Methow Made 2022

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METHOW MADE NEW FOR 2022

METHOW MADE Don Nelson, publisher/editor Tera Evans, advertising Joe Novotny, design CONTRIBUTORS Ashley Lodato Sandra Strieby Steve Mitchell A publication of the Methow Valley News P.O. Box 97, 502 S. Glover St., Twisp, WA 98856 (509) 997-7011 • fax (509) 997-3277 www.methowvalleynews.com

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Building community

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One-stop shopping for Methow products

TwispWorks brings the valley’s resources, people and ideas together

Ancient grains for modern times

Bluebird Grain Farms thrives in a unique niche

Valley Goods showcases local artists, artisans and producers

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Methow Made Guide

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Going with the grain

Woodcrafters find inspiration in its most natural form

Feeding body and soul

The valley’s farmers and producers believe in access to high-quality food

Methow Made business directory

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Brooke Lucy of Bluebird Grain Farms. Photo by Steve Mitchell

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ACK in the beginning many years ago, when we first started producing an annual magazine (which was then called “Made in the Methow”) in partnership with TwispWorks, the focus was on agriculture. Over the years, the magazine took on a new name — “Methow Made” — to reflect TwispWorks’ expanded sponsorship role in the publication and identification with its major marketing program.

And the magazine’s scope was also expanded to include the vast array of products made by Methow Valley artists, artisans, farmers, beer, wine, coffee and cider producers, and other creative forces from photographers to clothing makers. With this year’s “Methow Made,” we return to, shall we say, our roots, with a cover story about the incredible success of Bluebird Grain Farms, and a feature on how the local agricultural community helps sustain the valley with its many high-quality contributions. You’ll also find a story about some of the valley’s noteworthy woodworkers. The Methow Made program was created by TwispWorks, the small-business development campus in Twisp that is also home to many local artists. Methow Made, a marketing and branding program, was designed to help our producers develop and reach their markets, here and outside the valley (visit http://methowmade.com for more details). You’ll also find their products at farmers markets, galleries, studios and retail outlets throughout the valley. Look for the Methow Made displays in many local stores. For a full listing of Methow Made members, see the Methow Made Guide in the middle pages of this magazine, or go to http://methowmade.com for more information. Be sure to stop by Methow Valley Goods, a boutique on the TwispWorks campus that features locally made products of all kinds. If you are gift shopping with a Methow moment in mind, Valley Goods is a great place to start. Read more about it on page 11. We hope you’ll take note of the advertisers that support this publication and familiarize yourself with their offerings. They are easily accessible for visitors and locals alike. “Methow Made” implies quality, care and pride in whatever our local producers do. Don Nelson 3


Building community:

TWISPWORKS BRINGS THE VALLEY’S RESOURCES, PEOPLE AND IDEAS TOGETHER By Sierra Golden Associate Director, TwispWorks

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LONGSIDE spectacular natural beauty and a strong sense of place, community is the (not-so) secret ingredient making the Methow Valley a beloved place to live and visit. Community made our valley more resilient through COVID, and community helped us all through many a wildfire season. Community brings us packs of kids running free at potlucks and concerts, and community brings us a network of local businesses — from craftspeople to farmers to river guides — that give this place a remarkable local economy. We share the following updates with you, our community, as an invitation to say hello when we cross paths at Hank’s; to visit our campus for music, food and demos on a Fourth Friday; and to take advantage of the many programs offered at TwispWorks. Our 6.4 acre-campus is truly a place where people, place and ideas come together!

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CHANGING FACES This year we welcome Sarah Brown and Patrick Law to our staff. Sarah Brown took over as Executive Director in early 2022. Sarah has a lifelong passion for creating positive change and brings deep knowledge and boundless enthusiasm to the executive director position. Patrick Law will be joining our team as the Economic Program Director

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this summer. You may know Patrick as the owner of FORK. Along with his experience in the business community, Patrick brings with him a deep understanding of structural inequities and a desire to use systems-based economic approaches to empower individuals from a variety of backgrounds.

SEE YOU ON CAMPUS! We often hear this question: “TwispWorks — what is it?” One thing we know: TwispWorks is a community gathering place. The TwispWorks campus was originally a U.S. Forest Service

Ranger Station. In 1994 the Forest Service consolidated its operations to Winthrop, and the Twisp Ranger Station was left empty for more than a decade. In 2008, our community rallied together to begin revitalizing campus. Since then, we’ve modernized and redeveloped 17 buildings, and we’ve added gardens, greenspaces and art. What can you visit on campus? There is more to explore than we can describe here, but highlights include the Native Plant Demonstration Garden, Methow Valley Goods, and 35 local businesses.


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Photo courtesy of TwispWorks

Valley Goods carries pottery, textiles, art, candles and more made by Methow Valley artisans.

The Little Dipper was funded in part through TwispWorks’ Methow Investment Network.

The Native Plant Demonstration Garden is the gateway to the Methow Valley Interpretive Center. The garden is a resource for plant identification and inspiration to learn more about the natural history of the Methow Valley. If the gate is closed, feel free to let yourself in! Methow Valley Goods is a onestop destination for local goods, featuring the work of over 90 artists, makers and producers from the Methow Valley and Okanogan County. From home goods and clothing to beer and wine, you’ll find the best local goods here Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Thirty-five local businesses on the TwispWorks campus provide tours, shopping, food and drink. At the small manufacturer eqpd

Friday this year, we invite you to enjoy live music, live arts and crafts demos, open studios, and food vendors from 4 p.m.–8 p.m.

you can watch LastBags get made and shop their retail store. At Methow Metalworks you can watch iron coat hooks and other crafts take shape at the hot forge. Whether you are looking for fine gems, intricate beadwork, or custom jewelry, the Methow Valley Jewelers Collective offers something for everyone. Other artist studios include fine art, hand-dyed fabrics, pottery and more. If you’re hungry or thirsty, Old School House Brewery and Taproom offers the best of brews and an easygoing hangout space, while FORK serves up piping hot fries and mouth-watering entrees like bahn mi and Korean fried chicken sandwiches. We welcome visitors to campus seven days a week, and every Fourth

PROGRAMS Need an extra hand? TwispWorks provides economic development programs for individuals and businesses in the Methow Valley School District. Methow Made provides sales, marketing, and retail support to local producers, makers and artists. Look for the Methow Made logo at retail locations throughout the Valley or visit Methow Valley Goods. TwispWorks’ Methow Investment Network matches local investors with local entrepreneurs needing capital to start or

improve businesses. Recent success stories include funding for The Little Dipper in Winthrop and Blue Star Coffee Roaster’s new facilities. Interested in becoming an investor or making a pitch? Contact Patrick Law at plaw@ twispworks.org. Throughout the pandemic, TwispWorks facilitated emergency grants for local businesses. This year we revised the program to support making local businesses more resilient in the face of challenges like climate change. In early summer, we distributed funding to four local businesses. Thank you for being a part of the TwispWorks vision! We are thrilled to stand in community with you, and we look forward to seeing you on campus and in the valley. 5


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Bluebird Grain Farms is a vertically integrated business, from field to processing to customer.

Ancient grains for modern times

BLUEBIRD GRAIN FARMS THRIVES IN A UNIQUE NICHE By Sandra Strieby

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ROOKE and Sam Lucy have been growing organic ancient grains on their Rendezvous farm since 2004. Through their business, Bluebird Grain Farms, they have cultivated community, relationships, and a powerful business model that nourishes the land as well as the people who eat the foods they grow. Although both come from

agricultural roots, neither of the Lucys set out to be a farmer. That path evolved as they explored ways to make a living year-round and raise a family in the Methow Valley. Sam gained grain-growing experience while working for a rancher early in his tenure in the valley, then honed his expertise growing grain for weed management and later as a food crop. When a seed-growing contract introduced Sam to emmer, he and Brooke both fell in love with the grain, he says, because it’s so beautiful. They’d already been talking about the dearth of

locally-grown organic grain in the northwest. And Brooke had been introduced to emmer while she was an exchange student in Italy, where she knew it as farro. Once she made the connection between the grain Sam was growing and the foods she’d eaten in Italy, Brooke began to see possibilities. “I realized what an incredible grain emmer actually is because of all the versatility it had in cooking and baking,” she said. Her Italian host mother, she said, made porridge out of farro, served it like polenta, and used

the whole grain in soups; pasta was made from farro flour. Brooke began using and researching emmer, and found the grain was not being produced commercially in the U.S. Sam noted that, as a crop, emmer is “very resilient, grows anywhere, [and] will hunt for its own nutrients.” Emmer holds up to weather better than many other grains — an important asset for a Methow Valley crop. As a food, said Brooke, it’s nutrient-dense — “a little goes a long way. It’s very high in protein compared to modern grains.” 7


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The Lucys are developing a new grain-processing facility off Highway 20 near Twin Lakes Road.

