and extensive communication training.    Serving as the 201819 state team are Dairy Ambassador Abigail Zurcher and Alternates Agathe Lopez and Jacoba (Cobi) Van Slageren.    “They have done a fantastic job representing the Dairy Farmers of Washington this past year and I’m sure they will continue to be lifelong advocates of our industry,” said Kathleen Anderson, state program advisor. Rebecca Ford also served part of the year as state alternate.    This year, there are three contestants from around the state:

Emily Rockey    • Emily Rockey is the

2018-19 Grays Harbor Dairy Ambassador. She is a senior at Elma High School and a daughter of Stacey and Scott Rockey of Elma. Emily worked on a local dairy farm caring for the calves. Her plans include attending the University of Washington to obtain a degree in psychology and she would like a career as a hospital psychologist to help patients recover from traumatic experiences.

Kayla VanWieringen    • Kayla VanWieringen is the 2018-19 Yakima Valley Dairy Ambassador. She is a senior at Sunnyside Christian High School and is a daughter of Lynn and Randy VanWieringen of Sunnyside. Kayla has shown dairy heifers in 4-H for eight years. Her plans include attending college to earn a nursing degree and then getting an opportunity to work at a children’s hospital. She also hopes to stay connected with the dairy community through her family and other organizations.    • Kara Teachman is the 2018-19 King-Pierce Counties Dairy Ambassador. She is the homeschooled daughter of Lori and the late Mike Teachman. Kara has been active

The current Washington State Dairy Ambassadors are, from left, Agathe Lopez, Abigail Zurcher and Jacoba (Cobi) Van Slageren. (Courtesy photo)

Kara Teachman in dairy with Barn Buddies 4-H Club for seven years

and is currently serving as vice president. She has shown both Holstein and Jersey heifers and is working on building her own herd of registered Jerseys. Upon high school graduation, Kara would like to attend a university for a degree in animal sciences, with a career goal of operating her own dairy farm.    The 2019 Washington State Dairy Ambassador coronation will be on Saturday, June 22, in the Lynnwood High School Per-

forming Arts Center, 18218 North Road Way in Bothell. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the event begins at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served during intermission.    Tickets purchased by June 14 are $20 for adults, $10 for students, with age 6 and under free. Tickets bought after June 14 or at the door will be $25 and $15. For ticket information, contact Gloria Edwards at Gloria.wsdw@hotmail. com or 360-273-7313.

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