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Providing fresh produce to the Food Bank YEAR ROUND!
Supporting local farmers, and educating youth!
Reserve your tickets now! freshfoodonthetable.brownpapertickets.com
Sunday, April 28th
Banquet Fundraiser and Square Dance
Whidbey Institute, Thomas Berry Hall
5 pm: Appetizers, with Silent Auction and Veggie Photo ops
6 pm: Banquet from the Good Cheer chefs
6:45 pm: Program and Live Auction with Jim Freeman
Square Dance follows with the Mudhen Callers
Thanks to last year’s fundraising, Good Cheer provided fresh food YEAR ROUND at the Food Bank! We are putting together another evening of great hilarity and fun to raise the money we need to purchase locally grown food throughout the winter from local farmers, and to fund educational programs for youth in the community and school gardens that are growing produce for Good Cheer.
Meet the youth and farmers who are growing for the Food Bank, and hear about all the ways Good Cheer is partnering with our community, schools and local non-profits to provide locally grown food year-round to the Food Bank!
Tickets available at freshfoodonthetable.brownpapertickets.com
There is no cost to attend the banquet, but please give as generously as you can, or bring a friend who can! Jim Freeman will be auctioning a garden variety of fun and useful items. Get the laughing muscles in your cheeks ready!
Fresh Food on the Table is a program of the Good Cheer Food Bank, in partnership with Whidbey Institute and the South Whidbey School District, in collaboration with the South Whidbey Commons, Deep Harvest Farm, Greenbank Farm, and Skyroot Farm.
Your generous donation helps Good Cheer to:
Purchase locally grown food throughout the winter, from Deep Harvest Farm and other local farmers.
Fund educational programs for youth in community and school gardens that are growing produce for Good Cheer.
- Community Gardening Leadership Training apprentices at Good Cheer and the Whidbey Institute
- School gardens at the South Whidbey Academy, and the Langley Middle School.
- Culinary training with South Whidbey Commons
Fund cooking, nutrition and gardening education at Good Cheer, as well as helping Good Cheer put the harvest up for the winter.
To support Fresh Food on the Table, you can also donate HERE
Saturday, Sept. 8th is the 4th Annual
Good Cheer Harvest Party & Music Fest
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
with Growing Groceries class at 1:00 pm
Join us as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary in the Good Cheer Garden at Bayview Corner, with garden workshops, fun & educational food booths showing how to cook up some delicious foods that celebrate the harvest of our gardens as well as fantastic local music, free kids activities and an auction with lots of great items.
Come enjoy the music, with Karin Blaine, the Dandelion String Band and Piper Reva will start the festivities, with Janie and Joe following with a long set to eat and dance the day away.
Lots for fun for children, too, with tiles to paint, Garden Bingo, and engaging activities with the Sno-Isle children’s librarians. Garden apprentice, Allie Urbanek, will be leading a family activity in making Garden Art.
Prior to the start of festivities, the Growing Groceries class will be from 1 – 2:30 pm, and feature Top Tips for what to do in your garden in September, and the “Scoop on Poop”, how to improve your soil fertility! Then, at 4:15 pm, come to a Worm Bin Q & A led by Cary Peterson and garden apprentice Mech Knedinger.
The food will be better than ever! Bobby Cressman, our Food Bank apprentice, will head up a group of Good Cheer volunteers including Sydney Hoffman and Chuck Flannery-Jones and others to showcase new recipes for how to use the garden harvest. The Celebration of the Harvest booths will include Kym Saephan of Whidbey Rice (a volunteer at the Good Cheer Food Bank) and Dan Saul the Soup Man at CMA’s soup. All tastes will still be $1!
Speaking of food! CELEBRATION DESSERT COMPETITION! Bring your favorite dessert to share that is decorated in some way to reflect the 50th Anniversary theme and you might win a $50 gift certificate to the Star Store! Every entry will win a $10 gift certificate to Good Cheer Thrift Stores. See www.goodcheerblogspot.com for the entry form.
We will be drawing the winner of the Good Cheer Greenhouse Raffle at 5pm so you still have time to buy more chances to win. Remember this greenhouse includes installation on Whidbey Island. It is custom made and built with tempered glass on the bottom with plexiglass top for an easy to maintain and lasting beauty kind of greenhouse or as we like to call it, the “Chick Cave” for those ladies who would like to just take a book and cup of tea or glass of wine and enjoy the northwest in the warmth of your new getaway.
This year will also include a silent auction of some beautiful items and some items you might not otherwise try. There are baskets filled with many items from local businesses from Clinton to Oak Harbor. There are several restaurant possibilities in Langley, Coupeville and Oak Harbor. A wine tasting for 6 or a basket of wine, coffee and other Grown Local items and a night’s stay at Compass Rose B & B in Coupeville. A recent entry of two beautiful handcrafted drums should not be missed. See www.goodcheerblogspot.com for more details.
Help us celebrate the 50 Years of Good Cheer. You started this organization 50 years ago and you have kept it going for 50 years! You are Good Cheer because the community support is what makes Good Cheer possible. Celebrate with us and enjoy a day of free activities and inexpensive yet delicious food! You might even win a nice prize along the way!
- Shawn Nowlin
(For more information or if you would like to volunteer to help with the event, please contact Shawn at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-221-0130.)
RAFFLE! Win this glass greenhouse made by BugaBay…a $3700 value!
Tickets are $5 each, or 5 tickets for $20. You can purchase your raffle tickets at all Good Cheer locations.
- Tempered glass main panels, and plexiglass upper angle gable panels
- 6ʼ W x 9ʼ L x 8ʼ H
- 6” x 9” concrete perimeter footer beam foundation with 1/2” anchor bolts
- 32” steel storm door with adjustable slide up glass panel
- Fold down plant table so you can grow directly in the earth or on an elevated table
- Installation included for Whidbey Islanders (but site prep not included)
With this greenhouse, you’ll be able to grow year round, and will especially have great tomatoes in the summer!