HOW IT BEGAN The potential of emmer coupled with the idea of growing grain locally fueled a vision; the Lucys began to consider milling as well as growing grain. “Emmer, being an ancient grain, took extra processing and cleaning,” said Sam. “We had to put in our own processing line. That’s how it all began. We had no idea whether we would make it a year.” They did make it, picking up accounts with the Cinnamon Twisp Bakery and Glover Street Market and gradually growing their business as well as their crops. The Lucys approach grain growing thoughtfully. Sustainable agriculture makes sense in the context of providing the most nourishing food possible. “Brooke and I care very deeply about the environment and about food,” said Sam. “Taking care of the soil in a manner that continually

is building the soil — you can’t really do that other than with organic, regenerative means. You can’t keep taking without adding back.” Over time, Brooke and Sam have crafted a sophisticated, vertically-integrated business that gives them control over the quality of the harvested grain. Bluebird grains are carefully processed to maintain flavor and nutritional content. Most emmer sold in the U.S. is pearled — the bran and germ are removed, stripping the grain of valuable nutrients and making it vulnerable to spoiling. In particular, the oils in the grain can become rancid, impairing flavor and introducing unhealthy compounds. The Lucys remove the inedible hulls from their grain, but keep the entire kernel, working in small batches to preserve freshness. Grains are milled to order each week so only grain that’s about to leave the farm is

Sam and Brooke Lucy.

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PARTNERSHIPS Having fine-tuned systems for storing, processing, milling and packaging their grains — and identified markets for them — the Lucys began working with other

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grain growers. They’ve now developed beneficial partnerships with four organic growers whose products and processes meet their standards. Partner growers gain a ready market for their crops; the increased volume allows the Lucys to use their facilities and

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systems efficiently and meet the growing demand for healthy grains. “Most producers are not at all interested in sales and processing,” said Sam. Bluebird, he said, “can offer a market to other farmers unsubsidized — a celebration of their work.” At the same time, working with trusted partners offers Bluebird another means of producing uniformly superior products. “As much work as all the steps are, it’s the only way you can control

the quality as much as it can be controlled,” Sam said. In addition to emmer, Bluebird now grows einkorn (another species of farro), rye, and hard red and white wheats. Cover species are part of the cropping system, too. Tilled into fallow fields, they enrich the soil — another element of the holistic approach that reflects the Lucys’ love of the environment and this place. Bluebird products include whole grains, flours, blends such as einkorn and lentils, and pancake

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Lew Blakeney, Okanogan County Business Advisor for the Washington State Small Business Development Center, nominated Bluebird Grain Farms for the award. He’s observed the business’s growth for several years, and has seen the Lucys respond successfully to challenges — including hiring difficulties — related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to a fire several years ago that destroyed part of a standing crop. Blakeney noted the couple’s community contributions, as well. In particular, Blakeney was impressed by the Lucys’ support for other businesses. “Sam showed that he had openly shared a lot of business ideas to other similar businesses handling grain products, freely sharing with others in the industry,” Blakeney said. “I think that spirit probably had a big impact on the reviewers” when they made the award decision, he said.

NEW FACILITY The Lucys are currently developing a new grain-processing facility off Highway 20 near Twin Lakes Road and the Methow Valley School District campus. The facility represents another facet of the Lucys’ deep commitment to community. Proximity to the schools supports their vision of engaging all sectors of the community, especially kids. Brooke and Sam hope to host school groups and offer regular community tours that will let people see how grain production and

Photo by Steve Mitchell processing relate. The facility will also increase Bluebird’s capacity and allow the business to work with more partners, and Brooke’s background as an educator dovetails nicely with the couple’s plans to foster community engagement on site. The public will be welcome, Sam said, although they’re not sure exactly what that’s going to look like. The first priority will be transitioning to the new location — getting grain-cleaning lines set up and employees recalibrated. Bluebird’s growth has been strategic, but also organic, deeply rooted in the land and people of this place, and in the cycles of the seasons that govern the lives of farmers. The Bluebird name reflects that tie to the growing season. Brooke

Some of Bluebird Farms’ retail products.

explained that the bluebirds’ arrival in the Methow coincides with the advent of planting time; young birds are being raised while the crops grow, and fledging as the grain cures in the field;

Photo by Steve Mitchell

migration begins at harvest time. The choice of name was “very symbolic,” said Brooke; like the farm, the birds are tied to the Methow — “a symbol,” she said, “of health and place.”

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One-stop shopping for Methow products VALLEY GOODS SHOWCASES LOCAL ARTISTS, ARTISANS AND PRODUCERS By Ashley Lodato

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HE only problem with the Methow Valley Goods store is that there’s not a thing in the shop that you don’t want. And given the utility of so many of the items, you can even convince yourself that there’s not a thing in the shop that you don’t need.

From birdhouses to bowls, cards to calendars, soap to cider, Valley Goods showcases some of the best products the Methow has to offer. A TwispWorks partner, Valley Goods is a collective of about 70 artists, artisans, and other creatives who make “stuff for anyone who loves the Methow,” the Valley Goods website says. It’s a store that evolved during the early pandemic — a COVIDera initiative whose relevance

endured beyond its initial purpose, which was to promote and support local artisans by providing a year-round venue and online ordering system to connect customers with their products. Valley Goods was once just a holiday pop-up shopping opportunity; now it’s a storefront and gaining momentum. “Response was just amazing that first year and now people know we’re here,” said TwispWorks Retail Operations and Events Manager Lindsey Bryson. “Christmas is always a big draw, of course, but we have people returning all the time, coming in for birthday and anniversary gifts.” Bryson said that Valley Goods has made a concerted effort to draw people into the store in the shoulder seasons. “We did a big marketing push for Valentine’s Day with gift baskets, but we also offered discounted products the week of the Sunflower Relay, in late April, which is traditionally a

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Valley Goods is located at TwispWorks and is an outlet for numerous Methow Valley artisans.

slow time,” she said. Bryson estimates that 80% of the shoppers who came through the store on the Sunflower Relay weekend were race participants, proving that the promotion worked. The store is also hosting other opportunities to bring people into the store, such as the regular 4th Friday event at TwispWorks, which highlights one of the

campus partners each month with a demonstration and live music. The 4th Friday events schedule can be found at https:// twispworks.org/events/list.

PARTNERSHIP At first glance it’s difficult to tell the difference between Methow Made and Methow Valley Goods. Methow Made is a TwispWorks membership marketing program that promotes member producers, makers, and artists who make their products with at least 75% of the ingredients and/ or labor in the Methow Valley. (Visit https://twispworks.org/ programs/methow-made for more information about Methow Made.) Methow Valley Goods, on the other hand, is a TwispWorks partner in the same way that eqpd, Fireweed Print Shop, the Fork food truck, and 30 other businesses on campus are partners: they Honey and seasonings are among the foods at Valley Goods.

