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Category: Farming and growing

Aug.
19th

Farmer-author reads from his new book in Tacoma

California farmer and author David Mas Masumoto, best known for his 1995 meditation on agriculture, "Epitaph for a Peach," will be in Tacoma Monday to read from his newest work, "Wisdom of the Last Farmer."

He’ll be at King’s Books, 218 St. Helens Ave., at 7 p.m. Monday. The event is cosponsored by the Tahoma Food Policy Coalition.

Third-generation farmer Masumoto describes his new book as a memoir that focuses on his relationship with his father, Joe Takashi Masumoto.

After the elder Masumoto suffered a stroke, says the author, "I had to teach him how to farm again. The only way for him to get his health back was to go back to farming."

It was during the years following his father’s first stroke that "I began to realize the wisdom he had passed down to me… the everyday lessons he would teach me."

The book deals with the role reversal involved when a son must become teacher to his father.

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April
22nd

From my bookshelf: ‘Artisan Cheese of the Pacific Northwest’

Oregon writer Tami Parr has a new book out that I don’t think I could live without now that I’ve read it. If you’re a person who loves cheese, you’ll understand.

Parr researched 71 Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia cheese farms and wrote brief profiles of each farm. The book is a collection of fascinating details about the history of each farm, as well as a look at the styles of cheese each farm produces. It also tells readers how to get to each of the farms – complete with maps. I am already planning on visiting a few when I take some time off in May. I’m sure I’ll end up writing about them.

From our region, a handful of cheesemakers are featured.

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April
8th

Sunrise Village Farmers Markets opens May 30

Update: The opening day for the Sunrise Village market has been moved to May 30 to avoid a conflict with the Memorial Day weekend holiday.

A new farmers market is coming to South Hill Puyallup this spring. Beginning May 30, the Sunrise Village Farmers Market will operate every Saturday in the upscale Sunrise Village shopping center off of Meridian East and 156th.

The shopping center – home to a Target, Staples, Pet Smart, LA Fitness and restaurants that include the RAM, Pizzeria Fondi and Qdoba Grill – will host the market at the rear of the mall where a big box retailer formerly was to anchor that portion of the 65-acre site.

Janie Morris, former manager of the downtown Puyallup Farmers Market and past president of the Washington State Farmers Market Association, will manage the market on behalf of Investco, the company that manages the property.

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Aug.
6th

On the sunny side

Leave it to a breed called the Golden 300 to lay the perfect egg.


A fat, orange, glossy duck egg.


Can’t quite picture it? Allow me:




Animation courtesy of The Full English


I’ve been on the hunt for these luscious specimens for a while. I see them often at the farmers markets in Seattle, but haven’t found any in Tacoma. Sue tells me to check out Pal-Do World in Lakewood.


Meantime, I had to check in with one of my favorite little farms on Vashon Island,

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July
15th

Throwing down the Sixth Ave. Farmer-Friendly Food Challenge

Tacoma’s newest farmers market, the 6th Ave., kicks off at 3:30 p.m. today, just off Sixth Avenue on Pine Street, in front of Engine House No. 9.


Here’s a new Farmer-Friendly Food Challenge, specifically for Sixth Avenue-area restaurants:


Buy some products at the farmers market — anything from fruit to veggies to cheese to seafood to meat — and use them in menu items.


Chefs: If you’ve got any Farmer-Friendly food up your sleeves, promote them here.


Diners: If you come across any Farmer-Friendly food — or simply have suggestions for

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July
10th

Yukon River: The alpha and the omega of salmon



Yukon River king salmon, with chimichurri and corn, on my deck.


I fell asleep soon after dinner last night. Fitting, since dinner was a dream.


Now that the ice in Alaska’s Yukon River has melted and the Eskimos have taken their share of the fish, Yukon River king salmon are in markets and restaurants. I bought a filet at Johnny’s Seafood in Tacoma yesterday.


It was $35.99 a pound. Johnny’s fishmonger said it would be a buck higher today.


I brushed the fish with my dad’s chimichurri (parsley, garlic,

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July
9th

Yukon River salmon is here



Ed Powers, fishmonger at Johnny’s Seafood in Tacoma, with a 14-pound Yukon River king salmon that arrived today from Alaska.


Yukon River King salmon has finally arrived. I bought mine today at Johnny’s Seafood on Dock Street, $35.99 a pound. Turns out I could have got it for $29.99 a pound at Metropolitan Market. Northern Fish on Ruston way reports it’s still waiting for its catch.


Jon Rowley, the Puget Sound food marketer who turned Copper River salmon into gold, does PR for a Yukon River outfit. Here’s a snippet of

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