THE SECOND annual Farmstock Festival is coming soon to a farm near you. On September 1 and 2, Fred’s Homegrown and KMUN Coast Community Radio are teaming up again for a weekend of local food, music, and fun at Fred’s Farm in Naselle, WA.
Farmstock is the brainchild of former chef and restaurateur turned farmer Fred Johnson and is held on the grounds of his historic farm. It is a harvest celebration of everything that is fresh and local.
“We’re inviting all aspects of the local food infrastructure to participate in Farmstock, growers, processors, and consumers. Ultimately, we need to keep our food dollars local, build a local food system of production, processing, and distribution,” says Johnson.
He believes we can start this process by forming personal relationships between stakeholders at social/educational events like Farmstock. “It’s an active investigation into a localized food system.”
Although the premise of Farmstock is serious, the end result promises to be enjoyable. Good local food, good local music, fun and conversation in a beautiful setting. It’s a chance to gather with old friends, make new ones, and maybe learn something along the way.
As of Hipfish press time, the Farmstock schedule has not yet been finalized. A summary of event highlights follows:
Last year, Kim Angelis was a crowd-pleasing hit. Angelis returns to the Farmstock stage with her husband Josef and the bellydancers. Other Confirmed acts as of Hipfish press time include Nice Nice, Michael Hurley, Anitize, Sweet Young Thing, and Ma Barley, with more likely to sign on. Catch live music at Farmstock from 10:30am – 10pm on Saturday.
This year, a wide variety of free workshops will be presented on both Saturday and Sunday. Subjects to be covered include Beekeeping, Seed Saving. Eating Locally Seasoning Globally, Community Gardens, Yoga, North Coast Food Web Mobile Gardens, Blacksmithing, Biochar, Maritime Gardening Challenges, Lager and All-Grain Beer Brewing, Tinctures 101, Farm Habitat Restoration, Growing and Using Lavender, Making Fruit Wines, and more. Have a skill or interest you would like to share by offering a workshop? A few slots are still available. Contact Carol Carver at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no registration for workshops, just show up. A schedule will be available closer to event time at the Farmstock page on Facebook.
Vendors will exhibit and sell their wares on Saturday only from 10am on. Expect to find handmade wares ranging from arts and crafts to consumable items like produce, pickles, tinctures, and more. KMUN will hold a raffle for a quilt and other items. Farmstock t-shirts and totes are available for $15. If you would like to vend at Farmstock, contact Julie Tennis at email@example.com.
An informal food court will be located near the barn kitchen all day Saturday and Sunday morning. Tasty offerings will showcase ingredients from farms in the area. Hungry festival goers will be able to purchase pizzas, vegetable tempura, BBQ pork, vegetable kebabs, seafood, non alcoholic beverages, sweet treats and much more. Don’t forget the ever-popular Fort George Beer Garden, open on Saturday.
Fred Johnson will demonstrate cooking techniques with Oregon pink shrimp, kindly donated by Bornstein Seafood, on Saturday afternoon. Additional food demos are in the works.
The special Farm Dinner at 1pm on Sunday will highlight local ingredients. The menu includes salmon, spicy green beans, Mexican corn pudding, roasted root vegetables, sautéed greens, salads, dessert, and more. Tickets for the dinner are available at KMUN and are $25 until August 31, $35 at the door (cash or checks only at the door).
Sponsors are wanted to assist with funding onsite preparation and infrastructure prior to Farmstock. Donations will go toward covering the cost of mowing the fields to be used for parking and camping during the festival and will help feed the army of volunteers. Up-front costs are expected to be around $1000 – $1500. Sponsors will be given food credits that they can spend at Farmstock and their names will be included on special limited-edition Farmstock t-shirts. Email Fred Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Volunteers are wanted to help with parking, food and beverage service, general schlepping, cleanup, etc. FMI or to sign up, email email@example.com.
For the Farmstock flyer, driving directions, and event schedule, go to: coastradio.org/farmstock.html or visit the Farmstock page on Facebook.
Admission to Farmstock is free, parking is $5 per vehicle, camping (no hookups) is $20 per vehicle. Camping spaces are available on a first come, first served basis. All monetary transactions onsite at Farmstock are by cash or check only. An ATM is located about one mile away at Bank of the Pacific in downtown Naselle. Festival goers are encouraged to leave their dogs at home.
Proceeds from fees and tickets go to support Farmstock and KMUN. Fred Johnson raises vegetables and organically certified hay on his 70-acre historic farm, located at 201 S. Valley Rd., Naselle, WA. He is especially known for his tomatoes and greens. He sells produce to local restaurants, and to the public via CSA subscription, and at farmers markets. He caters weddings and other events at his farm and owns a hardwood flooring business. Visit him online at fredshomegrownproduce.com.