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Methow Valley wool is available at Valley Goods.

lease space from TwispWorks and contribute to the economic or cultural vitality in the Methow. They also benefit from TwispWorks’ marketing assistance, access to business resources, and opportunities to connect with people who can help their ventures succeed. Many who sell their products at Valley Goods are also Methow Made members, which benefits them in several ways: they get a higher commission from sales at Valley Goods, they are included in TwispWorks’ promotion of Methow Made members, and their products can be featured on the Methow Made retail stands at various businesses around the valley. At Valley Goods, all the products are high-quality, created

with thoughtfulness and attention to detail. Because the inventory is so diverse, with many creators making one-of-a-kind or limited-edition items, “keeping the website updated is tricky,” said Bryson. Certainly the best way to experience Valley Goods’ full range of offerings is to schedule some time to walk around the store. “We have really unique products,” Bryson said. “You’ll notice something new every time.” Methow Valley Goods can be found in Building O, in the South Warehouse, Unit 1. The store is open Tuesday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information visit https://methowvalleygoods. com.

Valley Goods artist profile: Bethany Wray By Ashley Lodato

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In addition to making and selling Artist Bethany Wray gets her her art, Wray teaches art. As an eminspiration from nature — from the ployee of Methow Arts, she leads the sweeping vistas of distant mountain Youth Arts Initiative at Methow Valley ranges to the microcosm of a single Elementary School, providing stusunflower. Her paintings of wild dents in grades K-6 a weekly art lesplaces feature the red rocks of the son focused on building a foundation southwest, windswept glaciers in the in the principles and elements of art. North Cascades, shimmering alpine She has also instructed art courses lakes. for Wenatchee Valley College, taught It’s art that conveys not just images painting classes for adults, and had but also emotions, placing the viewer commissioned artwork featured on into the landscape as a participant cans of craft beer from Icicle Brewing instead of an observer. Company. Raised in Southern California, About her job as an art teacher Wray loved creating art from an Wray said, “Art has always played an early age, always saying “I’m going important role in my life, and I love to be an artist when I grow up.” She having the opportunity to help others was largely self-taught until college, develop the skills they need to make where she honed her technique in art Photo courtesy of Arrowroot Studios art a meaningful part of their lives.” school, earning her Bachelor of Fine Bethany Wray scans a North Cascades scene. Wray chose to participate in Valley Arts from Biola University and her Goods as a way to be more intentional Master of Fine Arts from Otis College opportunities afforded by watercolors resonate as an artist in the Methow Valley and out of of Art & Design. with her; she can be outside in special places, the desire to be included in a greater comAt Biola, Wray focused on acrylic and oil capturing them on paper. munity of artisans. She said “Valley Goods is painting, as well as sketching in charcoal and Wray’s images resonate with customers, too. an excellent opportunity to reach a specific pencil, and during her master’s program at audience that is mindful of supporting local Otis she did performative art and installations. In the paintings we see familiar peaks, snowy couloirs, explosions of arrowleaf balsamroot, But post-college, when Wray rediscovered artists and artisans.” lupine and golden larch. One of Wray’s images watercolors, she found herself mesmerized by Learn more about Bethany Wray at arrowthe possibilities. — her “Arrowleaf Balsamroot in the Methow leafstudio.com, follow her on Instagram @ With watercolors, Wray found she could Valley” greeting card — is nearly impossible to arrowleafstudio, or email bethany@arrowleafbe playful and original. And the plein art keep in stock. studio.com. 12


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Methow Made makes it easy for people who love the Methow Valley to experience local products and flavors and to support our local economy. This 2022 Methow Made Guide connects you to the manufacturers, farmers, artisan food and beverage producers, artists and craftspeople who make their products with ingredients and/or labor from right here in the Methow Valley. For more information, visit MethowMade.com or call us at (509) 997-3300.

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Anne has been an “accidental” photographer since her teens. She specializes in photos capturing contrasting colors and unusual lines and shadows. You can find her work at Methow Valley Goods and local farmers markets. Contact Anne at www.anneachesonphoto.com, Facebook: anneachesonphoto & Instagram: @ anneachesonphotography.

Anne Peck specializes in whimsical and colorful watercolors that often feature chickens, range cattle, pigs, and other farm animals. She frequently shows at local galleries, and you can find her work at Methow Valley Goods. Contact Anne at peckanne44@gmail.com.

Bethany creates watercolors based on the landscapes of the PNW and beyond. She lives in Twisp where she teaches art at Methow Valley Elementary through Methow Art’s Youth Arts Initiative program. She received her BFA from Biola University and her MFA from Otis College of Art and Design. Website: arrowleafstudio.com, Instagram @arrowleafstudio.

Masha Falkov is an artist working in digital media, lampworked glass, and ink. Inside her TwispWorks studio you’ll find otherworldly curiosities including lampworked glass organisms, a molecule zoo, and vivid ink and digital color canvases. Contact Masha: (509) 9789037 - email mashafalkov@gmail.com - or visit her website www.mashafalkov.com.

Barnfunk is free-range art made from salvaged wood, metal, and local human artifact. Inquire about commissions.Instagram is @barnfunk, website is barnfunk.com, email is patrick@ barnfunk.com and phone is 509-699-0349

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As the creative engine behind Blue Bliss Atelier, Neela Mitchell is a painter, illustrator, digital artist and photographer. Using her iPhone XR, Neela’s photographic art demonstrates her interpretation of the natural world, combining her original take on light, shadow, color and perspective. Follow on Facebook and Instagram @blueblissatelier. Contact her at blueblissatelier@gmail.com.

Bo makes her candles with 100% beeswax, with wax from Sunrise Honey Company in Clayton, WA. Melted, cleaned twice, and poured into molds in her garage studio. Email Bo at bhthrasher65@gmail.com for more information.

Twisp based beading artist Susan Finn creates jewelry, ornaments, & trinkets using semiprecious gemstones, Czech glass, Japanese seed beads & Chinese crystals. You can find her work online at beadingbysonorajane.com or at Methow Valley Goods in Twisp. Contact Susan at: beadingbysonorajane@gmail.com.

Methow-based jewelry designer Paris Lilly founded Burnt Ginger with the idea of creating unique pieces of jewelry that are not only beautiful but also durable. You can find her work at Methow Valley Goods. Contact Paris at: mauiburntginger@gmail.com.

Confluence Poets incorporates a diverse group of poets and writers from throughout the Methow Valley. You can find their work at Methow Valley Goods and on their website: www. confluencepoets.com.


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Textile and surface design artist Sara Ashford uses solely natural dyes for her one-of-a-kind wearable & fine art pieces. Visit Sara’s studio and dye garden at TwispWorks and learn about her classes. Contact Sara at: (509) 341-4042 or by email: cullerstudio@gmail.com.

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Upcycle artist Dawn Heath turns vintage and repurposed materials into fun and unique accessories for the home. Contact Dawn at dawn.heath@rocketmail.com.

Foxtail Pottery’s distinctive dark colored stoneware clay body contrasts with lush glaze colors and highlights Mandy Shoger’s bold pattern designs. Her work is primarily functional and is designed for everyday use. 502 S. Glover St. in Twisp or find her products on her website, www.foxtailpottery.com.

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Career – bureaucrat turned knife maker, Phil Millam handcrafts custom hunting and kitchen knives for clients, using a range of materials and designs. Knife repairs too!

Beekeeper Dave Sabold harvests beeswax from his backyard colonies to create Gardner Gardens Beeswax Skin Cream, using all-natural coconut, almond oils, and vitamin E. Available at Methow Valley retailers and Methow Valley Goods. Call Dave at (509) 996-2522 or www.gardnergardens. com.

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Goat milk-based soap made with organic and sustainably sourced ingredients. Each bar has over an ounce of goat milk and is procured using botanicals, herbs and clays that can help to alleviate all kinds of skin concerns and conditions. Free of palm oil as well as any synthetic colorants or fragrances. Email Elise at elisefergs@gmail. com or visit her Instagram @cultivatesoapco.

Winthrop-based glass artist Chris Duke creates beautiful pieces for the home and garden. You can find Dragonfish Art at Methow Valley Goods and other local retailers. Email Chris at dragonfish_arts@hotmail.com

Emily’s distinctive “sgraffito” carved mugs, plates, large mixing bowls, tumblers, vases, and other handmade vessels are a reflection of her love of clay, nature, cooking and the Methow Valley. (509) 341-4710. Email Emily at www. emilypost.com.

