Celebrate the Harvest! San Juan County’s Agricultural Resources Committee invites you to join us in October for The Great Island Grown Festival. This month-long celebration offers a rare glimpse inside the unique world of food and farming in the San Juan Islands. Come together with farmers, restaurants, the island community, and visitors to celebrate a vibrant farming community, pastoral landscapes, food, and the island way of life.

Enjoy a variety of events, classes and workshops. From a farm tour and talk on the wizardry of permaculture to scarecrow making; to old island historic barn tours and farm-to-table feasts; sheep dog demonstrations and how to farm with horses, vineyard harvests, a barn dance, pig-roast and more – it’s bound to be a deliciously good time on Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Islands. All the County events are listed on the Great Island Grown Festival Website.


Orcas Island Farm Tour

(Sunday, October 7 * 11 am to 3 pm)
Explore working farms on Orcas Island! Here’s your chance to visit some of the island’s very best farms, including Maple Rock Farm, Morningstar Farm, Homestead Gardens (pizza!), and stop off to check out farms stands at Coffelt Farm and Black Dog Farm. Contact the Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce for more information. Phone: 360-376-2273 or Email.

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Harvest Meal on the Village Green

(Sunday, October 7 * 4 to 7 p.m.)
Farm to Table is alive and well on Orcas Island! On the day following the last outdoor Orcas Island Farmer’s Market, long, linen-draped tables will be set on the Village Green in the middle of Eastsound and a host of well known Orcas Island chefs led by premier chef and author Christina Orchid, will be serving a meal of the Island’s finest dishes made with local ingredients to guests wishing to experience our incredible community-based agriculture. Proceeds from this event benefit the Orcas Island Farm to Cafeteria Program. $65 per person * Tickets available at Chamber office or online at: www.oief.org/events.html

Cooking with Christina at Red Rabbit Farm

(Tuesdays: October 9, 16, 23, 30 * 3 to 7 p.m.)
In intimate classes led by Orcas Island’s long-time resident and well-known chef and author, Christina Orchid, participants will learn to prepare “delicious dishes using local ingredients in ways that are so good, so luscious, so much better for the tummies and taste buds, that you will never lack for inspiration or confidence in the kitchen.”
Participants will share generous tastes of everything they prepare. Location: Red Rabbit Farm (West Sound). Cost: $40 per person. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED – Contact: Red Rabbit Farm 360-376-3208

Tour of Historic Barns

(Saturday, Oct. 13, 11 am – 4 pm & Sunday Oct. 14, noon to 4 pm)
The Orcas Island Historical Society presents this wonderful tour of Orcas Island history! Tickets are now on sale for this tour at the Chamber of Commerce office, the Art of the Salish Sea store, and the Orcas Museum offices. Regular ticket price is $20, or $15 for Museum members, and children under twelve (accompanied by a ticketed adult) are free. Membership forms may be filled out at the ticket locations to receive the 25% price reduction. The Barns Tour ticket describes all the special events that go along with this self-guided tour of seven historic barns, including a Silent Auction at the Orcas Museum, and a Barn Dance on Saturday night October 13th at the Westsound Community Hall. A prize will be given out to winners of a weekly lottery drawing taken from purchased ticket numbers until the weekend of the tour. The sooner you buy, the better your chances! INFORMATION: Call the Orcas Museum office at 376-4849

Old Fashioned Barn Dance

(Saturday, October 13 * 7 pm at West Sound Community Hall)
After you tour historic barns it’s time dance in one! Join in with neighbors and friends for this Orcas tradition. Visit the Orcas Museum website for more information.

A Farm to Cafeteria Celebration

(Saturday, October 13 * 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
Learn about what makes our Farm to Cafeteria Program work. Tour the expanding school garden including the new rainwater catchment system and weather station, experience the K-6 Farm to Classroom Project, and enjoy a delicious scratch-made lunch in our school cafeteria prepared with Island products by our wonderful cafeteria staff. Located at Public School Garden and Cafeteria -Free of Charge – donations happily accepted at the event but not required.

Salmon Hatchery Tour and Picnic Lunch

(Saturday, October 20 * 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
Guests will gather at the return pond of the Glenwood Springs Salmon Hatchery on Orcas Island to receive a personal tour by Hatchery Manager Mike O’Connell of the ponds and hatchery facility that has been in operation on Orcas Island since 1978. The tour will conclude with a picnic lunch in the historic barn on the grounds of the home of Jim and Kathy Youngren, who created the hatchery that led to the formation of Long Live the Kings (LLTK), a public 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to restoring wild salmon and steelhead to the waters of the Pacific Northwest. Cost: $25 adults, $10 kids 12 and under (includes lunch and tour). RESERVATIONS REQUIRED – Contact: Kate Long 360-376-6056 or kateclong@gmail.com