Notes from Twin Peaks: Harvest Celebration

Last weekend the 10th Annual Harvest Celebration Farm Tour was held here in King County (Washington state). This was my second year participating in the event, and I chose to stick close to my new neighborhood.
King County is huge — it is the 14th largest county in America — and is mostly known for its largest city, Seattle. However, beyond the sprawling borders of Seattle, King County is also home to many farms in its rural areas (there are approximately 1,550 farmers in the county).

While folks in the city are fortunate to have over 30 farmers‘ markets to choose from to buy locally grown produce and farm products (at least for many months of the year), the Harvest Celebration allows for a special opportunity to leave city life behind for a few hours and go to the source of this bounty from the earth.
There are over 200 types of fruits and vegetables being grown here in King County, not to mention honey, various cheeses, and textiles from animals such as alpacas and sheep.

While this annual event is important in helping to promote local farmers and teach the public about efforts to practice sustainable farming techniques, perhaps most importantly it offers an opportunity for people to reconnect with the source of their nourishment.
When living in a city such as Seattle, it is so easy to lose touch with what we put in our bodies.
Many food items are packaged in layers of materials and have traveled hundreds or even thousands of miles before settling on a shelf at the grocery store.
Being able to walk amongst the living vegetables, pet the goats and cows, and taste freshly pressed apple cider was indeed a special treat.

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