Artist Laura Gunnip helps students of all ages engage in the radical act of creative selfknowledge through letterpress and printmaking classes. Fireweed Print Shop is a community resource as well as a retail space of Laura’s handprinted items. Visit Laura at her shop on the TwispWorks Campus and find Fireweed products at Methow Valley Goods.

Hannah Viano is an adventurous artist, author, and illustrator making art in the Methow Valley. You can visit Hannah at her studio on the TwispWorks campus or find her works at Methow Valley Goods or her website – www.hannahviano. com.

Twisp-based fiber artist Linda Harvey is a selfdescribed “compulsive maker of things.” Linda’s iconic knit hats, booties and critters can be found at local farmers markets and at Methow Valley Goods on the TwispWorks campus.

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Heidi Larsen enjoys designing and painting horses and other critters on pottery that can be not only functional but fun. Her repurposed belt cuffs add to her love of all things western. You can find her work at Methow Valley Goods in Twisp and Retro Pony in Winthrop.

Tim Odell’s fire pits are locally made by craftspeople and skilled metalworkers dedicated to quality and longevity, with many of the fire pits made from recycled scrap steel. 1211 Cascade Dr. (Twisp) (509) 997-4766 www.hotspotfirepits.com.

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Intertwined Designs produces high-quality, ecofriendly clothing out of their home-based studio in Mazama. Find them locally at the MV Farmer’s Market and local retailers including the Methow Made Store at TwispWorks. Visit us on-line or follow us on social media to learn about our process of creating sustainably made clothing. (360) 319-0342 www.intertwineddesigns.com

Primarily a weaver since 2006, Katie creates wearables (scarves and shawls) and items for the home (rugs, throws, towels, and place mats). Her work can be seen at Winthrop Gallery at 237 Riverside Ave., Winthrop, Confluence Gallery, 104 Glover St., Twisp, and Methow Valley Goods on the Twispworks campus. Call or text (509) 8463023 or email rks@methownet.com. FOOD & GROCERY

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FOOD & GROCE BCS LIVESTOCK

Using a holistic approach to farming, BCS Livestock produces high quality 100% grass-fed lamb and beef meat and wool products. Order meat and wool products as well as a variety of food from other local farms at bcslivestock.com.

BLUEBIRD GRAIN FARMS

Bluebird Grain Farms is your source for the finest 100% certified organic ancient grains, fresh-milled flour, and whole-grain blends. CSA monthly deliveries, gift boxes and more are available at www.bluebirdgrainfarms.com. Products also available at local retailers and bakeries. Facebook or Instagram @bluebirdgrainfarms. Email, info@ bluebirdgrainfarms.com. Phone, (509) 996-3526

DOUBLETREE FARM

Doubletree Farm employs dairy methods that have beneficial environmental impacts and humane animal husbandry at the root of its actions. Their vat pasteurized, non-homogenized whole milk is available at stores throughout the Methow Valley and Okanogan.

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HIGHWAY 20 HONEY

Celebrating our fifteenth year, this small family run apiary in Mazama harvests beautiful, golden honey made from pristine wildflower nectar. You can find Highway 20 Honey at Methow Valley retailers including Methow Valley Goods on the TwispWorks campus.

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Blane has been producing his Methow Gold Honey for forty years. From his apiary located on the banks of the Methow River, Blane’s bees are free to enjoy the wide variety of wildflowers that are native to the Methow. Visit Blane at the Methow Valley Farmers market or get his honey at local retailers.

TEXAS CREEK PRODUCTS

Texas Creek’s award-winning fresh salsa and hot sauces are produced from locally grown peppers and tomatoes. Their Pure Evil Capsaicin Drops add heat to any food without changing the flavor. (509)997-5420. Email Anne at tchotsauce@ methow.com.


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Utilizing wood salvaged from dead trees around his home in Carlton, Washington, Duane Kikendall works on the lathe as a hobby, turning items from bottle stoppers to peppermills, all from the local woods that surround his home.

Kathleen Learned is a ceramic artist inspired by nature – flowing rivers, unfurling ferns, and mountains of rock. Kathleen shows her work at local galleries. Kathleen can be reached at klearned@seanet.com.

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ERY WILD PLUM FARM

At Wild Plum Farm, we specialize in producing high quality pork, chicken and eggs. All our animals are raised on pasture using low-stress management practices. Visit our website www. thewildplumfarm.com.

ORCHARD HOUSE DOUGHNUTS & CHAI

Handcrafted doughnuts from our orchard to the market. Everything is made with a farmhouse bythe-season sensibility joined to modern flavors and technique for unforgettable doughnuts and chai. We’re at the Methow Valley Farmers’ Market every Saturday, 9 to noon. Our chai mix is sold at stores throughout the valley. Instagram, @orchardhouse. methow, and follow us on Facebook.

Lidija Kamansky is a Winthrop-based fine art landscape and nature photographer. Passion drives her to explore nature’s changing moods and seasons in the great outdoors and rural countryside’s with her camera. You can find her work locally at Methow Valley Goods and The Confluence or on her website at www.lkamansky. com.

Custom, handblown, functional, drink ware made by Samantha Carlin. Available at select retailers, markets and on her website. Cell/text (509)- 3419102. Find her website at www.lucidglassworks. com.

LUCINDA’S BOTANICAL SALVES

Healing salves and oils from local plants including perfumes from downed pine branches, moisturizing antiseptics from cottonwood, nerve renewal from St. John’s Wort, muscle relief from Arnica and more. Available at the Mazama Store or Methow Valley Goods or by contacting (206) 550-3666. Find her website at www. reflexologyandsalves.com.

MARCIA IVES POTTERY

Marcia encourages you to Eat, Drink and Be Merry with a piece of beautiful hand-made pottery in your hands! Her work can be found at private viewings in her studio, on Instagram, and at galleries and shops throughout the Methow Valley. On Instagram @ instagram.com/ marciaraeives/, email her at marciaraeIves@ gmail.com or call her at (206) 719-2389.

MCFARLAND CREEK LAMB RANCH

Bill Tackman and Katie Haven raise a small flock of sheep in the lower Methow Valley. They sell sustainably raised meat direct to customers, and their naturally dyed fiber products can be found at local retailers and their online store. (509) 4496898 www.thelambranch.com

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Sustainably harvested and locally sourced wood made into functional art to accompany your daily life—from serving bowls to furniture by Don McIvor. Available at the Winthrop Gallery, the Confluence Gallery, or by commission. (509) 9979456 www.mcivorwoodworks.com

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Over three decades of teaching taught Boo Schneider to be open to new ideas, the joy of life-long learning, and to create. Using a jeweler’s grade of copper and stones such as labradorite, moonstones, pearls, agates, and more - Boo never designs the same pair of earrings twice. You can find Boo’s work at retailers throughout the Valley including Methow Valley Goods.

Light, place and time are three photographic tenets Winthrop-based photographer Stephen Mitchell lives by. He is especially known for his talent capturing the Methow’s beautiful night skies as well as documenting Methow Valley events and happenings. You can find his website, MitchellImage photography at www. mitchellImage.com or call him at 360-391-2394.

Sherry Malotte has been a photographer and artist all her life specializing in abstract, fine art and mixed media work. You can view her work at the Winthrop Gallery, Confluence Gallery and online at www.sherrymalotte.com. 360-303-2076.

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Margaret Kingston creates original landscapes in oil on canvas to share the powerful energy of the Methow Valley. She offers a Custom Commissioned Painting service from provided photos. Margaret has painted many pet portraits, a sailboat and an airplane. Visit her website www.mkoilpaintings.com, Instagram, @ mkoilpaintings, email, mgtkingston@gmail.com. BEVERAGES

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Artfully roasted coffees, including the awardwinning Espresso Blend, available at their coffee bar and roasting plant located at 1240 E Methow Valley Hwy, Twisp. Give them a ring at (509) 997-BLUE (2583) or visit their website at www. bluestarcoffeeroasters.com.

Stina Booth and John Richardson have been carrying on the Methow tradition of growing fabulous apples and pears in Carlton since 1995. In 2019 they started making dry, aged cider from their fruit. Booth Canyon Orchard ciders are available at Methow Valley Goods, and at stores and restaurants throughout the Methow Valley. www.boothcanyonorchard.com.

