Category Archives: Market Trends

Cider and Mead Festival Saturday May 12, 2012

This Saturday, Northwest hard cider and mead producers including Finnriver, Westcott Bay Traditional Cider, Eaglemount Wine & Cicer, Sky River Mead, Alpenfire Cider, Methow Valley Ciderhouse, Tieton Cider Works,  Lopez Island Vineyards, Hidden Legends, and more will be gathering together … Continue reading

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PSFN Partners with Local Orbit — a Revolutionary Online Sales Tool for Producers

A few months ago the USDA announced the 2012 Value Added Producer Grant awards. Several farm businesses and organizations in Washington received funding including the Northwest Agriculture Business Center who received $300,000 for Regional Food System Development. With some of … Continue reading

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A Hard Cider Culture Grows in Washington

NABC has offered classes in hard cider production since 2009. Recently, though, hard cider is growing in popularity by leaps and bounds (see articles, below).  Domestic cider production has increased from 1.2 million gallons in 2010 to 2.5 million gallons … Continue reading

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University Foodservice Tour of Whatcom County Producers

For the past 9 months, NABC has been partnering with the Real Food Challenge, working together to get more locally-produced and community-based products into college and university dining service in WA. The goal of each campus taking on the Real … Continue reading

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Strength Through Diversity: People, Products, Markets

By PSFN’s Communications and Outreach Coordinator, Emma Brewster On Thursday, Cascade Harvest Coalition hosted the Olympic Peninsula Farm to Table Trade Meeting in Port Townsend. The overwhelming theme of the day was the importance of diversity: diversity of knowledge, experience, … Continue reading

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PSFN Member Goes Extra Mile to Source Local for Sedro-Woolley Hospital

Across the country, there are a growing number of hospitals getting involved with the local food movement.  Right here in Northwest Washington, we have plenty of great examples to boast about.  Last week PSFN’s Lucy Norris caught up with one … Continue reading

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CSAs Mean Business

Many people already know the definition of Community Support Agriculture or CSA, but for the rest, let’s just say it is a grassroots partnership between a farmer and individuals that helps reconnect eaters to the source of their food. Before … Continue reading

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New report recommends ways to strengthen farmers markets and bolster rural areas

King County’s flourishing farmers markets offer a great selection of tasty and nutritious food while providing a boost to local farmers. A new report includes several recommendations to help ensure the stability of farmers markets well into the future. “The … Continue reading

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Cold Storage Facilities Now Eligible For USDA Facility Loan Program

WASHINGTON, March 17, 2010 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today said that the Farm Storage Facility Loan program has been amended to allow producers to build cold storage facilities to store their fresh fruits and vegetables. This program is part … Continue reading

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Kate Arding – The cheese lover

Cowgirl Creamery founder and co-founder of Culture Cheese Magazine, British native, Kate Arding has become a cheese sensei. She was recently featured in an interview by culinate.com which discusses the past, present and future of cheese. How did you first … Continue reading

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