wrapping up

When the zucchini and zinnias appear on the scene, you know that summer is winding down. We can't wait to get back to learning and exploring with you - fall field trips post September 4th!  Until then, get these fun happenings on your calendar:

Japan Town Block Party August 25th 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. at S. Jackson and 6h Avenue    Enjoy Hawaiian music, art, spam musubi contest, a sake bar and screening of the movie "Allegiance" in Hing Hay Park!  **Be sure not miss field tripper and artist Erin Shigaki as she gathers your wishes on traditional ema in Chiyo's Garden for an upcoming art installation in Occidental Square.

Sparklefest at the Old Chaser Farm September 2nd  If Bumbershoot isn't your thing, escape to Vashon for this family-friendly wine festival on the farm.

"Mushrooms Demythified" with David Arora September 11th 6:30 - 9:30 at the Center for Urban Horticulture, Author and fungi-expert David Arora will talk about mythical mushrooms to kick off the fall foraging season.

Seward Park After Dark September September 14th  Looking for something extraordinary to do on a Friday night? This is it!  A magical evening celebrating 10 years of exploration, education, and conservation at Seward Park Audubon Center!  This memorable event will feature delicious food truck fare from Skillet Diner, close encounters with live raptors (meet a real falconer!), and guided evening walks of Seward Park to spot owls and bats. You'll have a ball while supporting Audubon's educational programs, can't go wrong.

Green Plate Special's Dinner in the Garden September 15th  Dine and drink under the stars while supporting an organization that inspires and empowers youth to experience food in new ways through gardening, cooking, and eating together. This night is sure to sell out, so grab your tickets fast. **Participate in the veggie pull and get a gift certificate for one of our upcoming field trips!

dog days

The dog days of summer are here -- soak it up before the down jackets return!

Sub Pop 30th Anniversary Party on Alki August 11th  This free all day concert is sure to go down in the record books. With Pearl Jam in town playing home shows on August 8th and 10th, you never know who might show up. Can't get enough grunge glory? Check out the Lance Mercer photo exhibit at the 9th and Thomas building (the one with the Shepard Fairey banner on it!) - open to the public.

Get Out the Vote screen-printing party August 18th at Pratt Fine Arts Center Screen print t-shirts (bring your own) and signs to get out the vote for the mid-terms and this November!

Morning Treats and Tweets August 18th at the Seward Park Audubon Center, if you've ever been curious about "birding", this is the place to get started. The folks at the Audubon Center will provide all you need including binocs, a naturalist guide, coffee and a DOUGHNUT! 

Seattle Art Museum REMIX party and 10 year anniversary August 24th (advanced tickets required)  Celebrate 10 years of art, culture and connection under the stars -- live music, art-making, performance, dancing, sculpture, food, drink and more.

Bicycle Sundays August 13th, 20th and 27th If you haven't cruised the Boulevard yet, grab your bike, swimsuit and a picnic!


Summer in Seattle! It's hard to find a more beautiful place to be. Why travel when you can play tourist in your own city?

Schedule a visit to the Amazon Spheres and grab a General Porpoise doughnut in the Understory, check out the Wing Luke Museum (we can't wait to see sashiko artist Megumi Shauna Arai's new installation), visit the stunning new Nordic Museum and stop at the Ballard Locks (live music every weekend!) and Totem House for a fish-wich and shake.

Summer at SAM Thursdays and Saturdays at the Olympic Sculpture Park July 12 - August 23rd  Live music, food trucks, art-making, yoga, zumba, and more, all with a view of the Sound and Olympics.

Georgetown Garden Walk July 8th Without a doubt, the most interesting garden tour in the city with a mix of modern development and old-school charm, industrial elements and Georgetown whimsey. Share a Manny's with your garden host and make new friends.

Capitol Hill art walk July 12th and Ghost Gallery  Check out field tripper and artist Chris Cites show, AUSTRALIANS, featuring recreated 1920's mugshots done with acrylic on paper bags, runs through August 5th.

Vashon Island Strawberry Festival July 20 - 22 Come for the street dancing and stay for the shortcake, escape the city for the island life. Skip the ferry lines and reserve an electric bike at Vashon E-Bike, kayak rentals too!

Bicycle Sundays  June 24th, July 8th, July 15th Cruise Lake Washington Boulevard in style while it's closed to car traffic, don't forget a picnic lunch and your swimsuit.

Shakespeare in the Park starting July 13th  Greenstage will be celebrating their 30th year of performing in over twenty parks all over the city.

Bastille Day at Le Pichet July 14th, with France in the World Cup finals, this year's celebration should be especially lively! Live music and Parisian street food...vive la France!

U-pick berries, raspberries and blueberries will be ripe any minute -- discover a new favorite spot and support local farmers.

Rent a kayak or canoe at the UW Waterfront Activities Center, paddle through the lilly pads of Union Bay and the Arboretum.

May the sunshine and ice cream be plentiful and your living easy!



hello June!

Happy June! As we scale back our offerings in the summer to take advantage of the weather, family and all the fun happening in and around Seattle - we won't leave you hanging without lots of field trips to take advantage of. Here's our list of June favorites:

Honk Fest June 1st - 3rd If you like music and marching bands, don't miss this unique festival taking place in Georgetown, White Center and Columbia City featuring players from all over the country.

Bicycle Sundays June 3rd, 17th and 24th Bring a picnic lunch and cruise Lake Washington Boulevard (closed to car traffic for the day) - one of Seattle's finest summer traditions carries on!