Award-winning coffees roasted in Winthrop. Try our fan favorites, Cowboy Mud, Barrel-Aged Limited Reserve or Black Colt Cold Brew. Visit our Winthrop store or order online we’ll ship to your door. Visit their retail location at 265 Riverside Ave in Winthrop, give them a call at 509-996-4240 or check out their website at www.lariatcoffee.com.

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Lost River Winery produces high-quality wines at excellent prices. Pick up a bottle at Methow Valley Goods or visit their tasting room in Winthrop at 26 Highway 20 Winthrop, give them a call at (509) 996-2888 or visit their website at www.lostriverwinery.com.

The Methow Valley Ciderhouse is a family and dog friendly restaurant featuring our own awardwinning ciders, as well as a selection of beers & wines on tap. Lunch and dinner with gluten free and vegan options. Live music Friday and Saturday nights, usually free. Check out their website at www.methowvalleyciderhouse.com.

Award winning beers, created with the choicest hops, perfectly malted grains, and the Methow’s famously delicious unfiltered, North Cascades water. 155 Riverside Ave. (Winthrop) 502 S. Glover St. (Twisp) (509) 996-3183 www. oldschoolhousebrewery.com.


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Keeping the Methow clean since 1982, Molly’s Soap continues to make gentle, versatile, and long-lasting soaps. Time-tested recipes driven by homegrown herbs, natural ingredients, and nothin’ nasty. Delivered fresh from the farm to retailer’s valley wide. Email Gabby at info@ mollyssoap.com, give her a call at 360-420-8132 or visit her website at www.mollyssoap.com.

As a glass artist for 25 years, Laura Ruud’s first works were stained glass using the copper foil method. She then branched into fused glass lighting and sinks for new homes and custom stained-glass commissions. Laura’s latest project is the installation or four seasonal mosaic panels on top of Patterson Mountain in Winthrop. You can reach Laura at lauraruud@centurylink.net. BEVERAGES

PIXIE MEAD & HONEY

With a background in botanical medicine, Benjamin Pixie crafts unique and potent botanical meads that celebrate the plants and the bees, while returning reverence, magic, and medicine to the imbibing of alcohol. Find Pixie Mead at Methow Valley Goods and learn more at www.pixiemead.com.

WATERSHED SPIRITS

Find Watershed Spirits Elderflower Liqueur at Hanks Harvest Foods in Twisp as well as the Thriftway and Wine Shed in Winthrop. Enjoy WS Elderflower Liqueur cocktails at Sun Mountain Lodge and Arrowleaf Bistro.

The love of travel, textiles and “doing” came together for Jan as OCHRE home goods. “Doing” started at a young age with her mother teaching her to sew and later became careers in art education and occupational therapy. Her pillows and table runners are handcrafted from curated textiles from around the globe. She can be contacted at jkittwinthrop@gmail.com.

Pastime Leather Co. has been making a variety of high-quality, hand-made leather goods since 2015. We offer wallets, card holders, field note journals, tote bags/purses, and more. We can work with your business to produce coasters, menu covers, card holders, etc. Email www.pastimehandbuilt@ gmail.com, website, www.pastimeleatherco.com, Instagram @pastime_leather_co.

PA’NANA SOAP

Carly Reiser is the positive force behind the PA’Nana Soap Co. PA’Nana makes 100% hand crafted, individually designed, cold-process, small batch soaps right here in the Methow Valley. Available at Methow Valley Goods and on her website – www.panana-soap-co.square.site.

PETER NAWROT WOODWORKING

Peter is a wood explorer and lifelong woodworker who has spent countless hours searching for and salvaging unusual trees. He seeks to uncover and highlight the stunning grain patterns of these trees through gift items like cutting/serving boards, custom furniture, and sculpture. See his current pieces and his shop/studio at TwispWorks or email woodrevealed@gmail.com.

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Lira Sloss is an esthetician who turned her side hobby into a small business. Her favorite part of creating and sewing is picking out the fabric. She started sewing bags for her friends and family, and then decided to create her small business. She’s expanded her sewing projects from zipper pouches to totes, headbands, hair wraps, and hair scrunchies. Email, lirasloss@gmail.com.

RED UMBRELLA DESIGN

Red Umbrella Designs creates PNW-inspired designs for you & your home and aims to inspire all humans to seek beauty, keep hope, and give kindness. Available at select local retailers and online at www.redumbrelladesign.com.

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Rosalee de la Forêt is a Methow Valley based herbalist and author. Her books, Alchemy of Herbs and Wild Remedies, share trustworthy herbal information alongside enticing recipes for medicine and food. Find Rosalee on YouTube, Podcast apps, Instagram, and her website: www. herbswithrosalee.com.

Seamstress Elise Knight creates sturdy household and garden/utility aprons using diverse cotton canvas and long-lasting outdoor fabrics. These can be found, along with her potholders of many designs, at Methow Valley Goods in Twisp. To fulfill her passion for working with fabric, Elise also gives rise to children’s aprons and clothing. Reach her at knightelise18@gmail.com.

Smiling Woods is a family-and-friend-owned business in Winthrop, offering solutions for people seeking to live in the round. Their yurts are durable, energy efficient, and aesthetically appealing while using high quality and environmentally friendly materials. www. smilingwoodsyurts.com 509-996-9878.

Purveyors of handprinted cards and stationery that showcase the sumptuous, tactile qualities of letterpress printing. Find original art, books, prints, and cards at the True North studio shop located close to the Methow Valley Farmers Market. 117-B W 2nd Ave (Twisp). Give Robin a call at (509) 449-1081 or visit her website at www. truenorthletterpress.com.

With upfashioned, designer Teresa Mitchell aims to address harmful elements of the fashion industry while celebrating the beauty and enduring quality of extraordinary textiles by giving them a second life. Products include pillows, dog jackets, handbags, satchels, totes, travel bags and more. Instagram, @ upfashionedwa, website, www.upfashioned.com.

Weathered Soul Jewelry is where sassy cowgirl and vintage collide. Jewelry designer Jenni Tissell crafts quality for a lifetime with a look of time gone by and a bit of cowgirl or Native American flavor. Find her jewelry at Methow Valley Goods or online at www. weatheredsouljewelry.com.

THERAPY CHICKEN ART

Digital artist, Tedra Hamel is a true “henthusiast”! Her pet chickens serve as inspiration and muses for her line of prints, greeting cards and paper products. Available at Methow Valley Goods and on Instagram @therapy_chickens.

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TwispWorks Methow Made is a program of TwispWorks, whose mission is to increase economic vitality in the Methow Valley through programs in agriculture, education, technology and art. Learn more at TwispWorks.org, or visit our campus at the intersection of Highway 20 and Glover Street in Twisp.


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WOODCRAFTERS FIND INSPIRATION IN ITS MOST NATURAL FORM By Sandra Strieby

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URROUNDED by forested land, the Methow Valley provides both inspiration and materials for people who work with wood. The three woodworkers profiled here all create both practical and purely artistic pieces.

LAURA KARCHER Laura Karcher makes furniture, lamps and a variety of practical objects and sculptural pieces, inspired by found objects and organic form. Karcher took a shop class in high school but hadn’t considered working professionally with wood until she happened into a job in a shoji studio, making doors and screens and occasional lamps. “Wood is just such a seductive material, so multi-faceted and beautiful,” she said. “There is so much to learn about wood. It’s so universal. I’m lucky to have been able to turn it into a profession.” Once she’d mastered the basic shoji form — a light wood lattice covered with translucent paper — Karcher found herself drawn to lamp

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making. She began to create lamps that combined the spare rectilinear form of traditional shoji screens with natural and carved elements. Each one is lined with paper that’s carefully chosen to transmit light without revealing the bulb within. “I like that it’s a functional object, [bringing] light to a dark corner” said Karcher. “There are parameters but

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A Laura Karcher lamp, above, and a bench, below.

