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A morning at the farmers’ market points out the fertility of our region. All the products at the Methow Valley Farmers’ Market in Twisp are produced in Okanogan County with most from the Methow Valley. And local artists are well represented too! So much amazing creativity and fertility.

Everyday there is something to observe. With the melting snow, we can see where the dogs relieved themselves all winter. New wildflowers pop up overnight. Birds return from their winter haunts and declare their territories with loud calls and repeated banging. It rains. The mud returns. The sun shines. We go out and work furiously. And then it snowed.

Living in the Methow there is no shortage of fun stuff to do and often a person needs to make a choice between various planned events. This weekend is the big Rhythm and Blue Festival outside of Winthrop so there are lots of people in town. And motorcycles too. We did not go to the festival. It’s a BIG event. We stuck to smaller things.

There was the Farmers Market in Twisp in the morning. In the afternoon we went out to the Methow Valley Ciderhouse to listen to Danbert Nobacon and Anna Dooley perform in the relaxed atmosphere under the big tent. After that we went into Twisp to enjoy a couple of gallery receptions – at the Confluence and also Donna Keyser’s D*SIGNS. Later in the evening Ken did go visit some friends who live across the river from the Blues Fest and he enjoyed the music from afar.

Today was the last day of the Methow Valley Farmers’ Market in Twisp. It’s always a bittersweet time even though I like the changing seasons and fall is so lovely. We welcome the rains and changing colors and the opportunity to enjoy a campfire after the long, difficult summer.

Vendors had lots of wonderful local handmade items – some decorative and some useful too; and produce to fill a root cellar or pantry. I took home a bag of yellow potatoes (my potato plants died from the fire’s radiant heat), a nice big bag of beets, some pears and some winter squash. Good food to go with the meat and fish that Ken is bringing home. All of us, including the dogs, will eat well again this winter.

 

This is the season of abundance. Gardens, farms and orchards are in full swing harvest mode. The farmers’ markets overflow with fresh produce and happy customers. Neighbors sneak to your doorstep in the wee hours of the morning leaving deposits of zucchini and other summer squash that has overtaken their garden. Or if you are lucky they bring fresh tomatoes, peppers and other delightful harvests. My neighbors called to say they had recently harvested bushels of basil and there was still more and did I want any. Well yeah. Last week was busy with other abundance here at home since Ken had had a successful early season hunt and brought home an elk to fill our freezer. When we were finally finished and he left on a work trip, I made it down to the neighbors’ house for basil. Three batches of pesto later, I felt very satisfied to add more food to our freezer!

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