In the Know: Washington Organic Week

Experience the peak of the harvest with Tilth Producers of Washington.

For one state, Washington sure has a lot of specialty foods: apples, strawberries, salmon, Rainier cherries, and Walla Walla sweet onions, just to name a few.  With all of these great products available to us, it’s important to take advantage of the opportunity to eat locally.  Which is why Tilth Producers of Washington is putting on Washington Organic Week, during the peak of the harvest season.  The goal is to educate Washingtonians about how to buy in-season, local organic foods, make healthy and ethical food choices, and support sustainable farms.

To start, Greg Atkinson will be at the Book Larder, a community cookbook store, hosting a cooking demo and book signing on Monday, September 10.  Next on the block, Wednesday, September 12, you can learn basic brewing skills in an Organic Homebrewing and Cider Making 101 class at 21 Acre.  The brewing is taught by award-winning homebrewer Peter Charbonnier, co-owner of Populuxe Brewing; the cider making will be taught by Bear and Nancy Bishop, owners of Alpenfire Cider.

Enough of the learning, you say?  Want a little more tasting?  Sample some organic beer and chocolate on Friday, September 14, at Theo Chocolate, the first organic, fair trade, bean-to-bar chocolate factory in the United States.

To cap off the week, check out “Under the Harvest Moon,” the first annual benefit auction for Tilth Producers of Washington on Sept. 15, at Fremont Abbey Arts Center and support them for throwing together a delicious week-long celebration.

Who: Anyone who wants to learn more about food grown in Washington

When: Sunday, September 9 to Sunday, September 15

Where:  Various locations

How much: Ticket prices for events range from $20-$40. More info here.