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A Laura Karcher cutting board.

within those I can explore a lot of different ideas.” As a furniture maker, Karcher is self-taught. Though she’s crafted armoires and dressers, her work in the valley tends toward smaller pieces — one-of-a-kind tables and benches that reveal the character of the material from which they’re made. “The wood actually guides me,” Karcher said. “It’s kind of a partnership. You don’t just exert your will over it. The best woodworkers read the wood. That’s what I like — finding the harmony in the object you’re making and letting the wood guide you.” Karcher also enjoys making purely aesthetic pieces, often combining metal and wood and incorporating what she calls “farm detritus.” Those artifacts, she says, are “something you can’t replicate … It’s one-of-a-kind and it has history.” You can see Karcher’s work at the Winthrop Gallery and at Methow Valley Goods on the TwispWorks campus.

Don McIvor’s wood turning examples include the bowl, above, and a basin, below.

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Don McIvor

MCIVOR WOODWORKS Don McIvor grew up around woodworking and says he’s been interested in it “as long as I remember.” Because his career entailed frequent moves, it wasn’t until 2000 that he was able to create his own shop. With limited space, he focused

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on wood turning, and became interested in shaving accessories — razor handles, brushes, cups. For a while he was one of just three woodworkers in the U.S. producing shaving brushes, and he discovered “a whole community of people fanatic about shaving that way.” After several years in the Methow Valley, McIvor built a spacious shop four years ago. He says it’s “the best workshop I’ve ever had — it’s an inspiring space.” A garage door at one end makes it easy to move equipment, materials and completed projects in and out. And with the door open, “It feels like working outside,” said McIvor. McIvor uses local materials “as much as I can,” he said, while noting that finding suitable hardwood in the valley is a challenge, and he acquires wood opportunistically. Loads of local silver maple and English walnut recently found their way into his stash. McIvor’s able to take on larger projects in his new space, and has expanded his repertoire to include furniture and cabinetry projects. Turning remains a strong interest, and he incorporates it into each piece in the form of knobs, legs or decorative elements. McIvor also makes pieces like bowls and salt-and-pepper mills. He’s drawn to custom projects that include creative collaboration. “My relationship with the client is very important to me,” he said. Currently he’s crafting a salad bowl using an old and flawed piece of wood. McIvor has enjoyed

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“I like the out of he ordinary,” says Peter Nawrot, but he no longer gathers wood himself, using what he has on hand.

the give and take that the wood’s imperfections required, he said — evaluating “what I’ve got, what I could do with it.” The wood’s defects created opportunities for adding metal inlay to the piece — and making something unique and memorable in the process. You can see McIvor’s work at the Winthrop Gallery and Methow Valley Goods.

PETER NAWROT WOODWORKING Peter Nawrot wandered into a Ballard wood shop a quarter of a century ago and soon found himself building bookcases. He subsequently did carpentry and cabinetry. An introduction to furniture maker Rick Swanson shifted his perspective. “That’s where I learned how beautiful woodworking can be. It

was all over then; I knew what I wanted to do,” he said. Nawrot gravitates to unusual grain patterns, which he says develop for a variety of reasons. Grain may be compressed in a heavy old tree; unusual patterns form where limb meets trunk; fungi and insects can leave their mark on wood. Nawrot finds spalting — changes in color and pattern caused by fungi — particularly intriguing. “It creates really interesting patterns,” he said. “Fungi follow the [wood’s] grain; irregular grain will create an irregular pattern.” Nawrot makes furniture and small household items in his shop at TwispWorks. “I like the out-ofthe-ordinary,” he said, while noting that heavily patterned wood “needs to be used sparingly.” He likes making small pieces like

A Peter Nawrot bench.

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bowls and cutting boards — “It’s a way people can get an unusual piece of wood and be able to use it without paying thousands of dollars.” Nawrot no longer gathers wood himself, noting that harvesting required a lot of effort and equipment. For now, he’s working with lumber he has on hand. He’s excited about a couple of finds, including a large madrone and a birch “that was dying from the top … water was intruding through the tree, staining it, allowing the fungus to come in.” There’s been enough rot in that wood to create a pattern, not

enough to make the wood punky. It was “dumb luck,” Nawrot said — something he will “probably never see again.” Finds like that inspire Nawrot, guiding him in “showing off what’s there … you have to work with the grain or it won’t work out,” he said. Of the madrone now waiting outside his shop, Nawrot says “This could be a complete bust … we’ll see what happens when I cut it. [It’s] exploratory woodwork.” Nawrot has work at Methow Valley Goods. He also encourages people to stop by his shop at TwispWorks.

A collection of Peter Nawrot cutting boards, above, and a bed, below.

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Feeding body and soul

THE VALLEY’S FARMERS AND PRODUCERS BELIEVE IN ACCESS TO HIGH-QUALITY FOOD By Ashley Lodato

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OOD. It’s a foundation of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. It’s a basic human necessity, right after air and water. It fuels us, rejuvenates us, provides common ground for connection, and gives us a reason to interact with our fellow humans.

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with agricultural and material wealth as the Methow Valley, some community members struggle with access to this most elemental need. Fortunately, however, there are many organizations in the Methow Valley that believe that all residents should have access to high-quality food, in sufficient quantity. The Cove, Room One, Methow Conservancy, Methow Valley Farmers Market: all are partners dedicated to ensuring

equitable access to the things that, quite literally, feed us. And much of that food is produced right here, by a variety of farmers and growers who are dedicated to meeting community needs.

EQUITABLE FOOD ACCESS The Cove Food Bank In 1998 The Cove founder Glenn Schmekel started the

Methow Valley’s first food bank, in answer to a question he asked himself: “How can we help our neighbors in need?” Nearly 25 years later, The Cove’s food bank provides not just food assistance, but also community connection, to anywhere from 80-100 families each week. The Cove is about “honoring and respecting one another at difficult times in our lives,” Schmekel said. “We’re all neighbors. Thankfulness rather than

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entitlement is our philosophy.” To foster this neighborly vibe, The Cove has a coffee shop atmosphere, where The Cove clients and volunteers gather to socialize. The environment is one not of handing out, but instead of hanging out, and has become a model for other food assistance programs in the region. www.thecovecares.com/food-bank.html. Methow Conservancy Farms to Neighbors In response to the pandemic in 2020, The Cove and Methow Conservancy collaborated to pilot a project that provided high-quality, locally-grown produce for weekly distribution to residents needing a little extra food access support in the uncertain financial times, calling it Farms to Neighbors. Not only did the 70-plus families who relied on food support from The Cove receive 12 weeks’ worth of locally-grown fruits, vegetables, dairy products and grains, but area farms that were struggling with interrupted

distribution channels had a means of selling their products. The program proved mutually beneficial for growers and recipients, and is now entering its third year of operation, with 6,000 pounds of produce distributed in 2020 and 8,000 pounds in 2021. A similar amount is forecast for 2022. Farms to Neighbors is funded through private donations sourced from people who care about their fellow residents having access to first-rate produce. Donations to the Methow Conservancy earmarked for the Farms to Neighbors program are used to purchase food from local farms at fair market prices. The Conservancy then donates these products to The Cove for distribution to its clients. Methow Conservancy Executive Director Sarah Brooks said, “The Farms to Neighbors program is a great way to support local farmers and local families. Methow Valley residents have always looked out for each other and Farms to Neighbors is just another example

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of that rural ethic showing up in our community.” www.methowgrown.org/farms-to-neighbors Room One Room One’s food access program connects local farms with Room One clients and other community members. Access to fresh vegetables and fruits in season (now April-October) makes a difference to many families experiencing food scarcity. Room One purchases produce directly from multiple farms, including Willow Brook Farm and Hoodoo Blooms, for distribution to clients. For years its food program was spearheaded by Red Shed, a farm on the Twisp River Road that became the flagship program for addressing food disparities in the Methow Valley.

