Celebrate the season by exploring the beautiful Sammamish Valley during the annual Celebration of Farms and the Arts, July 13-15. Visit farms and businesses in Redmond and Woodinville to enjoy food and farm demonstrations, take a class, chat with a farmer or enjoy farm inspired art. You’ll find a variety of activities that celebrate summer: learn about local farms; sample freshly pressed apple cider; taste farm-fresh food and local wine; dig in some soil and take a walk in a peaceful farm field.
Each participating location has its own schedule of events during the celebration. All ages are welcome and most activities are free. Participating farms and businesses, and a sampling of activities, include: 21 Acres Summer on the Farm with John the Falconer, Seattle Recreative and Shakespeare on the Farm; Gathering Fabric Quilt Shop; Molbak’s Garden and Home, Summer Carnival; Off the Branch Farm with their 100-year old cider press; Sammamish Valley Farm and Sammamish Valley Grange Summer of Herbs; Tonnemaker Valley Farm cherry tasting and kids All About Bugs Event; Viva Farms/Sage farm tours and volunteer activities; and the Woodinville Heritage Museum.
A highlight for the summer celebration is Woodinville Arts Alliance Plein Air and Art in the Round on Saturday, July 14. Local artists will be sketching and painting “in the open air,” and from 1:30-2:30 p.m. it’s artistic musical chairs for “Art in the Round,” a beautiful collaborative experience with live music.
Visit sammamishvalley.org for days and times at each, more info, a map and links to each farm and business.
You can also stop by the Sammamish Valley (SVA) info table off the River Trail on Saturday, July 14, 11 am-3 pm, with trail access to participating farms, to find out more about activities, and to get information on how you can support local agriculture. The Sammamish Valley Celebration is presented by SVA with support from the King County CSA Program.
The Sammamish Valley Alliance has been working in the Valley for several years with a dedicated group of farmers and business owners to enrich the public’s knowledge regarding local, sustainable, small-farm agriculture. Sammamish Valley Celebrations, a project of the SVA, is a series of seasonal events held in the Spring, Summer and Fall, created to share the natural beauty of the valley with friends, neighbors, the community and visitors.
For more information about Sammamish Valley Celebrations, contact Tom Quigley, Sammamish Valley Alliance President, at TLQuigley@msn.com or 206-850-2643.