Banquet Fundraiser & Square Dance
Saturday, April 21st
Thomas Berry Hall, Whidbey Institute
Help us provide fresh produce to the Food Bank YEAR ROUND!
Support local farmers, and youth leadership training!
Read more about the banquet fundraiser HERE.
Here’s also a video with more information.
We’re raising money to purchase locally grown food throughout the winter,
and to fund our educational programs for youth:
- Community Gardening Leadership Training apprentices at Good Cheer and the Whidbey Institute
- Community Garden teen apprentices with the South Whidbey Commons
- School garden program at Bayview School, and the Langley Middle School.
The 50th Anniversary Good Cheer Cookbook is now on sale!
The Good Cheer Cookbook is a unique collection of recipes, beautifully illustrated by Kathleen Marshall, who also contributed many of the recipes. You’ll also find hand-written recipes from the original 1960s Good Cheer cookbook.
Garden volunteer Anne Zontine contributed recipes that the garden volunteers enjoy, drawn in her delightful style. The last three years of the garden are chronicled in photos, as well as the 50 year history of Good Cheer. A great holiday gift that supports Good Cheer!
Read more information here from the Good Cheer Blog. The cookbook sells for $19.95 and is available at all Good Cheer stores, and also some local retailers. Good Cheer and good cooking! Enjoy!
Join us Saturday, September 10, for the Good Cheer Harvest Party and Music Fest.
The theme of the day is “Cultivating Community”. From 11 am – 3 pm, there will be local music, games for kids, great food served by local nonprofits, a cook-off competition, and the raffle of a garden shed built by Bob Bowling. Plus, a presentation by Graham Kerr, and Growing Groceries classes. Click HERE for more info from the Good Cheer blog.
Graham Kerr (the Galloping Gourmet) will be speaking on the Main Stage at 12 noon! He’ll be in the garden giving a workshop and book signing at 11 am (Note this new time which may not be on older webposts!) Click HERE for more details.
Wow! Bob Bowling has done it again– donated another garden shed to raffle off for the benefit of Good Cheer Food Bank! This 6′ x 8′ shed is gorgeous, perfect for potting up plants and storing garden equipment. Custom built with recycling wood and materials, and it is a beauty. Thank you, Bob! Click HERE for more about this shed on the Good Cheer blog.
You can see it when you drive by the Good Cheer Food Bank, just to the north of the garden. Tickets for the for the 6′ x8′ structure are $5 apiece or five for $20 and are being sold at all Good Cheer Thrift Stores, the Food Bank office, and at Bob Bowling’s booth at the Bayview Farmer’s market.
Update: VERY SUCCESSFUL! We raised $750 for the garden, and then just after we finished, a truckload of great items for sale came it! We will be at the garden selling these items on Wednesdays. Stay tuned for the new list of items for sale!
Saturday, March 26th
Garden tools, equipments and supplies in our Spring Garden Sale!
9 am – 2 pm
Good Cheer Garden
To see what’s already for sale, click here for the list.
Do you have extra gardening equipment you aren’t using?
Donate it to the Good Cheer Garden, and we’ll sell it to other gardeners at the Spring Fever Garden Sale! You’ll support the garden, and also other gardeners! Together we can help each other with the tools we need to grow our food!
Call 360-221-6046, or email email@example.com if you have items to donate.
On Saturday, Sept. 11, from 10 am – 3 pm, join us for a wonderful celebration and fundraiser for the Good Cheer Garden!
The theme of this year’s Harvest Party & Music Fest is “Cultivating Community” and that’s just what’s in the garden with a day full of workshops, local music, games for kids, great food served by local nonprofits, the Golden Platter cook-off competition, scarecrow contest, book readings and crafts for children, and raffles of the garden shed/greenhouse and quilt.
A Growing Groceries class: “Top Tips for Fall Planting” takes place from 9 – 10:30 a.m., with a “Composting How-To” class from 1 – 2 p.m., and “How-To Build and Maintain a Worm Bin” from 2 - 3 p.m.
Local musicians (organized by Julie Pigott and emceed by South Whidbey’s “conductor of fun” Jim Freeman) will play sets between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Cooking teams from three local nonprofits will choose ingredients from the garden and the food bank (plus a surprise ingredient), then in a competition resembling “Iron Chef” and “Chopped!” create two out of three choices of an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert to be judged by the public for a dollar a vote. Cooking starts at 11 a.m. with judging beginning at noon.
Raffle drawings will be held at 3 p.m. for the garden shed/greenhouse built and donated by Bob Bowling, and the garden quilt donated by the Trinity Lutheran Quilters. (Raffle tickets are available at all Good Cheer Thrift Stores and the Bayview site, with proceeds benefiting the garden.)
This year’s festival artwork, created by local artist Kathy Marshall, will be auctioned off at noon. Children can take part in Garden Bingo and win gift certificates, try their skill at a penny toss for glassware and crystal, and enjoy a crafts and reading tent with a garden story-time at 1 p.m. sponsored by the Sno-Isle Libraries.
For the time table of the day’s events go to Harvest Party schedule! Come for as long or short as you’d like, it’s going to be a fun day!
The Good Cheer Garden is also on the Whidbey Island Farm Tour during the Harvest Party!
Call For Art Entries for
2010 Harvest Party & Music Fest Poster;
$250 Prize; Deadline is June 11
PDF entry information and form: Harvest Party Artwork Call for Entries 2010
More information on this great event can be found HERE!
Great photos from last year’s event can be found on the Good Cheer Blog.
The Harvest Party and Music Fest is a fundraiser for the Good Cheer Garden!