Red Shed started out by providing local high-quality organic vegetables free to low-income families utilizing other Room One programs, as well as to The Cove’s food bank, and eventually expanded to students living in poverty through the Friday Food Program, which gives families with school-aged children access to nutritious meals and sufficient foods on weekends and holidays. Room One also collaborates with the Methow Valley Farmers Market to provide food access to people who receive food benefits from the state. To facilitate the use of Electronic Benefits Transfer cards (EBT cards) from Washington state’s food assistance program, Room One staffs a booth at the Farmers Market with an EBT machine that allows EBT recipients to purchase tokens that are accepted tender for food-bearing live plants, produce, honey, pickles, meat, and bread. www. roomone.org/programs/one-stopsupport-center/produce-program, (509) 996-2050. Methow Valley Farmers Market Now in its 43rd year, the Methow Valley Farmers Market features 60 growers, producers and makers, most of whom accept EBT cards. The EBT acceptance


program is a new one, but it is one that the Farmers Market board has been pursuing for years, having seen similar programs in other community markets. The collaboration with Room One to facilitate the use of EBT cards at the market resulted in a creative solution that is convenient for buyers and sellers alike. The market board’s dedication to the EBT program stems from a fundamental understanding of the role fresh quality food plays in people’s lives. Many of the Methow Valley Farmers Market vendors also participate in the Farms to Neighbors program through The Cove and the Methow Conservancy. The summer of 2021 was a challenging one for the Farmers Market, due to heat, fire and smoke. With various parts of the valley evacuated at different times, some vendors struggled to maintain a presence at the market. Customer attendance decreased dramatically, particularly in the smoky weeks. But the Farmers Market endured, due to its strong base of growers, orchardists, artists, craftspeople and other makers and creators, and the customers who know that purchasing locally-grown and made products is an investment not just in their own health and well-being, but also in a robust local economy and a rural way of life. www.methowvalleyfarmersmarket.com/ Community Supported Agriculture Community Supported Willow Brook Farm

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A field of lettuce on Willow Brook farm.

Agriculture (CSA) is a model of farming, marketing and distribution whose origins are in Japan in the 1960s. Seeking an alternative to pesticide-laden, industrial-scale agriculture that was increasingly replacing small family farms, the women who pioneered the CSA model inspired other such programs in Chile, France and the United States. CSA members help sustain small-scale agriculture by investing in farms in the early season, when crops are just being planted, and then they reap the rewards throughout the season in the form of nutrient-dense foods sourced directly from the farms they support. You purchase a CSA share directly from a farmer or producer and receive regular installments of in-season products,

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harvested fresh. It’s the most basic model of farm to table: picked that morning, on your table for dinner. Three Methow Valley growers currently offer CSAs: Ruby Slippers Farm, Hoodoo Blooms, and The Groovy Veggie Farm. Ruby Slippers Farms in Carlton is a small-scale model of organic systems producing heirloom vegetables, fruit, and a home poultry flock. Owner/farmer Cloudbird Bonin is known for the beautiful, flavorful, nutrient-rich vegetables that pack her CSA boxes, which are available at pickup locations throughout the valley. Ruby Slippers produce can also be found at the Manson and Methow Valley Farmers Markets, Glover Street Market, the Mazama Store, and at several local restaurants.

www.methowgrown.org/ rubyslippersfarm. Although Hoodoo Blooms is not a certified organic farm, the farming practices of farmer/ owners Cailyn Brierley and Kyle McKnelly “reflect organic and holistic standards.” Hoodoo Blooms’ vegetables and herbs range from cool season crops like kale, peas, carrots and fennel; to warm season crops like beans, broccoli and basil; to the fall harvest of onions, squash and garlic. Flower bouquets and pastured poultry are available as add-ons to Hoodoo Blooms’ CSAs. www. hoodooblooms.com. Located on the Twisp-Winthrop East County Road, The Groovy Veggie Farm specializes in “a diverse array of vegetables and medicinal herbs,” as well as handcrafted herbal products like teas, tinctures and body care. Their 20-week CSA is available for pickup at the Methow Valley Farmers Market and the Red Barn. In addition to the traditional CSA box, which contains a standard assortment of “foundational” items that are in seasonal abundance, The Groovy Veggie Farm CSA package includes a “free choice” option, giving CSA customers the ability to select specific favorite products. Owner/farmers Adam Lavender and Christine Boyle come from organic farming backgrounds at Rainshadow Organics in Sisters, Oregon, and are committed to building healthy soil and connecting people to plants. groovyveggiefarm.com.

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CONVENIENT FOOD ACCESS While financial constraints make it difficult for some customers to procure high-quality locally-grown food, for others the challenge is not currency but instead convenience. The Methow Valley Farmers Market is a central source connecting customers with fresh local produce, but for those whose schedules don’t coincide with the market’s, the newly-formed Methow Valley FoodShed provides convenient access. Methow Valley FoodShed aims to “foster the growth of an abundant and resilient community

food system by connecting people to local farms,” said producer Casey Smith of BCS Livestock. “We are trying to help Methow Valley farms be viable by making it easier to get their products to consumers and we are trying to make it easier and more convenient for customers to get locally produced food.” Currently consisting of five farms — BCS Livestock, Double Tree Farm, Nettle Grove Farm, Wild Plum Farm, and Twisp River Grain & Mill — Methow Valley Foodshed is an online store where food can be ordered and picked up weekly, enabling customers to purchase from a range of farms but acquiring

their food in a central location. www.bcslivestock.com/ methow-valley-foodshed.

PROMOTING LOCAL GROWERS & PRODUCERS Methow Grown and Methow Made are both programs that give exposure to Methow Valley producers: artists, makers, growers, ranchers and farmers. Methow Made is a membership-model marketing program run by TwispWorks, while Methow Grown is an online directory of local farms and ranches compiled by the Methow Conservancy. Methow Made farmers, food and beverage producers, artists

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DIRECTORY

DRAGONFISH ARTS Kiln formed glass items for home and garden. Unique jewelry, whimsical yard art and beautiful, utilitarian housewares. Created through the magical marriage of glass and heat. SEE AD, PG 16

emilypostpottery.com

509-341-4710

Artists & Artisans

emilypost@gmail.com

SEE AD, PG 16

ponderosastudio-gingerreddington.com reddginger@outlook.com

LucidGlassworks.com

LUCID GLASSWORKS Hand blown glass studio offering functional glassware featuring “Dot” Tumblers. Studio hours by appointment only.

marraccidesigns.com

206-397-2099

info@marraccidesigns.com 502 S. Glover Street (TwispWorks Campus), Building N., Suite 1, Twisp 20

EMILY POST POTTERY Handcrafted ceramic wares inspired by nature. For yourself, and for your home.

GINGER REDDINGTON Ginger Redington will be moving to Delta Colorado July 20. Her paintings will still be available on her website. They are currently on exhibit until July 18 at Twisp River Suites, the Annex, Twisp River Taphouse, and Lost River Winery. Thank you all for supporting her in our wonderful Valley since 2004. SEE AD, PG 15

509-341-9102

and craftspeople “must make their products with at least 75% of the ingredients and/or labor from the Methow Valley,” while Methow Grown features more than 30 of the small farms producing “livestock, dairy, hay, orchard fruits, grains and vegetables on 9,000 of the valley’s privately-own irrigated and dryland acres.” Both programs highlight and promote local products and flavors and impel consumers to support a local economy by purchasing from growers and makers who live and work in the Methow Valley. twispworks.org/programs/ methow-made/, (509) 997-3300; www.methowgrown.org, (509) 996-2870.

SEE AD, PG 24

MARRACCI DESIGNS Joanne Marracci has been making handmade custom gold, gems, and silver jewelry since 2005. Get your sparkle on! Available at Methow Valley Jewelers Collective.

Arts

Glass, Clay, Metal Chris Johnson Duke 360-926-3597 dragonfish_arts@hotmail.com


SherryMalotte.com

360-303-2076

METHOW PHOTO ARTS Sherry Malotte’s Methow Photo Arts offers unique fine art with a photographic element. Image licensing, commissions, location photography. On display at Winthrop & Confluence Galleries.

