Longtime Issaquah chef Lynn Rehn rolls out food truck

March 27, 2012

Lynn Rehn stands beside her My Chef Lynn food truck, advertising its ‘fast, fresh, fabulous’ sliders, soups and salads, featuring items from Issaquah businesses Fischer Meats and Boehm’s Candies. By Greg Farrar

Lynn Rehn is poised to turn the phrase “fast food” inside out.

The popular caterer and longtime local chef is ready to roll out a food truck to serve sliders, chili and a side of sass. Double D Clam Chowder, anyone?

The mobile operation for Rehn’s My Chef Lynn outfit is the latest endeavor for the former Sweet Addition head chef. Rehn plans to join the food trucks each summer Saturday at the Issaquah Farmers Market. The truck could also stop at the Fremont Sunday Street Market.

The idea for a food truck started to coalesce after Rehn and husband Tony, general manager at Evergreen Ford in Issaquah, caught episodes of “The Great Food Truck Race” — a Food Network cross-country competition among mobile kitchens.

“I looked at Tony and said, ‘That would be a cool gig,’” Rehn recalled.

(“The Great Food Truck Race” debuted in August 2010 at about the same time the national fervor for food trucks accelerated into gear.)

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Issaquah Farmers Market seeks vendors March 17

March 13, 2012

The popular Issaquah Farmers Market returns April 21.

In the meantime, market organizers continue to attract vendors to the Pickering Barn market. The city is hosting a meeting for potential vendors from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 17 at the barn, 1730 10th Ave N.W.

Organizers request for potential vendors to bring a product sample to be juried. Call 837-3311 or go to www.issaquahfarmersmarket.org to learn more.

The farmers market runs every Saturday, rain or shine, from mid-April to Oct. 13. The market features seasonal produce, crafts, food vendors, and demonstrations or entertainment each week.

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Issaquah Farmers Market closes for season Saturday

October 6, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. Oct. 6, 2011

Fall settled in last month, and the Issaquah Farmers Market is poised to pack up for the season Saturday.

The market runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pickering Farm, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.

For the last market Saturday of the year, the farmers market is hosting Tacoma Glassblowing Studio. Glassblowers plan to transform Pickering Barn into a pumpkin patch of blown-glass gourds. The patch is expected to feature more than 2,000 glass pumpkins, ranging from small to jumbo.

The patch is set up to resemble a natural pumpkin patch, and includes hay bales, scarecrows and other autumnal decorations.

In addition to the glass pumpkin patch, the market features a cooking demonstration from Lisa Dupar Catering from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Gardeners can stop by the Seattle Tilth Hotline Booth for answers to gardening questions. Seattle Tilth also has a garden work party planned in the community garden behind the barn.

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Protect bugs to ensure beautiful, fragrant flowers

September 13, 2011

I was down at Boehm’s Candies the other day. The weather was gray but warm, and I was feeling a little flat.

When I got out of my car, I sniffed the air to see if I could find the wonderful scent of chocolate. I couldn’t.

I couldn’t, because the smell of a fantastic rose overcame everything. It flooded the parking lot, the air, and me. It was terrific. I was uplifted just by that smell.

The sense of smell is very strong and capable of bringing back images and memories that we think are lost, including childhood experiences or maybe a fantastic meal. A nice memory can lift your mood and change a cloudy day into a sunny one. I’m not sure if you can overload your senses or not, but it would be fun to try.

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City offers 2012 arts grants to local organizations

September 9, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. Sept. 9, 2011

The city Arts Commission seeks cultural organizations and programs for the latest round of arts grants.

The city offers grants each year for organizations to present performances and programs in public spaces and local schools.

Only projects inside Issaquah city limits or at Issaquah School District campuses qualify for funding. The deadline to apply for the grants is Nov. 4.

Commissioners awarded about $120,000 to 21 projects. The lineup included ArtWalk, Issaquah Farmers Market entertainment, Concerts on the Green, Shakespeare on the Green, performances at local schools and programs to help troubled youths.

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Eat your heart out at the Issaquah Farmers Market

August 30, 2011

The farm-fresh produce is no longer the only local and organic offering at the Issaquah Farmers Market.

Summer Saturdays at the historic Pickering Barn blend the food-truck mania and the local food movement. Sellers serve street snacks to crowds hungry for authentic tastes.

So, head to the market and dig in.

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Pickering Barn volunteer garden showcases drip watering system

August 23, 2011

“We’re not just growing food, we’re trying to educate,” said Faalah Jones, of Seattle Tilth.

Water resources manager for the Cascade Water Alliance, Michael Brent, agreed.

“We’re just trying to show the potential of a few things,” he said.

Manager of the Issaquah Resource Conservation Office, David Fujimoto said much the same.

“It’s kind of a learning garden,” he said.

All three were referring to a large public garden alongside Pickering Barn on 10th Avenue Northwest in Issaquah.

While it is maintained almost exclusively by volunteers, the nonprofit organization Seattle Tilth oversees the garden. The latest project in the garden is a new drip irrigation system being installed by the city and the water alliance, Brent said.

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Celebrate Farmers Market Week early at Issaquah market

August 5, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 5, 2011

Start Farmers Market Week early at the Issaquah Farmers Market on Saturday.

Gov. Chris Gregoire, the state Department of Agriculture and the Washington State Farmers Market Association announced Aug. 7-13 as Farmers Market Week.

“Farmers markets support local farms and small businesses, promote healthy eating and bring communities together,” Gregoire said in a statement. “Farmers markets positively impact and shape the social and economic fabric of Washington’s communities, large and small.”

The local market runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the historic Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.

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Gilman Village debuts summer farmers market

August 2, 2011

The latest addition to Gilman Village is fresh for summer.

The iconic shopping complex along Northwest Gilman Boulevard added a farmers market late last month in a bid to increase customer traffic. The market includes local produce, flowers and more — but nothing to compete against existing offerings at the complex.

Aaron Barouh, Gilman Village president and general manager, said the concept is meant to highlight local farmers.

“Why not do a farmers market that’s actually a farmers market?” he said. “Just limit it to farmers and small-scale food producers. No crafts. No walk-around food. If it works, it works. If it doesn’t, well, we tried.”

The farmers market debuted July 28. The event is due to continue through late September. Because the market is open on Thursdays, no conflict exists between Gilman Village and the popular Issaquah Farmers Market at Pickering Barn on summer Saturdays.

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Gilman Village Farmers Market

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Find inspiration for a glorious garden on tours

July 12, 2011

Many years ago when I began practicing landscape architecture, a friend convinced me that the only way to design or create a really wonderful garden is to visit a lot of gardens.

I was guilty of staying in my comfort zone, protecting myself from the bombardment of too much information. We toured fantastic, unforgettable places in Seattle and beyond. Some of it blew my mind.

I remember an older man with a red house, inside and out, with plants and animals living in every nook and cranny. Maybe that’s not your style, but it certainly made me see that there are other ways to think about design. Getting out and seeing what others are doing is vital. It really opened my eyes years ago, so now I recommend it highly.

If you would like to tour gardens, including orchards, vegetable, native, large, small, contemplative or artful, now is the time. There are many garden tours available in our area in July and August. I checked out some and picked a few that I thought would be helpful and maybe thought provoking.

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