Georgetown Carnival June 9th noon - 10 p.m.  Experience the creative energy and fun of Georgetown - complete with circus acts, power tool drag racing, bands, food, art and spontaneous spectacles. It's sure to be a highlight of your summer!

Strawberry season starting mid-June, whether you get them at the farmer's markets or visit a u-pic stand (we love Harvold Berry Farm in Carnation but find your favorite here), take advantage of these ruby delights!

Pioneer Square Rummage Sale and Ice Cream Social June 23rd  Don't miss the chance to shop for treasures from the neighborhood's best boutiques in the Heritage Room of E. Smith Mercantile  on their final weekend (we're sorry to seem them go!).

West Seattle Garden Tour June 24th  Gather inspiration while visiting 12 different gardens throughout West Seattle ... from fruit trees and edibles to bee hives and water features, this year's gardens have it all.

Free garden classes at City People's Garden Store - ongoing  Get new skills and everything you need for gardening at this beloved neighborhood institution.

Penguins in the Desert with author Eric Wagner June 26th at the Royal Room, Columbia City  Take a journey to Argentina to learn about the Magellanic penguins of Punta Tumbo. 

Field trip inspiration:  Catch the Water Taxi from Downtown to Seacrest Dock in West Seattle, grab some kimchi fried rice at Marination Ma Kai and rent bikes from Alki Kayak Tours to cruise the boardwalk. 

Cheers to summer!



know your people

Do you know where your food comes from?

In our digital age of Amazon Fresh and Blue Apron meal kits, it is easy to lose sight of the people who grow the crops, raise the animals and harvest the produce that fill our fridges. While technology has made shopping easier than ever, it is just as simple to support local farmers, fishermen and herbalists through CSA (community supported agriculture) programs. CSA's allow farmers to plan for their crop output and receive "seed money" in advance for the season ahead.  Each week, month or year, members receive their share from the people that work and care for the land and sea. For busy people that don't have time to go to weekly farmers' markets, most CSA's offer local pick up (usually right in your neighborhood) or home delivery. In our fast-paced world, these programs offer the chance to support small businesses and producers doing things right.

Whistling Train Farm is a family farm based in Kent, WA, and a longtime and beloved fixture at the West Seattle farmers' market (their beet greens are divine).  This year marks the 19th season of their CSA program. From the all you can pick peas, green beans and flowers (note the beauties above) from their farm to potlucks and work parties -- subscribers have the opportunity to truly connect with the soil along with the family who works it (and if you're extra lucky, you might even get to meet Mary Kate).

Collins Family Orchards is a fourth-generation family-run orchard in Selah, WA. Their apples, cherries, apricots, nectarines, peaches and pears are unsurpassed in flavor and beauty. Subscribers can choose seasons and frequency of delivery, as well as receive subscriber pricing at farmers' markets. All these spring blossoms will soon be fruit, don't miss out!

Drifters Fish  Each summer, Michael and Nelly Hand return to Cordova, Alaska to catch wild salmon from the Copper River watershed. Using sustainable gillnetting practices, this husband and wife team offer a CSF (community-supported fishery) in which subscribers place pre-season orders to pick-up (at an end of season party, total blast) or have shipped in the fall. The salmon is flash frozen, filleted and packaged in serving-size portions for ultimate freshness and ease. During summer, you'll find their fresh catch (flown in weekly) on the menus of Seattle's finest restaurants including Canlis, The Walrus and the Carpenter and Ray's Boathouse. 

A Wild Light Apothecary Using plants from her own garden, along with those ethically foraged from the woods, herbalist Fern Wynn creates bitters, flower essences, salves and tinctures to support seasonal health and well-being. Subscribers can pick up their monthly boxes at Sugarpill Apothecary on Capitol Hill or have them shipped directly to their door. For anyone wanting to practice better self-care or explore herbal medicine, this CSA is the perfect gift.

These are just a handful of our favorites, but our region is chockfull of outstanding farms and producers  -- to find a CSA to suit you (including farms with grass-fed beef, farm fresh eggs, honey, bread, even flowers!) visit Puget Sound Fresh.

Eat better, live sustainably, connect with the Earth and support your local community!

photos: Drifters Fish, Whistling Train Farm, A Wild Light Apothecary, and Collins Family Orchards


Maybe the warmer temperatures are only a tease, but we're running with it -- spring is here along with opportunities to explore, taste and discover:

Learn about Seattle's public parks (we have over 400 of them!) with Linnea Westerlind, author of Discovering Seattle's Parks: A Local's Guide.  March 20th at the Royal Room, get tickets.

Catch the works of local, artist savant, Gregory Blackstock, at the Greg Kucera Gallery through March 31st.  One of our all-time favorites! 

Shellfish foraging with Langdon Cook and Bainbridge Parks. If you've always wanted to know how to dig for clams and harvest oysters, this is the season to do it!  To learn more, go here.

Seattle Art Museum's REMIX March 30th -- a night of art, story-telling, performance and dancing with DJ Riz Rolllins (!!!) -- don your color and sparkles and don't miss this feast for the senses!

Arboretum Loop Trail grand opening, April 8th from 12 - 3. After three years in the making, the newly opened trail will create a 2.5 mile loop through the Arboretum, just in time for viewing the blooming azaleas, rhododendrons and fruit trees.

The Mariners (opening day March 29th) and Sounders are back, catch a day game and cheer on Ichiro's return.

"Despite the forecast, live like it's spring." - Lilly Pulitzer