Instagram: @mvjewelerscollective

509-449-3965

mvjewelerscollective@gmail.com 502 S. Glover Street (TwispWorks Campus), Building N., Suite 1, Twisp confluencegallery.com

509-997-2787

info@confluencegallery.com 104 Glover St, Twisp

509-996-4240

info@lariatcoffee.com 265 Riverside Ave, Ste B, Winthrop

oldschoolhousebrewery.com

509-996-3183

516 Goat Creek Rd, Mazama

oldschoolhousebrewery.com

509-997-0903

oldschoolhousebrewery.com

509-996-3183

155 Riverside Ave. Winthrop

rockinghorsebakery.com

509-996-4241

rockinghorsebakery@gmail.com 265 Riverside Ave, Downtown Winthrop

509-341-9345

mvfoodshed@gmail.com 523 Hwy 20, Winthrop

THE CONFLUENCE Since 1988, The Confluence has brought artists, students, and viewers together to enrich the lives of all. We proudly feature artists of Okanogan County and beyond. SEE AD, PG 10

LARIAT COFFEE Stop by our downtown Winthrop store for coffee, accessories, handcrafted goods, gifts, home accessories and more. Also available for sale thoughout the Methow or visit our online store. SEE AD, PG 2

LARIAT

C O F F E E

R O A S T E R S

MAZAMA PUBLIC HOUSE—AN OSB PLACE Old Schoolhouse Brewery is excited to launch the Mazama Public House, right at the trailhead in Mazama. Stop by after your hike, bike, climb, run or ski for delicious, healthy fare and craft beverages. Enjoy spectacular views of Goat Peak from our trailside beer garden. We can’t wait to welcome you! SEE ADS, PGS 2, 18 OLD SCHOOLHOUSE TAPROOM Open 7 days a week, 502 S Glover St, Twisp WA 98856. Come visit our newly-opened space facing the TwispWorks plaza and enjoy our delicious food! SEE ADS, PGS 2, 18

OLD SCHOOLHOUSE BREWERY We create microbrews that satisfy a range of palates, using chlorine-free water from the pristine North Cascade mountains, bringing you a superior beer drinking experience. SEE ADS, PGS 2, 18

ROCKING HORSE BAKERY Delectable pastries and savory breakfast delights, organic Espresso, salads, sandwiches an soups featuring local ingredients handcrafted in Winthrop’s favorite gathering spot. SEE AD, PG 2

METHOW VALLEY FOODSHED An online store where locally grown and crafted food from a variety of local farms can be ordered and picked up weekly. SEE AD, PG 2

Goods

mvfoodshed.com

SEE AD, PG 2

Eateries

TwispWorks Campus

METHOW VALLEY JEWELERS COLLECTIVE From sleek to chunky, classic to funky, find your artifact at “The Collective” featuring handmade jewelry and art from 9 jewelers and local artists.

Coffee

lariatcoffee.com

Artusts & Artisans

SEE AD, PG 10

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bluebirdgrainfarms.com

509-996-3526

PO Box 1082, Winthrop

boothcanyonorchard.com

509-997-0063

Stina@BoothCanyonOrchard.com

eqpdgear.com

509-997-2010

Visit us on the TwispWorks Campus

BLUEBIRD GRAIN FARMS Your source for the finest 100% organic grains, fresh-milled flour and whole-grain blends, including mixes for great-tasting and nutricious cereals, pancakes, pilafs and more. SEE AD, PG 17

BOOTH CANYON ORCHARD Sparkling wine style ciders brewed on farm from our own charismatic apples and pears. Available at stores and restaurants throughout the Methow valley. SEE AD, PG 9

EQPT At eqpd (“equipped”) we are taking everyday objects and making them better. Our LastBags and DailyMasks embody our commitment to manufacturing functional, reliable, practical products. SEE AD, PG 9

509-449-2764

Goods

3baires@gmail.com North Glover Healing Center, Twisp

intertwineddesigns.com

360-319-0342

betsy@intertwineddesigns.com

HORSE OF A DIFFERENT COLOR Clinical Herbalist. I offer consultations including dietary recommendations and custom formulated herbal remedies. I can work in collaboration with your other healthcare practitioners. SEE AD, PG 18

INTERTWINED DESIGNS Intertwined Designs produces organic, eco-friendly clothing that is handmade in Mazama. Celebrating 21 years of making clothing in the North Cascades. Visit our website or at the MV Farmers Market. SEE AD, PG 19

the-iron-horse.company.site

509-996-3336

229 A Riverside Ave., Winthrop

lostriverwinery.com

509-996-2888

26 Highway 20 Winthrop

refexologyandsalves.com/herbalsalves.html

206-550-3666

lucinda@lucindatear.com

thelambranch.com

509-449-6898

IRON HORSE We sell local iron work, hats for all seasons, western wear, leather goods, and gifts. SEE AD, PG 18

LOST RIVER WINERY The Lost River Winery is a boutique, family-owned winery well-known for their proprietary blends including Cedarosa, Community Red, Massif, Rainshadow and Cote-Wall. SEE AD, PG 15

LUCINDA TEAR / BOTANICALS Hand-made salves of native and garden-grown plants, olive oil, and local beeswax. The smell and energy of the Methow. SEE AD, PG 14

MCFARLAND CREEK LAMB RANCH McFarland Creek Lamb Ranch is a small sheep farm near the town of Methow. Our products include yarn (hand dyed, natural), roving, fleece, and meat. SEE AD, PG 24

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mollyssoap.com

360-420-8132

MOLLY’S SOAP Handmade in the Methow since 1982. Gentle, versatile, and long lasting. Time-tested recipes driven by homegrown herbs and natural ingredients. SEE AD, PG 17

IG: @mountainmasalawa mountainmasalawa@gmail.com

MOUNTAIN MASALA Mountain Masala specializes in small batch spice blends inspired global cuisine. Our blends make cooking Indian, Thai and Ethiopian dishes accessible to all home cooks! SEE AD, PG 14

pastimeleatherco.com

509-670-9215

SEE AD, PG 24

poormanplants.com

509-351-1000

poormanplants@gmail.com 117 W. 2nd Ave Twisp

MethowValleyGoods.com

509-997-2053

POORMAN PLANTS Owner Valerie Husby and her friendly staff supply indoor plants, outdoor plants, veggie starts, annuals, perennials, flower pots, home decor and gifts.

Pastime

Leather Co.

Goods

pastimehandbuilt@gmail.com

PASTIME LEATHER CO. Pastime Leather Co. makes high-quality hand-made leather goods, right here in the Methow Valley since 2015. Pastime offers wallets, card holders, field notes journals, tote bags/purses, among many more personalized items!

SEE AD, PG 8

METHOW VALLEY GOODS Methow Valley Goods – Gifts for you and your home – featuring works from over 80 Local artists. Open Tuesday-Saturday from 11:00am-4:00pm on the TwispWorks Campus. SEE AD, PG 8

willowbrookorganics.com

509-997-9077

willowbrookorganics@gmail.com 39 Twisp Carlton Rd. Carlton

509-996-2870

SEE AD, PG 19

METHOW CONSERVANCY The Methow Conservancy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring people to care for and conserve the land of the Methow Valley. SEE AD, PG 24

509-997-ROOT

KTRT The Methow Valley’s own independent radio station, featuring an eclectic mix of music and programming. SEE AD, PG 24

LUCINDA TEAR / REFLEXOLOGY Awaken your senses and integrate your body.

lucinda@lucindatear.com

SEE AD, PG 19

206-550-3666

Reflexology

reflexologyandsalves.com

Radio

97.5 FM

Organizations

methowconservancy.org

WILLOW BROOK FARM High-vibe, nutrient-dense, certified organic produce and cultured foods grown with Love in the beautiful Methow Valley.

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Naturally dyed yarns, sustainably raised meat.

M c F arland c reek l aMb r anch www.thelambranch.com • 509-449-6898

METHOW GROWN A director y of Methow Valley farms & ranches www.methowgrown.org A project of the

Methow Conservancy

Samantha Carlin Handblown Glass

Order online! USPS shipping and local pickup/delivery available. Shop small, shop local. LucidGlassworks.com 509-341-9102

Pastime Leather Co.

97.5 fm 24

pastimehandbuilt@gmail.com www.pastimeleatherco.com pastime_leather_co P.O. Box 916 Twisp WA. 98856 670-9215